September 19th, 2015 • 2015: Orlando
Important lessons shared in wake of WDBJ shooting tragedy
It’s been three weeks since Vester Flanagan shot and killed two former WDBJ7 coworkers during a live broadcast in Franklin County, Virginia. Hundreds of EIJ15 attendees gathered at the Orlando World Center Marriott Saturday for a panel discussion about the shooting’s effects on the journalism community.
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.