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




September 14th, 2020 • 2020: Virtual
#SPJ2020: The Importance of Inclusive Newsroom and Inclusive Coverage

As Black Lives Matter protests continue to bring light to the racial injustice in our country, newsrooms across the United States are also facing their own reckoning on a major component of media: diversity. Morgan Givens, a freelance audio producer and host of the “Flyest Fables” podcast, states that diversity in our country is often overlooked because white is seen as the perspective of what is normal.


September 13th, 2020 • 2020: Virtual
SPJ Fellow Gwen Ifill: The Heart of Journalism

To Robert Ifill, his younger sister was more than just a journalist breaking barriers and making history as the first African-American woman to host a national political talk show. She was, as he considered, the “star” of the family. “When we were younger, she was always referred to as `Robert’s little sister,’” Ifill recalled.


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
Patricia Newberry Hands SPJ Presidency to Matthew Hall

Coming into the term without an executive director to assist her, her first plan of action was to find someone who would be willing to supervise a staff of 15.


September 12th, 2020 • 2020: Virtual
Uncovering Missing Voices Between History’s Subtle Lines

Digging through historical records found at the 5,500-acre plantation of Gunston Hall in Fairfax County, Va., student researcher Elizabeth Perez-Garcia of George Mason University uncovered the life of an African-American girl named Penny, who was shackled into the chains of slavery in 1796 Virginia.



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