Asking the Right Questions: Thinking Critically on the Fly
With vast amounts of information at your fingertips online, getting the facts right should be an easy task, right? Al Tompkins, senior faculty for broadcast and online at Poynter Institute, doesn’t think so.
To make his point, Tompkins gave a room full of journalists the unique privilege to “shoot the bird” for 1.5 seconds during a professional conference, testing previous headlines about a basketball player who allegedly flipped the bird during a game. In a newsroom setting, however, journalists don’t have the luxury of time to check the photo by reviewing the tapes or test theories. Continue reading
15 Career Tips on the Go
Have to run to that next interview and don’t have too much time to prepare? Check out these quick tips from Multimedia Journalist Claudia Amezcua.
1. Show interest and intent right off the bat whether it’s a quick line on your resume or email. 2. If you can’t master all things, master one thing. 3. What beat or section are you interested in? Show interest online with posts on Twitter and LinkedIn. Keep up with what’s going on in the world you want to cover. Continue reading
Presidential Candidate Paul Fletcher Gives Thoughts on Future of SPJ
Current SPJ Secretary Paul Fletcher is the only candidate running for the 2014 President-elect position. In this short clip he recaps his future goals for SPJ and where he thinks it will be in 10 years.
Elections are inclusive for all SPJ members. Members can cast their vote electronically through Saturday evening by logging on to their e-mail. If you have further questions or did not receive an e-mail from the election office, call the Election Hotline at 317-920-4784. Continue reading
I Heart Line Dancing: A Nashville Memory to Cherish Forever
Cowboy boots and line dancing were the name of the game at the Excellence in Journalism’s Opening Reception at the WildHorse Saloon. As hundreds of journalists boarded charter buses to the downtown Nashville location, clad or not-clad in cowboy boots, line dancing was an inevitable spectacle, whether it was by participation or observation.
“Line dancing is one of the activities where you either don’t care and you want have a lot of good times,” said Tony Hernandez, an EIJ attendee and reporter for the Knoxville News Sentinel, “Or you’re one of those professional line dancers and you want to have a good time. Continue reading
SPJ Resolutions from EIJ13
Updates from SPJ's closing business session on Monday.
Getting the Most Bang for Your Tweet
Tweeting in 140 characters is a challenge but truly capturing your audience’s attention with a tweet in under 11 characters can be even tougher. A user decides if he or she is going to continue reading after those 11 characters.
Improving relations between reporters, PIOs
Journalists and public information officers converged at a panel Monday afternoon at EIJ13 to discuss relationships between the two professions.
J-Expo Wrapping Up
The Journalism Expo at Excellence in Journalism 2013 was wrapping up Monday afternoon in Anaheim, California.
Chris Wallace honored at EIJ13 with Paul White award
Chris Wallace, the host of FoxNews Sunday, was honored at the Excellence in Journalism conference Sunday evening with the Paul White award, the highest honor for lifetime achievement from the Radio Television Digital News Association.
PHOTOS: RTDNA honors two for a lifetime of Excellence in Journalism
Chris Wallace, Fox News anchor, and Belva Davis, first female African-American anchor on the West Coast were both honored with awards and applause at the 2013 Excellence in Journalism Convention by the Radio Television Digital News Association.
Belva Davis presented John F. Hogan Award at EIJ13
Described as a pioneer for her work in broadcast television, Belva Davis was honored by the Radio Television Digital News Association Sunday evening at Excellence in Journalism 2013 with the John F. Hogan Award.
Eva Longoria Hosts Panel on Latino Vote
On Sunday morning at Excellence in Journalism 2013, actress and philanthropist Eva Longoria led a group of panelists in a discussion about the Latino vote.
Journalists Receive Insights on Complex Immigration Laws
With Congress debating immigration reform it’s important for journalists to understand the law as it currently stands and how reform can impact the communities and people they cover.
Instagram Becoming Major Part of Reporter’s Toolkit
Whether it’s professional skateboarder Tony Hawk posting extreme sports photos or protesters marching on the streets in Egypt, one thing is clear – millions are using Instagram to share their stories with the world.
EIJ13 Unique Opportunity for Student Journalists
The Excellence in Journalism conference is a unique opportunity for student journalists to network with industry professionals and learn about the latest trends in the evolving world of journalism.
