WPNCUP Hosted by the Sheaf in Saskatoon, SK | October 17 to 19, 2014

Fall 2013 WPNCUP conference will be hosted by the Sheaf in Saskatoon, SK!

When: October 17 to 19.
Where: Saskatoon, Sk.
Flying? Here's how to get 10% off WestJet:
  • Discount code: CC8073
  • Offer: 10 per cent discount off of best-available Econo and Flex fares available at the time of the booking. The discount is valid for WestJet flights into and out of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.
  • To book reservations using this discount code, contact the WestJet Groups department at 1-888-493-7853. Please be note that the discount code is not available for use on WestJet.com at this time.
  • The discount is solely for WPNCUP conference flights.
Conference location: The (very) beautiful University of Saskatchewan campus.
Hotel: Colonial Square Inn. Delegates are responsible for book their own rooms. Rooms on reserve for the conference under Canadian University Press and they are all double queen room (quad occupancy) at $114 a night.
Food: Lunch and dinner will be provided on Saturday. Saturday night will feature a keynote speaker (TBA) and a semi-formal dinner.
Speakers so far:
  • Chris Morin | Arts and Culture writing: How to burst the PR bubble
    • Chris Morin has worked as a content editor and freelance features writer for a decade. Having found recent employment at The StarPhoenix as an online editor and reporter, Morin also runs Ominocity.com, an arts and culture news blog that publishes daily creative content. His work has appeared in numerous publications, including Planet S Magazine, Prairie Dog Magazine, Briarpatch, Exclaim, The Toronto Star, Broken Pencil, News Talk Radio and more.
  • Ashleigh Mattern | Freelancer for hire
    • Ashleigh Mattern is a full-time freelance writer, editor, and photographer. She got a crash course in journalism by working at the Sheaf from 2007-11, and got her start freelancing by sending a pitch to the Saskatoon StarPhoenix in 2008. She started freelancing full time in October 2012, and regularly works with dozens of clients on a variety of projects, from editorial to copy writing to social media management.
  • Malene Jorgenson | How to Use Your Website and Social Media Profiles as Your Portfolio
    • Malene Jorgensen is an author, blogger and entrepreneur. She started as a freelance writer after wrapping up her Master's degree, but quickly realized that she wanted more than just the freelance lifestyle. Jorgensen wanted to start a business by using her freelancing skills. She has been nominated for various awards, including one at Internet Week Denmark for her ideas on rethinking the way people use the internet. At the age of 30, Jorgensen has released eight books and has launched her international media publishing company. Now, she shares her experiences on her website and offers speaking gigs for entrepreneurs, writers and freelancers.
  • James Pepler | Humour writing
    • James Pepler wrote for the Sheaf for six years, serving as Public Editor for one of them. He writes slice of life opinion articles, novellas, short fictions, creative non-fiction, poetry, and 3rd-person perspective biographies like this. Each medium he uses is laced with humour and satire.

      Unbridled by a sense of financial survival, James abandoned his cushy administrative position at the U of S to follow his dreams and complete an MFA in Writing. His thesis, From the Basement: Stories about Geeks, Gamers, and Freaks, has just been defended and is now likely sitting atop the towering slush piles of overworked publishing interns. James currently works for the Sage Hill Writing Experience in Saskatoon and is now proficient in soldiering through the delivery of Best Man speeches without dissolving into a pool of man-tears.

      James is currently working on a collection of novellas and a chapbook of gamer poetry.

  • Charles Hamilton
    • Charles Hamilton has been working as a professional journalist in Saskatoon since 2010. His work for the Saskatoon StarPhoenix has been nominated for two national awards for long feature work including the National Newspaper Awards in 2012 and the Canadian Association of Journalist Awards in 2013. He was also named Saskatoon's top political reporter in 2013. While he has compiled an extensive portfolio working beats like city hall, his passion is certainly in crime and social justice reporting. He is dedicated to telling untold stories of struggle right in his own backyard.
  • Leonzo Barreno (University of Regina, speaking on Rights and Responsibilities of a Journalist)
  • Patricia Elliott (University of Regina, Investigative Tools)
    • Patricia Elliott is an assistant professor at the University of Regina School of Journalism. She is also a freelance magazine journalist and alternative media practitioner who has been cited numerous times by the Canadian Association of Journalists and National Magazine Awards for outstanding investigative journalism. She is the author of a book on Burma, The White Umbrella, and is active in several community-based media projects. Her research interest is alternative media. She got her start in journalism by writing for The Carillon.
  • Friday night panel discussion with David Hutton, Charles Hamilton and Andrea Hill (all of the StarPhoenix)
  • Mike Raine (Beat reporting, The Western Producer)
  • Daniel Nugent-Bowman (Sports reporting techniques and freelancing, The StarPhoenix)
    • Daniel Nugent-Bowman grew up in Mississauga, Ont., before completing a combined degree/diploma program at the University of Ottawa and Algonquin College. Since August 2011, he’s worked as a sports reporter at the Saskatoon StarPhoenix, mostly reporting about the Western Hockey League’s Blades and Canadian Junior Football League’s Hilltops. He’s covered the Brier, two University Cups, the Memorial Cup and NHL pre-season games in Saskatoon as well as the 2014 world junior hockey championship in Malmo, Sweden. His work has also been featured on MSN.ca, and appeared in The Hockey News, plus Sportsnet, Canadian Running, Hockey Now and Prospects Hockey magazines.
  • Jeff Davis (Foreign reporting skills and tips)
    • Jeff Davis is an accomplished journalist whose work has appeared in The National Post, The Toronto Star, Canadian Business and many other Canadian and international publications. Over the years he's worked at the Department of Foreign Affairs, the Canadian Embassy in Washington, an adventure tour guide and instructed African Union army officers on war zone media relations.He was sent to Kenya to train reporters on behalf of the Aga Khan Foundation, where he saw an opportunity to create fine leather money belts while also creating much needed jobs. Jeff also writes for the automotive section of the Verb in Saskatoon. He is an avid squash player and loves canoeing, camping and mountaineering.
  • Liam Richards (Photography)
    • Liam Richards discovered his passion and career while attending the University of Saskatchewan where he completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts, Studio Art in photography. During post secondary education Richards photojournalism career began while working for the university student newspaper, the Sheaf. He went on, and continues to work with both local, and national news services, such as the StarPhoenix, the Globe and Mail, and maintains a role as a stringer for the Canadian Press newswire. While pursuing his news and sports work, Richards developed an interest in commercial photography for use in advertising and corporate brand development. Richards is a co-founder of Electric Umbrella Images Inc. This visual collective has allowed him to use his skills to provide photographs, video, and multimedia solutions for large clients with a need to visually represent their brand and people.


Jason Warick (investigative reporter, the StarPhoenix)

Shining a light in dark corners: Why good journalism matters.

Former University of Saskatchewan Sheaf reporter and University of Regina Journalism School graduate Jason Warick has been a reporter at The Saskatoon StarPhoenix since 1996. He’s filed stories from Guatemala to Mozambique, from Cypress Hills to Fond du Lac. Jason has worked as a farmer, roofer, grocery clerk, busker and professional marathon runner but eventually decided to become a journalist because they got in to concerts and sports events for free. He and his wife, Michelle Beveridge, live in Saskatoon with their two kids, Annie and Taras.



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For more information, email Anna-Lilja Dawson at editor@thesheaf.com.

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