For SPJ Director of Education Scott Leadingham, planning a conference is all about drawing from past experience. “You kind of learn year after year about what works and what doesn’t, and what’s popular and what’s not,” he said. “When we schedule rooms, we look at what will probably be more popular, so we can schedule for bigger rooms.
While the crisis in Ferguson raged on in front of camera crews for weeks on end, reporters on the ground saw a different reality. They also saw that reality distorted – or participated in the distortion themselves – as Ferguson descended into a “war zone” in a matter of days.