Everything you need to know about your TCCJ workshop

We’re looking forward to seeing you Thursday, Dec. 6 and Friday, Dec. 7, in Fort Worth for our “growing your newspaper” workshop with Kevin Slimp.

Below is all the information you will need for the workshop.

If you have any questions at all, let us know. The Center’s email and office phone can be found at the bottom of this page – so don’t hesitate to call.

Get ready to learn a lot. Kevin’s workshops are fast-paced and practical — so you’ll come away with lots of strategies you can put into practice immediately.

The workshop will be held on the TCU campus, and TCCJ will provide bus service from your hotel — you won’t need your car after you park at the Hyatt Place.

Costs

Everything is free. Meals. The workshop itself. Your hotel room. Transportation while you’re in Cowtown. Bring a little money for incidentals (most people don’t spend anything) and we’ll take care of the rest. Your TCCJ workshop experience is funded by a generous grant from the Texas Newspaper Foundation.

Lodging

We have reserved a private room for you at the Hyatt Place (see photo at left).  If you have been confirmed by TCCJ, you have a room at the Hyatt Place.  No need to call and confirm — just show up and give them your name.  We will pay 100 percent of your room, so there shouldn’t be any charges — unless you order in-room movies or room service (that would be on you).  Luckily, we’ll keep you busy enough that you wouldn’t have time to order a movie, even if you wanted to.

You will have to provide a credit card when you check in, but that’s only for incidentals in case you purchase them.  If you don’t, there will be no charges at all.

For address and directions, or to see what rooms look like, see the hotel’s website. Be sure you put the number of the hotel into your phone, in case you need to call on the day of the workshop.  It’s 817.361.9797.

The workshop schedule

On Thursday, we go from 5 p.m. till about 9, and our evening session will be at the hotel.  On Friday, we pick you up at 8:30 a.m. and take you back to the hotel at 4 p.m. We will ask that you check out of the hotel Friday morning before you take the bus to TCU and leave your bags in your car.

Parking

Parking is simple:  Go to the hotel; park in the lot.  That’s it.  You won’t need your car again until you head home.

Last-minute emergencies

If something comes up that prevents your attending the workshop, please let us know. Email the Center at tccj@tcu.edu.

What to bring

The temperatures in the conference center are controlled for the comfort of most participants, but if you tend to get cold when others are comfortable, bring a sweater or be prepared to layer your clothing.

Dress

It’s as casual as you want it to be.  The focus is on learning and professional interaction, not how you’re dressed.

Internet access

Wireless internet access will be available at the workshop. You will be given a logon to access the system once you get to the workshop location.

Smoking

The hotel is non-smoking, so you will need to go outside to light up.  Also, smoking is not allowed on campus, either in buildings or outside.  To smoke, you will need to walk a block to an off-campus location.

Can I bring a guest to the hotel?

Of course you can.  But be sure your guest understands that he or she will not be able to attend workshop events — including meals and other workshop events.  Also, that you will leave by 8:30 a.m. Friday and not return to the hotel until just after 4 p.m., which is after check-out time.

But there is a lot of shopping, and a number of restaurants, within a few blocks of the Hyatt Place, so there will be a lot for your spouse to do while he or she waits. There is a large mall just a few blocks from the hotel and a Target just across the street and a large outdoor shopping center only a block away.

What else to bring

You should definitely bring business cards, because you’ll be meeting lots of new folk. Also, bring some of your newspapers for other participants to see.

Additional information

If you have any questions at all, email us at tccj@tcu.edu or call (817) 257-6551. We’ll call you back. If you get lost and need last-minute directions on the day of the workshop, call the desk at the Kelly Center, (817) 257-7755.  They’ll help you navigate to the workshop.