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  • September 29th, 2023 • 2023: Las Vegas
    The SPJ convention can ‘change the game’: What newcomers should know

    New SPJ members and first-time convention goers gathered to learn how to get the most out of their experience with SPJ.

    September 29th, 2023 • 2023: Las Vegas
    Finding the right expert: How to include science in any story

    SPJ convention attendees learn how to find a science angle for any story and find the right expert for it.

    September 29th, 2023 • 2023: Las Vegas
    Panelists share tips on covering crime, courts

    Covering crime and courts is one of the most important beats, yet it can be difficult to navigate. Journalists on this beat are on the frontlines of tragedies, like mass shootings, and shed light on systems failing kids or prisoners.

    September 28th, 2023 • 2023: Las Vegas
    SPJ President Claire Regan Reflects On Her Career

    “There are a lot of women in newsrooms [now], but they tend to be reporters and not newsroom leaders, so we have to work on that.”

    September 28th, 2023 • 2023: Las Vegas
    Pulitzer Prize winner Dana Priest flattered to be named SPJ 2023 Fellow of the Society

    Dana Priest is an investigative reporter for the Washington Post with a specialization in national security, United States intelligence agencies and military operations. She has won two Pulitzer Prizes for her work.  “I keep gravitating towards the hardest things to write about,” Priest said.

    September 28th, 2023 • 2023: Las Vegas
    Convention-goers explore the value of different perspectives within newsrooms

    Attendees of the  “Build a Newsroom Culture that Values Differences and Dissent” session  explored how embracing the cultures and values of journalists can positively influence their reporting and work environment. The session kicked off the 2023 Society of Professional Journalist convention.

    September 28th, 2023 • 2023: Las Vegas
    Free press is ‘crucial’: Marvin Kalb named SPJ 2023 Fellow of the Society

    Marvin Kalb is recognized as a Fellow of the Society, among the highest professional honors awarded by the Society of Professional Journalists. He discusses how crucial journalism is to a free society.

    September 28th, 2023 • 2023: Las Vegas
    Richard Drew named SPJ 2023 Fellow of the Society

    Richard Drew, the photographer behind the infamous photo of a man falling from the towers of the World Trade Center on 9/11, is one of five journalists to receive the highest professional honor awarded by SPJ this year, which recognizes extraordinary contributions and commitments to journalism.

    September 28th, 2023 • 2023: Las Vegas
    SPJ takes Las Vegas: What to expect at this year’s convention

    As journalists from all over the country convene in the heart of Las Vegas for this year’s Society of Professional Journalists convention, the proceedings might feel a little different from previous years. This year’s convention will feel more intimate, according to SPJ interim Executive Director Jennifer Royer.

    September 28th, 2023 • 2023: Las Vegas
    Incoming SPJ President Ashanti Blaize-Hopkins hopes to provide support systems and representation

    "I realized that I have to be the change that I want to see in an organization..."

    September 28th, 2023 • 2023: Las Vegas
    Society of Professional Journalists cancels 2024 conference

    The Society of Professional Journalists board voted Wednesday to suspend the annual 2024 journalism conference, a move that SPJ President Claire Regan confirmed was made as a cost-cutting measure.  Incoming President Ashanti Blaize-Hopkins said it is no secret that SPJ is struggling financially. 

    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.
    Reporter speaks on combating journalistic repression

    Whether it is due to restrictive reporting laws abroad, publications based in news deserts or lack of funding, press freedoms are now threatened in more ways than one.  Jessica Jerreat knows this first-hand.  Working as a press freedom editor for Voices of America [VOA], Jerreat shed light on the realities of censorship and attacks that can happen to reporters covering stories around the world.

    October 29th, 2022 • 2022: Washington D.C.
    How to Avoid Jerks on Twitter as a Journalist

      1.1 million “abusive or problematic” tweets were sent to women in 2017.  Two female journalists refer to Twitter as a “hotbed of harassment.” After years of being journalists and being interactive with their followers through their social media accounts they insinuated that using the app is a skill that took them effort and time to master.

    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 29th, 2022 • 2022: Washington D.C.

    "It really inspired me to see women who are Black like myself working in the media. It showed me I can do this too...”

    October 29th, 2022 • 2022: Washington D.C.
    Journalists Should Think like Lawyers (Sometimes)

     “I just think that if its a public record by law then it should be that police department has to put in a request to keep things away from the public record instead of us having to request to get the information.”

    October 28th, 2022 • 2022: Washington D.C.
    Defending Democracy

    The clear attack on democracy should have been the main focus instead of involving political parties in the initial reporting.

    October 28th, 2022 • 2022: Washington D.C.
    Localizing Climate Change Reporting

    The public’s trust in local journalists is exactly why they need to start reporting on climate change if there’s any hope of people taking it seriously.