By Christine DiGangi, SPJ Communications Department
Because you have a passion for journalism, you will love the Excellence in Journalism 2012 conference. EIJ12, as we like to call it, will again be co-hosted by the Society of Professional Journalists and the Radio Television Digital News Association, and we've put together a schedule brimming with opportunities for improving your professional skills, networking with fellow journalists and hearing industry leaders speak about journalism issues and trends.
We've devoted this week's issue of SPJ Leads to give you the inside scoop on everything EIJ12.
MEET THE REGISTRATION DEADLINE
Don't miss three days of top-notch educational programs, the beautiful beach setting in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., and the networking opportunities the conference offers. Save money by registering by the early bird deadline of Aug. 28. The pre-conference registration deadline is Sept. 9.
BOOK YOUR HOTEL ROOM
Reserve your room at the Marriott Harbor Beach in Ft. Lauderdale while rooms are still available. Learn more online about the accommodations if you haven't booked yet. Conference attendees receive spectacular rates at the Marriott.
Looking for a roommate to share hotel costs? Visit the
roommate board to leave a comment and find others who are looking for a roommate.
BECAUSE OF SPONSORS
We want to say thank you to all conference sponsors for their support. Sponsors include: CNN Newsource, Google, Knight Foundation, The Associated Press, SAG-AFTRA, GEICO, Scripps Howard Foundation, ABC News, Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism, Robert R. McCormick Foundation, National Association of Broadcasters Education Foundation and Broadcast Education Association.
THE CENTER OF ACTIVITY
The exhibit floor, J Expo, is a hub of opportunities and connections waiting to be made. J Expo is a great place to mingle between sessions and on breaks, so take a look at the 30+ exhibitors you'll have access to in September, including newsroom technology companies, journalism schools and more.
ENGAGE ON FACEBOOK AND TWITTER
Discuss the conference ahead of time. Find out who's coming to Ft. Lauderdale. Search for a roommate. Do it all by keeping up on Twitter using the #EIJ12 hashtag, and by monitoring the Twitter list of conference speakers/presenters.
And don't forget to join EIJ12 on Facebook for exciting conference updates and discussions!
MOBILE APP FOR EIJ12
Due to its huge popularity, the official Excellence in Journalism 2012 Conference App is back for its third year, sponsored by ABC News. The app acts as your personal passport to the event: Browse sessions, plan your schedule, connect with others and see where everything is happening -- it's all in one app! It will be available in the coming weeks.
SUPER SESSION WITH SREE SREENIVASAN
Take advantage of this session with social media expert Sree Sreenivasan (@sree). Sree is the first chief digital officer at Columbia University, where he teaches in the digital media program. A specialist in explaining technology to journalists and the general public, he will speak to EIJ12 attendees about leveraging digital technology in journalism and improving their use of social media.
A SPECIAL EDITION OF 'THE KALB REPORT'
RTDNA and SPJ are proud to present a special edition of the highly acclaimed public television and radio series "The Kalb Report," moderated by legendary journalist Marvin Kalb and will open the 19th season of the series, which explores the craft and impact of journalism.
Among those joining Kalb will be Edward R. Murrow's son Casey Murrow, New York Times Managing Editor and Pulitzer Prize winner Dean Baquet, and public radio legend and Murrow biographer Bob Edwards.
HONORING JEFF FAGER
Join us as we honor Jeff Fager, chairman of CBS News and executive producer for "60 Minutes," with the Paul White Award. The Paul White Award is RTDNA's highest honor and recognizes an individual's lifetime contributions to electronic journalism. Fager became the first chairman of CBS News in February 2011, after re-shaping its flagship broadcast, "60 Minutes," into an editorially more vibrant and news-conscious program.
Maximize your time in Ft. Lauderdale by participating in the pre-conference workshops Thursday, Sept. 20. They start at 9 a.m., some lasting a half or full day, and you should sign up now before the limited spaces have been filled!
Video Storytelling Bootcamp
News Directors Bootcamp
Great Bosses Bootcamp
Tracking Companies' Influence on Politics
Unlock Your Potential
Drive that CAR: An Introduction to Computer-Assisted Reporting
CHOOSE YOUR TRAINING SCHEDULE
Choose from more than 50 breakout sessions for professional development. The conversation topics include leadership, diversity, storytelling and personal branding - there are plenty of opportunities to grow and learn.
