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October 10th, 2023 • 2023: Las Vegas
Are Walter Payton Award Winners Breaking the Law?

Looking at the IRS and public records of the foundation, he noticed the incredibly low amount of money going to charity, with the rest going to operating costs. 

October 3rd, 2023 • 2023: Las Vegas
‘Giving people a live mic is not a requirement’ – 2023 SPJ Fellow of the Society Soledad O’Brien

“Sometimes, I think people make honest mistakes but more often today, there's lots of very intentional inaccuracies. I think there's misinformation. I think there's disinformation.”

September 30th, 2023 • 2023: Las Vegas
Mom’s advice to Lesley Visser: “Sometimes you have to cross when it says don’t walk”

Lesley Visser, a celebrated sports reporter with more than 40 years in the game, has been involved in historic moments. She was the first woman to present the Lombardi Trophy and the first woman to raise the torch in the Olympics.

September 30th, 2023 • 2023: Las Vegas
Making the switch: Journalists weigh in on changing news platforms

No matter the platform, a journalist is a journalist. Reporters don’t have to feel defined by the label of print or broadcast, and openness to learning new skills can lead to an unexpected and fulfilling career path. On Saturday, Rebecca Aguilar, founder of the #CallingAllJournalists Initiative, Mary Chao, Scripps news specialty reporter, Bryan Horwath, KTNV-TV reporter and Nicolle Praino, Nashville Post reporter, hosted the “Switching News Platforms to Expand Your Opportunities” panel at the Society of Professional Journalists conference at the Planet Hollywood Hotel and Casino.

September 30th, 2023 • 2023: Las Vegas
Journalists Discuss How to Bridge the Political Divide

Distrust of the media has been increasing for the last 50 years.

September 30th, 2023 • 2023: Las Vegas
Creating that change: Student journalists and faculty debate diversity on college campuses

Lively discussions focused on diversity in campus media organizations — specifically at predominately white institutions —filled the room at the “Campus Media Diversity: How to Make Coverage and Staffing More Inclusive” panel Saturday at the Society of Professional Journalists conference. Panel moderators Gary Westick, the business, race and culture editor at The Tennessean, Sandra Jones, WTOP-FM news anchor and reporter, and University of Utah professor Marcie Young Cancio, encouraged students and professors from universities across the country to share their thoughts about how to foster diversity in their campus newsrooms.

September 30th, 2023 • 2023: Las Vegas
Stopping imposter syndrome in its tracks

Many professionals have encountered imposter syndrome, whether in school or the workplace. As defined by the University Of Nevada, Las Vegas professor Richard Gardner, imposter syndrome is comparing oneself to others and submitting to self-deprecation and self-doubt, resulting in feeling like an outsider.

September 30th, 2023 • 2023: Las Vegas
The art of storytelling: Tangible tips for narrative nonfiction

Listening to a zoning meeting on mailbox size restrictions, she found an elderly man disappointed that he could not use the oversized owl mailbox his grandson made for him. A seemingly drab zoning story shimmered after inserting the human element about a grandfather’s love for his family.

September 30th, 2023 • 2023: Las Vegas
Journalists Learn How to Handle Ethical Dilemmas

Disclosing a reporter’s passions, motives and inspirations for writing can increase transparency with the public and prevent consumers from thinking a reporter is “trying to cover it up.”

September 30th, 2023 • 2023: Las Vegas
‘At an inflection point’: Editors weigh in on the future of freelancing

In the 90-minute “Freelancer-Editor Meet & Greet” session at the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) conference on Friday, five editors from different news outlets answered questions about what kinds of stories they’d like to see from freelancers, and what made stories stand out.

September 30th, 2023 • 2023: Las Vegas
Suspect arrested 27 years after killing of Tupac Shakur

Police arrested Duane “Keefe D” Davis for the murder of Tupac Shakur in Las Vegas the morning of Sept. 29. His arrest comes after nearly three decades of investigation by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department and the district attorney’s office.

September 30th, 2023 • 2023: Las Vegas
Chapter Leaders Face Down Challenges

A common challenge for both the national organization and its chapters is the decline in membership recruitment and retention.

September 30th, 2023 • 2023: Las Vegas
Panelists share advice on beginning a journalism career

Three panelists shared tips Friday on the early stages of a successful journalism career through the “Jumpstarting Your Journalism Career” panel. The panelists were Kevin Olivas, the news recruiting manager for Sinclair Broadcast Group, Carolyn Burt, an audience engagement producer for the Southern Carolina News Group, and Grace Da Rocha, a general assignment reporter for the Las Vegas Sun. 

September 30th, 2023 • 2023: Las Vegas
Young journalists meet peers at speed networking event

“We’re all developing in our careers at different rates. You never know when someone you meet here might progress to someplace you want to be."

September 30th, 2023 • 2023: Las Vegas
Personalized interactives: connecting newsrooms with their audiences

Personalized interactives are interactive articles that give the reader perspective or help them make a decision on a given topic. Jere Hester spoke about them at the Society of Professional Journalists convention.

September 30th, 2023 • 2023: Las Vegas
Ethical and inclusive language matters. Journalists have the power to normalize it.

The stories journalists tell matter. So does the language they use to share them. University of Southern California Annenberg Professor and Stylebot Founder and CEO Laura Davis and LAist reporter Caitlin Hernández stressed this point during Friday’s Society of Professional Journalists presentation on the importance of using ethical and inclusive language in journalism and how to get newsrooms to implement it in regular practice.

September 30th, 2023 • 2023: Las Vegas
How to cover a mass shooting: Weighing reporters’ mental health during and after

Only a few days before the anniversary of the Oct. 1, 2017 mass shooting in Las Vegas, multiple journalists came together to discuss how to cover those shootings, and the aftermath of reporting on tragic events. The Society of Professional Journalists panel “Preparing to Cover a Mass Shooting” was held Friday, Sept.

September 30th, 2023 • 2023: Las Vegas
From politics to furries: SPJ convention attendees learn how to combat misinformation

A session at the Society of Professional Journalists Convention on Friday taught attendees how fact-checking can improve reporting, hold the powerful accountable and build trust with their audiences.

September 30th, 2023 • 2023: Las Vegas
CUNY Professors Unleash the Power of Data at SPJ Convention

Two journalism professors at the City University of New York (CUNY) introduced the use of data through a few case studies during the one-hour interactive session “Power in Numbers: Building Compelling Data-Driven Stories.” Professor Sandeep Junnarkar, who’s also a consulting newsroom trainer at Bloomberg News, started off this session with an introduction to digital journalism.

September 29th, 2023 • 2023: Las Vegas
Google News: What Google Can Bring to Journalists

Aguilar began her session with an introduction to the Google News Initiatives program, which she has been actively involved in for several years.