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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 • 2023 Region 11 Conference: Honolulu
What to Know About Working in and Reading Community News.

BOSTON – News deserts across the country are a result of dissolved local newspapers and almost nonexistent funding for small town journalists. Without access to coverage of town issues and happenings, the community that lives within could not be further away from its own issues.The


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 • 2023 Region 11 Conference: Honolulu
The Dilemma of Sports Gambling

BOSTON – Betting in sports has never been more relevant, especially with one of the more recent betting scandals coming to light, as Toronto Raptors forward Jontay Porter was banned from the NBA for allegedly placing bets on his own team to lose on three separate occasions.


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
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. 


November 21st, 2023 • 2023 Region 11 Conference: Honolulu
Reporter Endures Trauma After Wildfires Destroy Her Home 

“It is so important to talk about the effects of trauma in our industry, because that is an integral part of what we do every single day. As reporters, you're going to be exposed to it.”


November 21st, 2023 • 2023 Region 11 Conference: Honolulu
Google Training for Journalists held during SPJ Hawaii conference

“If your momma says she loves you, check it out.”


November 21st, 2023 • 2023 Region 11 Conference: Honolulu
Trials, Tribulations and Lessons of the Lahaina Fire Coverage

"The hellscape that was created in Hawaii [from Lahaina], it’s still there. It's even worse than 9/11."


October 10th, 2023 • 2023: Las Vegas
Are Walter Payton Award Winners Breaking the Law?

Looking at the IRS and public records of the foundation, he noticed the incredibly low amount of money going to charity, with the rest going to operating costs. 


October 3rd, 2023 • 2023: Las Vegas
‘Giving people a live mic is not a requirement’ – 2023 SPJ Fellow of the Society Soledad O’Brien

“Sometimes, I think people make honest mistakes but more often today, there's lots of very intentional inaccuracies. I think there's misinformation. I think there's disinformation.”