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2015: Orlando


September 21st, 2015 • 2015: Orlando
Former Sigma Delta Chi president receives SPJ’s highest honor

Sue Porter, vice president, programs at Scripps Howard Foundation, received the Society of Professional Journalists highest honor, the Wells Memorial Key award. She received the award during the Presidents Installation Gala. The gala also serves as an awards ceremony for distinguished journalists, but the Wells Memorial Key is always given out last.


September 20th, 2015 • 2015: Orlando
Trading spaces: Incoming SPJ president Paul Fletcher installed

Paul Fletcher takes over the title of SPJ president from Dana Neuts on Sunday during the Excellence in Journalism Conference in Orlando.


September 20th, 2015 • 2015: Orlando
Why web coding is for you-even if you don’t realize it yet

ProPublica news app developer Lena Groeger discusses how journalists can begin to learn about data reporting and web coding.


September 20th, 2015 • 2015: Orlando
Reporters from abroad find value in returning home for training

Many attendees of this year’s Excellence in Journalism conference arrived via relatively short trips to Orlando. However for some like Alfredo Corchado, who works in Mexico City for the Dallas Morning News, the commute involved international time zones and lasted much longer. Continue reading


September 20th, 2015 • 2015: Orlando
The future of journalism


September 20th, 2015 • 2015: Orlando
Storify: The art of storytelling: by Boyd Huppert

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September 20th, 2015 • 2015: Orlando
EIJ conference app fuels competition, clashes

Holly Duchmann and Kailey Broussard are not only fellow student journalists at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, but even closer this weekend during Excellence in Journalism 2015 while rooming together in Orlando. However this weekend their friendship took a competitive turn.


September 20th, 2015 • 2015: Orlando
Drones for news slowly taking to the skies

Journalists are often looking for any advantage for discovering, gathering, and reporting news events reliably and quickly. Especially if that includes eyes in the sky. However even after ongoing examination and exploration of proposed regulations for operating drones in the U.S., news organizations largely remain in a holding pattern for legally launching drones from station helicopter pads.


September 20th, 2015 • 2015: Orlando
Beware of open records roadblocks

FERPA and personnel and open investigations, oh my. Public entities will sometimes try to claim that open records are not available because of FERPA, personnel or an on-going investigation. “Expand your knowledge of what a public record is,” said Frank LaMonte, Student Press Law Center executive director.


September 20th, 2015 • 2015: Orlando
9 tips for writing a killer headline


September 20th, 2015 • 2015: Orlando
To mock or not to mock (interview): 4 takeaways from EIJ critiques

Four students (including me) went through mock interviews in front of an audience at Michael Koretzky’s session, “Nervous as Hell: Mock (Or Maybe Real) Job Interviews for New Grads” on Saturday. Koretzky, an editor for Debt.com, grilled the students with questions, stopping them to offer constructive criticism when they stumbled.


September 20th, 2015 • 2015: Orlando
Lesley Stahl and Pierre Thomas Q&A

The Radio and Television Digital News Association honored 60 Minutes correspondent Lesley Stahl and ABC News senior justice correspondent Pierre Thomas Saturday night. Prior to the awards reception, Stahl and Thomas shared highlights of their careers with conference attendees, giving them personal insight into the field of broadcast journalism.


September 20th, 2015 • 2015: Orlando
‘The Doctor is In’ — Time lapse

-1 hour session -750 photos, taken in 5 second intervals


September 20th, 2015 • 2015: Orlando
Combining forces to advance EIJ

Fewer than five percent of this year’s 1,500 attendees to Excellence in Journalism are members of more than one organization associated with the conference. Among those in rarified air, Sonny Albarado, an Arkansas Democratic-Gazette projects editor.“That feels pretty good and it’s actually higher than I thought it would be,” he said.


September 20th, 2015 • 2015: Orlando
Meet SPJ student delegates voting Sunday

"As a college chapter, we don't really look at ourselves as professional journalists. So it's really weird for us as college kids to feel like we're professionals within this organization."


September 20th, 2015 • 2015: Orlando
Mapping the attendees

In an effort to show the geographic diversity of the Excellence in Journalism 2015 conference, we mapped the home cities of 1,311 attendees. According to SPJ Director of Education Scott Leadingham, the data does not include on-site registrations. Click on individual data points to view the city name, and zoom out to view attendees from outside the continental United States.


September 19th, 2015 • 2015: Orlando
Six takeaways from incoming SPJ president Paul Fletcher


September 19th, 2015 • 2015: Orlando
15 amazing online tools

Al Tompkins is the senior faculty for broadcasting and online content at The Poynter Institute. He led a session Saturday morning showcasing 15 new online tools that have the ability to change the way a journalist presents a story. The following are the tools that he mentioned with a brief description: snipandshare: Google Chrome released this extension this morning and it makes posting content such as GIFs, still images, video or words to social media much easier.


September 19th, 2015 • 2015: Orlando
What to do if you’re in the middle of an unruly protest

From the Occupy protests in 2011 to the recent Freddie Grey protests in Baltimore, journalists have been seeing more demonstrations across the country that have the potential to be violent. In the Stay Safe and Savvy session on day two of the Excellence in Journalism conference, members of The Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA), law enforcement and media came together to discuss ways of preventing and diffusing confrontational situations.


September 19th, 2015 • 2015: Orlando
7 takeaways from current SPJ president Dana Neuts



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