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 3rd, 2021 • 2021: Virtual
Fake News, Misinformation and Disinformation after Trump
...the problem isn’t necessarily that journalists are being tricked by fake photos or information, but that journalists are falling into a sort-of trap in which they have to write about or speak about a topic that is clearly fake but, since it’s getting so much traction on social media, the journalist has to debunk the story.
September 2nd, 2021 • 2021: Virtual
SPJ Business Meeting Highlights Accomplishments and Awards
The Society of Professional Journalists hosted its opening business meeting, featuring statements from outgoing president Matthew Hall, nominations and executive director reports, and awards for excellence. Starting with the roles of the Convention Governance in SPJ, Hall reviewed voting procedures by chapter and regional delegates, noting that questions on delegate information can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
When Rebecca Aguilar, president-elect of the national Society of Professional Journalists, is sworn in at the group’s virtual conference later this week, she’ll be making history. Aguilar, 63, with more than 104 predecessors, will become the organization’s first-ever Latina and woman of color president.
A surge in COVID-19 cases in Louisiana has forced large conferences to move to virtual meetings. Luckily the transition began before Hurricane Ida swept through the state destroying power lines, homes and taking lives. The Society of Professional Journalists will hold its annual SPJ Conference from Sept.
September 7th, 2019 • 2019: San Antonio
Be safe rather than sorry: Journalists in the field
Journalists attacked or killed in action are becoming more numerous every day. EIJ News 19 talked to Chris Post, a first responder turned and Joe Vazquez, a reporter, about their experiences in the field.
[Please note: An earlier version of this story incorrectly reported that Haisten Willis received 371 votes in the race for At-Large Director. This has been corrected to the actual total of 171 votes. The EIJ News regrets the error.] Today was election day for the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) in San Antonio, TX.
Trigger Warning: suicide and suicidal thoughts Nerissa Young, a lecturer from Ohio University specializing in mental health and media, and Erica Hill, a news director affected by suicide, hosted a reporting on suicide session at EIJ19. Mental health is prominent in today’s news cycle, with suicide being at the forefront of discussions.
The largest organization for Hispanic journalists in the nation took a controversial action by rejecting a sponsorship from FOX News.
September 6th, 2019 • 2019: San Antonio
How to integrate social media into your journalism
Social media has become so pervasive in newsrooms that managing your online presence is now regularly being taught in the classroom. Carlynn Greene, a student at the University of North Texas, has to regularly post to social media as part of her journalism classes.
As the 2018 Excellence in Journalism News conference winds down here in Baltimore, attendees are beginning their journeys home. Over 1,100 people attended this year’s conference. Of these attendees 73% were professionals, 22% were students, and 2% were retirees. Some traveled further than others to get here.
September 29th, 2018 • 2018: Baltimore
Incoming president wants SPJ to be the profession’s big tent organization
With a career in journalism that has covered Politics, business and foreign affairs, J. Alex Tarquinio, incoming Society of Professional Journalists president, is looking to make the organization the voice of press freedom through organizational partnerships. Tarquinio views SPJ as the “Big tent” for the journalism profession.
President Trump and the news media have something in common: low approval ratings. The latest Gallup poll has the presidents average approval rating at 40%, just below the news media’s 41%. At this weeks Excellence in Journalism News conference, EIJ News reporter Adam Hushin talked with attendees about what the news media needs to do to regain Americans trust.
Update: Sigma Delta Chi Foundation is moving forward to change its name today to the Society of Professional Journalists Foundation. The Foundation board overwhelmingly passed its resolution Friday. The foundation approved a name change resolution to its bylaws during Friday’s board of directors meeting, but it awaits approval at the Society of Professional Journalists’ Saturday business meeting, which is considering a name change of its own.
September 28th, 2018 • 2018: Baltimore
PHOTOS: Moments from Opening Night Reception at EIJ18 Baltimore
CNN sponsored a journalism party at M&T Bank Stadium-home to the Baltimore Ravens on Wednesday night. Music, drinks and friendships!
September 27th, 2018 • 2018: Baltimore
Capital Gazette shooting hits close to home with journalists at EIJ18
At least once in their career, a journalist will likely cover a major tragedy or violent incident. But how does that dynamic change when journalists become the subject of the tragedy? All over the world, journalists have been subjected to violence, torture, and even murder.
It’s not breaking news to say that the journalism industry is changing. The print industry in particular is seeing an increase in layoffs as a result of these transitions. At least 36% of the largest newspapers across the United States – as well as at least 23% of the highest-traffic digital-native news outlets – experienced layoffs between January 2017 and April 2018, according to a PEW Research study.
September 27th, 2018 • 2018: Baltimore
Koch sponsorship leads to SPJ conference ethics complaints
Update: A resolution was passed by the Society of Professional Journalists delegates Saturday that would make the Sponsorship task force accountable to the delegates, by clearly establishing in writing a timeline for action. Since Citizens United vs. The Federal Election Commission (2010), the Koch Brothers, Charles and David Koch of Koch Industries, Inc.,
The Society of Professional Journalists held its closing dinner at the Excellence in Journalism with a strong statement defending journalism. Grace Rauh, a political reporter at Spectrum News NY1 won the Sunshine Award for her investigative reports on New York City mayor Bill de Blasio. Grace Rauh is the lead plaintiff in an ongoing lawsuit titled Rauh v. de Blasio nicknamed 'Agents of the City'.
Pam Baker is a freelance journalist on the big data beat. She contributes to PC Magazine and a variety of tech media outlets. Her session at EIJ 2017 focused on rapid response protocol in news rooms when dealing with continuously flowing data to find relevant background and contextual information. Baker shared her knowledge for aspiring data journalists looking to get into the field.