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Rain doesn't dampen learning

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By Yasmeen Smalley
The Working Press

A rainy South Florida day kept Society of Professional Journalists convention-goers inside Friday, and attendees took advantage of workshops, hustling around, vying for the best seats in the house.
Where else could they go? The dreary weather spoiled the oh-so-perfect beach weather that welcomed everyone a day earlier.
The sessions offered journalists opportunities to brush up on their social media techniques, practice their critical thinking skills and study journalism ethics.
Presenters hailed from a range of professional organizations and media outlets, including the American Copy Editors Society, the Stanley Foundation, the Knight Foundation and The Associated Press.
Virginia Commonwealth University, the University of Missouri, Florida A&M and Penn State were among the colleges and universities represented.

Journalists play an Ethics Hold ‘em poker game Friday. The game reinforces journalism ethics concepts.
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A flier from the “Mastering Math to tell Better Stories” workshop, taught by Ron Nixon, a correspondent for The New York Times’ Washington Bureau.
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An audience member takes notes at a workshop session Friday.
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