SPJ 21 Journalism Conference • Sept. 2-4, 2021



2017: Anaheim


September 9th, 2017 • 2017: Anaheim
SPJ may create additional student chapter awards

Student SPJ chapters may soon have more ways to receive recognition at the regional level. “What we’re hoping to do is address what we saw as an imbalance,” said Andrew Schotz, SPJ Awards and Honors Committee Chair. “There are many more student chapters than there are pro chapters.”


September 9th, 2017 • 2017: Anaheim
Creating a video at the ‘I don’t always create videos’ breakout session.

Journalism is continually changing, and video is becoming more necessary. Journalists do not always create video, but when they do, that video is often used for social media. This Deep Dive Workshop provided hands on experience for journalists looking to enhance their skills with video.


September 9th, 2017 • 2017: Anaheim
Dunia Elvir’s Tips for Reporting

Dunia Elvir of Telemundo 52 Los Angeles stopped by the #EIJ17 Newsroom and offered her advice for finding success in the newsroom and for reporting on natural disasters. On standing out to audiences, Elvir said, “If you study your DMA (data and marketing association) and you know your DMA, you have that strength to the company that you’re coming (to).


September 9th, 2017 • 2017: Anaheim
New Database Tracks Attacks on Reporters

The U.S. Press Freedom Tracker On June 4 in Portland, Oregon, Alex-Jon Earl, a student news editor working for the Portland State Vanguard, was pepper-sprayed while covering a protest and counter-protest. “Things got a little heated,” Earl said. After counter-protesters broke off to march away, Earl followed other reporters and was in turn followed by ACLU and National Lawyers Guild observers.


September 9th, 2017 • 2017: Anaheim
RIAS Berlin Commission Alumni Discuss Neo-Nazism in 2017

The Radio and Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) is celebrating a quarter-century partnership with the Radio in the American Sector (RIAS) Berlin Commission, an organization which serves as an exchange program between journalists in Germany and the United States. The organizations met at #EIJ17 where RIAS Executive Director Erik Kirschbaum and alumni gathered to reminisce and network. They offered their unique perspectives to EIJ News about the neo-Nazi and white supremacist protesters who descended on Charlottesville, Va. which ended in one death.


September 8th, 2017 • 2017: Anaheim
Pressing Issues: Covering Hate In Hostile Times

Podcast: Since the tragedy at Charlottesville this summer, terms like the "alt-right" and "white nationalists" are becoming more prevalent than ever. The growth of these hate groups comes with the need for more solid and accurate reporting. 


September 8th, 2017 • 2017: Anaheim
CNBC Hosts Business Reporting Workshop to Recruit at #EIJ17

CNBC is on a recruitment mission at the Excellence in Journalism Conference. The cable business news channel hosted a reporting workshop looking for potential hires.


September 8th, 2017 • 2017: Anaheim
LA Times reporters offer advice in investigative process

In publishing a series of investigative reports on a University of Southern California dean that brought his school reputation and revenue, five LA Times did what the university and Los Angeles Police Department failed to do — publicly acknowledge the dean's secret double life involving prostitutes and drugs.


September 8th, 2017 • 2017: Anaheim
Do’s and Don’ts for covering news in a dangerous situation

Whether you are covering a forest fire, a protest, a hurricane, or an earthquake, reporters can find themselves in dangerous situations. It’s a reality news crews, or journalists alone on assignment could face on assignment, and was the focus of a session Friday ““News Safety and Stress for Journalists: An Open Discussion” at the Excellence at Journalism Conference 2017 in Anaheim, California. 


September 8th, 2017 • 2017: Anaheim
Virtual Tour of the J-Expo & Career Fair

Take a virtual tour of the J-Expo at EIJ 17. Organizations included in this interactive 360 Story Spheres video include at Bloomberg, CBS, NBC, the Bureau of Economic Analysis, RIAS Berlin, SAGA AFTRA and Northwestern's Medill School of Journalism.


September 8th, 2017 • 2017: Anaheim
Want better coverage? Learn how to listen to audiences more effectively

There are more effective ways for journalists to use social media, especially when it comes to listening and interacting with audiences. The technology to improve our social media ways is out there — it’s just a matter of knowing what it is and how to use it, said Banjo‘s director of media innovation Victor Hernandez during a breakout session on Thursday.


September 8th, 2017 • 2017: Anaheim
Pressing Issues: What Makes A Great Podcast?

Podcast: For this episode of Pressing Issues - a conversation with NPR's Felix Contreras, host of Alt.Latino.


September 8th, 2017 • 2017: Anaheim
SPJ delegates to vote on bylaw change

SPJ Governance Task Force chair Patti Newberry explains the proposed bylaw change delegates will vote on at this Saturday's business meeting.


September 8th, 2017 • 2017: Anaheim
#EIJ17 Panel Discusses Solutions to Low Trust in Media

Journalists are trying to find a way to reverse the public mistrust of the media. That was the focus of one panel at the Excellence in Journalism Conference in Anaheim. Jane Elizabeth of the American Press Institute says this distrust affects the bottom line for every news organization.


September 8th, 2017 • 2017: Anaheim
Journalism education: 4 tips to mix things up in the classroom

At a breakout session entitled “Great Ideas in Journalism Education,” four educators offered tips and advice on how to spice things up at school with one common theme: break out of the conventional idea of teaching journalism.


September 8th, 2017 • 2017: Anaheim
NBC news directors give feedback to students, professionals in day-long workshop

As many Excellence in Journalism attendees chatted with conference exhibitors, attended breakout sessions and mingled with like-minded colleagues, a select group of students and young media professionals rubbed elbows with NBC executives, who in turn critiqued their scripts and offered career advice.


September 7th, 2017 • 2017: Anaheim
A Guide to Covering Violence in Indian Country

Four out of five Native Americans have experienced violence in their lifetimes, according to the National Institute of Justice (NIJ). That’s why members of the Native American Journalists Association wanted to bring attention to domestic violence and sexual assault in tribal communities.


September 7th, 2017 • 2017: Anaheim
Pressing Issues: Covering DACA & Undocumented Communities

Podcast: Three immigration reporters share their thoughts on covering immigration from avoiding misconceptions to the risks involved in working with undocumented sources. 


September 7th, 2017 • 2017: Anaheim
NAHJ and CCNMA Relationship in Question

A rift between two major Latino journalism organizations has postponed the presentation of the Ruben Salazar Journalism Award during the National Association of Hispanic Journalist’s annual awards luncheon. Members of the California Chicano News Media Association were surprised to hear that board members of NAHJ announced a request to review the finances shared between the two organizations.


September 7th, 2017 • 2017: Anaheim
How to Launch a Drone News Program

Drone operators, amateurs and news organizations are under stress to report news and exercise their first amendment rights while adhering to the law amid complaints from the public and police while covering disasters.



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