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2024 Region 1 Conference: Boston


April 20th, 2024 • 2024 Region 1 Conference: Boston
Journalism that Makes an Impact: Report for America

BOSTON – Many journalism students about to graduate are filled with hope and anxiety about what comes next. Their wishes could be fulfilled by a seven-year old non-profit that would to hire them. Report for America was created in 2017, with a mission to solve the issue of the lack of local journalism.


April 20th, 2024 • 2024 Region 1 Conference: Boston
Navigating Law & Ethics Within Journalism

BOSTON – Navigating Law and Ethics of journalism is a topic that has come up often in today’s climate, especially with the use of cell phones, social media, and other forms of instant communication. Protecting and exercising your rights as a journalist is extremely important when covering stories, especially those that can be controversial. 


April 20th, 2024 • 2024 Region 1 Conference: Boston
A Conversation on Trauma-Informed Journalism

BOSTON – An age-old saying in journalism goes, “if it bleeds, it ledes”.  This adage describes an attitude among journalists that instances of trauma and violence make inherently “good” stories because of the attention they garner, but many journalists today want to change the best practices for dealing with these topics.


April 20th, 2024 • 2024 Region 1 Conference: Boston
The Modern News Room: Boston’s Largest Remote Newspaper

BOSTON- As the pandemic forced industries worldwide into remote work in 2020, the Boston Herald stood among them. Though many grappled with the challenges of operating remotely, the Herald not only adapted but thrived, and is now known as the largest newspaper in Boston to have a fully remote newsroom.


April 20th, 2024 • 2024 Region 1 Conference: Boston
WPSPJ Looks To Learn From Journalists, Inform Listeners

When Dr Nick Hirshon, a professor at William Paterson University in New Jersey, started an intro to podcasting class, it was more than just to offer a new, interesting class for students. The William Paterson Society of Professional Journalists (WPSPJ) Podcast, led by founder and president Rochelle Estrada, all started with an idea in September 2022.


April 20th, 2024 • 2024 Region 1 Conference: Boston
College SPJ Chapter Bring Students Together

BOSTON-  An SPJ Emerson College chapter meeting typically starts with an informal discussion of everything from class gripes to the state of local news.  “We strive to create a very inclusive environment where our students feel comfortable first and foremost,” chapter president Payton Cavanaugh said.


April 20th, 2024 • 2024 Region 1 Conference: Boston
A Look Inside Boston’s Anti-Racist Newsroom

BOSTON – One of the many questions for our culture posed by the racial reckoning of 2020 was how the media can rectify the racial harms that they have perpetuated. One answer to this call was The Emancipator, a nonprofit digital magazine based in Boston.


April 20th, 2024 • 2024 Region 1 Conference: Boston
The Small World of Journalism

BOSTON – There’s an old saying that it’s a small, small word. That holds especially true in the field of journalism. Two former high school friends reunited three years later in Boston, where they coincidentally crossed paths at the SPJ regional conference at Emerson College.


April 20th, 2024 • 2024 Region 1 Conference: Boston
Embracing Polls is a Learning Curve for Journalists

BOSTON — the future of polling is changing faster than journalists can keep up with, according to Spencer Kimball, associate professor at Emerson College, during a polling literacy workshop at the New England Region 1 Conference. The conversation included Skittles — a common example of how survey responders are distributed within a given sample.


April 20th, 2024 • 2024 Region 1 Conference: Boston
How to Build a Brand

BOSTON — There are thousands of publications covering many different types of news. Print, websites, social media, daily columns, the only way journalists avoid being lost in the jungle of information is with branding.Matt Shearer of WBZ NewsRadio, pioneered the TikTok account for the station, creating a brand that allowed a 102-year old news radio station to be turned into something that a generation which has never listened to AM radio can enjoy.


April 20th, 2024 • 2024 Region 1 Conference: Boston
Freelancing in the Modern World

Boston – Working full-time for a traditional media company might not be as attractive as it once was. Doug Struck has worked for the Baltimore Sun & Washington post, leaving the post to freelance. He told the panel on “The Business of Journalism” at the SPJ New England regional conference that he quickly realized that freelancing was not the way to make it big. 


April 19th, 2024 • 2024 Region 1 Conference: Boston
The Power of Union Representation in Journalism

BOSTON- Former Reuters journalist and president of The NewsGuild of New York Peter Szekely highlighted the pivotal role of union representation and workplace rights for journalists at SPJ New England’s regional conference at Emerson College. Szekely was joined by SPJ New England board member Stella Lorence, who admitted she had little knowledge of unions until she took her first journalism job after graduation.


April 19th, 2024 • 2024 Region 1 Conference: Boston
Aspiring Journalists Receive Tips on Getting That First Job

BOSTON — For young people entering the workforce today, the job search can be daunting, especially in journalism and media fields. The SPJ New England 2024 Conference kicked off with a conversation to ease the nerves and educate young professionals beginning their careers with a “How to Get a Job” panel.


April 19th, 2024 • 2024 Region 1 Conference: Boston
Ethical Visuals: How Journalists Can Avoid Bias in Data Visualizations

Data visualization is an effective tool for helping audience grasp the news, and more newsrooms are considering unintended biases that may occur when they turn numbers into a stories.   Colors, styles, and ordering of a data visualization can reinforce stereotypes if those harms are not properly mitigated, Zhao Peng, an assistant professor at Emerson College and a data visualization researcher, said at the SPJ New England 2024 Conference. 


April 19th, 2024 • 2024 Region 1 Conference: Boston
Free Speech Is Vital to the Public Interest

  Journalists today received a refresher course on the importance of the first amendment. “You are the front lines and the implementers of freedom of speech, justice, and democracy,”  said Nadine Strossen, professor at New York Law School and author of “HATE: Why We Should Resist It With Free Speech, Not Censorship.”