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2010: Las Vegas


October 6th, 2010 • 2010: Las Vegas
Irwin Gratz awarded Wells Memorial Key

Irwin Gratz, a radio producer for the Maine Public Broadcasting Network, was awarded the Wells Memorial Key for service to the Society of Professional Journalists at the president’s banquet on Tuesday night.


October 6th, 2010 • 2010: Las Vegas
New president Limor takes the reins of SPJ as conference closes

Another successful Society of Professional Journalists National Convention is in the books. Tuesday night, inside a ballroom at Planet Hollywood’s convention center, Hagit Limor was officially installed as the 92nd SPJ president.


October 6th, 2010 • 2010: Las Vegas
Hagit Limor traces journey to top of SPJ

Hagit Limor remembers the Six Day War like it was yesterday. She remembers the air raid, with sirens swirling and missiles flying, as she ran to a shelter in the middle of the Israeli night, a first-grader with a heart beating out of her chest.


October 6th, 2010 • 2010: Las Vegas
Words of advice for SPJ’s new president

Past and present SPJ leaders offer a few bits of advice for new President Hagit Limor.


October 6th, 2010 • 2010: Las Vegas
Seen & Heard: How would you assess media coverage of the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico?

How would you assess media coverage of the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico?


October 6th, 2010 • 2010: Las Vegas
Ethics book examines dilemmas old and new

Seek truth and report it. Minimize harm. Act independently. Be accountable. These four elements of the Society of Professional Journalists’ Code of Ethics have been a driving force behind the organization for more than 100 years. They also are key components of the new edition of SPJ’s ethics book, “Journalism Ethics: A Casebook of Professional Conduct for News Media.”


October 6th, 2010 • 2010: Las Vegas
Open government key issue at closing business meeting

Delegates to the Society of Professional Journalists elected national officers and passed resolutions calling for more open government and an end to “checkbook journalism” during Tuesday’s closing business session.


October 6th, 2010 • 2010: Las Vegas
Army reporter recalls harrowing experiences in Iraq

Somewhere in Baghdad, a U.S. Army sergeant commits suicide in front of his men. A tank hit by a 500-pound bomb flips upside down, becoming a fiery tomb for the soldiers trapped inside. Remains of friends are so mangled and scattered after an attack that the tattoos on their arms are the only means of identification. Another tank burns as other soldiers watch helplessly as their friends die inside.


October 6th, 2010 • 2010: Las Vegas
Immigration terms a key issue for media outlets and SPJ international committee

The issue of illegal immigration has become so polarizing that the media are severely challenged in trying to cover it objectively, according to members of the SPJ International Journalism Committee.


October 6th, 2010 • 2010: Las Vegas
Commanding quality content

“We get people who say ‘I was on Las Vegas Sun and I lost myself,’” said Rob Curley, the speaker at Tuesday’s “Super Session: Re-imagining News.”


October 6th, 2010 • 2010: Las Vegas
Convention attendees explore Las Vegas for entertainment and dining

The Beatles. Dancing water fountains. How about lunch in Paris? Those attending the Society of Professional Journalists’ convention in Las Vegas found a variety of ways to squeeze some wholesome fun in along with sessions on ethics and strolls through the expo.


October 6th, 2010 • 2010: Las Vegas
Around the convention

Jeremy Simon, left, of CreditCards.com has his resume critiqued by Renee Petrina, an instructor at Ball State University in Muncie, Ind. (TWANA PINSKEY / The Working Press) Roy J. Harris Jr., author of “Pulitzer’s Gold: Behind the Prize for Public Service Journalism,” signs copies of his book Tuesday at the SPJ convention.


October 6th, 2010 • 2010: Las Vegas
Meet the staff of The Working Press Las Vegas

Read all about the 2010 staff of The Working Press.


October 6th, 2010 • 2010: Las Vegas
Seminar urges journalists to seek odd jobs in unusual places to stay afloat of economy

Want to be a court reporter? No, not the kind who writes about court cases for a newspaper. This court reporter writes about cases for the courts themselves and posts them online for attorneys and government officials.


October 5th, 2010 • 2010: Las Vegas
Social media boom spurs ethics dilemmas

If Monday’s social media seminar were a fan page on Facebook, about 100 SPJ attendees would have liked it. The interest in social media and journalism was apparent as participants in “Mining Facebook, Twitter, Etc.: The Ethical Side of It,” crammed inside and lined up outside the room.


October 5th, 2010 • 2010: Las Vegas
Outgoing leader Smith to continue shield law push

Somewhere high in the sky between Washington, D.C., and Las Vegas, Kevin Smith stopped what he was doing to think for a minute.


October 5th, 2010 • 2010: Las Vegas
SPJ Afterhours Mobile Tweetup

Compiled By Gregan Wingert Photos By Nikki Villoria The first afterhours mobile tweetup lead tweeting convention goers a chance to schmooze over booze. Starting in the Le Burger Brassiere at the Paris and wrapping up at Grand Lux Cafe in the Venetian the group mingled over a mix of choice drinks.


October 5th, 2010 • 2010: Las Vegas
Mark of Excellence honors college journalism

Campus journalism staffs and individual students from across the country were honored at the Society of Professional Journalists’ Mark of Excellence luncheon Monday afternoon. The winners were selected from a pool of more than 3,600 entries of work published or broadcast in 2009.


October 5th, 2010 • 2010: Las Vegas
SPJ board adopts new standards for chapters

The SPJ board of directors took action against several local chapters that failed to file required reports on time, based on changes it approved to the four-star review system on Sunday.


October 5th, 2010 • 2010: Las Vegas
Invaluable advice free for the taking Tuesday in the Journalism Expo

Robert Knight will offer free writing critiques until 2 p.m. Tuesday at the expo. Writers need to sign up for one of the time slots offered throughout the day.



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