EIJ: Top tips from day two

EIJ16 is over.

It’s been a great conference (which, let’s be real, I say every year. Because it’s true). I have 20 pages of handwritten notes that I’ll share with you in the coming weeks. Perhaps some of those may lead to programming ideas for our chapter.

But while you wait for your Luddite of a president to transfer her notes to an easily distributed form, here’s a roundup of top tips from the conference’s final day. I scoured Twitter, using the hashtag #EIJ16, for the best advice from Monday’s sessions. (As a bonus, there are several tidbits in here from today’s deep-dive workshops, too. Those are offered in addition to the main conference.)

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EIJ: Top tips from day one

First, some context: Excellence in Journalism is an annual conference hosted by Society of Professional Journalists, Radio Television Digital News Association and other partner organizations. (This year, that’s Native American Journalists Association.) It’s an opportunity for training and networking, and the Alabama Pro chapter has two board members at this year’s event.

Follow along on Twitter @spj_alabamapro, where we’re tweeting and retweeting information from this year’s event. I’ll recap here throughout the conference, and I intend to later share deeper insights from the sessions I personally attended.

Here’s a roundup of day one, sorted broadly by topic and focused on tips for practical application. Did you see something great we missed? Share it in the comments! Attend EIJ and want to share your notes? Email cjATcarlajeanwhitleyDOTcom. We’d love to make them available to our membership.

Excellence in Journalism 2016: Shining a spotlight, audio advice, ethical coverage, career course and more 


Welcome to the new site for SPJ-Alabama Pro

Old site

Farewell, old site. You served us well.

You’ll notice several new features as you poke around our updated website. I’ll point a few of those out:

First, check out the calendar of upcoming events. Or, OK, don’t yet, not really–we’ve got to plan some events! But this will serve as a source of not only upcoming SPJ-Alabama Pro events, but also events we believe would interest our membership. Got suggestions? Give us a head’s up. Right now, the best way to do that is by filling out the contact us form (look under the “about” tab at the top of the page) or emailing chapter president: cj AT carlajeanwhitley DOT com. Our email newsletter will remain active, as well.

We’ve also created space for a job board. Yes, we encourage you to visit sites such as MediaBistro and JournalismJobs.com. We’ve got links to them, too. But occasionally we’ll hear of an Alabama opportunity that we can’t find on any of our go-to sites. This is a way for us to keep each other in the loop. Submit, submit away!

Finally, we’ve built out a list of resources valuable to Alabama journalists. You can see that under the resources tab above.

We hope to make this site increasingly valuable to our membership, so please share feedback.

Would you like to be more involved in SPJ-Alabama Pro?

Our chapter elects new officers annually, and that means it’s time for us to bid farewell to current president Meredith Cummings and welcome VP/president elect Carla Jean Whitley to the role.

That also means it’s time to select officers for the other positions. Would you like to serve our chapter as VP/president elect, secretary or treasurer? Email Carla Jean–cjATcarlajeanwhitleyDOTcom— by Aug. 5 to express your interest. Are you interested in being more involved but not quite ready to be an officer? Email us and indicate you’re interested in serving on the chapter’s board of directors. You must be a professional (not student) member of SPJ to run for office. Officers serve for one year or until a successor is elected. If multiple people express interest in these positions, we’ll hold an election. Otherwise, we’ll appoint those interested.

Speaking of, Excellence in Journalism–SPJ’s annual conference in partnership with RTNDA and NAJA–is in New Orleans Sept. 18-20. Registration fees increase after Aug. 4, so hop to it! Both CJ and Meredith would be happy to talk your ear off about why this conference is a must-attend event. (Seriously. We can talk. A lot.)Take a look at this year’s programming here. It’s only $230 for members if you sign up by Aug. 4, so seriously, what are you waiting for? We could carpool!

SPJ will review proposed bylaw amendments at EIJ. We have one delegate to represent our chapter, and in order to present the desires of the chapter, we’ll need your feedback. Review the proposed amendments here, and then let us know what you think here.

SPJ Passes New Code of Ethics at Excellence in Journalism Conference

At the #EIJ14 Conference in Nashville, Tennessee, a new ethics code for SPJ was adopted. Over the course of a year, our own Dr. Chris Roberts helped to rewrite the code. He shared his thoughts on his own blog about the process. In case you missed it, SPJ has a recap of events. We hope you plan to join us next year for EIJ in Orlando!

Stay tuned for information about upcoming Alabama Pro Chapter officer elections, as well as events in your area. Need help, got an idea or want to share? Email SPJ Alabama Pro Chapter President at mccummings1@ua.edu or Tweet her @merecummings.

Joel Achenbach talks Deepwater Horizon on Studio SPJ podcast

The Alabama Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists hosted the April 26, 2011 episode of Studio SPJ, a podcast featuring conversations between journalists, with special guest Joel Achenbach, a Washington Post reporter who covered the BP oil leak for the Post and now has a book out about the disaster.

The book, “A Hole at the Bottom of the Sea,” begins in the hours leading up to the explosion on the Deepwater Horizon drilling platform and covers the entire scope of the efforts to cap the well, as well as the political machinations and fallout from the event.

He also addresses the process of covering an unprecedented news event and what the future might hold in our highly-engineered society. Dennis Pillion, president of the Alabama Pro Chapter, served as moderator. You can listen to the entire podcast below.

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