Registration, Tentative Itinerary & Other Information

2015 National Journal Conference for Schools of Public Policy and Affairs 

January 16-18, 2015

Registration is now closed.

We welcome you to join us for the 2015 National Journal Conference for Schools of Public Policy and Affairs (NJC) to exchange meaningful dialogue and management best practices with the graduate student publication staffs of public policy and public affairs schools across the nation. We encourage all current and aspiring policy journals to join us as we work together to grow our voice in the academic community. This year’s conference will feature several expert speakers discussing their experiences with policy journalism and management, as well as several workshops on topics ranging from starting a new journal to transitioning your journal online.


Friday, January 16

Time Event Location
5:30 PM Registration Opens The Omni Charlottesville Hotel
7:00 PM Introductory Remarks  Omni Hotel
7:15 PM Speaker I: Chris Brown  Omni Hotel
8:15 PM Dinner Reception  Omni Hotel
10:00 PM – 12:00 AM Social Event on the Downtown Mall Rapture, Downtown Mall

Saturday, January 17 , Garrett Hall, UVa Grounds

Time Event Location
8:00 AM Breakfast Garrett Hall
8:45 AM Opening Remarks Garrett Hall
9:00 AM Speaker II: Jeffrey Bergner Garrett Hall
10:00 AM Workshop I: Best Practices for Staff Growth, Turnover, and Retaining Institutional Memory (led by American University’s Public Purpose Journal) Garrett Hall
11:00 AM Speaker III: Richard Gard Garrett Hall
12:00 PM Lunch Reception Garrett Hall
1:00 PM Workshop II: Best Practices for Getting Submissions (led by the William & Mary Policy Review) Garrett Hall
2:00 PM Speaker IV: Anita Kumar Garrett Hall
3:00 PM Workshop III: Best Practices of Online Content/Blogging (led by Georgetown Public Policy Review) Garrett Hall
5:30 PM Free Time/Blue Mountain Brewery Optional Dinner* Blue Mountain Brewery, Afton, VA
8:30 PM Social/Networking Event The Corner, Charlottesville

* Dinner has been reserved at the Blue Mountain Brewery on Saturday evening, January 17th. VPR has arranged transportation to and from the dinner, but attendees are responsible for all other expenses.

Sunday, January 18, Garrett Hall, UVa Grounds

Time Event Location
9:30 AM Breakfast Garrett Hall
10:30 AM Workshop IV: “Policy Journal Innovation: Incorporating Data Visualization and Rapid-Response Teams” (led by the Chicago Policy Review) Garrett Hall
11:30 AM Panel Discussion (sponsored by the Pi Alpha Alpha Honor Society) Garrett Hall
1:00 PM Farewell Garrett Hall

Other Information

Dress Code

The dress code for the conference is business casual. However, you’re welcome to dress professionally at your convenience. Please remember that January in Charlottesville can be quite cold. While we will be mostly indoors, you may wish to dress warmly during your travel to and from the conference.

If you have any questions, please contact our Executive Director, Yuhuan Fu, at