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



Don’t miss it: Tuesday

By Billy O'Keefe

There are almost three dozen events happening today. Unless you have a time machine, here are a few programs to try. If you do have a time machine, though, let us know.
Haiti Earthquake: Covering the Tragedy with No End in Sight – Listen and learn from reporters who were on-site for breaking and continuing news coverage of the January earthquake, and learn how to continue to cover it and other natural disasters. Speakers: Carrie Kahn, correspondent, NPR; Jacqueline Charles, Caribbean/Haiti correspondent, The Miami Herald.  Wilshire A, 9-10 a.m.
Social Media & TV: Beyond Reading Tweets On Air – Need a new way to present social media content in news content? Using CNN’s coverage of the 2010 World Cup as an example, explore mapping, , visualizations, sentiment analysis and more! Speaker: Etan Horowitz, digital media producer, CNN International. Melrose 3, 9-10 a.m.
The Art of Access: Getting Public Records When Stretched for Time – Get tips and strategies for going through public records when time isn’t on your side. Speakers: David Cuillier, chairman, SPJ’s National FOI Committee; Charles Davis, former executive director, National Freedom of Information Coalition. Melrose 2, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
The Art of Interviewing – Conduct mock interviews to build your skills as an interviewer.  Receive constructive criticism to assuage those pre-interview anxieties. Speakers: Mary Hausch, assistant professor, University of Nevada, Las Vegas; Bonnie Newman Davis, associate professor, Virginia Commonwealth University. Wilshire A, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Journalists on the Line: Dangers of the Borderlands Beat – This session takes an in-depth look at the dangers that journalists face as they report on the violent drug war on the U.S.-Mexico border. Moderators: Ronnie Lovler and Ricardo Sandoval, co-chairs, SPJ’s International Journalism Committee. Wilshire B, 2-3:15 p.m.
Ethics on Call – With the journalism industry changing rapidly, an understanding of ethics has become vital. Listen to actual ethics questions received by the Ethics AdviceLine for Journalists. Wilshire B, 3:30-4:30 p.m.




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