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Yearly Archive: 2016


September 29th, 2016 • 2016: New Orleans
SPJ elects a new president

“…As an officer of the Society, I hereby promise to uphold its ideals. I pledge myself to do all in my power, to perform faithfully the duties assigned to me, and to serve fellow journalists, whether of the Society or not.


September 23rd, 2016 • 2016: New Orleans
Behind the Scenes of Next Year’s Mardi Gras

Every year residents and tourists gather in New Orleans to celebrate a well known tradition that takes place on the day before Ash Wednesday known as Mardi Gras or Fat Tuesday. The holiday is filled with colorful costumes, masks, beads galore, and most importantly and amazing carnival celebration. The EIJ newsteam received e a behind the scenes tour of Mardi Gras World, where several artists and craftsman are already hard at work for the next holiday.


September 23rd, 2016 • 2016: New Orleans
Gila River Indian News

Jennifer Loren, the host of Osiyo- Voices of the Cherokee People, tells the audience of Lens of Sovereignty, “you can do it for less,” when addressing the 30,000 dollar per episode budget her team has when producing their monthly magazine-style program.


September 23rd, 2016 • 2016: New Orleans
From French Quarter Artist to Mad Scientist: How One French Quarter Artist Save His Business

Art has been a life long passion for Oscar Donahue, but when the company that provided the metallic resin needed to mold his wearable pieces of art Donahue had a choice, learn to make the material, or go out of business.


September 22nd, 2016 • 2016: New Orleans
Take ‘Em Down? Confederate Monument Controversy

Messages are appearing on monuments across New Orleans asking for the city to act and take them down. This past June the words appeared “Take Down White Power” and “Take 'Em Down”  on multiple Confederate monuments in New Orleans. Among those monuments tagged included P.G.T. Beauregard, Father Abram J. Ryan and Battle of Liberty Place.


September 22nd, 2016 • 2016: New Orleans
Mike Reilley’s 10 mobile storytelling-enhancing tools

(see related story) Journalism is so much more than newspapers and TV. Today, journalists can upload stories to the Internet or mobile device with photos, video, and graphics, all from their cell phones without having to go back to the newsroom after covering an event.


September 21st, 2016 • 2016: New Orleans
VIP tour takes visitors through graveyard, sculpture garden

I spent the final day of the Excellence in Journalism Conference tooling around the city on an air conditioned bus on one of the VIP City Tours. The tour guided conference attendees through the French Quarter, the neighborhood of Treme, the Garden District, St.


September 21st, 2016 • 2016: New Orleans
Living the "High" Life in the Big Easy

“You want to buy some weed?” John, 42, quietly asked me as he walked by. He was careful not to speak too clearly. If someone wasn’t interested, it could be blown it off as a misheard mumble. If they were interested, they would know exactly what John was offering.


September 21st, 2016 • 2016: New Orleans
Covering the Transgender Community

When it comes to covering the transgender community, the media get it wrong, according to “Covering the Transgender Community” panelists at the Excellence in Journalism Conference. “We’re human beings,” said panelist and activist Jada Cardona. “Number one, first and foremost, before you say I’m a man, before you say I’m a woman and before you say I’m anything else, remember: if you prick me, I bleed.” Cardona is referring to the way members of the transgender community are misrepresented when the media group them into dehumanizing stereotypes.


September 20th, 2016 • 2016: New Orleans
SPJ appoints new board members

The Society of Professional Journalists ushered in a new year of leaders for the 2016-17 year at the end of the 2016 national Excellence in Journalism conference in New Orleans. All SPJ members were allowed to vote on the six open positions.


September 20th, 2016 • 2016: New Orleans
FOIA champion David Cuillier wins SPJ’s highest honor

Dave Cuillier once drove about 48,000 miles in his car to “spread the gospel” of the Freedom of Information Act, according to his colleagues.0


September 20th, 2016 • 2016: New Orleans
Protesters call for the removal of Confederate monuments

Barricades now surround the Battle of Liberty Place monument in New Orleans after suspected vandals sprayed, “Take Em Down, KKK” at its base. The tall, gray structure, nestled in a lonely corner of New Orleans’ French Quarter, is one of four monuments the city plans to remove.


September 20th, 2016 • 2016: New Orleans
Native America Calling Calls On EIJ16

For the first time the Society of Professional Journalists and the Native American Journalists Association teamed up to provide a collaborative student newsroom to cover the Excellence in Journalism Conference. Tara Gatewood, host and producer of Native American Calling, a national live call in program, spoke to students this past Monday from both organizations about the student newsroom’s efforts.


September 20th, 2016 • 2016: New Orleans
Slow journalism and interactive maps: a how to

  If you think like I do, the phrase ‘slow journalism’ may strike you as a paradox or a lame joke the first time you hear it. I certainly was skeptical when I entered the deep dive session, “Storytelling: Out of Eden, Into the Story,” Tuesday at the Excellence in Journalism Conference in New Orleans.


September 20th, 2016 • 2016: New Orleans
EIJ News is live at Mardi Gras World

Mardi Gras World EIJ News got a behind the scenes tour of Mardi Gras World. NAJA and SPJ journalists met a sculpting robot that creates many of the props that are seen during the annual celebration.


September 20th, 2016 • 2016: New Orleans
VCU’s South wins SPJ’s Distinguished Teaching in Journalism Award

The Society of Professional Journalists honored Jeff South as the recipient of the Distinguished Teaching in Journalism Award as an outstanding journalism educator who has made an exceptional contribution to the profession and/or journalism education. According to the SPJ, South won this year with passionate letters of support from faculty of the Robertson School of Media and Culture.


September 20th, 2016 • 2016: New Orleans
Charlie Rose Speaks to EIJ News

Charlie Rose, co-host of “CBS This Morning” and host of PBS’ “Charlie Rose,” spent some time talking to EIJ News last night at his award reception. He is the 2016 recipient of RTDNA’s prestigious Paul White Award at this year’s EIJ Conference in New Orleans.


September 20th, 2016 • 2016: New Orleans
NOLA climate activist connects with #NoDAPL (Live video replay)

Renate Heurich, New Orleans environmental activist, retired teacher and 350 Louisiana member, talks about her local activism and how it’s connected to the Dakota Access Pipeline movement (#NoDAPL) 1,500 miles away in North Dakota. View a replay of the Facebook Live interview by clicking here or the image below: Photo by Franklin Robertson


September 20th, 2016 • 2016: New Orleans
Check out EIJNews on Facebook

EIJNews has been posting live shots of several breakout sessions, workshops and interviews on its new Facebook page. Go to our Facebook page and like us to see the Facebook Lives and other stories that our student journalists have been posting.


September 20th, 2016 • 2016: New Orleans
Rock the NAJA Vote 2016

Yakama Nation’s Roy Dick casting his ballot for the 2016 NAJA election. The Native American Journalists Association board meeting took place September 18 to discuss election policies. NAJA’s possible changes included guidelines if there is a voting tie, a vacancy left open by a board member’s resignation or not enough eligible candidates to run for open positions.