Excellence in Journalism 2017 | Anaheim

2017: Anaheim

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Legendary reporter gives special toast and glimpse into tradition

EIJ News Co-Adviser Sandra Gonzalez with Rigo Chacon. Delighted to chat with him about journalism at EIJ17

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.

It’s been several years since Chacon, the Emmy-award winning retired journalist attended a conference with the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, which was part of EIJ 2017 this year. Continue reading

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CUNY Graduate School of Journalism’s Founding Dean Stephen B. Shepard Brings Sobering View to SPJ President’s Installation Banquet

Despite the festive celebration, Shepard gave a thoughtful, thorough and sobering view on journalism's past and future. The room of distinguished journalists listened closely; if not for Shepard's voice, one could hear a pin drop. It would be a disservice to the journalism community to let Shepard's words remain within the confines of platinum 2 banquet hall of the Anaheim Marriott. Read them here.

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Analyzing the data behind EIJ News

After the excitement of the 2017 Excellence in Journalism conference had wound down, EIJ News Interns embarked on one final assignment--digging through the data. The EIJ News interns tap-tap-tapped their fingers through many live-Tweeting sessions on the EIJ Twitter account to crank out a total of 176 tweets during the conference. Their efforts produced over 51,200 Tweet impressions, an increase of more than 3,700 percent compared to the previous month, according to Twitter analytics.

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Grace Rauh Wins SPJ’s Sunshine Award for Outstanding Reporting on Government Accountability

The Society of Professional Journalists held its closing dinner at the Excellence in Journalism with a strong statement defending journalism. Grace Rauh, a political reporter at Spectrum News NY1 won the Sunshine Award for her investigative reports on New York City mayor Bill de Blasio. Grace Rauh is the lead plaintiff in an ongoing lawsuit titled Rauh v. de Blasio nicknamed 'Agents of the City'.

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Q&A: Data Journalism For Newbies

Pam Baker is a freelance journalist on the big data beat. She contributes to PC Magazine and a variety of tech media outlets. Her session at EIJ 2017 focused on rapid response protocol in news rooms when dealing with continuously flowing data to find relevant background and contextual information. Baker shared her knowledge for aspiring data journalists looking to get into the field.

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Award-winning journalist teaches newbies MMJ survival skills

Journalists with all levels of experience from student to pro packed a meeting room to hear tips on how to survive as a multimedia journalist.

Shooting, editing and reporting require skills that every multimedia journalist has, but KGTV’s Joe Little showed journalists how to be more creative.

Little said news reporting allows for more innovative shooting–something he did not think of until one of his professors at Syracuse University offered him some advice.

Little wanted to work for ESPN, but he says his professor told him, “‘You’re not going to do sports. Continue reading

September 10th, 2017
Learn to unlock and unleash your broadcast voice

At the Excellence in Journalism conference Saturday morning, three broadcast professionals offered best practices and advice on how to find and focus your inner broadcast voice.

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‘Make journalism great again’: Rebecca Baker takes president post

New Society of Professional Journalists President Rebecca Baker told Society of Professional Journalist members that they are "stronger together."

September 9th, 2017
Stacie O. Johnson’s Family Home in Path of Irma

Students at the Excellence in Journalism Conference 2017 deep dive workshop with award-winning journalist Boyd Huppert experienced a range of emotions as he rolled out one heart-warming story after another from his KARE11 of Minnesota Land of 10,000 Stories segment. It was too much for freelance journalist Stacie O. Johnson, who openly wept as she watched Huppert’s story about victims of Hurricane Harvey.

Johnson can empathize. She and her family moved from the Middle East to Houston just in time for Hurricane Harvey, and now Irma is threatening her real family home in Florida. Continue reading

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Pressing Issues: Reporting On A Changing Climate

Podcast: Reporting on climate is just as much of an art as it is a science. Telling the human side of climate change and keeping track of the facts go hand in hand.

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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
Suggested Newsroom Gear

Geek Out! Latest Gadgets Apps and Technology is an annual session where moderators and attendees get the chance to "Geek Out" over emerging technologies newsrooms and independent journalists can use. Tech gadgets related to 360 video and social media editing were the main focus of this year's session.

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Q&A: New SPJ president highlights plans for community outreach

Incoming President Rebecca Baker

In her last hours as the Society of Professional Journalists’ president-elect, Rebecca Baker discussed her plans for the organization with the EIJ News Team.

Tell us about your background with SPJ?

I joined the Connecticut chapter in the year 2000 first as a member, then as a board member. Then I became board secretary, and then I got a job in New York, so I joined the New York Deadline Club as secretary, and then I rose up to be awards contest chair, events chair, first vice president and then president of the deadline club. Continue reading

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White House Correspondents Defend Journalism During Super Session

White House correspondents had a candid conversation of what it means to cover the White House in the Trump age. "I think we are living in challenging times," said CNN Senior Correspondent Jim Acosta,"Forgive me if this sounds a little too much, but at times there are attempts to twist what is being said. Our sense of reality is being warped."

