Convention ‘10: Wish you were there!

The 2010 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 couldn't join us, this collection of streaming media (free to all SPJ members) and Working Press coverage is the next best thing.

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SPJ President Hagit Limor’s installation speech

Read the complete text of the speech new SPJ President Hagit Limor delivered at SPJ's 2010 installation and awards banquet.



Complete coverage, courtesy of the Working Press

>> Complete 2010 archive

Super Session: Re-imagining News: A Conversation with Rob Curley

Description: New media pioneer Rob Curley has been talking about and creating the "future of news" for years. Now, as the leader of the online arm of the company that owns the Las Vegas Sun and Las Vegas Weekly, Curley is creating a unique “hyper-local” approach to covering the news. Hear what he and his Web team have learned from their work on newspaper sites in Kansas and Naples, Fla., as well as at The Washington Post. This session will get you thinking about what’s possible for a free press in an ever-changing digital democracy.

Speaking: Rob Curley, editor, new media division, Las Vegas Sun

Listen to or download audio (33 MB, 55:01)


Mining Facebook, Twitter, etc.: The Ethical Side of It

Description: More and more, journalists are turning to Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites to gather news and disseminate it. These new platforms bring new decisions, such as: Is it off limits to be a "friend” with people we cover or to indicate you “like” particular items? Have our standards changed as new avenues have developed? Is it OK to mix professional and personal contacts in social media groups? How much do we have to watch what we say in these settings? Explore practical ways to use this new generation of tools and outlets as a journalist without compromising objectivity and ethical balance.

Moderating: Jane Kirtley, Silha Professor of Media Ethics and Law, University of Minnesota

Speaking: Jerry Ceppos, dean, Reynolds School of Journalism, University of Nevada; Stacey Woelfel, past chair, Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA); Elizabeth Donald, reporter, Belleville News-Democrat, Edwardsville, Ill.

Listen to or download audio (43 MB, 1:11:43)


A Bright Future for Journalism

Description: See what the future of journalism will look like based on some of the more promising ventures currently finding success. It's an explosion of journalism just in different forms. People are using social media, data and mobile more and more for journalism, which is finding new success fueled by entrepreneurial passion.

Speaking: Mark Briggs, co-founder and CEO, Serra Media, director of digital media, King 5 TV Seattle and author, “Journalism Next” and “Journalism 2.0”

Listen to or download audio (37.2 MB, 1:02:01)


News Gear to Get the Job Done

Description: If you can carry only one camera, what should it be? Does the iPad have enough flexibility to be a primary news-gathering asset? What's the best mix of power, weight and size for a reporter's laptop? Can a mobile phone really do it all? The pool of newshandling, content-manipulation tools available to professional journalists is constantly changing and expanding — just like the job descriptions for these modern on-the-move, multiplatform storytellers. Newsplex-creator Kerry Northrup's annual NewsGear evaluation of advanced journalistic technology identifies the most innovative and practical equipment, as well as workflow scenarios for making the most effective use of it.

Speaking: Kerry Northrup, Cal Turner Professor in Multimedia Journalism, Western Kentucky University and former director of publications, World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers

Listen to or download audio (46.6 MB, 1:17:39)


Secrets to Personal Branding

Description: Learn how to build your own brand by building your own Web site, video, blog and podcast. Why is personal branding so important in today's fast-changing media landscape? Journalists at all levels will get some easy-to-follow tips on creating and maintaining blogs, building Web sites, adding video, podcasts and photos to help build your brand — and a following. Learn how and why social networking can help you become your "own boss" in today's fast-changing media landscape.

Speaking: Yumi Wilson, journalism professor, blogger and former content producer, Yahoo; Staci Baird, blogger, content producer, videographer and Web guru; Marlo McKenzie, documentary maker; Dan Schawbel, recognized as a "personal branding guru" by The New York Times

Listen to or download audio (31.3 MB, 52:06)


All Platform Journalism: The Good, Bad & Reality

Description: Backpack filled with the right gear. Story assignment in tow. Deadline just became deadlines - plural. Now what? Get an up close look at CNN’s multimedia journalism initiative and advice for overcoming the numerous challenges of delivering content across mediums. Learn how to produce digital packages that are well executed visually and technically, while maintaining journalistic purpose and a dedication to craft. Pick up on the “tactical and practical” and be inspired by the industry's top multimedia practitioners. You’ll also experiment with how to incorporate elements of notable work into your own.

Speaking: Victor Hernandez, director of domestic newsgathering, CNN/US

Listen to or download audio (36.4 MB, 1:00:43)


Networked Journalism

Description: Can daily newspapers and televisions collaborate with other media makers in their communities? How should a daily newspaper deal with a "blogvertorial?" Which partners best adhere to core journalism values? This session will examine lessons learned from five Networked Journalism pilot projects funded by J-Lab. These projects partnered mainstream news organizations with five hyperlocal sites in their communities to share content and eventually revenue streams.

Moderating: Jan Schaffer, executive director, J-Lab: The Institute for Interactive Journalism Panelists’ involvement is supported by a grant from the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation.

Speaking: Alicia Roberts, project coordinator, Charlotte’s Hyperlocal Group; Anthony Gimino, project coordinator, TucsonCitizen.com; Bob Payne, director of communities, SeattleTimes.com

Listen to or download audio (38.1 MB, 1:03:27)


How to Use Liveblogging and Webcasts to Enhance your Reporting

Description: Online tools for liveblogging and webcasting have the ability to offer readers and viewers insight into an event that was not possible before the Web. Learn the tools you need to know to create live online content that adds another dimension to your coverage and engages your audience.

Speaking: Mark Luckie, 10,000 Words blogger; author, “The Digital Journalist’s Handbook”

Listen to or download audio (29.6 MB, 49:15)