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.”
The Excellence in Journalism Conference Expo, hosting different exhibitors and recruiters, is only this Sunday and Monday. Held from 9 a.m to 5 p.m in the Napoleon Ballroom on the third floor, the expo features booths recruiting and educating attendees on the latest in journalism tools and technologies. One booth contains the Freelance Community of the Society of Professional Journalists, who talk to those interested in freelancing and show them the resources SPJ has such as their website and blog. "Regardless of where you're located geographically you can join this community to get in touch with a network of other freelancers," SPJ Membership Chair Board Member Ellen Eldridge said. One booth for Eli Lilly and Company's focuses on health education for journalists. "I remember being a journalist and I worked long hours in the newsroom and ate a lot of things I shouldn't," Director of Communications Janice Chavers said. The expo contains a silent auction that includes everything from hotel stays to signed reporter's notebooks. There are also career profile critiques by professionals who meet with those who want their resumes or portfolios critiqued and on-site registration for the conference.
If the Excellence in Journalism Conference had a survival bag, it would be the EIJ16 App. The app is packed with resources including a conference schedule, a list of speakers, and an interactive map. It is available for iOS, Android and HTML users.