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Press freedom advocates encourage media professionals to support New Voices legislation

Student journalists are more vulnerable than ever before, and it's time for professional media to step in and help, student press freedom advocates said during their Excellence in Journalism session Friday afternoon. In an effort to give more authority to student media, the nationwide “New Voices” campaign is going state by state to help introduce anti-censorship legislation that will grant extra protections to student journalists. "One of the keys to having this legislation in place is that it's supporting students to get the kind of job training they need, but it also helps students learn how to evaluate and analyze media in a world full of untruths," said Sarah Nichols, president of the Journalism Education Association (JEA). "Students don’t get the experience they need if someone is telling them 'here’s what you can do,' 'here’s what you can’t do.'"

September 9th, 2017
Upcoming Job Opening at Society of Professional Journalists for Journalist On Call

A new Journalist On-Call position has been created by the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation. The SDX Board Voted 16-6 in favor of the pilot position. The position would pay up to $180,000, which includes advertising, travel, salary, and benefits.

SDX Board President Robert Leger explains the role of the new “Journalist On-Call” position.

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Jake Tapper reminds reporters to be ‘equal-opportunity skeptics’ at awards ceremony

As he was honored for his contributions to journalism and maintaining a free press at the Excellence in Journalism conference, CNN chief Washington correspondent Jake Tapper  urged a room of reporters to work hard to “earn back the trust of the American people.”

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Closing the leadership gap: panelists discuss how to be self-advocates

A panel of authors and journalists share experiences in gender inequality in the newsroom, as well as how to overcome implicit bias.

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Pressing Issues: Understanding Native Truths

Podcast: For this episode of Pressing Issues -- avoiding the inaccurate representation of Native American and Alaskan communities throughout history and in the present day with Crystal Echohawk -- CEO of EchoHawk Consulting.

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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.

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SPJ may create additional student chapter awards

Student SPJ chapters may soon have more ways to receive recognition at the regional level. “What we’re hoping to do is address what we saw as an imbalance,” said Andrew Schotz, SPJ Awards and Honors Committee Chair. “There are many more student chapters than there are pro[fessional] chapters.”

September 9th, 2017
Creating a video at the ‘I don’t always create videos’ breakout session.

Journalism is continually changing, and video is becoming more necessary. Journalists do not always create video, but when they do, that video is often used for social media. This Deep Dive Workshop provided hands on experience for journalists looking to enhance their skills with video.

September 9th, 2017
Dunia Elvir’s Tips for Reporting

Dunia Elvir of Telemundo 52 Los Angeles stopped by the #EIJ17 Newsroom and offered her advice for finding success in the newsroom and for reporting on natural disasters.

On standing out to audiences, Elvir said, “If you study your DMA (data and marketing association) and you know your DMA, you have that strength to the company that you’re coming (to). They’re going to pick you over the other person because you know who you’re serving.”

For reporting on natural disasters, such as Hurricane Harvey and Irma, Elvir said, “People don’t remember what you tell them. Continue reading

September 9th, 2017
New Database Tracks Attacks on Reporters

The U.S. Press Freedom Tracker

On June 4 in Portland, Oregon, Alex-Jon Earl, a student news editor working for the Portland State Vanguard, was pepper-sprayed while covering a protest and counter-protest.

“Things got a little heated,” Earl said. After counter-protesters broke off to march away, Earl followed other reporters and was in turn followed by ACLU and National Lawyers Guild observers. As Earl fell behind to catch some footage, he received a frantic message from a few hundred yards away that one of his fellow reporters was being detained. Continue reading

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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.

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Pressing Issues: Covering Hate In Hostile Times

Podcast: Since the tragedy at Charlottesville this summer, terms like the "alt-right" and "white nationalists" are becoming more prevalent than ever. The growth of these hate groups comes with the need for more solid and accurate reporting. 

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CNBC Hosts Business Reporting Workshop to Recruit at #EIJ17

CNBC is on a recruitment mission at the Excellence in Journalism Conference. The cable business news channel hosted a reporting workshop looking for potential hires.

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LA Times reporters offer advice in investigative process

In publishing a series of investigative reports on a University of Southern California dean that brought his school reputation and revenue, five LA Times did what the university and Los Angeles Police Department failed to do — publicly acknowledge the dean's secret double life involving prostitutes and drugs.

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Do’s and Don’ts for covering news in a dangerous situation

Whether you are covering a forest fire, a protest, a hurricane, or an earthquake, reporters can find themselves in dangerous situations. It’s a reality news crews, or journalists alone on assignment could face on assignment, and was the focus of a session Friday ““News Safety and Stress for Journalists: An Open Discussion” at the Excellence at Journalism Conference 2017 in Anaheim, California. 

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Conference attendees share their EIJ swag finds on social media

Want the 411 on this year’s Excellence in Journalism swag? See what’s up for grabs as conference attendees share their finds on social media.

