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



#Journalism


September 7th, 2019 • 2019: San Antonio
2019 SPJ Elections

San Antonio Today was election day for the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) in San Antonio, TX. The new SPJ Presidential-Elect for 2020 is Matthew T. Hall. He previously serves as Secretary-Treasurer. In his campaign biography, Hall says he changed how SPJ handles minute meetings by preparing them right after meetings ended to increase transparency and speed up the process of approving and posting them.


September 7th, 2019 • 2019: San Antonio
Teaching Convergence Journalism in the Classroom

  Convergence was once a new concept in journalism. Now, everything is being done together. It’s not uncommon for a print reporter to shoot video, a radio reporter to take photos or a television photographer to go on there air.   Maria Mendoza, a multimedia storyteller and social media producer, works on getting experience in all areas of journalism.


September 7th, 2019 • 2019: San Antonio
Covering trauma: How to stay sane

    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
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 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 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.


September 29th, 2018 • 2018: Baltimore
Distrust in Media: Searching for Solutions

    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.


September 27th, 2018 • 2018: Baltimore
Recent Layoffs Loom over Newspaper Industry

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 12th, 2017 • 2017: Anaheim
CUNY Graduate School of Journalism’s Founding Dean Stephen B. Shepard Brings Sobering View to SPJ President’s Installation Banquet

Despite the festive celebration, Shepard gave a thoughtful, thorough and sobering view on journalism's past and future. The room of distinguished journalists listened closely; if not for Shepard's voice, one could hear a pin drop. It would be a disservice to the journalism community to let Shepard's words remain within the confines of platinum 2 banquet hall of the Anaheim Marriott. Read them here.


September 9th, 2017 • 2017: Anaheim
Pressing Issues: Reporting On A Changing Climate

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 8th, 2017 • 2017: Anaheim
Pressing Issues: Covering Hate In Hostile Times

Podcast: Since the tragedy at Charlottesville this summer, terms like the "alt-right" and "white nationalists" are becoming more prevalent than ever. The growth of these hate groups comes with the need for more solid and accurate reporting. 


September 8th, 2017 • 2017: Anaheim
CNBC Hosts Business Reporting Workshop to Recruit at #EIJ17

CNBC is on a recruitment mission at the Excellence in Journalism Conference. The cable business news channel hosted a reporting workshop looking for potential hires.


September 8th, 2017 • 2017: Anaheim
Do’s and Don’ts for covering news in a dangerous situation

Whether you are covering a forest fire, a protest, a hurricane, or an earthquake, reporters can find themselves in dangerous situations. It’s a reality news crews, or journalists alone on assignment could face on assignment, and was the focus of a session Friday ““News Safety and Stress for Journalists: An Open Discussion” at the Excellence at Journalism Conference 2017 in Anaheim, California. 


September 8th, 2017 • 2017: Anaheim
Virtual Tour of the J-Expo & Career Fair

Take a virtual tour of the J-Expo at EIJ 17. Organizations included in this interactive 360 Story Spheres video include at Bloomberg, CBS, NBC, the Bureau of Economic Analysis, RIAS Berlin, SAGA AFTRA and Northwestern's Medill School of Journalism.


September 8th, 2017 • 2017: Anaheim
Want better coverage? Learn how to listen to audiences more effectively

There are more effective ways for journalists to use social media, especially when it comes to listening and interacting with audiences. The technology to improve our social media ways is out there — it’s just a matter of knowing what it is and how to use it, said Banjo‘s director of media innovation Victor Hernandez during a breakout session on Thursday.


September 8th, 2017 • 2017: Anaheim
#EIJ17 Panel Discusses Solutions to Low Trust in Media

Journalists are trying to find a way to reverse the public mistrust of the media. That was the focus of one panel at the Excellence in Journalism Conference in Anaheim. Jane Elizabeth of the American Press Institute says this distrust affects the bottom line for every news organization.


September 7th, 2017 • 2017: Anaheim
NAHJ and CCNMA Relationship in Question

A rift between two major Latino journalism organizations has postponed the presentation of the Ruben Salazar Journalism Award during the National Association of Hispanic Journalist’s annual awards luncheon. Members of the California Chicano News Media Association were surprised to hear that board members of NAHJ announced a request to review the finances shared between the two organizations.


September 7th, 2017 • 2017: Anaheim
How to Launch a Drone News Program

Drone operators, amateurs and news organizations are under stress to report news and exercise their first amendment rights while adhering to the law amid complaints from the public and police while covering disasters.


September 7th, 2017 • 2017: Anaheim
Google Tools in the Newsroom

Google News Lab brings new meaning to the phrase “Just Google It.” The large tech organization is collaborating with journalists and multimedia storytellers to find innovative ways to make storytelling tools accessible for anyone. Tools covered during this session included Advanced Search, Image Search, Google Maps, My Maps, Google Street View, Google Translate and YouTube 360.