[Please note: An earlier version of this story incorrectly reported that Haisten Willis received 371 votes in the race for At-Large Director. This has been corrected to the actual total of 171 votes. The EIJ News regrets the error.] Today was election day for the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) in San Antonio, TX.
San Antonio Skye Ray @theskyeray As journalists, you never know how your day will go. One day you are covering a celebration, and the next, you’re covering a traumatic event that could have a lasting effect on your life.
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.
The largest organization for Hispanic journalists in the nation took a controversial action by rejecting a sponsorship from FOX News.
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.
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.
Mass shootings in America seem to be a new norm. In 2017, there were over 300 shootings, and in 2018 the numbers continue to increase. This surge in violence does not discriminate. Violent mass shootings can happen on government property, in classrooms, in corporate offices, and, most recently, even in a newsroom.
Hurricane Florence’s damage to one news station led them to reporting in challenging conditions. Today, the news station continues to perform its duties.
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.
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.
Editing Video reel tips&tricks _ Piktochart Infographic Editor
With Excellence in Journalism 2014 in the books, find out what attendees thought about the event and what they expect of next year’s conference in Orlando. Also check out noteworthy statistics from this year’s conference. The 950 journalist who attended Excellence in Journalism 2014 were able to choose from more than 50 workshops and breakout sessions.
Attendees and registered SPJ members were able to vote for the upcoming year’s directors and representatives since Thursday when the Excellence in Journalism conference began. And doing so in appropriate fashion for the digital age; for the first time members were able to cast their votes via an online voting system.
September 6th, 2014 • 2014: Nashville
Panel Discussion on Media Entrepreneurship with Industry Heavyweights
In recent years, journalism has undergone a profound, all-encompassing change. Old hierarchy structures, job prospects, linear career steps and ways to make money have been disrupted by new jobs, new methods to self brand and new revenue streams. One of the most important issues in this new era in journalism, which is something many journalists still dread, is how to monetize stories.
Media Outreach Coordinator Vanessa Schneider led the breakout session “Storytelling with Google Maps.” The Googler said she enjoyed the conference. “Excellence in Journalism is a great opportunity to meet with journalists, see what challenges they have and how they want to use these geo-tools in their work.” Vanessa Schneider’s job is to help people tell stories through Google mapping tools.
While the crisis in Ferguson raged on in front of camera crews for weeks on end, reporters on the ground saw a different reality. They also saw that reality distorted – or participated in the distortion themselves – as Ferguson descended into a “war zone” in a matter of days.
You may have heard the phrase, “Just Google it,” in your newsroom at one time or another when searching for additional background or double checking an image source. Google Media outreach lead and speaker Nicholas Whitaker, gave an overall view Friday at Excellence in Journalism 2014 on how to go well beyond Google’s main search page.
September 4th, 2014 • 2014: Nashville
What do people expect of Excellence in Journalism 2014?
We went out to get a pulse of guests’ expectations for this year’s Excellence in Journalism Conference. Across the various professions, cultural groups, and regions, networking was the standout response of what members were looking forward to doing during this 4-day convention.