For only the second time, the Radio Television Digital News Association and Society of Professional Journalist join the NHAJ for a conference focus on training, development, networking and diversity.
More than 1,500 journalist and media professionals descend onto Orlando, Florida for Excellence in Journalism 2015, which officially kicked off Thursday night with a private event at Disney’s Epcot Center.
But reasons for coming to Orlando often varied between different generations, professional backgrounds and career aspirations.
“I’m expecting to learn more about journalism and perfecting my craft,” said Abby Payne, Editor-in-Chief at Weber State University’s The Signpost.
Professionals from a variety of different platforms gave some helpful insights for student journalists.
“It’s very important to always be professional, go to every workshop and get your hands into everything. Every person that you meet is an opportunity for your future,” said Jennifer Marcial, Online Digital Content Publisher for Univision.
Professionals are also excited to attend the different workshops hosted throughout the conference.
“I’m really looking forward to the drone session. And, I hope that they bring the drones out and let us try and use them,” said Rebekkah Kent, CBN News.
The Excellence in Journalism conference officially begins on Friday Sept. 18, 2015.