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



2016: New Orleans


September 20th, 2016 • 2016: New Orleans
Rock the NAJA Vote 2016

The Native American Journalists Association board meeting took place September 18 to discuss election policies. NAJA’s possible changes included guidelines if there is a voting tie, a vacancy left open by a board member’s resignation or not enough eligible candidates to run for open positions.


September 20th, 2016 • 2016: New Orleans
A**holes in the News Room: Did You Study for the Test?

It turns out I’m an a**hole. This revelation was less than shocking for me. Up until the time I took the “Are you an A**hole?” test during Kevin Benz’s “No more A**holes in the Newsroom” session, I only had my suspicions.


September 19th, 2016 • 2016: New Orleans
‘Making a Murderer’ – And Covering Him

The Netflix docuseries, Making a Murderer, has sparked national interest in Steven Avery who was convicted for the murder of Teresa Halbach in 2007. Halbach was a photographer for Auto Trade Magazine and went to Avery’s property in Manitowoc County, Wisconsin to take pictures of the family’s salvage yard.


September 19th, 2016 • 2016: New Orleans
Director of SPLC discusses first amendment challenges facing college journalists

The Student Press Law Center’s Director Frank LoMonte discussed press freedom challenges facing college journalists today. He emphasized the defunding of college newspapers, corruption in the electing of college presidents and administrative retaliation against college advisors. “If you ask college journalists today what the biggest problem they’re facing is, most of them won’t tell you it’s direct institutional censorship, but what I’ve started calling censorship by starvation,” LoMonte said.


September 19th, 2016 • 2016: New Orleans
EIJ attendees take to the NOLA skies

Excellence in Journalism attendees experience piloting a drone under the guidance of Debt.com’s Brandon Ballenger at Woldenberg Riverfront Park as part of a Monday breakout session.


September 19th, 2016 • 2016: New Orleans
5 tips to help you become a better freelancer

Controlling your own income sounds like an attractive benefit to becoming a freelancer, but securing long-term clients and making money can be awkward and hard to manage, longtime freelancers say. Robyn Davis Sekula and Dana Neuts reveal five things they wish they knew before becoming freelancers.


September 19th, 2016 • 2016: New Orleans
FAA clarifies use of drones for newsgathering

Newsgathering drones can only be used if the operator is certified, and the device is properly registered through the FAA, said Mickey Osterreicher, general counsel for the National Press Photographers Association. The certification process started on Aug. 29, and requires operators to pass the FAA’s part 107 exam, which tests their knowledge on drone regulations, airspace requirements, weather and operations.


September 19th, 2016 • 2016: New Orleans
Marty Baron speaks to EIJ News

“Well, I hope that people will indulge their curiosity…they will dig beneath the surface, that they’ll ask tougher questions sometimes.” All eyes, ears and iPhones were on Marty Baron as he spoke about the film ‘Spotlight’ and the future of investigative journalism, at the Excellence In Journalism Convention in New Orleans on Sunday.


September 19th, 2016 • 2016: New Orleans
Hernandez explores latest technology in interactive session (Live video replay)

Robert Hernandez (@webjournalist), USC journalism associate professor, co-founder of #WJCHAT and creator of JoVRnalism, lead Excellence in Journalism attendees in a high-energy, standing-room-only interactive session exploring the latest innovations in technology. Replay of the live video stream can be viewed on Facebook by clicking here or the image below:


September 19th, 2016 • 2016: New Orleans
Recap from ‘Spotlight’ and the Future of Investigative Journalism: A Q&A with Marty Baron

“Our loyalty is not to our sources — it is to our readers.” Marty Baron, editor of The Washington Post and former editor of the Boston Globe, kept his loyalty to readers in one of the most controversial stories in news reporting.


September 18th, 2016 • 2016: New Orleans
Video highlights from ‘How Well Does the Media Cover Mass Murders?’

(see related story) Anchor/reporter Casey Ferrand conducts a panel of guest speakers, who discuss media coverage of mass shootings as well as accuracy in reporting, ethics, and responsibility. Tom Teves, co-founder of No Notoriety and father of Aurora shooting victim, describes the call he received when he learned about his son’s fate.


September 18th, 2016 • 2016: New Orleans
Covering Mass Murders: Doing More Good Than Harm

(see related video clips) Tom Teves’ Hawaiian vacation turned into a nightmare when his son’s girlfriend called him on July 20, 2012. “Amanda, calm down,” he said. “Where is Alex?” She didn’t know. She was dragged out of the movie theater when the shooting started (there is a reason we are not using the shooter’s name here).


September 18th, 2016 • 2016: New Orleans
From bureaus to fellowships: The future of international journalism

While the financial landscape supporting international journalism has changed dramatically in recent decades, the necessity for global news has only grown stronger, said Farah Stockman, a New York Times reporter. Stockman, the winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for commentary, urged aspiring and working journalists to embrace this new financial model of fellowships instead of foreign bureaus during a presentation she gave on international journalism Sunday at the Excellence in Journalism Conference in New Orleans.


September 18th, 2016 • 2016: New Orleans
Journalism Expo

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.


September 18th, 2016 • 2016: New Orleans
Journalists’ Toolbox founder Reilley introduces newest mobile tools for journalists

A packed room of professional and student journalists heard about and experienced some of the latest mobile tools available during Sunday morning’s Breakout Session at the Excellence in Journalism conference at the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel. Mike Reilley, founder of the Society of Professional Journalists’ resource site, The Journalist’s Toolbox, introduced mobile tools other than Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter and Facebook, focusing on those that go beyond the “basics that we have in place that we should probably already be using.”


September 18th, 2016 • 2016: New Orleans
Building from debris: ABCs of podcasting from New Orleans

It had been 10 years since Hurricane Katrina made landfall, increasing in danger and wind speed like an imposing turbine in the skies, and flooding New Orleans. An estimated 1,835 people died, about 300,000 homes were destroyed and the damage reached over $96 billion in estimated costs. In 2015, when the historic 10-year anniversary approached, Eve Troah, the news director for the New Orleans NPR affiliate WWNO, decided it was time for a podcast to reflect on how the catastrophe had changed and shaped her community.


September 18th, 2016 • 2016: New Orleans
Using the EIJ16 App

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.



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