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Tickets to Special Events

RTDNA Paul White Award Reception | Friday, Sept. 5 at 5:30 p.m.
The Paul White Award is RTDNA’s highest individual honor, recognizing lifetime achievement in electronic journalism. Open to all.

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SPJ President's Installation Banquet | Saturday, Sept. 6 at 7:30 p.m.
National leaders for the Society take office and the Society's highest awards are presented. The most outstanding chapters are honored for their accomplishments. Open to all.

Quantity x $80 ea

Pre-Conference Workshops (optional)

Pre-Conference Workshops will take place Saturday, Aug. 24. Limited space is available. You do not need to register for the conference in order to register for a workshop. Due to the times of the workshops, you will only be able to select one workshop. Lunch is not included in the Full-day Workshops.

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Please note: In order to attend the Buen Uso del Español pre-conference workshop, you must be registered to attend the full Excellence in Journalism Conference. Buen Uso del Español is not open to non-conference attendees.

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   News Directors Bootcamp, presented by The Kneeland Project | 9 a.m.-Noon | $25
Please note: This workshop is full. To be placed on a waiting list, email Scott Leadingham. If a spot opens due to cancellation, you will be notified by your position on the wait list.

For more than 15 years, The Kneeland Project has coached news executives in all fifty states to better manage the evolving newsroom and to improve the quality of local journalism. “Life-changing.” “Inspirational.” That’s how news directors describe The Kneeland Project. The role of a television news leader has always been a challenging one. But over the past few years, budget cuts, staff reductions and multiple platforms have made the job even more stressful. Issues that will be tackled in this half-day session include: 1) Creating a culture that embraces change; 2) Leadership and ethics in a 24-hour, socially networked world. Note: This workshop is geared specifically toward news directors, assistant news directors and directors of digital content.

Trainer: Kevin Benz (@kbenztx), media strategist and consultant, former TV news director and online editor-in-chief

   Nerd-Free Zone: Data Crunching and Visualization for Journalism and English Majors | 9 a.m.-Noon | $25
Data analysis isn't just for the geeky "Web folks." No programming skills are needed these days to analyze basic data sets and display your findings in compelling online charts and maps. Learn how to unleash the power of data journalism with minimal technical and math skills. Find story ideas for any community based on demographic trends, crime, business patterns, school test scores and more. With Google Fusion Tables — a free online tool — any journalist can learn how to find, download and analyze data easily. You’ll learn the full soup-to-nuts approach: how to find data, upload it to Google Fusion tables, do basic analysis (sums, averages, counts, etc.), and display your results in a chart or map. IMPORTANT NOTE: Participants should bring a laptop and have a free Google Drive account (details available here [opens in new window]). If you already have Gmail, you have access to Google Drive.

Trainer: Doug Haddix (@doughaddix), Director of the Kiplinger Program for Public Affairs Journalism, Ohio State University

   The Business of Me, sponsored by the Reynolds Center for Business Journalism | 9 a.m.-Noon | $25
Whether you're working in a mainstream news organization or striking out on your own with a blog, news site or freelance business, we're all media entrepreneurs these days. In this three-hour workshop, learn how to brand and market yourself and to pitch your ideas, plus understand the basics of financial and time management. This workshop is designed for both those thinking about setting up their own media business, as well as those within mainstream media organizations who want to approach their jobs with an entrepreneurial bent. Even if you're not setting up your own business immediately, you'll learn how to better brand yourself as an expert and increase your value to your current employer.

Trainer: Mark Luckie (@marksluckie), Twitter's Manager of Journalism and News, author of "The Digital Journalist's Handbook," founder of 10,000Words.net

   Dump the Inverted Pyramid: Narrative Storytelling for All Beats | 9 a.m.-3 p.m. | $50
The best journalists present stories that command and hold the audience's attention, reaching people on an emotional level. Now, here's your chance to step out of the inverted pyramid, just-the-facts model that drives so much of daily reporting and into the world of narrative storytelling. You'll learn what narrative writing is and how to do it well. You'll discover how to choose a story that's ripe for a narrative approach, and how to get it done on deadline. The goal of this workshop is to provide strategies and resources to help journalists promote narrative storytelling within their individual newsrooms — changing the way you and your colleagues think about, report and tell stories. While the focus will be on writing, journalists working in all media — broadcast, online, print and everything in between — will benefit from a day of thinking about crafting compelling stories.

Trainer: Tom Hallman Jr. (@thallmanjr), Pulitzer-winning reporter for The Oregonian, author of "A Stranger's Gift" and "Sam: The Boy Behind the Mask."

   Buen Uso del Español | 9 a.m.-3 p.m. | Free
Please note: This workshop is full. To be placed on a waiting list, email Scott Leadingham. If a spot opens due to cancellation, you will be notified by your position on the wait list.

This workshop will be presented in Spanish.

PLEASE NOTE: In order to attend the Buen Uso del Español pre-conference workshop, you must be registered to attend the full Excellence in Journalism Conference. Buen Uso del Español is not open to non-conference attendees.

Errores ortográficos, léxicos, anglicismos y el spanglish son algunos de los temas que se tratarán y analizarán en este taller dedicado a mejorar la gramática en el periodismo en español en los Estados Unidos. Además, se presentarán las diversas opciones de guías de estilo disponibles y se analizará cuáles son las mas efectivas, las más usadas y la razón de su popularidad.

English Translation: Spelling errors, anglicisms and Spanglish are some of the topics to be discussed and analyzed in this workshop focused on improving grammar in Spanish journalism in the United States. Presenters will review the different style guides available and analyze which are the most effective, the most used and the reason for their popularity.

Trainers: Alberto Gómez Font, Fundéu; Alejandro Manrique, AP Stylebook

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Radio and Television Digital News Foundation: Make a tax-deductible contribution to the foundation of RTDNA, the Radio and Television Digital News Foundation. RTDNF’s programs are supported entirely by charitable contributions. Your conference badge will carry a distinctive gold RTDNF ribbon.

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Society of Professional Journalists: Make a tax-deductible contribution to the foundation of SPJ, the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation. The SDX Foundation provides educational grants to SPJ and other worthwhile journalism programs. Your conference badge will display a black SDX Contributor ribbon.

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Additional Events

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Echoes of Nashville Walking Tour
Thursday, Sept. 4, 1:30-3:30 p.m. | $30

On the Echoes of Nashville Walking Tour, guides will take you back into Nashville's historic past. Participants will experience Nashville history from the 18th century through the modern Music City era. Sites along the way include: Fort Nashborough, Public Square, Davidson County Courthouse, Tennessee State Capitol, The Hermitage Hotel, and the Ryman Auditorium. Transportation to the starting point is included in the tour registration fee. Participants will be walking approximately 1.5 miles on the tour.

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Cancellation Policy: All refund requests must be made in writing to hdunn@spj.org. No requests made by telephone will be accepted. Cancellation requests made before August 20 are subject to a $50 processing fee. No refunds will be made after August 20.

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