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



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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
Tips for Reporting on Suicide

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.


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 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 28th, 2018 • 2018: Baltimore
SDX name change resolution approved

Update: Sigma Delta Chi Foundation is moving forward to change its name today to the Society of Professional Journalists Foundation. The Foundation board overwhelmingly passed its resolution Friday. The foundation approved a name change resolution to its bylaws during Friday’s board of directors meeting, but it awaits approval at the Society of Professional Journalists’ Saturday business meeting, which is considering a name change of its own.


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 9th, 2017 • 2017: Anaheim
SPJ delegates pass bylaw change, resolutions at business meeting

SPJ concluded its business meeting on Saturday evening passing a bylaw change and several resolutions.


September 9th, 2017 • 2017: Anaheim
SPJ committee to present resolutions at business meeting for debate

At the final SPJ business meeting this week, the Resolutions Committee will present at least two issues to spark debate among delegates.


September 9th, 2017 • 2017: Anaheim
RIAS Berlin Commission Alumni Discuss Neo-Nazism in 2017

The Radio and Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) is celebrating a quarter-century partnership with the Radio in the American Sector (RIAS) Berlin Commission, an organization which serves as an exchange program between journalists in Germany and the United States. The organizations met at #EIJ17 where RIAS Executive Director Erik Kirschbaum and alumni gathered to reminisce and network. They offered their unique perspectives to EIJ News about the neo-Nazi and white supremacist protesters who descended on Charlottesville, Va. which ended in one death.


September 8th, 2017 • 2017: Anaheim
SPJ delegates to vote on bylaw change

SPJ Governance Task Force chair Patti Newberry explains the proposed bylaw change delegates will vote on at this Saturday's business meeting.


September 20th, 2016 • 2016: New Orleans
SPJ appoints new board members

The Society of Professional Journalists ushered in a new year of leaders for the 2016-17 year at the end of the 2016 national Excellence in Journalism conference in New Orleans. All SPJ members were allowed to vote on the six open positions.


September 6th, 2014 • 2014: Nashville
SPJ Election Results

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.