The 2017 ACP Convention will be held April 26-28 at
Fourth Presbyterian Church, 126 E Chestnut St., Chicago, IL 60611.

Wednesday, April 26

9 a.m. Display Setup — Exhibit Hall
3 p.m. Registration opens
5:30 p.m. Opening Worship — The Rev. John Buchanan
6:15 p.m. Reception & First Timers’ Welcome (Drinks & Light Supper Buffet)

Thursday, April 27

8 a.m.
  • Registration opens
  • Speakers Check-In
  • Continental Breakfast
8:45 a.m. Morning Worship
9:15 –10:30 p.m.

Professional Development Workshops
Session 1

  • Editorial: Bill Thorn — Interviews That Grab Readers
  • Video/Online: Tim Frakes — Video for Web and Broadcast
  • Marketing: Kevin Shanley, Heidi Thompson — The Virtuous Cycle of Digital Marketing
10:45 — Noon

Professional Development Workshops
Session 2

  • Editorial: Patrick Reardon — Feature Writing in the Multi-Platform Age
  • Online: Tim Nafziger: Towards Thicker Engagement: Case studies on converting online readers to donors
  • Marketing: Christian Piatt — Diversify your Communications Portfolio with Books, Podcasts, Social Media
12:15 – 1:45 p.m. Lunch & Keynote Address in the Exhibit Hall
(Eboo Patel)
2 — 3 p.m. Panel: Practical Approaches to Building Bridges
3 — 3:45 p.m. Coffee Break and Discussion in the Exhibit Hall
4 — 5:15 p.m. ACP General Session/Business Meeting
5:30 – 10:00 p.m. Optional: Dinner with Cambey & West at Baisi Thai (free for attendees) and/or the 8 p.m. Main Stage show at The Second City comedy club ($29 per ticket)

Friday, April 28

8 a.m. 
  • Registration
  • Speakers Check-In
  • Continental Breakfast
8:45 a.m.  Morning Worship
9:15 – 10:30 a.m. Professional Development Workshops
Session 3

  • Editorial: Heidi Schlumpf – 5 Tips for Writing Profiles with Personality
  • Podcasting/Online: Christian Piatt — In-Depth Session on Setting Up Your Podcast
  • Marketing: Catholic Extension — Case Study of Integrated Marketing — Flat Francis, Digital Catholic Summer Camp, and More: Social Media Campaigns That Work
10:45 a.m. — Noon Professional Development Workshops
Session 4

  • Editorial: Sarah Zylstra — How to write about controversial topics
  • Analytics: Measure What You Treasure — Key Performance Indicators
  • Design: How to Get High Art on a Low Budget, for Print and Online
Noon – 2 p.m. Luncheon and Keynote Speaker (Dr. Ganoune Diop)
2 p.m. Exhibit Hall Networking
Afternoon Free Time
6:30 – 11:00 p.m. Awards Reception & Banquet

Saturday & Sunday

All Day Optional: Extra one or two days and nights in Chicago
8:30 a.m.
Saturday
ACP Board: Planning meeting for coming year. New Board orientation, committee assignments, monthly meeting schedule.