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EIJ20 Call for Program Proposals

Deadline for Submissions: January 26, 2020

SPJ is accepting program proposals for the Excellence in Journalism 2020 conference. If you have a program proposal or ideas for the conference, please submit your proposal after reviewing the below information and agreeing to the terms.

It is important to us to have a diverse lineup, and we encourage anyone working professionally in journalism — in traditional or nontraditional roles and especially those from under-represented backgrounds — to submit proposals for sessions.

What makes a good proposal?

EIJ is an educational, skills-building, career-oriented conference. We seek high-caliber training that promotes journalistic best practices. Proposals that get our attention are educational, inspiring, and promote diverse perspectives.

We are looking for originality, diversity and session leaders who have experience/an informed perspective on the topic of the session. The program design is also important — interactive and in-depth how-to sessions are valued highly by attendees, for example. A panel session may work, but the bar for those will be higher. You’ll need to sell us on the need for such a discussion and the quality of the exchange likely to occur between the participants and the moderator.

What do we expect from program producers?

Please do not submit a program proposal if you cannot fulfill the following duties of a program producer if selected. Program producers may or may not be the speaker for the proposed session.

— As program producer, you agree to serve as the liaison between EIJ staff and all session participant(s).
— You will be responsible for the coordination and execution of the session in coordination with EIJ staff.
— You will work with EIJ staff to ensure that all speakers associated with the session are registered for the conference by the registration deadline.

How many programs may I submit?

In an effort to diversify and keep the EIJ lineup fresh, and to ensure participation from as many people as possible who seek to present programming, the EIJ20 programming committee will select a maximum of two (2) proposals from any proposer/producer. You may propose more than two, but only a maximum of two will be selected.

Do we cover speaker expenses?

EIJ does not provide honoraria for speakers at the conference. Speakers are responsible for their conference registration, travel and lodging expenses. We wish we were able to cover this for you — but we also try to keep the overall costs affordable for those attending.

That said, we don’t want to miss out on your valuable ideas. Please submit your thoughts, and if your idea is accepted but the costs to attend present a hardship, let us know. We will have a limited number of scholarships we can offer.

If you are attending the conference for your presentation only, complimentary registration will be provided just to attend that session.

Conference Schedule

SPJ, in partnership with RTDNA, will determine the exact time and day on which programs are presented. Programs will be scheduled for September 10-12 in Washington, D.C., after the selection process is complete.

Producers whose programs are accepted will have an opportunity to indicate preferred days and times, but producers should prepare programs that could be presented on any of the conference’s three days.

Review and Notification Process

Email notifications will be sent around April informing you of your acceptance or denial.

Submit your proposal

The deadline to submit program proposals and ideas has passed. Thank you to all who submitted!

Since 2011, the Society of Professional Journalists and the Radio Television Digital News Association have partnered to host an annual conference that provides journalists with the industry’s best training and networking opportunities. The conference was named the Excellence in Journalism (EIJ) conference in order to provide an opportunity for other organizations to partner with SPJ and RTDNA on the event. For more on the conference, visit