Excellence in Journalism 2013 — a joint effort between the Society of Professional Journalists, the Radio Television Digital News Association and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists — was an incredible success. If you attended, spoke, exhibited, performed, volunteered or followed along online, thank you for being part of the big event.

If you couldn't join us, this collection of recaps, photos, streaming audio (free to all SPJ members) and student news teams coverage is the next best thing to being there.


Session Audio: Journalism, the Department of Justice and National Security | Kai Ryssdal: Making Important Economics Reporting Fun and Engaging | Honoring a Lifetime of Excellence in Journalism | Breakout Sessions

Coverage and More: EIJ News | NAHJ Latino Reporter | Storify Recaps
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Session Audio

Super Session Audio
Journalism, the Department of Justice and National Security: When the Watchdogs are Being Watched

Description: The Associated Press and Fox News reporter James Rosen are just two prominent examples of how the Department of Justice has increasingly involved journalists and news outlets in efforts to root out and target whistleblowers. Soon after the AP and Rosen news came out, President Obama urged Congress to reconsider a federal shield law, the Free Flow of Information Act. Is it all just smoke and mirrors? Is there really a chance of a federal shield law passing Congress considering it failed in the past due to so many supposed national security complications?

A panel of journalists and First Amendment/free press advocates will discuss the implications of the Obama administration’s focus on journalists in a quest to stop whistleblowers from exposing secrets and information the federal government would like to keep hidden. If a federal shield law really passes, will it actually do anything to help or will it be so full of exceptions that it’s functionally toothless?

Moderator: Laurie Babinski, First Amendment attorney

Listen to or download audio (1:01:42)


Super Session Audio
Kai Ryssdal: Making Important Economics Reporting Fun and Engaging

Description: Even among journalists, financial and economic news can be a hard sell. American Public Media's "Marketplace" tries to remedy that by bringing fresh, punchy and humorous news from a business/economics perspective. And a big part of "Marketplace's" success and appeal comes from host Kai Ryssdal.

Join Ryssdal as the microphone is turned the other way and he's interviewed on the EIJ13 stage by RTDNA Chairman and Michigan Radio News Director Vince Duffy. He discusses his somewhat untraditional entry into journalism, the successes of "Marketplace," and how he and his team have collaborated with other outlets like ProPublica and PBS Frontline to produce in-depth, hard-hitting explorations for important financial and economics topics.

Listen to or download audio (1:03:11)


Super Session Audio
Honoring a Lifetime of Excellence in Journalism

Description: Join us for a special event honoring Chris Wallace, winner of the 2013 Paul White Award, and Belva Davis, winner of the 2013 John F. Hogan Award. Attend the award presentation, then share a lively conversation with Wallace, Davis, past winners and other distinguished guests at a VIP reception.

Wallace is the anchor of "Fox News Sunday", Fox Broadcasting Company's Sunday morning public affairs program. He also contributes to Fox News Channel's "America's Election HQ" coverage and is based in Washington, D.C. Wallace also served as a panelist in a number of FNC's Republican primary debates.

Wallace has won every major broadcast news award for his reporting, including three Emmy Awards, the Dupont-Columbia Silver Baton, the Peabody Award, and most recently, the Sol Taishoff Award for Broadcast Journalism, which was awarded to him by the National Press Foundation. Wallace has been described as an "equal opportunity inquisitor" by The Boston Globe, "an aggressive journalist," "sharp edged" and "solid" by The Washington Post and "an equal-opportunity ravager" by The Miami Herald.

Davis was the first black female anchor in the West. At a time when stories about African Americans and/or women rarely made the news, Davis, a young single mother struggling to raise two small children, refused to be deterred — the fact that a racist mob pummeled her with insults and trash at the 1964 GOP convention only made her more determined to persevere.

And ultimately she did, rising to become one of the most respected and trusted local journalists in the country. She retired last November. She has won eight regional Emmy Awards during her career. In 1961, Davis became an on-air interviewer for KSAN, an AM radio station broadcasting in San Francisco. She made her television debut in 1963 for KTVU, a Bay Area television station, covering an African American beauty pageant. She worked as a disc jockey for KDIA, a soul-gospel radio station based in Vallejo, California, when the 1964 Republican National Convention, located at the Cow Palace in nearby Daly City, California, inspired her to become a reporter.

