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  • September 28th, 2018 • 2018: Baltimore
    Veterans and Rookies Hoping for Success at EIJ 2018

    Baltimore, Maryland is host of the 2018 Excellence in Journalism Conference. Recruiters, rookies, and veterans of the EIJ conference are searching to find a new job, a new connection or a new friend. .


    September 28th, 2018 • 2018: Baltimore
    Eat like a “Baltimorean”: Affordable Eats on a budget

    Attending a conference can be very expensive: you have to worry about hotel, ground transportation, and airfare but what about “food?” These expenses add up, especially when you’re locked inside a hotel/convention center and your money is very tight. Here are a few restaurants that are affordable, within walking distance and even Uber friendly.


    September 28th, 2018 • 2018: Baltimore
    PHOTOS: Moments from Opening Night Reception at EIJ18 Baltimore

    CNN sponsored a journalism party at M&T Bank Stadium-home to the Baltimore Ravens on Wednesday night. Music, drinks and friendships!


    September 27th, 2018 • 2018: Baltimore
    Creating an Experience: Boyd Huppert speaks on how tools and focus can improve visual storytelling

    Boyd Huppert, known around the country for his program “Land of 10,000 Stories” spoke on maximizing visual storytelling on Thursday at EIJ 2018. At the workshop, titled “It’s Just Video, Until a Storyteller Creates an Experience,” Huppert focused his time on focus — and how to use new tools to pursue stories in a different way. 


    September 27th, 2018 • 2018: Baltimore
    EIJ discusses 2018 Midterm Elections

    November midterm elections mark the midpoint in President Donald Trump’s four-year term. What does this mean for his presidency? All 435 seats in the House of Representatives, 35 of the Senate’s 100 seats and 36 state governors are up for election.


    September 27th, 2018 • 2018: Baltimore
    Capital Gazette shooting hits close to home with journalists at EIJ18

    At least once in their career, a journalist will likely cover a major tragedy or violent incident. But how does that dynamic change when journalists become the subject of the tragedy? All over the world, journalists have been subjected to violence, torture, and even murder.


    September 27th, 2018 • 2018: Baltimore
    Al Tompkins Takes on Misinformation in “Critical Thinking to Fight Fake News”

    Al Tompkins of Poynter Institute hates the term “fake news” that you could hear it in the bluntness of his tone when he opened his lecture, “Critical Thinking to Fight Fake News” at the Excellence in Journalism 2018 Conference. The lecture provided a biting take on the spread of misinformation by showing real-world examples of  actual fake news and demonstrating how fake news can be manufactured and spread.


    September 27th, 2018 • 2018: Baltimore
    Recent Layoffs Loom over Newspaper Industry

    It’s not breaking news to say that the journalism industry is changing. The print industry in particular is seeing an increase in layoffs as a result of these transitions. At least 36% of the largest newspapers across the United States – as well as at least 23% of the highest-traffic digital-native news outlets – experienced layoffs between January 2017 and April 2018, according to a PEW Research study.


    September 27th, 2018 • 2018: Baltimore
    Koch sponsorship leads to SPJ conference ethics complaints

    Update: A resolution was passed by the Society of Professional Journalists delegates Saturday that would make the Sponsorship task force accountable to the delegates, by clearly establishing in writing a timeline for action. Since Citizens United vs. The Federal Election Commission (2010), the Koch Brothers, Charles and David Koch of Koch Industries, Inc., have been one of the faces of donor influence in politics.


    September 27th, 2018 • 2018: Baltimore
    Stress: A Day in the Life of a Journalist

    With all of the traumatic events going on in the world today, journalists are some of the first people to get to the scene and cover breaking news. Stress is a part of their job. Both journalists and media professionals encounter extremely emotional situations.


    September 27th, 2018 • 2018: Baltimore
    EIJ panels you don’t want to miss, by topics

    Welcome to the 2018 Excellence in Journalism conference! Even if it’s your first time or you’re a conference veteran, it can be overwhelming looking through the schedule to find which panels to attend. To help with schedule anxiety, we went through the schedule and divided up the panels by the most relevant topics in our industry: covering the midterms, increasing diversity, dealing with the government, working on a deadline, improving trust and learning new reporting and storytelling tools. 


