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.
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.
In the past decade, traditional newspapers have been faced with extreme adversity as the rise of digital news has negatively impacted advertising and circulation. At a session on Saturday morning, a panel of student journalists, student advisors and professionals explored whether student media will face the same fate.
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 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.
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
White House Correspondents Defend Journalism During Super Session
White House correspondents had a candid conversation of what it means to cover the White House in the Trump age. "I think we are living in challenging times," said CNN Senior Correspondent Jim Acosta,"Forgive me if this sounds a little too much, but at times there are attempts to twist what is being said. Our sense of reality is being warped."
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.
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.
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.