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




September 13th, 2020 • 2020: Virtual
Spotlight: The Post’s Marty Baron Honored

  Liev Schrieber nailed his depiction of Marty Baron in Spotlight (2015): an exterior gruffness that brings out his cantankerous nature and high-standard expectations.  But Schrieber missed one thing. “What it didn’t capture is that there’s an awful lot of humanity and loyalty–and I would never say softness because he would kill me,” said Tracy Grant, managing editor for staff development and standards. 


September 13th, 2020 • 2020: Virtual
Freelance journalists face barriers in gig economy

Barriers against freelance journalists continues to be a challenge. Susan Valot and Errol Salamon discuss the importance of wording around protecting journalists instead of hurting them.


September 13th, 2020 • 2020: Virtual
Session Discusses Importance of Keeping Tabs on Congress

A former Congressional staffer and an investigative journalist demonstrate how to use online resources to track Congress.


September 13th, 2020 • 2020: Virtual
SPJ Board Adopts New Sponsorship Guidelines

By an overwhelming vote, Society of Professional Journalists delegates accepted a resolution Saturday night for a new sponsorship policy for future conferences.  The vote comes after years of discussions due to member concerns about who has sponsored parts of the SPJ Conference.


September 12th, 2020 • 2020: Virtual
Science and Journalism: Reporting in a pandemic

Journalists misconstruing scientific studies is done often, Dr. Rob Pyatt, a molecular geneticist at Kean University, shared with journalists Saturday. Inaccurately summarizing a study can cause considerable issues — misinforming the public, skewing the research’s results and creating misleading situations. To ensure an accurately informed public, articles on science must be written critically and comprehensively, Pyatt said.


September 12th, 2020 • 2020: Virtual
Group Works to Retain African American College Students

The group has emerged as an almost entirely African American student organization focused on promoting the ideals of respect and personal growth. The program focuses on improving the academic achievement and the retention rate of its members.



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