Geeking Out At EIJ — The Full List
In case you missed the #EIJBattle Royale or the #EIJGeekOut, we’ve got you covered on all the links from Robert Hernandez @webjournalist, Katharine Jarmul @kjam, Chris Keller @ChrisLKeller, Andy Boyle @andymboyle, Matt Waite @mattwaite.
Facebook Best Practices Growing in Newsrooms
Explaining the latest changes to Facebook’s News Feed to EIJ13 audience, Facebook Journalism Program Manager Vadim Lavrusik says no user has the same user experience. It’s customized to each users unique preferences. (credit: Victor Hernandez)
Beyond the Trauma Vortex
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.
Chris Wallace to receive Paul White Award
For the first time in RTDNA history, a father and son have been awarded the Paul White Award. Chris Wallace, anchor of “Fox News Sunday,” is set to receive the lifetime achievement award at EIJ13. In 1991, his late father, Mike Wallace, former co-host of CBS News “60 Minutes” received the same award.
Geek Out with Robert Hernandez
Robert Hernandez, co-founder of #wjchat and assistant professor at the University of Southern California Annenberg, showing a video taken by his four year old son using Google Glass at the annual Geek Out session at the 2013 Excellence in Journalism Conference in Anaheim, Calif.
RTDNA/RTDNF honor Carole Simpson, Dan Shelley, and Noukla Ruble at EIJ13
The Radio Television Digital News Association and Foundation (RTDNA/RTDNF) presented three awards at Saturday’s EIJ13 opening business session.
Personal finance journalists honored by RTDNA and the National Endowment for Financial Education
RTDNA and the National Endowment for Financial Education recognized three personal finance reporters Sunday morning at the Excellence in Personal Finance Reporting Awards session.
Panel focuses on stress in the newsroom
Experiencing trauma while working is natural for journalists and should be addressed, not ignored, said panelists at a discussion on trauma at EIJ13 Sunday morning.
Photos from the CNN Newsource Opening Night Reception at EIJ
Photos by Moriah Costa.
Doug Haddix, “Data Ninja” hosts session about sorting info at EIJ13
As the nature of journalism evolves, so is the way reporters research the information they need for stories. Holly Ocasio Rizzo said when she was a new reporter, data was not as readily available as it is today.
Exhibitor swag at EIJ13
Photos by Moriah Costa.
Storify Recap of #EIJ13’s Saturday Morning
When more than 1,400 journalists converge into one hotel for a weekend of workshops and talks, there is bound to be a lot of social media action.
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."
First Time Conference Attendees Share Their Story
Wisconsin and Virginia are two states extremely far from Southern California, however, the distance didn't stop two first time conference attendees from coming to this years Excellence in Journalism Conference.
Why is the CIA at the EIJ13?
Among more than 50 other exhibits at the EIJ13 journalism expo is one that might raise a few eyebrows: the CIA.
News Directors: Establishing Your Newsroom Culture
Stacey Woelfe and Chip Mahaney kicked off the News Directors Bootcamp this morning with an interesting question for the news directors in the room.
Affordable Eatery Options
Within the block of the Marriot, cheap options seem to be few and far between. Your best bet might be to stop by Sbarros for a quick slice before heading to the next journalism session. Prices start for a piece of plain cheese for $4.15. Breakfast at Baja Fresh is also a good way to go. Prices start at $3.25 for their breakfast meal. At Overland Stage and Territorial Saloon, the menu is a BBQ blend of goodness, but prices begin at $12.95 for a Texas Size Meatballs with Spaghetti.
Another Day at Starbucks
For the barista shift leader at the Starbucks at the Anaheim Marriott, the Excellence in Journalism Conference is just another busy weekend. Marco, who did not want to give his last name, has been working at Starbucks for the past five years. “…The conference just helps us stay even busier,” Marco said.
EIJ is the Place to Be
The excitement has been building up all year long. Now, it's finally here. Organizers running from one room to the other, student journalists eagerly checking in at the front desk and professionals flying in from all over the country to attend this year’s biggest journalism conference in Anaheim kicking off Saturday.
VIDEO: The Calm Before the Storm
It is Friday night, and SPJ associate executive director Chris Vachon and her staff are preparing for the three-day Excellence in Journalism conference that starts Saturday.