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September 4th, 2021 • 2021: Virtual
SPJNews21 Student Reporters Discuss Evacuating from Hurricane Ida


September 4th, 2021 • 2021: Virtual
Special Citations for Los Angeles Times and Kansas City Star

“In the past, coverage was either nonexistent or offensive and inaccurate. If you were a black Kansas Citian in 1950, you couldn’t even have your obituary in the Kansas City Star. You couldn’t get respect even in death.”

September 4th, 2021 • 2021: Virtual
Data Journalism is Not Just About Numbers

“One of the great things about data journalism is that you can use that skillset to make your story not just anecdotal, but analytical."

September 3rd, 2021 • 2021: Virtual
Journalists Should Advocate for the First Amendment

“If we don’t do it ourselves, who else is going to do it?” Lynn Walsh, assistant director at the Trusting News Project, asked this question about one of the most important aspects of journalism: defending the First Amendment.  In an SPJ breakout session Sept.

September 3rd, 2021 • 2021: Virtual
‘We need to be honest about how these things affect us’: Learning why–and how–journalists invest in their mental health

Natural disasters, death, mass shootings and similar catastrophic events can cause depression and anxiety in anyone, but what toll does your mental health take when your day-to-day job is to report on events like these? In an SPJ 2021 Journalism Conference breakout session Sept.

September 2nd, 2021 • 2021: Virtual
Networking in the Age of COVID-19

Ask any seasoned journalist how they got their current job, and it will likely boil down to one word: networking.  Networking, the practice of making interpersonal connections to access professional opportunities, has existed for decades. In fact, according to a 2016 study from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 70 percent of new jobs are now filled through networking.