Many journalists start in a classroom rather than a newsroom, and panelists at the 2021 SPJ Conference stress the need for these classrooms to be safe and inclusive spaces. University of North Texas professor Dorothy Bland said she encourages students and professors alike to start feeling comfortable outside of their current comfort zones.
September 7th, 2019 • 2019: San Antonio
Be safe rather than sorry: Journalists in the field
Journalists attacked or killed in action are becoming more numerous every day. EIJ News 19 talked to Chris Post, a first responder turned and Joe Vazquez, a reporter, about their experiences in the field.
Trigger Warning: suicide and suicidal thoughts Nerissa Young, a lecturer from Ohio University specializing in mental health and media, and Erica Hill, a news director affected by suicide, hosted a reporting on suicide session at EIJ19. Mental health is prominent in today’s news cycle, with suicide being at the forefront of discussions.
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
How to integrate social media into your journalism
Social media has become so pervasive in newsrooms that managing your online presence is now regularly being taught in the classroom. Carlynn Greene, a student at the University of North Texas, has to regularly post to social media as part of her journalism classes.
Julie Garcia was home when she heard from her colleague that Gannett was preparing for its next round of layoffs. Working for Corpus Christi Caller Times, in a 10-reporter, “tight-knit” newsroom, she thought, “Oh, I mean, it really can’t be us.”
September 29th, 2018 • 2018: Baltimore
Incoming president wants SPJ to be the profession’s big tent organization
With a career in journalism that has covered Politics, business and foreign affairs, J. Alex Tarquinio, incoming Society of Professional Journalists president, is looking to make the organization the voice of press freedom through organizational partnerships. Tarquinio views SPJ as the “Big tent” for the journalism profession.
October 15th, 2017 • 2017: Anaheim
Legendary reporter gives special toast and glimpse into tradition
Excellence in Journalism ’17 may be over, but there is one night that a couple of dozen journalists are treasuring, after being treated to history, culture and poetry from a legendary newsman. Retired TV reporter Rigo Chacon gave a memorable toast before this crowd, as he strolled down memory lane.
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.
Fewer than five percent of this year’s 1,500 attendees to Excellence in Journalism are members of more than one organization associated with the conference. Among those in rarified air, Sonny Albarado, an Arkansas Democratic-Gazette projects editor.“That feels pretty good and it’s actually higher than I thought it would be,” he said.
It’s become an annual pilgrimage, every fall, for journalists and media industry professionals from across the globe to come together. All in the name of ‘Excellence in Journalism,” ready to recruit new hires, learn valuable skills, and discuss the current issues at the forefront of the media industry.
Journalists are second responders to any crisis, but nonetheless, they are there to capture the moment, tell the story, and ultimately put their lives on the line all in the name of journalism. “We are the messengers,” Sid Garcia said. Garcia is a general assignment reporter for ABC7 Eyewitness News in California and has, like many journalists, covered stories that changed their lives.
August 24th, 2013 • 2013: Anaheim
Chrysler Group and Kaiser Permanente Promote Healthy Living at EIJ13
Chrysler Group and Kaiser Permanente have teamed up to challenge National Association of Hispanic Journalists, Society of Professional Journalists, and the Radio Television Digital News Association members to "Step it Up."