Excellence in Journalism 2019 • Sept. 5-7, 2019 • San Antonio



2019: San Antonio


September 9th, 2019 • 2019: San Antonio
SPJ Business Meeting raises debate over name change

SPJ held its annual business meeting during the EIJ 19 conference in San Antonio, Texas. With 13 resolutions on the table and not enough time to get through them all, the delegates focused on three major resolutions. Join EIJ News as we give a brief summary of the meeting.


September 8th, 2019 • 2019: San Antonio
Final thoughts about EIJ

EIJ19 is coming to an end. The Excellence in Journalism Conference brings aspiring, rising and professional journalists together once a year to expand their skills in the media industry and gain connections with others to reach their future goals.  All kinds of people from the journalism industry attend EIJ, and you never know who you’ll bump into.


September 8th, 2019 • 2019: San Antonio
Duty calls: Journalists cancel EIJ trip to cover Hurricane Dorian

Hurricane Dorian punished the Bahamas before barrelling towards Florida and the Carolinas.  The timing of the hurricane coincided with the Excellence in Journalism conference. Reporters that were ready for three days of learning and networking, canceled their plans to provide up-to-date coverage of the storm.


September 7th, 2019 • 2019: San Antonio
Say this, not that: A conversation on inclusive reporting

The third and final day of the Excellence in Journalism saw a packed audience for the “Say This, Not That. Writing Ethically and Inclusively“ panel. The hour-long session was led by outgoing RTDNA Chair Scott Libin, SPJ’s Ivette Davila-Richards and incoming RTDNA chair and WLRN-FM’s news director Terrence Shepherd.


September 7th, 2019 • 2019: San Antonio
The Casper Project: Investigating Mistrust of the Media

EIJ News 2019 San Antonio  In the town of Casper, Wyoming, coined “The Oil City”, Rod Hicks, Journalist on Call for the Society of Professional Journalists, planted the Media Trust and Democracy of Casper Project. The program geared towards educating people about the media and gathering more information on media distrust.  


September 7th, 2019 • 2019: San Antonio
Journalists find stress relief at morning yoga

The Society of Professional Journalist’s Caroline Escobar, a certified yoga instructor brought relaxation to the EIJ experience Saturday morning. Escobar found a passion for yoga after experiencing a crossfit injury. After getting her certification she has been teaching, and for the second year she has conducted a yoga session to at EIJ. 


September 7th, 2019 • 2019: San Antonio
What it takes to be safe: Photojournalist draws from first responder experience

As a first responder turned journalist, it didn’t take long for Chris Post to see he had a level of training his new coworkers did not. “I quickly realized that my background in public safety was unique in doing what I do now,” Post said.


September 7th, 2019 • 2019: San Antonio
Be safe rather than sorry: Journalists in the field

Journalists attacked or killed in action are becoming more numerous every day. EIJ News 19 talked to Chris Post, a first responder turned  and Joe Vazquez, a reporter, about their experiences in the field.


September 7th, 2019 • 2019: San Antonio
2019 SPJ Elections

[Please note: An earlier version of this story incorrectly reported that Haisten Willis received 371 votes in the race for At-Large Director. This has been corrected to the actual total of 171 votes. The EIJ News regrets the error.] Today was election day for the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) in San Antonio, TX.


September 7th, 2019 • 2019: San Antonio
Tips for Reporting on Suicide

Trigger Warning: suicide and suicidal thoughts     Nerissa Young, a lecturer from Ohio University specializing in mental health and media, and Erica Hill, a news director affected by suicide, hosted a reporting on suicide session at EIJ19.  Mental health is prominent in today’s news cycle, with suicide being at the forefront of discussions.


September 7th, 2019 • 2019: San Antonio
Podcasts are lacking diversity

Podcasts are gaining popularity. There are currently over 500 thousand podcasts on Apple, Spotify, and Pandora in more than one hundred languages. Why the gain in popularity? NPR’S Deputy Director of News Operations and Production Rolando Arrieta explains how podcasts rely on the age old art of storytelling.


September 7th, 2019 • 2019: San Antonio
How to defend your rights as a journalist

Journalists are always under attack for reporting the truth to their viewers, but how do storytellers defend their constitutional right of freedom of expression?


September 7th, 2019 • 2019: San Antonio
EIJ podcast: How does your background influence your storytelling

As a person of color, you cannot choose your ethnic background. But if you choose to be a reporter, does that impact your reporting? For some insight, EIJ news spoke with a veteran journalist. 


September 7th, 2019 • 2019: San Antonio
Do’s & Don’ts: The Art of The Freelance Pitch

For a freelancer, how you pitch an editor can determine landing your next big story or even how you pay your rent.  “The pitch is the most important thing in your career when you are trying to get published and trying to establish yourself,” said Jorge Arangure, metro senior staff editor at the New York Times.   


September 7th, 2019 • 2019: San Antonio
De-stressing the newsroom: Mental health at EIJ19

You’re on your way to an interview when a source asks to switch times. The printer runs out of paper halfway through a job. On Twitter, there’s a backed up pile of hateful direct messages in your inbox. Does reading this stress you out?


September 7th, 2019 • 2019: San Antonio
Teaching Convergence Journalism in the Classroom

  Convergence was once a new concept in journalism. Now, everything is being done together. It’s not uncommon for a print reporter to shoot video, a radio reporter to take photos or a television photographer to go on there air.   Maria Mendoza, a multimedia storyteller and social media producer, works on getting experience in all areas of journalism.


September 7th, 2019 • 2019: San Antonio
Covering trauma: How to stay sane

    San Antonio Skye Ray @theskyeray As journalists, you never know how your day will go.  One day you are covering a celebration, and the next, you’re covering a traumatic event that could have a lasting effect on your life. 


September 7th, 2019 • 2019: San Antonio
Photojournalist: EMS training keeps me safe

EIJ News 2019 San Antonio Chris Post worked as a first responder for over 20 years before he became a journalist. As a medic, his job was to get to know people quickly and personally to most effectively help them, and those skills transitioned smoothly into journalism.


September 7th, 2019 • 2019: San Antonio
COLD’s Hot Takes on Podcasting

“So, finding those stories, if you’re a reporter, if you’re a producer, that haunt you for whatever reason — your gut following that is very important,” Dave Cawley said. Dave Cawley started investigating the Sarah Powell case for the podcast COLD back in 2013 when the police released a redacted case file on a thumb drive to reporters in the area.


September 7th, 2019 • 2019: San Antonio
Stereotypes of Latina Journalists with María Elena Salinas

María Elena Salinas, former Univision news anchor and “the voice of Hispanic America," has experienced various types of stereotypes, throughout her over 40 years in journalism.