September 6th, 2014 • 2014: Nashville
What's In A Name? The Debate Behind the SPJ Name Change
The fight for an amended preposition and noun will trudge on for one more year. For the fourth time, a proposed name change from the Society of Professional Journalists to the Society of Professional Journalism, an idea spearheaded by SPJ Region 3 Director Michael Koretzky, failed during the SPJ Closing Business Session at Excellence in Journalism 2014.
From rocking out Helen Reddy’s “I am Woman” to crooning the sensual Black Eyed Peas’ “My Humps” a la the folksy 70s, the First Amendment was exercised with a melody on Thursday night. Freedom Sings, a program of musicians, perform songs that were once censored by the government for provocative lyrics.
September 5th, 2014 • 2014: Nashville
Roundup: Honoring a Lifetime of Excellence in Journalism
From ESPN to NBC to SNL, two creative forces behind some of the nation’s most-watched programming were recognized Friday for their achievements in journalism. Harvey Nagler, longtime Vice President for CBS Radio News, received the John F. Hogan Distinguished Service Award, which recognizes an individual for contributions to the journalism profession and freedom of the press.
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The coincidence that the 2014 Excellence in Journalism Convention in Nashville convened shortly after the death of John Seigenthaler, the Nashville-born publisher of the Tennessean, administrative assistant to Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy and lifelong defender of the First Amendment is, well, uncanny.
Celebrities aren’t the only ones who get mean tweets. In journalism — where everyone from editors to readers has something to say — words can hurt. Sometimes criticism is just a casualty of reporting on a controversial topic. But behind the guise of an ambiguous screen name, personal comments can quickly escalate into personal attacks.
September 4th, 2014 • 2014: Nashville
Got some free time? Use our guide to explore 'Music City'
Smart discussions and networking opportunities are expected to go well beyond the hallways and conference rooms of the Opryland Resort and Convention Center this weekend.