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



2020: Virtual


September 12th, 2020 • 2020: Virtual
Science and Journalism: Reporting in a pandemic

Journalists misconstruing scientific studies is done often, Dr. Rob Pyatt, a molecular geneticist at Kean University, shared with journalists Saturday. Inaccurately summarizing a study can cause considerable issues — misinforming the public, skewing the research’s results and creating misleading situations. To ensure an accurately informed public, articles on science must be written critically and comprehensively, Pyatt said.


September 12th, 2020 • 2020: Virtual
Uncovering Missing Voices Between History’s Subtle Lines

Digging through historical records found at the 5,500-acre plantation of Gunston Hall in Fairfax County, Va., student researcher Elizabeth Perez-Garcia of George Mason University uncovered the life of an African-American girl named Penny, who was shackled into the chains of slavery in 1796 Virginia.


September 12th, 2020 • 2020: Virtual
SPJ Executive Director Embraces First Virtual Conference

EDITOR’S NOTE: This interview was conducted on September 2, 2020.   The Society of Professional Journalists is hosting its annual Excellence in Journalism conference on a virtual platform for the first time in its history due to the effects of the coronavirus. 


September 12th, 2020 • 2020: Virtual
Opportunities Hard to Find For New Journalists During the Pandemic

The global pandemic has prevented many rising journalists from landing the perfect summer internship, the dream job, or a networking opportunity. However, students from the University of Houston (UH) have found flexibility is the key to success. The pandemic felt like an extended spring break to recent UH graduate Viridiana Fernandez, but she was not prepared for such a drastic change.


September 12th, 2020 • 2020: Virtual
Group Works to Retain African American College Students

The group has emerged as an almost entirely African American student organization focused on promoting the ideals of respect and personal growth. The program focuses on improving the academic achievement and the retention rate of its members.


September 12th, 2020 • 2020: Virtual
Meet Matthew Hall: SPJ’s newest president

Matthew Hall has been elected president of Society of Professional Journalists during one of the most interesting and challenging years for the journalism industry. Hall, a University of New Hampshire graduate, started working at the San Diego Union-Tribune in 2001 and in 2016, he began managing the paper’s the Ideas and Opinion section.


September 12th, 2020 • 2020: Virtual
George Mason University Hosts Program To End Sexual Violence

Five years ago, Mason students and staff made a pledge to end sexual violence on campus. Today, this pledge continues to be carried out through Mason’s Chapter Next: Ending Sexual Violence program. The program is led by the Women and Gender Studies Center, Leadership Education Development (LEAD) Office and Student Support and Advocacy Center (SSAC).


September 12th, 2020 • 2020: Virtual
Georgetown Students Recruited for Obscure Christian Sect

Multiple Georgetown students have been approached by individuals on campus about the ideological concept of “God the Mother,” asking them for their contact information to join a Bible study. A female incarnation of God, “God the Mother,” is believed to have co-created the Earth with “God the Father,” a belief associated with the fringe sect of Christianity known as the World Mission Society Church of God.


September 12th, 2020 • 2020: Virtual
Asian Americans Bear Brunt of Covid-19 Bias

LOS ANGELES – Dozens of airlines have canceled flights to China in the wake of the novel coronavirus outbreak, but at least one Asian American traveler is skipping his summer trip to the Philippines to avoid a spreading social illness: racism.


September 12th, 2020 • 2020: Virtual
Cultural Dance in Honor of Vanessa Guillen

 



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