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- McCloskey’s work earns Wells Key
- In Pictures: Bill McCloskey, Wells Memorial Key honoree
- Al Smith, Fellow of the Society
- Industry Evolving
- Donation to needy man sparks introspection
- Weather or not, stand-in speaker delivers the forecast
- Ethics survey doesn’t violate Code of Ethics
- SPJ to celebrate 100 years
- Networking with readers
- Changing industry forces mid-career journalists to adapt
- New officers installed

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header The 2008 SPJ Convention & National Journalism Conference is now history! Thanks to everyone who attended, spoke, exhibited, performed and volunteered their time — because of you, the event was a roaring success.

If you're an SPJ member but couldn't join us, this collection of streaming video, streaming audio, podcasts and Working Press coverage is the next best thing. Stay tuned, because more videos and audio will appear here in the coming days.


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Tom Brokaw pays tribute to Tim Russert
Watch Tom Brokaw's special tribute to the late Tim Russert, which played during the President’s Installation Banquet. Play video (4.5 MB, 1:26)

Super Session: Charlayne Hunter-Gault
All her life, Charlayne Hunter-Gault has chartered difficult territory and emerged successful — as a woman, as an African-American and as a journalist. She has become a significant role model. As journalists throughout the country struggle with trying to reinvent themselves and their craft, what advice would she give to those who want to keep fighting the good fight? Listen to or download audio (18.7 MB, 53:41)

Hi, I'll Be Suing You Today
If you libel or slander someone on a major story, L. Lin Wood could be the man who'll sue you. Once called "the lawyer for the damned," he has represented Richard Jewell, the family of JonBenet Ramsey, Gary Condit and Beth Holloway (mother of Natalee). In 2007, he signed on to represent Howard K. Stern, executor of Anna Nicole Smith's estate. He'll discuss defamation concerns and what NOT to do during a "media frenzy." Listen to or download audio (30.7 MB, 1:04:01)

10 NEW Tech Things to Try Today: Become More Skilled and Efficient on the Web
Martin Fletcher will talk about his thirty-five years as a foreign correspondent: the changes he’s seen in the job, from the days when all journalists needed was a pen and a camera to today, when they are often targets and a flak jacket and hostile-environment training are mandatory. Fletcher has covered the world, but his main interest has been the Middle East, and in particular the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians. He’ll talk about his experience with the birth of modern Islamic terrorism in Afghanistan, when he walked across the Hindu Kush with the Mujahideen fighting the Soviets, to America’s fight against those same groups today.
Speaker: Sree Sreenivasan, professor and dean of students, Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, co-founder, South Asian Journalists Association and technology reporter, WNBC-TV.
Listen to or download audio (31.9 MB, 1:06:32)


Taking the Profit Out of the News Business
As news organizations struggle to sustain financial viability, some are trying to cover the news without worrying about making a profit. Editors for two non-profit news ventures talk about how they started, how they are doing and what it means to the future of the news business as well as the role of the non-profit news organization.
Speakers: Joel Kramer, editor and CEO, MinnPost; Steve Engelberg, managing editor of ProPublica, New York.
Listen to or download audio (30.1 MB, 1:02:43)


Reinventing Journalism
Maybe we're just doing it wrong? Do you want to be challenged about most of what you know about journalism? Don't miss this provocative discussion of what it will take to make journalism better. Keep an open mind and walk away with 10 suggestions for improving your own work.
Speaker: Howard Owens, director of digital publishing, Gatehouse Media.
Listen to or download audio (28.7 MB, 59:49)


Super Session: Martin Fletcher
Martin Fletcher will talk about his thirty-five years as a foreign correspondent: the changes he’s seen in the job, from the days when all journalists needed was a pen and a camera to today, when they are often targets and a flak jacket and hostile-environment training are mandatory. Fletcher has covered the world, but his main interest has been the Middle East, and in particular the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians. He’ll talk about his experience with the birth of modern Islamic terrorism in Afghanistan, when he walked across the Hindu Kush with the Mujahideen fighting the Soviets, to America’s fight against those same groups today. Listen to or download audio (26.55 MB, 57:59)

Super Session: Richard Boehne
We are at a tipping point in our industry regarding jobs, and in five years there will be big losers and big winners, properties gone or dwindling with others thriving, leaving a landscape we may not recognize today. Join Richard Boehne, president & CEO, E.W. Scripps Co. and a former reporter who covered the media industry, to hear his thoughts about the future of journalism, and why “the wonderful change and chaos and lack of clarity in local media suggests that there's opportunity.” Listen to or download audio (22.3 MB, 1:04:09)

What Will I Do When It Happens?
Whether it's a natural disaster or terrorism, having a prepared newsroom will result in better coverage for your readers and better physical and emotional health for your staff. Having a pre-plan and being proactive in knowing what to do when something bad happens is an important part of any business. In the news business, it's crucial. This panel discussion will bring managers and editorial staff that have worked through disasters and talk about what worked and what was learned by working through a disaster.
Speakers: Mike Walter, anchor, WUSA-TV, Washington, D.C.; Lois Norder, managing editor, Fort Worth Star-Telegram; managing director, CNN International and Head of Newsgatherthing, BBC; Ron Martz, president, Military Reporters and Editors.
Listen to or download audio (31.7 MB, 1:06:06)


Figuring out Blogs and Whatever's Next
Want to know more about the best blogs FOR and BY journalists, how you can join the blogging revolution as a consumer and/or creator of blogs and how to make sense of all the other new technologies changing our business? Then this is the session for you. Topics covered include blog basics, blogs that are changing America and the world, blogs that are over hyped and a waste of time, how to read blogs without drowning in too much info, how to create a blog and raise your Google rankings and why journalists should or should NOT be blogging. What's next? Photoblogging, videoblogging, podcasting, wikis, RSS, XML? All levels of experience are welcome — blog skeptics to blog fanatics. You will go home with plenty of useful ideas and a printed handout that you will use often.
Speaker: Sree Sreenivasan, professor and dean of students, Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, co-founder, South Asian Journalists Association and technology reporter, WNBC-TV.
Listen to or download audio (37.3 MB, 1:17:38)

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