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October 31st, 2022 • 2021: Virtual
SPJ announces 2023 conference

SPJ ended the final business of the conference by looking ahead to next year’s convention which will be in Las Vegas. And that’s a wrap on #MediaFest22! Thanks to @acpress and @collegemedia for partnering with us to make this a great convention.

October 29th, 2022 • 2022: Washington D.C., 2021: Virtual
Change to SPJ Delegate System Fails

The changes would have established the membership as the legislative body and members would be able to ratify any proposed changes to the bylaws.

October 29th, 2022 • 2022: Washington D.C., 2021: Virtual
Deserting the Printed Past: Why College Publications Need to Adapt

The way students on college campuses consume media is changing – leading college publications to ask the question: how can we keep the audience engaged? This panel of university-based journalists came to argue that the problem is in the print.  “Things have changed, and we need to change also,” said panelist David Simpson of Georgia Southern University.

October 28th, 2022 • 2021: Virtual
Talking Trauma: Journalists discuss the stress of reporting

When journalist Naseem Miller covered the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando back in 2016, there wasn’t much conversation surrounding how journalists cover traumatic events.  Now journalists are having open conversations about how to sensitively cover traumatic events, while also taking care of themselves. 

October 28th, 2022 • 2022: Washington D.C., 2021: Virtual
‘Safety starts with a conversation’: Learning how to be proactive when reporting in the field

After years working as a first responder, Chris Post has taken on the role of “second first responder” in his job as a photojournalist at the Associated Press.  Post, executive director and safety advisor of the International Media Support Group, calls journalists “second first responders” in society. 

October 28th, 2022 • 2022: Washington D.C., 2021: Virtual
How to elevate your college sports reporting one public record at a time

“If the media relations person stonewalls you and says don’t report on this, then write about it...”

September 9th, 2021 • 2021: Virtual
“Building a Pipeline from the Classroom to the Newsroom”: What is NBCU Academy and How Can I Participate? 

If you are interested in learning from reporters who really understand the craft, this is a great use of your time. Going through the specific scenario and deconstructing the different developments was extremely helpful to me as an aspiring reporter.

September 8th, 2021 • 2021: Virtual
4 top political cartoonists. 1 virtual room. Here’s what they had to say about virtual satire in the age of social media.

Throughout the virtual chat, the four touched upon the struggles they face as political cartoonists. And agreed one of the biggest thorns in their side, is social media and the “bandwagoning” on damning misinterpretations of their work. 

September 8th, 2021 • 2021: Virtual
How to Create More Inclusive Classrooms

Many journalists start in a classroom rather than a newsroom, and panelists at the 2021 SPJ Conference stress the need for these classrooms to be safe and inclusive spaces. University of North Texas professor Dorothy Bland said she encourages students and professors alike to start feeling comfortable outside of their current comfort zones. 

September 5th, 2021 • 2021: Virtual
Ever wondered how to turn a news story into a book? Two publishing industry insiders spill some knowledge.

Having a byline on a story is great and all, but what about having a published book with your name on it? Industry insiders, Mindy Marquez Gonzalez, of Simon & Schuster, and Ashanti Blaize-Hopkins, associate professor of journalism at California's Santa Monica College, talked about how you --- yes, YOU -- can turn that story into a published book.

September 5th, 2021 • 2021: Virtual
The benefits of unionizing a newsroom–and why you should consider it

...the top three issues cited by people interested in organizing unions are economic uncertainty, job security and diversity, equity and inclusion in their newsrooms. The organizers also want to ensure that there is a commitment to the craft of journalism.

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


September 4th, 2021 • 2021: Virtual
Connecting with Conservatives for Local Journalists

Conservative news consumers often want news that is just facts or includes both side's perspectives. The unfair perception can be impacted by word choice, headlines, sourcing, and news consumers not being able to tell between news and opinion.

September 4th, 2021 • 2021: Virtual
J-school professors: Engaging with community, crucial tool for student journalism

Engagement is journalism and the quicker student journalists learn this, the better. Two J-school professors detail teaching methods aimed at encouraging the next generation of storytellers to strengthen their bonds with those they interview.

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
An Inside Look Into Covering the Trump and Biden Administrations

“When we first came into this administration, it was not the same situation where you could be there all the time and get to know your sources in person. There were a lot of restrictions, because of the pandemic. In fact, many of these officials weren't working in the building.”

September 4th, 2021 • 2021: Virtual
How to be an All-Star Pitcher

Pitching is a crucial skill all journalists must hone and strengthen. The pitching process sets reporters up to share important stories and keep an eye out for gaps in current coverage. Susan Valot, a member of the SPJ Freelance Board, moderated a pitching-focused session at the organization’s 2021 conference.

September 4th, 2021 • 2021: Virtual
Journalists List Impacts of their Investigative Reporting

Stories from tipsters, personal curiosity and relationships with communities — these are things that led journalists to produce investigative, long-form works that bring about changes and impacts.

September 4th, 2021 • 2021: Virtual
Investigative podcast “Why Don’t We Know” hopes to inspire journalists to seek hidden, uncollected data

The producers of investigative podcast "Why Don't We Know" -- a podcast "that tells the story of the absence of data" -- hope it'll inspire the work of other journalists and motivate them to look for hidden and uncollected data.

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."