Some expert help elevating your stories

January 22, 2015 at 4:52 pm

A hallmark of every national convention is the abundance of information students gather from professional members of the working media. In Denver, students will have the opportunity to learn from some of the Rocky Mountain regions top local journalists.

Daniel Brogan is the founder, president, and editor-in-chief of 5280 Publishing, Inc. Brogan launched 5280 Magazine from his second bedroom, and 22 years later, it has become the largest local magazine in the state, and regularly outsells national publications like Time, People and Vanity Fair within Colorado. In addition to being nominated for six National Magazine Awards, 5280 is a philanthropic giant within the state, and is also one of the first city magazines to print on recycled paper. Individually, Brogan worked as a reporter and columnist at the Chicago Tribune and has been published in Rolling Stone, Musician, Creem and PC World.

While sports reporters dream of writing for a daily publication in a major metropolitan market, the majority have to meander through smaller markets until they catch a break. That is certainly the case for Troy Renck of The Denver Post. Since graduating from the University of Colorado, Renck has navigated through Lake Havasu City, Arizona, Yuma, Arizona, and Longmont, Colorado before joining The Post in 2001. In his 13 years with Denver’s only daily newspaper, Renck was simultaneously the Colorado Rockies beat reporter and the paper’s Major League Baseball national correspondent. He has spent the last year and a half as the beat writer for the Denver Broncos.

A Colorado native, Chris Vanderveen attended Thomas Jefferson High School in southeast Denver before spending four years at the University of Colorado-Boulder. At present, Vanderveen is a member of the 9Wants to Know team at Denver’s KUSA-9News. Vanderveen has covered everything from the shootings at Columbine High School and Aurora’s Century 16 theater, to recent fires and floods that dramatically changed the landscape of our home state. An award-winning journalist on many levels, Vanderveen was honored in 2011 with the Edward R. Murrow Award.

And that’s just a small sample of the incredible speakers you will get to learn from in Denver, April 16-19.