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



2007: Washington, D.C.


October 4th, 2007 • 2007: Washington, D.C.
Senator asks SPJ to help create laws to open records, protect journalists

Sen. John Cornyn urged SPJ members Thursday to help him work on a legislative proposal to make government information more open and available to citizens and to shield from criminal prosecution journalists who use controversial information obtained legally.


October 4th, 2007 • 2007: Washington, D.C.
Kiplinger continues a family tradition

As a young boy, Austin Kiplinger learned journalistic values by practically “living” in his father’s office. Decades later, he imparts these values to those just starting their careers.


October 4th, 2007 • 2007: Washington, D.C.
Your Space or Mine?

This isn’t your average blind date.


October 4th, 2007 • 2007: Washington, D.C.
Student editor, blogger recall the case that rocked Duke University

The Duke lacrosse case is closed, but discussion of the case is far from over.


October 4th, 2007 • 2007: Washington, D.C.
SPJ leaders want to see more candidates, ‘ladder’ or not

SPJ President Christine Tatum wants to see more people involved in the organization’s elections. “Next year, I’m going to be responsible to get people to be participatory,” Tatum said. “I’m going to do everything I can to get them on the ticket.”


October 4th, 2007 • 2007: Washington, D.C.
Strategic plan provides a ‘guiding light’

The SPJ strategic plan was passed Wednesday afternoon by the board of directors, setting into motion a “guiding light” for staff and leadership that begins in the 2007-2008 year, SPJ executives said.


October 4th, 2007 • 2007: Washington, D.C.
Recruiters, prospects share a goal: Filling a job opening

Annette Billings hopes some SPJ members will extend their stay in Washington. The human resources director for Congressional Quarterly said a team of recruiters is attending the convention to look for reporters, online editors and videographers to cover Capitol Hill.


October 4th, 2007 • 2007: Washington, D.C.
Getting that offer you can’t refuse

Making a good impression with recruiters is the first step to getting a job offer. On the lookout at the SPJ expo for good prospects, representatives of companies suggest.


October 4th, 2007 • 2007: Washington, D.C.
Switching the pen for a camera

In a world where news has slowly shifted from paper to Web pages, it has become increasingly important that staff members of any media corporation learn each other’s jobs.


October 4th, 2007 • 2007: Washington, D.C.
Lights! Camera! Multimedia!

The online age is calling on everyone to develop video-friendly skills. For ways to improve your camera work, catch the playback from the session “Working With a Videographer” with Ledge King and Maria Fowler of Gannett News Service.


October 4th, 2007 • 2007: Washington, D.C.
Oyez! Oyez! Oyez!

Supreme Court spokeswoman Kathy Arberg offered these tips for reporters outside Washington who cover the high court. She led a group of SPJ members on a tour of the “Marble Palace” Thursday afternoon.


October 4th, 2007 • 2007: Washington, D.C.
Busted! Take the bite out of crime reporting

Covering the police beat is about more than sifting through reports for the blotter.


October 4th, 2007 • 2007: Washington, D.C.
Congressional Reporting with Attitude

Some tips for reporting what’s going on in Congress.


October 4th, 2007 • 2007: Washington, D.C.
Hitting a home run with your sports coverage

Paired for “The Sporting Life” session were Jim Welch, USA Today deputy managing editor for sports, and Mike Corey, the voice of the University of Delaware Blue Hens. Their suggestions for improving sports coverage:


October 4th, 2007 • 2007: Washington, D.C.
Simple searches save time on the Web

Internet research can be intimidating. Sifting through millions of Web sites, looking for the credible ones, can cost time and patience.


October 4th, 2007 • 2007: Washington, D.C.
Earn better marks on the education beat

Covering education is more than attending school board meetings and writing about test scores. To find bigger stories, says Washington Post education writer Jay Mathews, a presenter at the “Providing A+ Education Coverage” session, you’ll need to dig deeper.


October 4th, 2007 • 2007: Washington, D.C.
A Capital Draw

This week, Washingtonians will see a lot more journalists than usual. But many of them have traded in their reporter’s notebooks for name badges and totes.


October 4th, 2007 • 2007: Washington, D.C.
Word Count

You can count on it: Numbers are critical to reporting. For his Friday session, “Turn Numbers into Words,” Bloomberg News training editor Jerry Hart offered this formula for dealing with digits.



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