2017 Texas APME Conference
Westin Galleria • Houston, Texas
Lots of networking, meeting old friends and making new ones, great panel discussions and an opportunity to ask a media law expert for free advice. And, of course, find out the big winners in one of the nation’s largest journalism contests.
Among the panels at this year’s conference:
Covering Texas energy after the Texas Miracle
11 a.m., Saturday, March 25; Plaza I, Houston Galleria
(updated March 22, 2017)
The shale revolution, low prices, the rise of alternative energy and the ever-increasing urgency of climate change initiatives have placed the state’s energy industry at a historic crossroads. Everything we knew before the Texas Miracle is changing swiftly and drastically. A discussion of these complex trends and how to bring it home for readers in your community.
Al Lewis is business editor of the Houston Chronicle, leading a team of journalists covering business, energy, economics and finance in one of America’s largest and most fascinating metropolitan areas. He has been a columnist for The Wall Street Journal Sunday, MarketWatch, Dow Jones Newswires and the Denver Post. He also formerly served as business editor of The Denver Post and editor-in-chief of the South Florida Business Journal.
Laura Blewitt is a reporter on Bloomberg’s Oil Trading Americas team. She previously managed Americas LPG coverage for Argus Media and worked in operations and trading for BioUrja Trading. Laura holds a BS in Journalism with a minor in Spanish from the University of Texas at Austin.
Collin Eaton is an energy reporter at the Houston Chronicle. He has covered the legal aftermath of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster, the oil market collapse and its consequences for the Houston companies that extract oil and natural gas from the earth. He also covers energy finance, OPEC and cybersecurity. He previously wrote about banking and finance for the Houston Business Journal and worked as an intern for the Chronicle of Higher Education, The Dallas Morning News and the Austin American-Statesman.
Ryan Maye Handy is an energy reporter at the Houston Chronicle. She covers the Railroad Commission of Texas, the state’s oil and gas regulator, the Public Utility Commission of Texas and power. She came to Texas from Colorado, where she worked for five years as reporter for the Colorado Springs Gazette and the Fort Collins Coloradoan. While at The Gazette, she was the paper’s natural disaster reporter, and covered two major wildfires and their aftermath, multiple summers of deadly flash flooding and a massive landslide.
Nushin Huq is the Houston correspondent for Bloomberg BNA, a wholly owned subsidiary of Bloomberg LP. Nushin reports on legislative, legal and regulatory BBNA topics in Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi, which include energy and the environment. Prior to BBNA, Nushin worked as a market reporter covering electricity and the oil/oil products financial markets. She has an undergraduate degree in journalism from the University of Texas at Austin and a masters degree from Medill.
Jonathan Garrett is an analyst for energy consultancy Wood Mackenzie, studying the regions where U.S. oil companies drill since 2011, including the Rocky Mountains, the Northeastern United States and the Bakken Shale in North Dakota. Garrett has worked for the world’s largest oil field service company, Schlumberger, as an engineer. He earned a Master of Science degree in Engineering in Industrial and Operations Engineering from the University of Michigan in 2007.
Free digital tools all newsrooms should be using right now
10:30 a.m., Sunday, March 26; Plaza I, Houston Galleria
Learn about a host of tools available to help your newsroom with mapping, building cardstacks, developing interactives, producing quick videos and more.
Jamie Stockwell is managing editor of the San Antonio Express-News. She oversees the newsroom’s daily operations for print, digital and mobile audiences. Her focus is on digital innovation and enhancing storytelling online with data visualization, interactive mapping and other immersive tools. Her career began at The Washington Post, where she wrote about criminal justice.
Rachael Gleason, Data journalist/web producer, HoustonChronicle.com, is a Texas-born, New Jersey-raised and Michigan-educated lover of maps, coffee, yoga, good books and nerdy day trips. She got her start as a strait-laced reporter covering community news, hurricanes and executions in East Teas. She later called on computer-assisted reporting skills to produce thoughtful reporting on Great Lakes and West Texas environmental issues and digital interactives for the San Antonio Express-News. She currently focuses on projects and training staff on digital tools at HoustonChronicle.com