Excellence in Journalism 2017 | Anaheim

September 21st, 2016
VIP tour takes visitors through graveyard, sculpture garden

I spent the final day of the Excellence in Journalism Conference tooling around the city on an air conditioned bus on one of the VIP City Tours. The tour guided conference attendees through the French Quarter, the neighborhood of Treme, the Garden District, St. Louis Cemetery #3, City Park, The 9th Ward, and the Lake Front area of Lake Pontchartrain. The bus stopped at both the cemetery and the City Park.

According to the guide, St. Louis Cemetery #3 is one of the most well-kept cemeteries in New Orleans. Continue reading

September 20th, 2016
VCU’s South wins SPJ’s Distinguished Teaching in Journalism Award

The Society of Professional Journalists honored Jeff South as the recipient of the Distinguished Teaching in Journalism Award as an outstanding journalism educator who has made an exceptional contribution to the profession and/or journalism education.  According to the SPJ, South won this year with passionate letters of support from faculty of the Robertson School of Media and Culture.

“I’m awed, humbled and looking at how many great teachers there are out there and previous recipients of this award whom I have shamelessly stolen teaching ideas from and tried to emulate,” South said. Continue reading

September 19th, 2016
Director of SPLC discusses first amendment challenges facing college journalists

The Student Press Law Center’s Director Frank LoMonte discussed press freedom challenges facing college journalists today. He emphasized the defunding of college newspapers, corruption in the electing of college presidents and administrative retaliation against college advisors.

“If you ask college journalists today what the biggest problem they’re facing is, most of them won’t tell you it’s direct institutional censorship, but what I’ve started calling censorship by starvation,” LoMonte said. “That is, we’re going to cut off all access to all the records, all the meetings, all the people on campus who have any meaningful information.”

Guest speaker Jacob Buckland, senior at Fairmont State University and former editor-in-chief of the school’s paper The Columns, covered toxic mold in the school’s dorm that was a health concern to students. Continue reading

September 18th, 2016
Journalism Expo

The Excellence in Journalism Conference Expo, hosting different exhibitors and recruiters, is only this Sunday and Monday. Held from 9 a.m to 5 p.m in the Napoleon Ballroom on the third floor, the expo features booths recruiting and educating attendees on the latest in journalism tools and technologies. One booth contains the Freelance Community of the Society of Professional Journalists, who talk to those interested in freelancing and show them the resources SPJ has such as their website and blog. "Regardless of where you're located geographically you can join this community to get in touch with a network of other freelancers," SPJ Membership Chair Board Member Ellen Eldridge said. One booth for Eli Lilly and Company's focuses on health education for journalists. "I remember being a journalist and I worked long hours in the newsroom and ate a lot of things I shouldn't," Director of Communications Janice Chavers said. The expo contains a silent auction that includes everything from hotel stays to signed reporter's notebooks. There are also career profile critiques by professionals who meet with those who want their resumes or portfolios critiqued and on-site registration for the conference.