By Ellen Kobe, SPJ Communications Department
Because you have a passion for journalism, you will love the Excellence in Journalism 2013 conference. EIJ13, as we like to call it, will be co-hosted by the Society of Professional Journalists, the Radio Television Digital News Association and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. We've put together a schedule brimming with opportunities for improving your professional skills, networking with fellow journalists and hearing industry leaders speak about media issues and trends.
We've devoted this week's issue of SPJ Leads to give you the inside scoop on everything EIJ13.
MEET REGISTRATION DEADLINE
Don't miss three days of top-notch educational programs, the warm sunshine in Southern California, and the networking opportunities the conference offers. Save money by registering before the early bird deadline of July 25.
BOOK YOUR HOTEL ROOM
Reserve your room at the Anaheim Marriott while rooms are still available. Learn more online about the accommodations if you haven't booked yet. Conference attendees receive discounted 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: Disney Parks, the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation, Chrysler, CNN Newsource, United Airlines, ABC News, ESPN, Fusion, Disney/ABC Television Group, Google, Gannett Foundation, CNN, Eli Lilly and Co., FedEx, NBCUniversal, CBS News, the McClatchy Company, NPR, GEICO, Scripps Howard Foundation, Napoli Management, Bloomberg, SAG-AFTRA, Associated Press, JSK Journalism Fellowships, Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism, Robert R. McCormick Foundation, NAB Education Foundation and the 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 40+ exhibitors and recruiters you'll have access to in August, including newsroom technology companies, journalism schools and more.
ENGAGE ON SOCIAL MEDIA
Discuss the conference ahead of time. Find out who's coming to Southern California. Search for a roommate. Do it all by keeping up on Twitter using the #EIJ13 hashtag, and by monitoring the Twitter list of conference speakers/presenters. And don't forget to join EIJ13 on Facebook for exciting conference updates and discussions!
MOBILE APP FOR EIJ13
Due to its huge popularity, the official Excellence in Journalism 2013 Conference App is back for its fourth year. 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.
Maximize your time in Southern California by participating in the pre-conference workshops Saturday, Aug. 24. 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!
Full-day workshops (9 a.m.-3 p.m)
Dump the Inverted Pyramid: Narrative Storytelling for all Beats
Buen Uso del Español
Half-day workshops (9 a.m.-Noon)
Nerd-Free Zone: Data Crunching and Visualization for Journalism and English Majors
News Directors Bootcamp
The Business of Me
We're also offering one- and two-day long boot camps - sessions that'll kick your skills into high gear.
NewU Loft presented by UNITY (App deadline: July 26)
NPR's Audio Storytelling Bootcamp (App deadline: July 29)
Editing Boot Camp by ACES (App deadline: Aug. 18)
YOUR OWN PRO SHOP
Choose from more than 50 breakout sessions for professional development. The conversation topics include leadership, diversity, storytelling, personal branding and more. There are plenty of opportunities to grow and learn.
'THE DOCTOR IS IN'
Need some one-on-one or small-group feedback? Stop by "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 personal branding, FOI, ethics, diversifying news sources, journalists' rights, narrative storytelling, freelancing and more!
Even though some roundtable topics will be designated prior to EIJ13, others will be suggested on-site from attendee feedback. Send suggestions to #EIJDR on Twitter.
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 EIJ13 website.
At EIJ, you won't be bored between sessions. Check out some of the activities planned during the conference:
The Chrysler Health Pavilion - Participate in activities to learn about health and wellness (prizes included).
"Latino Americans" documentary screening - Get a preview of this upcoming PBS television series and participate in a discussion with PBS NewsHour senior correspondent Ray Suarez.
Book signings - Buy some of the great books in the BookMart and get them signed by six authors who will be at the conference.
Gannett Salon - Meet dozens of journalists from many of Gannett's nearly 100 local news organizations.
HOLLYWOOD ON THE HORIZON
Sign up for the Whirlwind Hollywood Tour during your EIJ13 registration, and experience a guided walking and driving tour of Hollywood. You'll see sites like the Walk of Fame, Grauman's Chinese Theatre, The Rock Wall, The Chateau Marmont and more. Claim your spot in this adventure because space is limited.
EAT, DRINK AND BOWL
On Saturday, join hundreds of journalists for drinks, cuisine andconversation at the Opening Night Reception. Our location at 300 Anaheim features a bowling alley with massive video screens and cushy seating. There's no better way to kick off conference than with a night of fun! The Opening Night Recepiton is sponsored by CNN Newsource.
CHOOSING YOUR NEW LEADERS
All members are 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. Interested? You can still run for an office. Contact Nominations Chair John Ensslin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SPJ Regional meetings start on Saturday, August 24 at 1 p.m. The Opening Business Session will take place immediately afterward. The Closing Business Session is Monday at 3:30 p.m.
Convention delegates, click here to complete the delegate registration form. The delegates will be voting on convention resolutions.
All members have a say in SPJ's national leaders. Make sure you're ready for the electronic vote in August by having a valid email on file with SPJ HQ. Not sure or need to update it? Contact Chapter Coordinator Tara Puckey at email@example.com.
SEEKING DONATIONS FOR LDF
With about two weeks 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 July 26 to SPJ Headquarters. When mailing your donation, please don't forget to include this donation form.
LAST WEEK'S QUIZ
Name all three correct AP style formats of the holiday that occurs every July 4th.
Answer: Fourth of July, July Fourth and Independence Day
And the winner is ... Tammy Merrett-Murry, president of the SPJ St. Louis pro chapter! Congratulations.
THIS WEEK'S QUIZ
Name two politicians previously involved in prostitution scandals who have announced their plans to run for office in New York.
Submit your answer to Ellen Kobe.