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     

Covering the News From the Heartbeat of Christian Faith: How do students of faith cover stories and issues of faith in ways that "normalize" the exploration of faith for college students? A scholar on Christianity and the press  will use his case-study approach to offer ideas on coverage that is possible on the college campus. Michael Smith, Campbell University      

Covering Touchy Topics: See real-world examples and explore case studies to think about the ways you cover disasters and tragedies. An ethicist will demonstrate a model that can be used in covering such touchy topics as student government scandals, suicide, financial abuse and controversy in general. J. Duane Meeks, Palm Beach Atlantic University

Covering Tragedy With Sympathetic Objectivity: Each death in a community contains a story that needs to be told. Review and discuss examples from campus and professional newspapers to show how reporters can tell stories of faith shining through adversity. See how with every obit or accident, a newspaper staff learns something new. You'll also discuss a strategy that helps reporters and editors do their job well without unduly alarming the community. Deborah Huff, Liberty University      

Hitting the Wall: Student Media Access Issues at Private Universities: Student media journalists at private universities gather information without the benefits of open access laws that apply at public institutions. Panelists will share their issues and suggestions, and the audience will be invited to do the same. Student media advisers at public colleges may also find this session helpful.  Frank LoMonte, Student Press

 Making the Spiritual Relevant on Campuses: Most college newspapers have enough to deal with simply trying to cover the news, but Christian college newspapers take on the added dimension of wrestling with spirituality and faith. How can a religious newspaper adroitly write news from a faith perspective? Let's discuss how producing the paper itself, from writing and editing to printing and everything in between, can be a spiritual practice. Kevin Pinkham, Nyack College

Private University Presses vs. Public University: The Good, The Bad and the Misunderstood: Every student press navigates the waters of student freedom and public image. What happens when one student newspaper is included on the censured list? In Oklahoma Baptist's case, it came back from that label to create a student-run publication within the private university forum. Discuss what that means and what comes next. Holly Easttom, Oklahoma Baptist University     

Reignite Your Creativity: Personal creative projects can combat burnout and encourage creativity in both student journalists and student-media advisers. See how documentary projects have helped one academic deal with personal and professional challenges. The speaker will also showcase other creative works and show you how projects like these could help you grow. Clark Baker, Baylor 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                                          

Up Against The Wall: Trying to Get Along With Private-College Administrators: Student journalists at private schools -- both religious and secular -- face unique challenges. The key is to work with campus leaders for a clear understanding about the rights and limitations that will shape coverage of the news on campus. Student journalists will learn practical tips to produce the bylines and headlines they need, no matter what the challenges. Terry Mattingly, Scripps-Howard and Washington Journalism Center     

Working Full Time on the Religion Beat: The online magazine A Journey Through NYC Religions continues to garner admiration for its in-depth, street-by-street coverage. Two staffers will share their personal journey along with the work they do daily. They'll discuss their philosophy of sympathetic objectivity; journey-style street reporting; lessons from online journalism; the opportunities of reporting at times of social disruption; journalism for the democratic good; and post-secular journalism. Melissa Kimiadi and Christopher Smith, nycreligion.info     

Yes, You Should Cover Popular Culture and the Arts! If student editors are interested in covering the lives of students, that means they will need to cover news related to the arts and popular culture. From student bands to the world of video games, students are making popular art and consuming it. Reviews are one thing. Finding the news in the popular culture scene is something else. Terry Mattingly, Scripps-Howard and Washington Journalism Center