SPJ 2020 Journalism Conference • Sept. 12-13, 2020



Don’t miss it

By Billy O'Keefe

By Ally Lopez & Fletcher Babb
With more than 30 sessions today, it’s easy to feel a bit overwhelmed. Here are six programs that shouldn’t be missed.
Creating Multi-Platform Stories
Learn how to take a traditional story idea and translate it using the strengths of various platforms. Trainer: Victoria Lim, SPJ Newsroom Training Program. Wilshire B, 8:45 – 11:45 a.m.
Mining Facebook, Twitter, etc.: The Ethical Side of it.
Is it ethical to mix social and professional connections on Facebook? Is it wrong to “friend” a person you cover?  Learn the answers to these, as well as how to use social media without compromising objectivity. Moderator: Jane Kirtley, Silha Professor of Media Ethics and Law, University of Minnesota.  Sunset 2, 2 – 3:15 p.m.
Weird Careers in Journalism
If you’re about to graduate, the thought of job hunting is ripe for nightmares. There are, however, great jobs for journalists in places you might not expect. Speaker: Michael Koretzky, director-at-large, SPJ Board of Directors. Melrose 2, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
A Federal Shield Law
A panel discussion about the impending decision on the federal shield law proposal. Speaker: Kevin Z. Smith, president, SPJ; Steve Taylor, chairman, SPJ’s Government Relations Committee; RonNell Anderson Jones,  associate professor of law, Brigham Young University; Irwin Gratz, producer, Maine Public Broadcasting Network, Steve Geimann, deputy team leader, Bloomberg News. Wilshire A, 4:45-5:45 p.m.
Crap! My Paper Closed!
Hear how one group of brave journalists created a startup investigative news organization, InvestigateWest, after losing their positions at The Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Speaker: Rita Hibbard, executive editor and director, InvestigateWest. Melrose 2, 4:45-5:45 p.m.
The Best Story of Our Lives
Learn how to develop an angle and coverage plan in preparation for the upcoming results of the historic 2010 census. Speaker: Bobbi Bowman, diversity consultant, American Society of News Editors. Wilshire B, 4:45-5:45 p.m.




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