By Taylor Carlier, SPJ Communications Department
Because you have a passion for journalism, you will love the Excellence in Journalism 2014 conference. EIJ14 is co-presented by the Society of Professional Journalists and the Radio Television Digital News Association. 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 EIJ14.
YOU #EIJ14 TWITTER CHATTED. WE STORIFIED.
SPJ wants to make sure everyone is in the loop, has the 411 about one of the largest national journalism conferences, so we hosted an EIJ14 Twitter chat Tuesday to answer your questions. Missed out? Check out all the chatting action on our Storify.
EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION: JULY 23
Same conference, lower price.
Don't forget to register for EIJ14 before July 23 in order get a discounted price, which is $100 cheaper during early bird registration.
It also helps to be a member, so if you know someone who wants to attend who isn't a member, suggest a membership in SPJ for an even more discounted price. See the EIJ14 pricing page for all of the ticket deadlines and details.
BOOK YOUR HOTEL ROOM
Reserve your room at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel and Convention Center while rooms are still available. Learn more online about the accommodations if you haven't booked yet. Conference attendees receive discounted rates at the hotel.
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 OUR SPONSORS
We want to say thank you to all conference sponsors for their support. Sponsors include: SDX Foundation, CNN Newsource, Google, CBS News, Middle Tennessee State University, Gannett Foundation,Geico, Scripps Howard Foundation, SAG-AFTRA, NBC Sports Group, NHL, The Associated Press, Donald W. Reynolds Center for Business Journalism, John S. Knight Journalism Fellowships at Stanford, and National Basketball Association.
SUPER SESSIONS YOU WON'T WANT TO MISS
Super Session with Kara Swisher
Friday, Sept. 5, 2-3 p.m.
Hear what it takes to start and maintain a successful tech and media company in the 21st century - and the personal ethics statements that make it possible.
Kara Swisher (@karaswisher) is co-CEO of Revere Digital and co-founder of technology news and analysis site Re/Code. She previously oversaw the wildly popular "AllThingsD" conferences and website, in partnership with the Wall Street Journal.
At EIJ14, she'll take the stage to share her story of a female journalist and business owner navigating a segment of the industry that has much less gender (and other) diversity than it should. Along with her business and journalism partner Walt Mossberg, Swisher has interviewed some of the biggest names in tech and media - including a famous exchange on stage that left Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg sweating and the historic joint interview of Apple's Steve Jobs and Microsoft's Bill Gates.
Super Session: Honoring a Lifetime of Excellence in Journalism
Friday, Sept. 5, 5-6 p.m.
Join us for a very special super session as former NBC Sports Chairman, Dick Ebersol receives the prestigious Paul White Award. Hear directly from Ebersol as he remarks on his illustrious career behind the cameras. Ebersol has a renowned legacy of success on distinguished programs such as Saturday Night Live, the World Series, and the Summer and Winter Olympics.
In addition, you won't want to miss the presentation of the John F. Hogan Award to longtime CBS Radio News Vice President Harvey Nagler. Nagler spearheads CBS News radio operations worldwide and under his watch the network has won dozens of national and international awards, including RTDNA's Edward R. Murrow "Overall Excellence Award" for an unprecedented seven years in a row.
A separate reception will immediately follow the awards presentation. Tickets to the reception are $45, and can be purchased here.
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 exhibitors and recruiters you'll have access to in September, including newsroom technology companies, journalism schools and more.
ENGAGE ON SOCIAL MEDIA
Discuss the conference ahead of time. Find out who's coming to Music City. Search for a roommate. Do it all by keeping up on Twitter using the #EIJ14 hashtag, and by monitoring the Twitter list of conference speakers/presenters. And don't forget to join EIJ14 on Facebook for exciting conference updates and discussions!
DOWNLOAD EIJ14 MOBILE APP
Due to its huge popularity, the official Excellence in Journalism 2014 Conference App is back for its fifth year, and is better than ever. The app acts as your personal passport to the event: Browse sessions, plan your schedule, connect with others and see where everything is happening. This year we made it even more social. You will be able to check in at sessions, give session feedback, see pictures from the events and get badges for checking in places, all within the app, which will be available in August.
Maximize your time in Music City by participating in the pre-conference workshops Thursday, Sept. 4. 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.
Half-day workshops (9 a.m.-Noon)
- Data Journalism 101 | $25
Presented by the Reynolds Center for Business Journalism
- Narrative Storytelling for All Media and Beats: 10 Writing Tips I Wish I'd Learned 10 Years Sooner | $25
Half-day workshops (12:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m.)