CONTEST: EIJ12 THROUGH YOUR LENS
Get a behind-the-scenes look at EIJ12 by connecting with SPJ and RTDNA on Instagram (@spj_pics and @rtnda_pics). Then, share your best EIJ12 moments on Instagram using the hashtag #EIJ12 for a chance to win a great prize.
COFFEE WITH THE LEADERS
Saturday morning at 8, grab your cup o' joe and chat with SPJ President John Ensslin and President-elect Sonny Albarado. They are interested in hearing from SPJ members and EIJ attendees about the organization and whatever is on your mind.
'THE DOCTOR IS IN'
Need some one-on-one or small-group feedback? Drop in to "The Doctor Is In" for a few minutes or the full two hours and immerse yourself in a roundtable discussion or two.
At "The Doctor Is In" you can talk to experts about your areas of passion, interest and needed improvement. This is your time to get customized, individualized feedback. Scheduled topics are branding, FOI, ethics, diversity, journalists' rights, storytelling, freelancing and more!
Even though some roundtable topics will be designated prior to EIJ12, others will be suggested on-site from attendee feedback.
Take time to receive résumé, video and social media advice from seasoned colleagues. To view a schedule, see the critiques section of the highlights page on the EIJ12 website.
TOUR OF PRINTING FACILITY
The Friday of convention is your chance to take a tour of Sun Sentinel printing facility, which has graciously opened its doors to EIJ conference-goers.
EXPLORE THE EVERGLADES
This guided tour kicks off with a half-hour airboat tour in the Florida Everglades. Renew your spirit as you slide across miles of river at speeds of 50 miles per hour. The uncovered airboats ensure you a complete panoramic view. The tour also includes a scenic, outdoor lunch and a Reptile, Swamp Yard and Exotic Wildlife Exhibit. Get the details on our conference highlights page.
FUN THINGS TO DO IN FT. LAUDERDALE
EIJ12 brings you to the beach, and we want you to enjoy it. You'll find plenty to do in Ft. Lauderdale when you're not in sessions or checking out J Expo.
The SPJ South Florida chapter compiled a great list of eateries and activities for visitors:
- Local Activities
- Where to Grab Quick Breakfast and Lunch
- Local Dinner and Evening Spots
Save the list in your smartphone's browser so you can access the ideas at any time on your trip.
CELEBRATE WITH EVERYONE
We are happy to invite you to two receptions that are free and open to all registered attendees:
On Thursday, join hundreds of journalists for drinks, cuisine and conversation at the Opening Night Reception sponsored by CNN Newsource.
Network with SAG-AFTRA members and executives on Friday as they pay tribute to their National Board Member Bob Edwards. Learn about the benefits and protections SAG-AFTRA provides for journalists.
CHOOSING YOUR NEW LEADERS
All members are also encouraged to review candidates for national office, who will be elected by the SPJ membership. Click here for bios of people who have declared their candidacy in advance.
The Opening Business Session on Thursday, Sept. 20 at 1 p.m. Regional meetings will take place immediately afterward. The Closing Business Session is Saturday at 4:30 p.m.
Convention delegates, click here to complete the delegate registration form. The delegates will be voting on convention resolutions.
To see the list of national committee meetings, click here.
STILL TIME TO DONATE TO LDF AUCTION
With just more than one week left until the donation deadline, we hope you will consider making a contribution to the Legal Defense Fund Auction. As a mental support system for journalists who find themselves in trouble while defending press freedoms, we want to keep you covered!
No donation is too large or too small. We ask that you send your items in by Aug. 17 to SPJ Headquarters.
When mailing your donation, please don't forget to include this donation form.
LAST WEEK'S QUIZ
Which Olympic event result did NBC spoil by running a gold-medal-interview promo before the event was shown in prime time?
Answer: Women's 100-meter backstroke. Missy Franklin of the U.S. won. Read about the mistake and some other Olympic mishaps.
And the winner is ... James Eritano! James is a student at Kent State University and is a member of the chapter there. He's yet another student member who can show off his SPJ prize on campus. Speaking of students ...
THIS WEEK'S QUIZ
What university plants to remove racks of the student newspaper from campus this month?
Submit your answer to Christine DiGangi.