Conference Highlights

Opening Night Reception

Thursday, Sept. 7, 8-10 p.m.
Open to all attendees
Sponsored by CNN Newsource

The kickoff to journalism’s largest event of the year, the Opening Night Reception is a chance to reunite with colleagues, clients, and friends as well as meet and chat with new connections. After a busy first day at EIJ17, this evening at Bowlmor Lanes is all about fun, networking and 41 lanes of electro-cool blacklight bowling! We’ll be serving up drinks, light snacks, entertainment and much more. Bowlmor Lanes is located in the Anaheim GardenWalk, a short stroll from the Anaheim Marriott.

RTDNA Paul White Award Reception

Friday, Sept. 8, 6 p.m. | $45   Purchase tickets

The Paul White Award is RTDNA’s highest individual honor, recognizing lifetime achievement in electronic journalism. Open to all.

ACES’ Editing Boot Camp

Wednesday, Sept. 6, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. | $100 for ACES members, $175 general registration
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This workshop covers editing basics for newer editors and veteran editors seeking a refresher. We'll cover why editing is important (and how to convince your bosses), grammar and punctuation basics, editing for accuracy and clarity, and editing in a digital world.

Follow this link to get all the details and register today.

NBCUniversity: The Fourth Estate

Thursday, Sept. 7, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. | Free (admittance by application only)
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This one-day intensive workshop, geared toward on-air AND off-air convention attendees, is taught by NBCU “professors” and is designed for individuals at all levels of their career. Journalism has long been regarded as a crucial force in the operation of government, so vital to the functioning of a democracy that has come to be known as “the fourth estate.” This year’s NBCUniversity will delve into the role of journalism in our emerging political and social landscape and the give and take between government and media in this unique historical moment.

Our coursework includes a variety of classes, from script writing to digital reporting, you’ll learn all you need to know to graduate to the next level of your career.

Follow this link to get all the details and apply.

2017 CNBC Business News Associate Workshop

Friday, Sept. 8, 10-11:30 a.m. | Free (admittance by application only)
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Companies, markets, the economy, and politics are all interconnected and have tremendous influence on people’s lives and money. Business news relies on real-time data analysis and clear communication to decode and define a story’s immediate and future impact on business and society.

CNBC is hosting an invitation-only workshop at EIJ17 designed to educate aspiring journalists about the fundamental values of world-class business journalism and demonstrate the underlying strategies that define and differentiate CNBC in the marketplace.

Follow this link to get all the details and request an application.

Davey’s Locker Whale Watching Cruise

Saturday, Sept. 9, 9:15 a.m. | $40

Davey’s Locker has been providing whale watching cruises for over 30 years. Over the past 30 years, Los Angeles and Orange County have become recognized as one of the top whale watching destinations in the world with a thriving year-round whale population.

The whale watching tour is 2-2 1/2 hours long. Giant blue whales, gray whales and humpbacks are just a few of the possible whale species you might see while on the tour. Sea lions, dolphins and even killer whales have also been spotted.

Davey’s Locker’s primary whale watching ship includes an upstairs sundeck, outside/indoor seating and a snack bar. Captains & crews have backgrounds in marine biology and are incredible knowledgeable providing details on marine creatures, environment and ecosystems.

NAHJ Student Boot Camp

Wednesday, Sept. 6, Time TBA

This year, NAHJ will add a new feature to the conference for student members — an all-day, pre-conference workshop. The workshop will feature sessions that will take the next generation of journalists from the classroom to the newsroom. Sessions will focus on how to get the most out of the conference, making a good first impression, building your brand through social media, and networking your way into a job.


Thursday, Sept. 7, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 8, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 9, 9 a.m.-Noon

Video & Audio: News directors and other professionals will be available to provide helpful suggestions about how to improve your clips and as a result, improve your journalistic skills.

Career Profile: Whether it's a social media profile or the résumé you're shopping around to prospective employers, all of your digital profiles say something important about you. Get helpful, honest feedback on any number of career-related presentations you'd like to have reviewed — all in one spot.

The Doctor Is In

Friday, Sept. 8, 11:30 a.m.

Need some one-on-one or small-group feedback? Do you find it difficult to get that at such a large conference? Drop in to The Doctor Is In for a few minutes or the full one hour. Settle up to one table or make the rounds by visiting them all. 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 on key topics of interest to you, your beat and your career. Even though roundtable topics will be designated prior to EIJ17, others will be suggested on-site from attendee feedback. Send suggestions to #EIJDR on Twitter. To see a complete list, check out Twitter (#EIJ17) and the conference mobile app prior to the program to see all of the topics. Scheduled topics are personal branding and social media, FOI, ethics, diversifying news sources, journalists' rights, narrative storytelling, freelancing and more.

SPJ Legal Defense Fund Silent Auction

The Society of Professional Journalists’ annual Legal Defense Fund Auction raises money for the Legal Defense Fund, a unique account that financially supports journalists waging legal battles to defend the freedom of speech and press. Join us in our efforts to keep information unrestricted and available to the public by bidding on one of this year’s auction items.

NAHJ Journalism Awards Luncheon

Friday, Sept. 8, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. | $50   Purchase tickets

Recognizing outstanding Latino journalists who have achieved exemplary news coverage truly serving the community, and leadership in efforts to achieve newsroom diversity and fair coverage. Open to all.

NAJA Membership Luncheon and Business Meeting

Friday, Sept. 8, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. | Free for NAJA members, $50 for non-members   Get/purchase tickets

Join the Native American Journalists Association during the annual business meeting recognizing contributions of founders, members and supporters. Open to all and free to NAJA members.

NAHJ Hall of Fame Gala

Saturday, Sept. 9, 7 p.m. | $80   Purchase tickets

Created in 2000, NAHJ’s Hall of Fame award honors journalists whose efforts either nationally or locally resulted in a greater number of Latinos entering the journalism profession or have helped to improve news coverage of the nation's Latino community. Open to all.

NAJA National Native Media Awards Banquet

Saturday, Sept. 9, 7 p.m. | $80   Purchase tickets

The Native American Journalists Association honors excellence in journalism and coverage of Indian Country through its annual awards ceremony and banquet. Open to all.

SPJ President's Installation Banquet

Saturday, Sept. 9, 7:30 p.m. | $80   Purchase tickets

National leaders for the Society take office and the Society's highest awards are presented. Open to all.

Gran Baile/EIJ17 Dance

Saturday, Sept. 9, 10 p.m.-Midnight

Open to all. Cash bar. Saturday night.

Spend time winding down from the fast-paced conference schedule while you enjoy the last hoorah for EIJ17! No ticket or advanced dancing skills required.

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