#AWSM2022 agenda released

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AWSM Board

Check out the latest version of our #AWSM2022 convention schedule. Attendees will be required to show proof of vaccination and AWSM will be observing CDC COVID-19 best practices, along with any local health ordinances, throughout the convention. Attendees will need to submit proof of vaccination upon arrival at registration. *Please note the agenda is subject to change.

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3-7p.m.: Registration (Third-floor foyer)

3-7 p.m.: Headshots available (Red Rover)

5-7 p.m.: Résumé review (advance registration required) - email your résumé to awsmboard@gmail.com to reserve your spot (Hopscotch)

7-9 p.m.: Welcome back reception (Four Square Terrace)

Ashley Colley, AWSM president / ESPN 6 p.m. SportsCenter associate producer

Iliana Limón Romero, AWSM chair / Los Angeles Times assistant managing editor/sports editor


8 a.m. – 5 p.m.: Registration (Third-floor foyer)

8:30-10:30 a.m.: Breakfast / general session: Investigative reporting with Paula Lavigne & Tisha Thompson (ESPN)

Four Square

10:45 a.m.-12 p.m.: Breakout sessions

A: Adapting to COVID challenges

Moderator: Iliana Limón Romero, Los Angeles Times assistant managing editor/sports editor

Danielle Bernstein, Colorado Avalanche senior manager of media relations

Caroline Deisley, Denver Broncos senior manager of social media strategy

Red Rover

B: Evolution of social media: How ESPN uses social tools across all its platforms

Moderator: Ashley Colley,  ESPN 6 p.m. SportsCenter associate producer

Reva Labbe Kingsbury, ESPN talent social media manager


C: Finding your voice: A long-form writing workshop

Moderator: Gina Mizell, Philadelphia Inquirer Sixers beat writer

Mirin Fader, The Ringer senior staff writer

Marco Polo

12:15-2 p.m.: Lunch / general session: A fireside chat with AWSM veterans

Moderator: Iliana Limón Romero, Los Angeles Times assistant managing editor/sports editor

Christine Brennan, USA Today columnist and AWSM veteran

Michele Himmelberg, AWSM co-founder

Four Square

2:15-3:30 p.m.: Breakout sessions

A: Tackling the NFL: What does it take to thrive covering the league?

Moderator: Michele Himmelberg, AWSM co-founder

Panelists: Megan Boyle, Denver Broncos strategic communications manager

Heather Burns, ESPN.com senior deputy editor/NFL

Lindsay Jones, The Ringer senior editor/NFL

Marco Polo

B: How to cover women’s sports

Moderator: Marisa Ingemi, San Francisco Chronicle reporter

Hannah Withiam, Just Women’s Sports managing editor

Kate Yanchulis, Just Women’s Sports news editor

Red Rover

3:45-5 p.m.: Student chapter meeting


3:45-5 p.m.: AWSM champions meeting (invitation only)

Red Rover

5:15-6 p.m.: AWSM scholars meeting (invitation only)

Red Rover

5-6:30 p.m.: Networking reception

Marco Polo foyer & terrace

10 p.m. - midnight: Hospitality

Marco Polo foyer


7-9 a.m.: Breakfast available (Four Square)

8 a.m. – 3 p.m.: Registration (Third-floor foyer)

8-10 a.m.: Career fair (Red Rover)

Participating employers include ESPN, the Associated Press, USA Today Sports, The Athletic, the Los Angeles Times, MLB.com, the Star-Tribune and many more. No advance registration required.

10:15-11:45 a.m.: General session

How to pull off career changes: Learn what it takes to jump from print to broadcast, writing to editing and editorial to working for a team or in academia

Moderator: Paola Boivin, Arizona State professor of practice and director of Cronkite News Sports Bureau

Anna Katherine Clemmons, University of Virginia assistant professor of practice

Jenifer Langosch, MLB.com executive editor, national league

Brooke Pryor, ESPN NFL Nation reporter - Pittsburgh Steelers

Marco Polo

12-1:45 p.m.: Awards luncheon


Johnette Howard, Mary Garber Pioneer Award

Vicki Michaelis, Ann Miller Service Award

Michigan State, Student chapter of the year

Four Square

2-3:30 p.m.: General session: Google tools with Mike Reilley
Learn how to scrape, analyze and visualize sports data with Mike Reilley, a former sports reporter and web producer. Mike will show you how to pull data from websites and PDFs and put it into a spreadsheet to sort, filter and analyze it, then put the sheet into Flourish and other visualization software to share in your stories or over social media.

Marco Polo

4 p.m.: Board busses for Colorado Rapids game

(Meet in lobby)

7 p.m.: Colorado Rapids vs. Minnesota United FC - email awsmboard@gmail.com to reserve your free ticket

10 p.m. - midnight: Hospitality

Marco Polo foyer

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