SPJ 23 Journalism Conference • Sept. 28-30, 2023

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  • October 27th, 2022 • 2022: Washington D.C.
    How to Restore Public Trust in the News

    A diverse team of three journalists gathered to discuss the growing epidemic of distrust in news media. They suggested multiple ways we can regain public trust. In an age where information is being thrown at us from all angles, disinformation is becoming the norm.

    October 27th, 2022 • 2022: Washington D.C.
    Nonprofit says their data tool could save local journalism

    Journalists can now examine data in a new way with the help of a tool from the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. Crosstown is a non-profit news organization that uses a data processing tool to offer news on a hyper-local level.

    September 9th, 2021 • 2021: Virtual
    “Building a Pipeline from the Classroom to the Newsroom”: What is NBCU Academy and How Can I Participate? 

    If you are interested in learning from reporters who really understand the craft, this is a great use of your time. Going through the specific scenario and deconstructing the different developments was extremely helpful to me as an aspiring reporter.

    September 8th, 2021 • 2021: Virtual
    4 top political cartoonists. 1 virtual room. Here’s what they had to say about virtual satire in the age of social media.

    Throughout the virtual chat, the four touched upon the struggles they face as political cartoonists. And agreed one of the biggest thorns in their side, is social media and the “bandwagoning” on damning misinterpretations of their work. 

    September 8th, 2021 • 2021: Virtual
    How to Create More Inclusive Classrooms

    Many journalists start in a classroom rather than a newsroom, and panelists at the 2021 SPJ Conference stress the need for these classrooms to be safe and inclusive spaces. University of North Texas professor Dorothy Bland said she encourages students and professors alike to start feeling comfortable outside of their current comfort zones. 

    September 5th, 2021 • 2021: Virtual
    Ever wondered how to turn a news story into a book? Two publishing industry insiders spill some knowledge.

    Having a byline on a story is great and all, but what about having a published book with your name on it? Industry insiders, Mindy Marquez Gonzalez, of Simon & Schuster, and Ashanti Blaize-Hopkins, associate professor of journalism at California's Santa Monica College, talked about how you --- yes, YOU -- can turn that story into a published book.

    September 5th, 2021 • 2021: Virtual
    The benefits of unionizing a newsroom–and why you should consider it

    ...the top three issues cited by people interested in organizing unions are economic uncertainty, job security and diversity, equity and inclusion in their newsrooms. The organizers also want to ensure that there is a commitment to the craft of journalism.

    September 4th, 2021 • 2021: Virtual
    SPJNews21 Student Reporters Discuss Evacuating from Hurricane Ida


    September 4th, 2021 • 2021: Virtual
    Connecting with Conservatives for Local Journalists

    Conservative news consumers often want news that is just facts or includes both side's perspectives. The unfair perception can be impacted by word choice, headlines, sourcing, and news consumers not being able to tell between news and opinion.

    September 4th, 2021 • 2021: Virtual
    J-school professors: Engaging with community, crucial tool for student journalism

    Engagement is journalism and the quicker student journalists learn this, the better. Two J-school professors detail teaching methods aimed at encouraging the next generation of storytellers to strengthen their bonds with those they interview.

    September 4th, 2021 • 2021: Virtual
    Special Citations for Los Angeles Times and Kansas City Star

    “In the past, coverage was either nonexistent or offensive and inaccurate. If you were a black Kansas Citian in 1950, you couldn’t even have your obituary in the Kansas City Star. You couldn’t get respect even in death.”

    September 4th, 2021 • 2021: Virtual
    An Inside Look Into Covering the Trump and Biden Administrations

    “When we first came into this administration, it was not the same situation where you could be there all the time and get to know your sources in person. There were a lot of restrictions, because of the pandemic. In fact, many of these officials weren't working in the building.”

    September 4th, 2021 • 2021: Virtual
    How to be an All-Star Pitcher

    Pitching is a crucial skill all journalists must hone and strengthen. The pitching process sets reporters up to share important stories and keep an eye out for gaps in current coverage. Susan Valot, a member of the SPJ Freelance Board, moderated a pitching-focused session at the organization’s 2021 conference.

    September 4th, 2021 • 2021: Virtual
    Journalists List Impacts of their Investigative Reporting

    Stories from tipsters, personal curiosity and relationships with communities — these are things that led journalists to produce investigative, long-form works that bring about changes and impacts.

    September 4th, 2021 • 2021: Virtual
    Investigative podcast “Why Don’t We Know” hopes to inspire journalists to seek hidden, uncollected data

    The producers of investigative podcast "Why Don't We Know" -- a podcast "that tells the story of the absence of data" -- hope it'll inspire the work of other journalists and motivate them to look for hidden and uncollected data.

    September 4th, 2021 • 2021: Virtual
    Data Journalism is Not Just About Numbers

    “One of the great things about data journalism is that you can use that skillset to make your story not just anecdotal, but analytical."

    September 4th, 2021 • 2021: Virtual
    Censorship and ‘Media Gags’ Prevent Journalists from Serving the Public Interest

    Not sharing the information journalists need to prevents sometimes life saving information from reaching the public, especially during a pandemic.

    September 4th, 2021 • 2021: Virtual
    How Journalists Can Take Advantage of Public Records

    ...know the specific records and know the law that requires the release of such records.

    September 4th, 2021 • 2021: Virtual
    NBCU Academy Trains College Students for Careers in Media.

    September 4th, 2021 • 2021: Virtual
    Hey journalists, want to protect yourself from online trolls? Follow these 3 tips.

    The Society of Professional Journalists Ethics Committee was once trolled at an SPJ conference. That's right! No one is safe from trolls, not even SPJ. But there are things you -- a journalist -- can do to defend yourself from these unscrupulous online attackers. You can start by reading this article. You welcome.

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