Full-day workshops (9 a.m.-3 p.m.)
- News Editing Bootcamp (It's Not Just for Copy Nerds) | $95 for SPJ, RTDNA, or ACES members or $150 for non-members
Presented by the American Copy Editors Society
- Keeping the Story on Track: From Breaking News to Enterprise Coverage | $100
Presented by Public Radio News Directors Inc.
- News Management Master Class | $50
See all the details and registration info here.
YOUR OWN PRO SHOP
Our breakout sessions for professional development are gearing up to be the best yet, so take your pick of the sessions you want to be a part of this year. The conversation topics include leadership, diversity, storytelling, digital enterprise stories, harnessing Google, ethics, personal branding and more. There are plenty of opportunities to grow and learn.
EIJ14: 'THE DOCTOR IS IN'
Need some one-on-one or small-group feedback? "The Doctor Is In" will be a roundtable discussion at EIJ14 where you can get answers in a smaller, give-and-take group setting. 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. Topics for discussion are decided by you!
So, email suggestions to Scott Leadingham at email@example.com or tweet them to #EIJdoc by July 15.
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 EIJ14 website.
NETWORK WITH OTHER JOURNOS
Friday, 11 a.m. - Noon in the J-Expo
FREE snacks and soda provided
Remember face-to-face networking? Stow away your smartphone and other devices and come make new connections - in person! With so much happening at EIJ, we've carved out some time for shaking hands and rubbing elbows. We'll provide the snacks and sodas, but BYOBC (Bring Your Own Business Cards). Imagine how many friend requests and Twitter connections you'll get later!
Saturday, 10 - 11 a.m. in the J-Expo
Couldn't get enough networking at Friday's Networking Power Hour? Let's do round two! We're providing FREE coffee, but don't forget to BYOBC (Bring Your Own Business Cards).
ECHOES OF NASHVILLE WALKING TOUR
Thursday, Sept. 4, 1-4 p.m. | $30
On the Echoes of Nashville Walking Tour, guides will take you back to 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 fee. Participants will be walking approximately 1.5 miles on the tour.
LINE DANCE, EAT AND DRINK
Thursday, Sept. 4, 7-8:30 p.m. | Free
Sponsored by CNN Newsource
When else will you have the chance to line dance with a group of journalists?
The Opening Night Reception gives you the opportunity to put on some cowboy boots and kick off the journalism conference of the year. Journos, live country music, line dancing lessons and fried pickles can all be found under one roof at the Wildhorse Saloon - a quintessential night in Nashville, Tenn. This is a great time to mingle with conference attendees and network with your fellow journalists. You might even pick up a business card on the dance floor.
The event, sponsored by CNN Newsource, is open to all registered attendees. Roll into the Opening Night Reception and get acquainted with Music City and the journalists who will be inhabiting it from Sept. 4 to 6.
ETHICS CODE UPDATE
Along with the other training and SPJ business, EIJ will be the time for over a year's worth of work to come to fruition. Delegates will vote on adopting the revised Code of Ethics, which has been under review from the Ethics Committee and you the membership since last year's conference. A final draft is being produced by the working group this coming weekend. The membership will have a chance to cast an online advisory vote on adopting the Code before chapter delegates cast their final votes during the Closing Business Session on Sept. 6. There will even be a town hall-style meeting beforehand to answer questions and take any final input.
Speaking of input, you can still give it before the final draft comes out. Do so here, and see all the other loads of information about the Code of Ethics revision process here.
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 Sonny Albarado at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The SPJ Board Meeting will be held during EIJ from 9 a.m.-noon on Thursday, Sept. 4. The Opening Business Session will take place after from 2 p.m.-3:30 p.m. The Closing Business Session is Sunday, Sept. 6 from 3 p.m.-5 p.m.
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 three weeks left until the donation deadline of Aug. 1, 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 the deadline to SPJ Headquarters at 3909 N. Meridian St. Indianapolis, IN 46208. When mailing your donation, please don't forget to include this donation form.
LAST WEEK'S QUIZ
How many journalists have lost their lives in Iraq since 1992? (guesstimate is acceptable)
Answer: About 162
And the winner is ... Caroline Cardwell of the Virginia Pro Chapter. Congratulations!
THIS WEEK'S QUIZ
How many journalism and open government organizations originally signed onto a letter urging President Barack Obama for more transparency with the media's access to public information?
Submit your answer to Taylor Carlier.