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2024 Annual Convention

Covering Conflict in a Polarized World

The Associated Church Press will hold its 2024 convention May 15-17 in Chicago with the theme Covering Conflict in a Polarized World. We will return to the facilities of Fourth Presbyterian Church and our preferred hotel, the Millennium Knickerbocker, with a program focused on journalism and publishing skill development and knowledge sharing. We are excited to create a program tailored to our members’ needs and we appreciate your suggestions for featured workshops and speakers. More details to follow soon and please email us with your workshop and keynote presenter recommendations!

We’ll begin the convention on Wednesday with worship at Fourth Presbyterian Church and pizza party sponsored by Shanley + Associates. An optional Thursday evening Cubs game is open to all attendees and you won’t want to miss the Friday evening Best of the Church Press Awards dinner.

Bekah McNeel is our opening keynote speaker and her upcoming book, This is Going to Hurt: Following Jesus in a Divided America, will set the stage for the conference topic. We are also pleased to welcome More in Common to present the findings from their Faith, Politics and Polarization in America report which explores the intersections of faith, politics and polarization in America today. More in Common surveyed over 7,000 Americas to better understand the impact of polarization on faith communities, misperceptions within and across diverse faith traditions and common values and experiences that have the potential to transcend real or imagined divisions. This presentation will be an opportunity to dig into the data, reflect on misperceptions, and identify strategies to elevate nuanced narratives of what it means to be a person of faith in America today.

Convention registration is now open at Individual registration is $395 per person, groups of 3 or more can register for $350 per person. A limited number of full convention scholarships for new and emerging journalists. Please email the ACP Office for more information on these scholarships.

Our conference room rate at the Millennium Knickerbocker – Magnificent Mile at 163 E. Walton Pl, Chicago, IL 60611, has expired. Attendees are welcome to stay at this hotel or one of many hotels near the convention venue.

Interested in sponsoring the convention? Please visit our sponsorship page for details and payment options.

Convention Schedule


Unless otherwise indicated, all convention activities take place at Fourth Presbyterian Church, 126 E Chestnut St, Chicago, IL 60611.

2:00 pm                          Registration opens
4:00 pm-5:00 pm            Welcome for first time attendees
5:00 pm-5:45 pm            Opening Worship in Buchanan Chapel
6:00 pm-9:00 pm            Opening Reception at Giordano’s, 740 N. Rush Street, Chicago sponsored by Shanley & Associates


8:30-9:00 am                   Morning Prayer
9:15:10:30 am                 Group Plenary

Technology / EthicsArtificial Intelligence, Ethics and the Faith-Based NewsroomKristel Clayville

10:30-10:45 am               Break
10:45 am-12 noon          Panel Discussion – Covering Denominational Conflict
12 noon- 1:30 pm           Opening Keynote by Bekah McNeel – This Is Going to Hurt: Following Jesus in a Divided America
1:30-1:45 pm                   Break
1:45-3:00 pm                   Workshops

Editorial / JusticeCovering conflict for faith-based publicationsTryggestad / Herlinger
Multimedia / BroadcastAuthentic Story Telling: The Power of PodcastingLee Catoe

3:00-4:00 pm                   Break + ACP Business Meeting
6:00-9:00 pm                   Cubs Game at Wrigley Field (Leaving downtown at 6 pm to take the train to the ballpark. 6:40 pm first pitch!)


8:30-9:00 am                   Morning Prayer
9:15:10:30 am                 Workshops

Design/MultimediaVertical Video (TikTok / Reels) for PublicationsJacklyn Frias and Alexander Carpenter
EditorialWorkflow solutions for remote newsroomsTaylor / Thorngate

10:30-10:45 am               Break
10:45 am -12 noon         Workshops

Editorial/JusticeReporting on Migration and Immigration – WACC Migrant Media Monitoring ProjectGregg Brekke et al.
MarketingBeyond Subscriptions: Diversifying Revenue Streams for Publishers with Online FundraisingHeidi Thompson

12 noon- 1:30 pm           Luncheon Keynote – More in Common
1:30-5:30 pm                   FREE TIME
5:30-6:30 pm                   Pre-dinner Reception
6:30-9:30 pm                   Awards Dinner