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

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  • September 13th, 2020 • 2020: Virtual
    Patricia Newberry Hands SPJ Presidency to Matthew Hall

    Coming into the term without an executive director to assist her, her first plan of action was to find someone who would be willing to supervise a staff of 15.

    September 13th, 2020 • 2020: Virtual
    Resume Tips and Job Search Hacks

    The Society of Professional Journalists is hosting its annual Excellence in Journalism conference via Zoom webinar due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. In the workshop “Don’t Bury The Lede: Resume Clinics and Job Search Hacks,” Panelists Aaron Kremer, editor and founder, BusinessDen and Richmond BizSense; Quartz Editorial Director for Growth Phoebe Gavin; Sarah Rabil of the Wall Street Journal; and Heather Taylor from the Dow Jones News Fund shared resume critiques, interviewing tips, and job search strategies to help aspiring journalists prepare for their careers. 

    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


    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.

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