Keynote speakers

The South Los Angeles homeless project
Tom Curwen & Francine Orr, Los Angeles Times

Audience engagement in collegiate media
Samantha Melbourneweaver, Los Angeles Times

Climate-change reporting
Julie Cart,

Why journalism still matters
Rick Green, Santa Rosa Press Democrat

> Keynote speakers

What’s on the program?

The conference presents dozens of learning sessions from experienced journalism professionals and advisers.

Pre-conference workshops

Design innovation, art direction & conceptual thinking
Solutions Journalism & social-justice reporting
Reinventing student media • Developing leadership on your staff
Multi-platform storytelling
> Pre-conference workshops

Featured speakers

Los Angeles media professionals on targeted topics
Student panels & student roundtable discussions

Workshop tracks & topics

Reinventing & re-starting student media post-pandemic
Lessons learned • Engaging and motivating your staff
Adapting your workflow • Making the most of your budget

Training & leadership


Specialty reporting
Climate change • Social justice
Immigration • Health/mental health  •  Sports reporting

Project & investigative reporting

Audience engagement
Digital journalism • Social media • Newsletters

Basic & advanced instruction
Broadcast • Design across platforms • Law & ethics
Magazine & yearbook • Photojournalism & videography
Sports coverage • Storytelling

Business & advertising

Life skills
Freelancing, portfolios, résumés, interviews & negotiations

Advisers: Striking the balance

And sessions from the California College Media Association and the Journalism Association of Community Colleges

Conference registration

Updated rates
ACP/CCMA/JACC members: $135
Nonmembers $155

Registration is now open.
Early-bird registration rates apply now through Feb. 21, when registration closes.

Proof of vaccination will be required for you to complete your registration for the conference. In January, we’ll post details on how to submit your proof of vaccination.

Note that proof of vaccination is required at California venues.

Hyatt Regency
Long Beach

Hotel rooms at the Hyatt Regency Long Beach are $254 per night single/double or triple/quad. The hotel room block opens at noon CT Dec. 7 and closes Feb. 11.

ACP is monitoring
the pandemic carefully

For this spring conference, we are carefully monitoring recommendations and trends from medical professionals.

If the experts are correct, they expect this surge to recede within the next few weeks. With that in mind, we are still planning for an in-person conference in Long Beach.

ACP is steadfast in its commitment to the safety of the student journalists, educators and sponsors who plan to attend the convention. No matter what the state of California mandate might be at the time, ACP will require you must show proof of vaccination to attend the convention. You must wear a mask while at the convention. The hotel continues to follow all cleaning protocols in rooms and public areas to protect its guests.

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to our convention

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