Advising: More Than a Black and White Issue: There is a perception that advisers from historically black colleges and universities have different roles and functions than advisers at traditionally white institutions. But is that the case? This session will allows advisers from HBCUs and TWIs to discuss their challenges.  Valerie D. Clark, Florida A&M University; Jermaine Proshee, Southern University 

A Jew, a Pagan and a Mormon Walk Into a Newsroom: In our postmodern world, newsrooms are more diverse than ever. Can people from different religious backgrounds get along? Should newspeople practice a "don't ask, don't tell" policy, or could dialogue be healthy? This panel of journalists with varied religious backgrounds will discuss their experiences of being a person of a certain faith in a newsroom that perhaps tries to pretend faith doesn't exist. Then students will work on guidelines for religious tolerance in their own newsrooms. Michael R. Finch, Lee University     

Are You Ready for the Backlash? Some negative feedback about your student press work is expected, but backlash from fellow students can be tougher to accept and involves higher stakes. Learn how to navigate this rough terrain from an editor-in-chief and adviser who have trod it -- through a campus-diversity issue that became embroiled in controversy. Discuss if this kind of reaction might be prevented and whether such heated response from student readers is actually a positive sign.  John Capouya, Jessica Keesee and Paola Crespo, University of Tampa                

Breaking in as a Woman: How Today's Female Journalists are Defying Odds and Taking Names: How do you break into the industry as a woman? Find out how to overcome very real obstacles, with anecdotes from female professionals in the news industry. And everyone can benefit from learning how to use skills and assets, how to be persistent and how to value personal perspective if it is unique, instead of seeing what makes you different as a disadvantage. Rebecca White, Narratively                                           

Diversity Roundtable: Students only. Moderators of various races/ethnic origins will have two minutes each (time them!) to suggest topics. (Are minority journalists always given "minority" stories? Is the newsroom environment welcoming to all?) Then jump in to discuss whatever you feel is most important. Trey Williams, Northwest Missouri State University; Aaron J. Montes, University of Texas at El Paso; Meagan Williams,  Southern University and A&M College; Francesca Stokes, Bloomsburg University

I Am Not An Oompa Loompa: Why You Need Diversity in the Newsroom: Overall newsroom employment is dropping, but it's dropping even faster for minority journalists. Newsroom diversity has been treated as an afterthought -- if it's even a thought at all -- as newsrooms struggle with the digital transition. Why is diversity in the newsroom important, and how do you ensure you're doing all you can to be inclusive? This session will help you answer both questions, and likely others, for your newsroom.   Sheena Louise Roetman, Georgia State University

The Religion Beat: Your Ticket to Feature Fare Editors (and Readers) Will Love: Breaking news! The religion beat is back! Most folks doing the hiring in America's newsrooms say a specialty is critical. Why not specialize in religion? Learn how this beat is out of this world and might open more doors than you might think.     Joe Starrs, The Institute on Political Journalism     

The Revolution Won't Be Televised: Redefining Minorities In Media: The American mainstream media often offer slanted depictions of minorities or marginalized peoples. How do alternate media combat these biases? Learn ways to reappropriate these depictions by establishing your own media platforms and ultimately rewriting the rules of media ... and learn about revolutionaries who are paving the way. Elise Peterson and      Adeshola Adigun,                

Why Is The Paper Always Talking About Race? You cover racial matters, and you're accused of making it sound like a small group of bigots control the campus. You ignore them, and you're accused of sweeping the truth under the rug. Let's discuss fair, honest and courageous coverage and how to keep your staff from feeling overwhelmed by the vitriol surrounding these issues. Patricia Thompson, University of Mississippi; Mazie Bryant, University of Alabama; Adam Ganucheau, University of Mississippi