[View the story “All About the Swag — EIJ Conference 2017” on Storify] Continue reading

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Virtual Tour of the J-Expo & Career Fair

Take a virtual tour of the J-Expo at EIJ 17. Organizations included in this interactive 360 Story Spheres video include at Bloomberg, CBS, NBC, the Bureau of Economic Analysis, RIAS Berlin, SAGA AFTRA and Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism.

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Want better coverage? Learn how to listen to audiences more effectively

There are more effective ways for journalists to use social media, especially when it comes to listening and interacting with audiences.

The technology to improve our social media ways is out there — it’s just a matter of knowing what it is and how to use it, said Banjo‘s director of media innovation Victor Hernandez during a breakout session on Thursday. Joined by Carrie Brown, the social journalism director at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, the duo discussed the ins and outs of social discovery and the importance of being audience-centric. Continue reading

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Pressing Issues: What Makes A Great Podcast?

Podcast: For this episode of Pressing Issues - a conversation with NPR's Felix Contreras, host of Alt.Latino.

September 8th, 2017
360 degrees of EIJ17’s Opening Night Reception

Last night was CNN's opening night ceremony for the 2017 Excellence in Journalism Awards hosted in Anaheim, Calif., by SPJ. Journalists and media professionals enjoyed a night of food and bowling at Bowlmore Lanes!

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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.

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#EIJ17 Panel Discusses Solutions to Low Trust in Media

Jane Elizabeth of the American Press Institute presenting reasons why there is a lack of trust in media

Journalists are trying to find a way to reverse the public mistrust of the media. That was the focus of one panel at the Excellence in Journalism Conference in Anaheim.

Jane Elizabeth of the American Press Institute says this distrust affects the bottom line for every news organization. She presented her formula for mistrust of media: “I don’t know + I don’t understand you = I don’t trust you.”

“People who trust you as an organization are more likely to buy that organization’s app, pay for subscriptions, subscribe to newsletters and follow on social media,” Elizabeth said. Continue reading

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Journalism education: 4 tips to mix things up in the classroom

At a breakout session entitled “Great Ideas in Journalism Education,” four educators offered tips and advice on how to spice things up at school with one common theme: break out of the conventional idea of teaching journalism.

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NBC news directors give feedback to students, professionals in day-long workshop

Students break the ice with CNBC reporter Bertha Coombs, second left.

As many Excellence in Journalism attendees chatted with conference exhibitors, attended breakout sessions and mingled with like-minded colleagues, a select group of students and young media professionals rubbed elbows with NBC executives, who in turn critiqued their scripts and offered career advice.

Centered around the Fourth Estate, or journalism as a tool to hold the three branches of government accountable, the NBCUniversity workshop paired groups of new and upcoming journalists with NBC producers and reporters. Continue reading

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A Guide to Covering Violence in Indian Country

Four out of five Native Americans have experienced violence in their lifetimes, according to the National Institute of Justice (NIJ). That’s why members of the Native American Journalists Association wanted to bring attention to domestic violence and sexual assault in tribal communities.

During a Thursday afternoon session at this year’s Excellence in Journalism Conference, Princella RedCorn, communications officer at the National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center; Mallory Black, communications manager at StrongHearts Native Helpline; and Mary Hudetz, a criminal justice reporter for the Associated Press, shared important tips and resources journalists should consider when reporting on violence and abuse in Indian Country. Continue reading

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Pressing Issues: Covering DACA & Undocumented Communities

Podcast: Three immigration reporters share their thoughts on covering immigration from avoiding misconceptions to the risks involved in working with undocumented sources. 

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NAHJ and CCNMA Relationship in Question

Brandon Benavides, the President of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, spoke with our News Team about NAHJ’s decision to review its partnership with the California Chicano News Media Association. | Photo by: Elena Piech

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. Continue reading

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How to Launch a Drone News Program

Drone operators, amateurs and news organizations are under stress to report news and exercise their first amendment rights while adhering to the law amid complaints from the public and police while covering disasters.

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Google Tools in the Newsroom

Google News Lab brings new meaning to the phrase “Just Google It.” The large tech organization is collaborating with journalists and multimedia storytellers to find innovative ways to make storytelling tools accessible for anyone. Tools covered during this session included Advanced Search, Image Search, Google Maps, My Maps, Google Street View, Google Translate and YouTube 360.

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SPJ Ethics Chair Andrew Seaman

SPJ Ethics Chair Andrew Seaman says if news organizations say they don't have time to go deeper on news stories, they're doing journalism wrong. In a Facebook Live interview Wednesday night at the Excellence in Journalism conference in Anaheim, Seaman said journalists should describe controversial events as accurately as possible without labeling the participants.

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Making an impression at EIJ17

Looking to stand out at the EIJ17 Conference? News directors and recruiters have some advice to help journalists get their dream job.

If you're a broadcaster, resumes and reels are essential for this conference, but to stand out, recruiters say you must be able to sell yourself. Anjelicia Bruton talks with hiring managers to find out what they look for. Continue reading