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  • October 31st, 2022 • 2021: Virtual
    SPJ announces 2023 conference

    SPJ ended the final business of the conference by looking ahead to next year’s convention which will be in Las Vegas. And that’s a wrap on #MediaFest22! Thanks to @acpress and @collegemedia for partnering with us to make this a great convention.

    October 29th, 2022 • 2022: Washington D.C. | #2021: Virtual
    Change to SPJ Delegate System Fails

    The changes would have established the membership as the legislative body and members would be able to ratify any proposed changes to the bylaws.

    October 29th, 2022 • 2022: Washington D.C.
    Reporter speaks on combating journalistic repression

    Whether it is due to restrictive reporting laws abroad, publications based in news deserts or lack of funding, press freedoms are now threatened in more ways than one.  Jessica Jerreat knows this first-hand.  Working as a press freedom editor for Voices of America [VOA], Jerreat shed light on the realities of censorship and attacks that can happen to reporters covering stories around the world.

    October 29th, 2022 • 2022: Washington D.C.
    How to Avoid Jerks on Twitter as a Journalist

      1.1 million “abusive or problematic” tweets were sent to women in 2017.  Two female journalists refer to Twitter as a “hotbed of harassment.” After years of being journalists and being interactive with their followers through their social media accounts they insinuated that using the app is a skill that took them effort and time to master.

    October 29th, 2022 • 2022: Washington D.C. | #2021: Virtual
    Deserting the Printed Past: Why College Publications Need to Adapt

    The way students on college campuses consume media is changing – leading college publications to ask the question: how can we keep the audience engaged? This panel of university-based journalists came to argue that the problem is in the print.  “Things have changed, and we need to change also,” said panelist David Simpson of Georgia Southern University.

    October 29th, 2022 • 2022: Washington D.C.

    "It really inspired me to see women who are Black like myself working in the media. It showed me I can do this too...”

    October 29th, 2022 • 2022: Washington D.C.
    Journalists Should Think like Lawyers (Sometimes)

     “I just think that if its a public record by law then it should be that police department has to put in a request to keep things away from the public record instead of us having to request to get the information.”

    October 28th, 2022 • 2022: Washington D.C.
    Defending Democracy

    The clear attack on democracy should have been the main focus instead of involving political parties in the initial reporting.

    October 28th, 2022 • 2022: Washington D.C.
    Localizing Climate Change Reporting

    The public’s trust in local journalists is exactly why they need to start reporting on climate change if there’s any hope of people taking it seriously.

    October 28th, 2022 • 2022: Washington D.C.
    The Filmed Blue Line: Teaching journalists about requesting police footage

    The power of dash and body cam footage is undeniable.  Joy Ramsingh, an attorney at Ramsingh Legal, spoke at MediaFest22 as a panelist teaching journalists how these record requests differ from others. She also gave practical tools to handle the requests.

    October 28th, 2022 • 2022: Washington D.C.
    ‘We need to show up’: Journalists Woodward and Bernstein talk 50th anniversary of Watergate, reporting techniques and Trump in MediaFest keynote presentation 

    “We need to show up … We are not showing up enough..”

    October 28th, 2022 • 2021: Virtual
    Talking Trauma: Journalists discuss the stress of reporting

    When journalist Naseem Miller covered the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando back in 2016, there wasn’t much conversation surrounding how journalists cover traumatic events.  Now journalists are having open conversations about how to sensitively cover traumatic events, while also taking care of themselves. 

    October 28th, 2022 • 2022: Washington D.C.
    AP Style Stays Current by Seeking Inclusivity

    Not only does The Associated Press update basic rules of grammar and punctuation but it also assists journalists in remaining inclusive in their reporting. These updates reflect the inevitable changes of human society. Claire Regan’s “AP Style Smackdown” explained how the style guide better helps journalists to keep up with the three rules Regan shared in her panel: accuracy, consistency and sensitivity. 

    October 28th, 2022 • 2022: Washington D.C.
    Restoring Public Trust in News

    "Americans say they don't have any reasonable trust in news..."

    October 28th, 2022 • 2022: Washington D.C. | #2021: Virtual
    ‘Safety starts with a conversation’: Learning how to be proactive when reporting in the field

    After years working as a first responder, Chris Post has taken on the role of “second first responder” in his job as a photojournalist at the Associated Press.  Post, executive director and safety advisor of the International Media Support Group, calls journalists “second first responders” in society. 

    October 28th, 2022 • 2022: Washington D.C. | #2021: Virtual
    How to elevate your college sports reporting one public record at a time

    “If the media relations person stonewalls you and says don’t report on this, then write about it...”

    October 28th, 2022 • 2022: Washington D.C.
    How to make your resume stand out to recruiters

    “I want to know that you can tell me a great story, and I want to know you can do it in a minute thirty or less...”

    October 27th, 2022 • 2022: Washington D.C.
    Accessibility of the Infographic: Panel Discusses Ways They Kept Readers Engaged

    The entirely scrollable format gives people the ability to experience the most out of the infographic with the least amount of effort.

    October 27th, 2022 • 2022: Washington D.C.
    Uncover and Enhance Your News Stories with Census Bureau Data

    Collectively ACS data helps to determine $675 billion of federal government spending per year.

    October 27th, 2022 • 2022: Washington D.C.
    Up in the Air: Using Drones to Cover News

    Innovative and aerial journalism is creating a new perspective in media. National experts Greg Agvent and Charles D. Tobin led a panel on using drones to report news stories at MediaFest22. The pair discussed rules and permitting requirements around drone use, how to become trained in the use of drones, legal implications of using drone footage, and the progression of drone usage.