Excellence in Journalism 2019 • Sept. 5-7, 2019 • San Antonio




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  • September 7th, 2019 • 2019: San Antonio
    Maintaining an ethical presence on Twitter: Why & how

    In modern day journalism, Twitter is recognized as a powerful source for breaking news and is a way for journalists to break down barriers with readers, listeners and viewers.  Keeping this thought in mind, day two of the Excellence in Journalism conference started with a panel on what it takes to be an ethical journalist on the social networking platform.


    September 6th, 2019 • 2019: San Antonio
    Television News Icon Visits EIJ News 19

    September 6, 2019 San Antonio   Fellows who volunteer for EIJ News, the student newsroom at the Excellence in Journalism Convention, work long hours and on tight deadlines. The fellows received a visit today from Maria Elena Salinas, one of the best-known anchors in Spanish-language broadcasting, who is now a contributor to CBS News.


    September 6th, 2019 • 2019: San Antonio
    Covering White Nationalism With Context and Clarity

    Over the course of its history, the Atlantic magazine has only endorsed three presidential candidates: Abraham Lincoln in 1860, Lyndon B. Johnson in 1964 and Hillary Clinton in 2016. Editor-in-chief Jeffrey Goldberg said the endorsement of Clinton was not a partisan one; it was rooted in concerns about the temperament of her opponent, now-President Donald Trump.


    September 6th, 2019 • 2019: San Antonio
    Climate change isn’t a dirty word: making climate stories local

    September 6, 2019 San Antonio   Regardless of political party or geographic location, climate change has become a topic that people cannot ignore. However, the question still remains: How do we integrate environmental stories into our local newsrooms?  On Sept. 5, EIJ19 held its breakout session, Climate Matters: Fitting a Planet-Sized Story Into Your Newsroom.


    September 6th, 2019 • 2019: San Antonio
    Presidential candidate Julián Castro called for gun control in a Q&A session in San Antonio, Texas

    In light of recent Texas shootings Democratic Presidential candidate Julián Castro emphasized common sense gun control in a Q&A session with journalists attending the Excellence in Journalism Conference in San Antonio.  Surrounded by dozens of journalists, many hispanic, Castro addressed the reality of the situation.


    September 6th, 2019 • 2019: San Antonio
    PHOTO RECAP: Opening Night Reception At EIJ19 San Antonio


    September 6th, 2019 • 2019: San Antonio
    NAHJ rescinds FOX sponsorship

    The largest organization for Hispanic journalists in the nation took a controversial action by rejecting a sponsorship from FOX News.


    September 6th, 2019 • 2019: San Antonio
    Student influencer works to shift into a journalism career

    Samara Perez, a senior at Texas Southern University, is trying to use her influencer status to enter the journalism industry — while emphasizing journalism’s code of conduct.   Professional journalists have felt challenged because they feel that influencers aren’t held to the higher standards of the industry. 


    September 6th, 2019 • 2019: San Antonio
    How to integrate social media into your journalism

    Social media has become so pervasive in newsrooms that managing your online presence is now regularly being taught in the classroom. Carlynn Greene, a student at the University of North Texas, has to regularly post to social media as part of her journalism classes.


    September 6th, 2019 • 2019: San Antonio
    Newsroom Diversity: An EIJ slideshow

    Day one of the 2019 Excellence in Journalism conference saw news directors and various hiring managers discuss what it takes to ensure newsroom staff reflects the wider community.  The hour-long workshop, moderated by Rebecca Aguilar, founder of Latinas in Journalism and the SPJ Diversity chair, focused on how employers can deepen the pool of potential candidates from which they recruit and certain biases which are associated with recruitment. 


    September 6th, 2019 • 2019: San Antonio
    Keeping journalists safe against online violence

    An employee at WBUR radio in Boston, Meagan McGinnes has never personally been a victim of online attacks. However, during the “Building Resilience to Online Violence” workshop during Excellence in Journalism 2019, she shared a story of a coworker being harassed for an opinion piece on how wearing sombreros during Cinco de Mayo is offensive.


    September 6th, 2019 • 2019: San Antonio
    Resources for facing online violence

    Are you worried about your online safety? With journalists at more risk now for online violence than ever before, it is important to take steps to protect your information. The speakers at the workshop “Building Resilience to Online Violence” during EIJ 19 shared multiple resources to get started.


    September 6th, 2019 • 2019: San Antonio
    SPJ Board of Directors Discusses Strategic Plan and New Executive Director

     Alex Tarquinio presided over her last Society of Professional Journalists board meeting Thursday morning. The meeting lasted over three hours with the board voting to change various policies including when the board can go into executive session and whether it can accept non-media sponsorships.


    September 5th, 2019 • 2019: San Antonio
    Reporter Boyd Huppert Shares Tips For Better Storytelling

    Boyd Huppert’s session on storytelling didn’t start until 9 a.m. but when he came down an hour early to prepare, a group of students from the University of Missouri were already in their seats. “They got here before I did,” Huppert laughed.


    September 5th, 2019 • 2019: San Antonio
    How to survive — and thrive — after a layoff

    Julie Garcia was home when she heard from her colleague that Gannett was preparing for its next round of layoffs. Working for Corpus Christi Caller Times, in a 10-reporter, “tight-knit” newsroom, she thought, “Oh, I mean, it really can’t be us.”  Little did Garcia know that merely 24 hours later, she would be told that her position no longer fit into the operating budget of the company. 


    September 5th, 2019 • 2019: San Antonio
    Journalists Try to Find Solution to Charges of Fake News

    According to a 2018 study by the Knight Foundation the public is losing trust in media organizations. Forty-five percent of individuals polled attributed that loss to inaccuracy in reports or “fake news.” In an era of disinformation journalists abilities and duties often can come into question.


    September 5th, 2019 • 2019: San Antonio
    The crucial need for investigative journalism in Puerto Rico

    July 13, 2019. The day a small group of journalists changed Puerto Rico’s history. The Center for Investigative Journalism, based in San Juan, Puerto Rico, had been investigating corruption and fraud as well as the administration of Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rosselló since the start of his term in January of 2017. 


    September 5th, 2019 • 2019: San Antonio
    Long Lines For EIJ19 Registration

    EIJ19_careerfair September 5, 2019 EIJ19 opened this morning with a line of people flowing out the door of the Texas Ballroom to register or pick up credentials for the Excellence in Journalism Convention (EIJ19) . Inside the Ballroom, the career fair was in full swing as representatives from news and media organizations around the US talked to prospective interns and employees.


    September 29th, 2018 • 2018: Baltimore
    Going beyond the press release! How newsrooms can win with election coverage.

    Depending on where you live, the 2018 mid-term elections kick off in 37 days. Some local newsrooms around the nation have been preparing for weeks or even months since the primaries, but some stations have not even started. It is possible to still win your election coverage.


    September 29th, 2018 • 2018: Baltimore
    EIJ 2018 By the Numbers

    As the 2018 Excellence in Journalism News conference winds down here in Baltimore, attendees are beginning their journeys home. Over 1,100 people attended this year’s conference. Of these attendees 73% were professionals, 22% were students, and 2% were retirees. Some traveled further than others to get here.