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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.
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.
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.
October 28th, 2022 • 2021: Virtual
Talking Trauma: Journalists discuss the stress of reporting
When journalist Naseem Miller covered the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando back in 2016, there wasn’t much conversation surrounding how journalists cover traumatic events. Now journalists are having open conversations about how to sensitively cover traumatic events, while also taking care of themselves.
“I want to know that you can tell me a great story, and I want to know you can do it in a minute thirty or less...”
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.