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2014: Nashville


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.


September 5th, 2014 • 2014: Nashville
EIJ Celebrates Student Journalists

Though it’s no longer a swanky luncheon to celebrate the Society of Professional Journalist’s student awards, the conference still puts on a show for its younger participants. The annual student union handed out five individual awards recognizing the campus chapter of the year, campus advisers, students, teachers and graduates.


September 5th, 2014 • 2014: Nashville
Reporters Reflect on Lessons Learned in Ferguson

While the crisis in Ferguson raged on in front of camera crews for weeks on end, reporters on the ground saw a different reality. They also saw that reality distorted – or participated in the distortion themselves – as Ferguson descended into a “war zone” in a matter of days.


September 5th, 2014 • 2014: Nashville
Kara Swisher Discusses Pros of Doing What You Love

The successful future journalist is someone who rarely sleeps, is not afraid to fail, probably does not work for a traditional news organization but is having a heck of a good time doing it. That is what Super Session speaker Kara Swisher, the co-CEO of Revere Digital and co-founder of technology news and analysis site Re/Code, told attendees at the Excellence in Journalism Conference.


September 5th, 2014 • 2014: Nashville
Diversity at EIJ14: Bringing Color to SPJ

The SPJ Diversity Committee had a lively discussion at EIJ14 on better ways to improve the experience of members of color. Although more can be done in shaping programming and recruitment, the new chair, April Bethea, plans to implement new solutions to diversify management training and membership.


September 5th, 2014 • 2014: Nashville
Don't Be An Intern. Be A Freelancer.

Michael Koretzky, a freelance content director, gave some insight Friday at Excellence In Journalism 2014 on how students should learn to freelance while still in school. Koretzky also works at financial news and education website, Debt.com, for which he is always hiring freelancers.


September 5th, 2014 • 2014: Nashville
Jayson Blair, Ben & Jerry's and Manti Te'o: Plagiarism in the Digital Age

Jayson Bair is famous in the journalism world for all the wrong reasons after committing the most frowned upon crime of the profession. And it happened before the social media-age and the explosion of online. With the vast amount of article and media consumption that comes with the worldwide web, instances of plagiarism and copy write issues continue to rise.


September 5th, 2014 • 2014: Nashville
Remembering Eva: An EIJ13 News Team Member Reflects on Twitter Experience

Bobby Blanchard remembered covering the panel led by actress and philanthropist Eva Longoria during last year’s Excellence in Journalism. Blanchard had been assigned to provide social media updates about the panel. “How might Texas, with it’s [sic] growing Hispanic population, impact the 2016 election?”


September 5th, 2014 • 2014: Nashville
Roundup: Journalists at Death's Door

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September 5th, 2014 • 2014: Nashville
Google: Beyond the White Screen

You may have heard the phrase, “Just Google it,” in your newsroom at one time or another when searching for additional background or double checking an image source. Google Media outreach lead and speaker Nicholas Whitaker, gave an overall view Friday at Excellence in Journalism 2014 on how to go well beyond Google’s main search page.


September 5th, 2014 • 2014: Nashville
The SPJ Name Change: What People Think About the Upcoming Vote

The upcoming SPJ name change discussion is slated for discussion Saturday during Excellence in Journalism 2014.  However many attendees aren’t waiting until the weekend to share their views. While the proposal to change from “The Society of Professional Journalists” to “The Society for Professional Journalism” may seem like a minor issue, it’s actually created a bit of a stir among organization leadership and members.


September 5th, 2014 • 2014: Nashville
EIJ14 Remembers John Seigenthaler

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.


September 5th, 2014 • 2014: Nashville
Mean Tweets — They're Not Just For Celebrities

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 5th, 2014 • 2014: Nashville
Cracking the code: SPJ Code of Ethics gets an update

  The SPJ Code of Ethics is a cornerstone of the organization, and after the Excellence in Journalism conference, it will most likely be getting an update. SPJ delegates will vote Saturday afternoon on the final draft of the revised Code of Ethics.


September 5th, 2014 • 2014: Nashville
SPJ President-Elect: What Can I Do For Students, Professionals, Journalism?

  Since 2005, Dana Neuts has been a faithful Society of Professional Journalists member. A veteran of multiple EIJ/SPJ conferences, Neuts has networked with industry professionals and, arguably, the most important, asked, “what resources can I get from SPJ?” After being laid off from her corporate business job, along with the help of SPJ, Neuts was able to establish herself as a freelance writer in the Seattle-area.


September 5th, 2014 • 2014: Nashville
Journalists get crash course in coding

Journalists started to learn a new language Thursday afternoon at the Excellence in Journalism conference. Speaker Andy Boyle wasn’t teaching basics of French or Japanese. Boyle, an applications developer at The Chicago Tribune, taught the building blocks of writing HTML and CSS and then set attendees free to try it out themselves.


September 4th, 2014 • 2014: Nashville
Looking To The Future: Passion Overcomes Fear for Many Young Journalists

With employment rates across the news industry expected to decline 14 percent within the next eight years, U.S. newspapers making their staff reapply for jobs and reporters earning significantly less than the average U.S. wage, one would expect young journalists entering the workforce today to feel more apprehensive about their career choices than ever before.


September 4th, 2014 • 2014: Nashville
Dear Recent Grads: What Employers Want You To Know

For the recent graduates at the 2014 Excellence in Journalism conference, slinging resumes and business cards at employers is the name of the game. Journalists applying for their first job out of college have a diploma and, hopefully, an internship or two under their belts.


September 4th, 2014 • 2014: Nashville
What do people expect of Excellence in Journalism 2014?

We went out to get a pulse of guests’ expectations for this year’s Excellence in Journalism Conference. Across the various professions, cultural groups, and regions, networking was the standout response of what members were looking forward to doing during this 4-day convention.


September 4th, 2014 • 2014: Nashville
Media Management Moves From Instruction to Innovation

Editors, producers and various media leaders converged at a six-hour workshop to discuss the transformation of media management and leadership during a News Management Master Class Thursday morning. “Traditionally, media management used to supervised the production of journalism,” said Jill Geisler, senior faculty member at the Poynter Institute said.



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