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September 21st, 2015 • 2015: Orlando
Former Sigma Delta Chi president receives SPJ's highest honor

Sue Porter, vice president, programs at Scripps Howard Foundation, received the Society of Professional Journalists highest honor, the Wells Memorial Key award. She received the award during the Presidents Installation Gala. The gala also serves as an awards ceremony for distinguished journalists, but the Wells Memorial Key is always given out last.


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


September 20th, 2015 • 2015: Orlando
The future of journalism


September 20th, 2015 • 2015: Orlando
Storify: The art of storytelling: by Boyd Huppert

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September 20th, 2015 • 2015: Orlando
EIJ conference app fuels competition, clashes

App scores as of 5 p.m. Sunday – seven hours before the competition’s end. Holly Duchmann and Kailey Broussard are not only fellow student journalists at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, but even closer this weekend during Excellence in Journalism 2015 while rooming together in Orlando.


September 20th, 2015 • 2015: Orlando
Drones for news slowly taking to the skies

Dave Sirak of the Cox Media Group’s drone committee leads a discussion Sunday on drone usage. Photo by Shelby Reynolds Journalists are often looking for any advantage for discovering, gathering, and reporting news events reliably and quickly. Especially if that includes eyes in the sky.


September 20th, 2015 • 2015: Orlando
9 tips for writing a killer headline


September 20th, 2015 • 2015: Orlando
To mock or not to mock (interview): 4 takeaways from EIJ critiques

Four students (including me) went through mock interviews in front of an audience at Michael Koretzky’s session, “Nervous as Hell: Mock (Or Maybe Real) Job Interviews for New Grads” on Saturday. Koretzky, an editor for Debt.com, grilled the students with questions, stopping them to offer constructive criticism when they stumbled.


September 20th, 2015 • 2015: Orlando
Lesley Stahl and Pierre Thomas Q&A

The Radio and Television Digital News Association honored 60 Minutes correspondent Lesley Stahl and ABC News senior justice correspondent Pierre Thomas Saturday night. Prior to the awards reception, Stahl and Thomas shared highlights of their careers with conference attendees, giving them personal insight into the field of broadcast journalism.


September 19th, 2015 • 2015: Orlando
Storify: #EIJ15 Day 2 Highlights from the EIJ News Staff

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September 19th, 2015 • 2015: Orlando
15 amazing online tools

Al Tompkins is the senior faculty for broadcasting and online content at The Poynter Institute. He led a session Saturday morning showcasing 15 new online tools that have the ability to change the way a journalist presents a story. The following are the tools that he mentioned with a brief description: snipandshare: Google Chrome released this extension this morning and it makes posting content such as GIFs, still images, video or words to social media much easier.


September 19th, 2015 • 2015: Orlando
What to do if you're in the middle of an unruly protest

From the Occupy protests in 2011 to the recent Freddie Grey protests in Baltimore, journalists have been seeing more demonstrations across the country that have the potential to be violent. In the Stay Safe and Savvy session on day two of the Excellence in Journalism conference, members of The Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA), law enforcement and media came together to discuss ways of preventing and diffusing confrontational situations.


September 19th, 2015 • 2015: Orlando
Important lessons shared in wake of WDBJ shooting tragedy

It’s been three weeks since Vester Flanagan shot and killed two former WDBJ7 coworkers during a live broadcast in Franklin County, Virginia. Hundreds of EIJ15 attendees gathered at the Orlando World Center Marriott Saturday for a panel discussion about the shooting’s effects on the journalism community.


September 19th, 2015 • 2015: Orlando
Video Reel tips&tricks

Editing Video reel tips&tricks _ Piktochart Infographic Editor


September 19th, 2015 • 2015: Orlando
Storify: #EIJ15 One of today's many workshops

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September 18th, 2015 • 2015: Orlando
Storify: #EIJ15 Day 1 Highlights from the EIJ News Staff

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September 18th, 2015 • 2015: Orlando
Breakdown of EIJ15 attendees


September 18th, 2015 • 2015: Orlando
Storify: #EIJ15 on Sports beat reporting

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September 18th, 2015 • 2015: Orlando
Storify: #EIJ15 on wild Florida airboat tour

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September 18th, 2015 • 2015: Orlando
Storify: EIJ15 kicks off with Epcot Food and Wine Festival

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