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.
President Trump and the news media have something in common: low approval ratings. The latest Gallup poll has the presidents average approval rating at 40%, just below the news media’s 41%. At this weeks Excellence in Journalism News conference, EIJ News reporter Adam Hushin talked with attendees about what the news media needs to do to regain Americans trust.
It’s been almost a year since October 2017’s Me Too movement revealed a host of media personalities’ sexual misconduct. EIJ18 featured a supersession with reporters who covered the #MeToo Movement as it was happening, including Amy Brittain, who was one of the journalists who worked to verify the Charlie Rose accusations.
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
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.
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.
Podcast: Reporting on climate is just as much of an art as it is a science. Telling the human side of climate change and keeping track of the facts go hand in hand.
September 9th, 2017 • 2017: Anaheim
Closing the leadership gap: panelists discuss how to be self-advocates
A panel of authors and journalists share experiences in gender inequality in the newsroom, as well as how to overcome implicit bias.
Podcast: For this episode of Pressing Issues -- avoiding the inaccurate representation of Native American and Alaskan communities throughout history and in the present day with Crystal Echohawk -- CEO of EchoHawk Consulting.
September 9th, 2017 • 2017: Anaheim
SPJ committee to present resolutions at business meeting for debate
At the final SPJ business meeting this week, the Resolutions Committee will present at least two issues to spark debate among delegates.
Podcast: For this episode of Pressing Issues - a conversation with NPR's Felix Contreras, host of Alt.Latino.
“…As an officer of the Society, I hereby promise to uphold its ideals. I pledge myself to do all in my power, to perform faithfully the duties assigned to me, and to serve fellow journalists, whether of the Society or not.
The Society of Professional Journalists ushered in a new year of leaders for the 2016-17 year at the end of the 2016 national Excellence in Journalism conference in New Orleans. All SPJ members were allowed to vote on the six open positions.
Charlie Rose, co-host of “CBS This Morning” and host of PBS’ “Charlie Rose,” spent some time talking to EIJ News last night at his award reception. He is the 2016 recipient of RTDNA’s prestigious Paul White Award at this year’s EIJ Conference in New Orleans.
“Well, I hope that people will indulge their curiosity…they will dig beneath the surface, that they’ll ask tougher questions sometimes.” All eyes, ears and iPhones were on Marty Baron as he spoke about the film ‘Spotlight’ and the future of investigative journalism, at the Excellence In Journalism Convention in New Orleans on Sunday.
September 18th, 2016 • 2016: New Orleans
Building from debris: ABCs of podcasting from New Orleans
It had been 10 years since Hurricane Katrina made landfall, increasing in danger and wind speed like an imposing turbine in the skies, and flooding New Orleans. An estimated 1,835 people died, about 300,000 homes were destroyed and the damage reached over $96 billion in estimated costs. In 2015, when the historic 10-year anniversary approached, Eve Troah, the news director for the New Orleans NPR affiliate WWNO, decided it was time for a podcast to reflect on how the catastrophe had changed and shaped her community.
September 20th, 2015 • 2015: Orlando
Reporters from abroad find value in returning home for training
Many attendees of this year’s Excellence in Journalism conference arrived via relatively short trips to Orlando. However for some like Alfredo Corchado, who works in Mexico City for the Dallas Morning News, the commute involved international time zones and lasted much longer. Continue reading
The Society of Professional Journalists President’s Installation Banquet rounded out the 2014 Excellence in Journalism Conference on Saturday evening. Members, volunteers and staff gathered to celebrate the end of the conference and honor members and journalists for their efforts within SPJ and the media industry.
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