Excellence in Journalism 2016 | New Orleans


March 4th, 2017
Now Hiring: EIJ News Interns to cover the 2017 conference

Application deadline: April 19, Midnight ET

The Society of Professional Journalists is seeking 10 interns for the EIJ News. Interns will cover the Excellence in Journalism conference using a variety of digital approaches (video, social, audio, photos, written stories) that will be published online. Collegiate multimedia journalists are invited to apply for these select positions.

Click here to apply online. Please be ready to upload your resume, cover letter, one recommendation letter and up to three samples of (or links to) multimedia content you have written and/or produced. Continue reading


March 4th, 2017
Dori Maynard Diversity Leadership Program

Application deadline: June 5, 2017

SPJ works to promote a broader voice for diverse journalists in newsrooms across the country, and to expand the depth and quality of news reporting through better sourcing.

Diversity efforts are just as important within the SPJ membership as they are in newsrooms and in reporting. Strengthening SPJ’s diversity membership representation is important to the organization’s health and future. The Dori Maynard Diversity Leadership Program is an opportunity for members to become more acquainted with SPJ through exposure to the Society. Continue reading


September 29th, 2016 | #, #, #, #, #, #
SPJ elects a new president

“…As an officer of the Society, I hereby promise to uphold its ideals. I pledge myself to do all in my power, to perform faithfully the duties assigned to me, and to serve fellow journalists, whether of the Society or not. And so endeavor to enrich the profession with the ideals of the Society of Professional Journalists. This I promise and pleasure myself to perform.”

And with those words, Lynn Walsh of Columbus, Ohio, was crowned the new president of the Society of Professional Journalists. Continue reading


September 23rd, 2016
Behind the Scenes of Next Year’s Mardi Gras

Every year residents and tourists gather in New Orleans to celebrate a well known tradition that takes place on the day before Ash Wednesday known as Mardi Gras or Fat Tuesday. The holiday is filled with colorful costumes, masks, beads galore, and most importantly and amazing carnival celebration. The EIJ newsteam received e a behind the scenes tour of Mardi Gras World, where several artists and craftsman are already hard at work for the next holiday.


September 23rd, 2016
Gila River Indian News

Jennifer Loren, the host of Osiyo- Voices of the Cherokee People, tells the audience of Lens of Sovereignty, “you can do it for less,” when addressing the 30,000 dollar per episode budget her team has when producing their monthly magazine-style program. Gila River Indian News from Sacaton, Arizona is doing just that– producing short news videos that air online and on their local low power station with a minimal budget of $0.00. While Osiyo, funded by the Cherokee Nation, airs 30 minute documentary-style episodes on regional  television stations as well as FNX-TV,  relatively smaller communities are scaling back in cost and production while still covering important stories. Continue reading


September 23rd, 2016
From French Quarter Artist to Mad Scientist: How One French Quarter Artist Save His Business

Art has been a life long passion for Oscar Donahue, but when the company that provided the metallic resin needed to mold his wearable pieces of art Donahue had a choice, learn to make the material, or go out of business. Donahue’s pieces of art are bright metallic designs like Voodoo Dolls, Angels, and Mardi Gras mask have caught the eye of Market Place shoppers with their bold colors and sparkle since 1989. Building a business for 27 years was certainly a labor of love and Donahue knew he had to do whatever it took to make the material for his jewelry himself. Continue reading


September 22nd, 2016
Take ‘Em Down? Confederate Monument Controversy

Messages are appearing on monuments across New Orleans asking for the city to act and take them down. This past June the words appeared “Take Down White Power” and “Take 'Em Down”  on multiple Confederate monuments in New Orleans. Among those monuments tagged included P.G.T. Beauregard, Father Abram J. Ryan and Battle of Liberty Place.


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