April 19, 2017
Covering Ohio’s Opioid Epidemic: Training You Won’t Want to Miss
Ohio University’s Pickerington campus just outside Columbus
By most accounts, Ohio has America’s worst opioid epidemic. Ohio news organizations have provided remarkable, powerful coverage. Still, the epidemic rages on, there’s a danger of “audience fatigue” with the story and news organizations struggle with how to provide meaningful coverage with limited resources.
With that in mind, the Ohio News Media Association and Ohio Association of Broadcasters are sponsoring a workshop at Ohio University’s Pickerington campus, 12943 Stonecreek Dr. Pickerington OH 43147, just east of Columbus from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, April 19 in Room 027 on the lower level. The goal is to send journalists home with great new ideas to cover the story and help their communities cope.
The program will include an address by Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine along with panels featuring medical, legal and law enforcement experts plus journalists who have been covering the opioid epidemic. See below for program highlights.
The cost of this outstanding program is only $25 for ONMA and OAB members; $35 for non-members and $10 for collegiate journalists. Pre-registration is required. Registration includes your lunch as well as coffee and other refreshments.
REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED
Questions? Contact Sue Bazzoli 614-486-6677 ext. 1018
9:30 – 10:40: Tales from the Front
Andrew Welsh-Huggins, AP Ohio
Andrew Welsh-Huggins joined The Associated Press in Columbus in 1998 after 10 years in newspapers in Providence, Rhode Island; Bloomington, Indiana; and Youngstown. He writes frequently about crime, capital punishment, and the opiate epidemic.
Dr. Ryan Squier, Emergency Room Physician, Mid-Ohio Emergency Services, Columbus
Dr. Ryan Squier attended the University of Toledo College of Medicine and did his residency at Akron General Medical Center in Emergency Medicine. His areas of expertise include emergency medical services, resuscitation and trauma.
Jennifer Biddinger, Director of Drug Abuse Outreach Initiatives, Office of Ohio Attorney General
Jennifer Biddinger is the Director of Drug Abuse Outreach Initiatives for Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine. In this role, Jennifer leads a team tasked with providing community outreach to address the opioid epidemic. Jennifer travels the state to assist communities with developing and implementing strategic plans, including grant assistance, programming and training. Jennifer has previously held various sales and sales management positions in the telecommunications industry. She completed her Master of Science in Psychology in September 2011.
Cheri L. Walter, MA, LICDC, Chief Executive Officer, Ohio Association of County Behavioral Health Authorities
Sheriff John Tharp, Lucas County.
John Tharp is the 45th Sheriff of Lucas County, Ohio. Prior to being elected sheriff he served for 25 years with the Toledo Police Division and, from 1997, with the Lucas County Sheriff’s Office. During his tenure with the Toledo Police Division, Sheriff Tharp was assigned to Field Operations, Narcotics Squad, Drug Task Force, and the Homicide Squad. Sheriff Tharp was raised in Toledo, Ohio. He graduated from Libbey High School and continued his studies at the University of Toledo, where he earned Bachelor and Master’s degrees in Education. Sheriff Tharp was a Combat Medic during the Vietnam War, where he was awarded the Bronze Star.
10:40 to 10:50: Break
10:50 – Noon: Covering the Heartbreak
Dennis Hetzel, President and Executive Director, Ohio News Media Association
Terry DeMio, heroin epidemic reporter, Enquirer Media, Cincinnati
Terry DeMio is a full-time heroin and opioid epidemic reporter for The Enquirer, Cincinnati and Kentucky, of the USA Today Network. She has been covering the heroin epidemic for a year in this capacity and began covering the crisis in 2012.
Ed Esposito, Vice President, Information Media, Rubber City Radio Group, Akron
Ed Esposito’s stations focused a week of news stories and programming on the heroin issue last summer
Andrew Horansky, WKYC-TV, Cleveland
Andrew Horansky joined WKYC in April 2015. Prior to that he was a general assignment reporter and fill-in anchor at KHOU, WKYC's sister station in Houston, and held a similar position at KVUE in Austin. He has also worked as a Chicago-based correspondent for the country's first high definition news network, HD News.
Encarnacion Pyle, reporter, The Columbus Dispatch
Encarnacion Pyle has been a reporter for the Columbus Dispatch for 17 years. During that time, she's covered a variety of beats, including higher education, human services and immigration. She most enjoys giving a voice to the voiceless.
Noon - 12:15: Break
12:15 – 1:20: Luncheon Address by Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine
A “working lunch” catered by Panera Bread with the attorney general, who has made fighting the epidemic a priority during his time in office, offers his perspectives. There will be plenty of time for questions.
1:20 to 1:30: Break
1:30 – 3 p.m. Where Do Go Next?
Bill Lyons and Doug Oplinger
Themes to address:
- What is the role of journalism in addressing this epidemic?
- How might journalists strengthen their coverage of the opioid epidemic?