She worked for KNEW, an AM radio station located in Oakland, as an announcer in 1966. She became the first female African American television journalist on the West Coast when she was hired by KPIX-TV in 1966, and spent the next three decades working for KPIX, becoming an anchorwoman in 1970. Her autobiography, Never in My Wildest Dreams: A Black Woman's Life in Journalism, was published in 2010.

Listen to or download audio (43:20)

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Breakout Session Audio
Journalism, Coding and You

Description: Stop the presses! The future of journalism lies with code, and if you want a good, secure job in the news industry you better know more than just how to spell HTML. That’s what we are told, anyway. This session explores the reality of modern journalism and how code, development and more come into play. And, perhaps more importantly, your role in this new landscape.

Speakers: Robert Hernandez (@webjournalist), Katharine Jarmul (@kjam), Chris Keller (@ChrisLKeller), Andy Boyle (@andymboyle) and Matt Waite (@mattwaite)

Listen to or download audio (57:03)

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Breakout Session Audio
Mobile Newsgathering: Making the Most of Your Smartphone

Description: Get the latest on apps, tools and techniques that will help you get high-quality results from a device that's always with you. This session will cover tips on shooting and editing photos and video, using social media and getting out the written word.

Trainer: Carl Corry, online local news editor, Newsday

Listen to or download audio (55:17)

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Breakout Session Audio
Geek Out

Description: This now-annual NAHJ session (new to EIJ this year) is where attendees 'Get their Geek On' by sharing information and asking questions about the latest tech innovations and how they can be used by journalists. What will we talk about this year? Come join the fun, informative yet informal session and Geek Out with the rest of your fellow journalism tech nerds.

Trainer: Robert Hernandez (@webjournalist), professor, USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism and co-founder of #wjchat

Listen to or download audio (57:43)


Breakout Session Audio
Talking Shop: Honest Freelancing Perspective From a Writer and Editor

Description: Hearing from a fellow freelancer is always helpful, but talking with editors and decision makers (i.e. gatekeepers) is essential to better inform you how the freelancing process works. Hear both sides — the freelancer and editor — and get actionable, practical tips of how to turn queries into paychecks. They'll cover topics like queries, how to get into national publications, how writers and editors communicate, the money side, where they stand on moonlighting outside of journalism, and the role that Kickstarter, Indiegogo, the Pulitzer Center and other non-traditional funding sources play.

Trainers: Mark Robinson (@markrobsf), features editor, Wired; Amy Wallace (@msamywallace), freelancer for outlets including Wired, GQ, Los Angeles Magazine and others

Listen to or download audio (1:03:33)


Breakout Session Audio
Striking Out Alone in the World: Winning Strategies for International Freelancing

Description: In an environment of shuttered foreign bureaus and less traditional media resources, how does a journalist break into the world of covering international news? One option is to connect with fellowships and independent funding as you strike out on your own. You'll need to be the reporter, editor, business manager, fundraiser, and marketer of your own journalism. Hear from those who’ve built successful models for traveling the world.

Speakers: Jason Maloney (@thebir), co-executive director, Bureau for International Reporting; Kira Kay (@thebir), co-executive director, Bureau for International Reporting; Ruxandra Guidi (@RuxandraGuidi), independent journalist, Fonografia Collective

Listen to or download audio (1:28:21)


Breakout Session Audio
Upping Your Game in Sports Reporting

Description: How to break into sportscasting and making sports relevant for your local audience once you get there. Special emphasis on career development strategies, crafting unique and interesting stories and why aspiring sportscasters should seriously consider becoming newscasters.

Trainers: Marc Zumoff (@marczumoff), Zumoff Productions, LLC and television voice of the Philadelphia 76ers; Max Negin (@maxnegin), assistant professor, Elon University

Listen to or download audio (1:03:11)

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