    September 27th, 2018 • 2018: Baltimore
    EIJ18 Journalists Closely Watch Emotional Senate Judiciary Hearing

      Journalists at the Excellence in Journalism 2018 Conference had the opportunity to go in and out of the Holiday Ballroom to watch live coverage of Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony against Judge Brett Kavanaugh on Thursday. EIJ18 streamed the hearing on large screens for several hours.


    September 27th, 2018 • 2018: Baltimore
    Are you an introvert? Here’s how to make the most of EIJ.

    When entrepreneur Rachel Jenks attended her first networking session, she was so nervous, she forgot to take off her coat. She kept the thick winter jacket on as she mingled, struggling to maneuver through the crowd. “It was probably 90 degrees in the room, but there are pictures of me with my coat on the entire time,” Jenks said.


    October 15th, 2017 • 2017: Anaheim
    Legendary reporter gives special toast and glimpse into tradition

    Excellence in Journalism ’17 may be over, but there is one night that a couple of dozen journalists are treasuring, after being treated to history, culture and poetry from a legendary newsman. Retired TV reporter Rigo Chacon gave a memorable toast before this crowd, as he strolled down memory lane.


    September 12th, 2017 • 2017: Anaheim
    CUNY Graduate School of Journalism’s Founding Dean Stephen B. Shepard Brings Sobering View to SPJ President’s Installation Banquet

    Despite the festive celebration, Shepard gave a thoughtful, thorough and sobering view on journalism's past and future. The room of distinguished journalists listened closely; if not for Shepard's voice, one could hear a pin drop. It would be a disservice to the journalism community to let Shepard's words remain within the confines of platinum 2 banquet hall of the Anaheim Marriott. Read them here.


    September 11th, 2017 • 2017: Anaheim
    Analyzing the data behind EIJ News

    After the excitement of the 2017 Excellence in Journalism conference had wound down, EIJ News Interns embarked on one final assignment--digging through the data. The EIJ News interns tap-tap-tapped their fingers through many live-Tweeting sessions on the EIJ Twitter account to crank out a total of 176 tweets during the conference. Their efforts produced over 51,200 Tweet impressions, an increase of more than 3,700 percent compared to the previous month, according to Twitter analytics.


    September 10th, 2017 • 2017: Anaheim
    Grace Rauh Wins SPJ’s Sunshine Award for Outstanding Reporting on Government Accountability

    The Society of Professional Journalists held its closing dinner at the Excellence in Journalism with a strong statement defending journalism. Grace Rauh, a political reporter at Spectrum News NY1 won the Sunshine Award for her investigative reports on New York City mayor Bill de Blasio. Grace Rauh is the lead plaintiff in an ongoing lawsuit titled Rauh v. de Blasio nicknamed 'Agents of the City'.


    September 10th, 2017 • 2017: Anaheim
    Q&A: Data Journalism For Newbies

    Pam Baker is a freelance journalist on the big data beat. She contributes to PC Magazine and a variety of tech media outlets. Her session at EIJ 2017 focused on rapid response protocol in news rooms when dealing with continuously flowing data to find relevant background and contextual information. Baker shared her knowledge for aspiring data journalists looking to get into the field.


    September 10th, 2017 • 2017: Anaheim
    Award-winning journalist teaches newbies MMJ survival skills

    Journalists with all levels of experience from student to pro packed a meeting room to hear tips on how to survive as a multimedia journalist. Shooting, editing and reporting require skills that every multimedia journalist has, but KGTV’s Joe Little showed journalists how to be more creative.


    September 10th, 2017 • 2017: Anaheim
    Learn to unlock and unleash your broadcast voice

    At the Excellence in Journalism conference Saturday morning, three broadcast professionals offered best practices and advice on how to find and focus your inner broadcast voice.