Conference Highlights

Opening Night Reception

Sponsored by CNNewsource
Friday, Sept. 18, 6:30-8 p.m.

Come out for a night of fun with your friends, colleagues and new connections at B.B. King’s Blues Club. Enjoy live music from the B.B. King’s Blues Club All-Star Band who will have you dancing to music inspired by the King of Blues, Queen of Motown and Soul of Funk. Save room for a variety of the South’s most delicious comfort food influenced by flavors from New Orleans all the way to the Mississippi Delta. Transportation will be provided.

RTDNA Paul White & John F. Hogan Awards Reception

Sponsored by ABC News
Saturday, Sept. 19, 6:30-7:30 p.m. | $45
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Come celebrate the outstanding achievements of this year’s Paul White Award recipient, CBS News Correspondent Lesley Stahl, and our John F. Hogan Award recipient, ABC News Senior Justice Correspondent Pierre Thomas. Let’s toast to their extraordinary contributions to journalism. Enjoy refreshments and a chance to connect with friends and colleagues on the Falls Function Lawn, located outside near the Falls Pool. Gentlemen, leave your jackets behind!

Wild Florida Airboat Tour

Friday, Sept. 18, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. | $45 | Purchase tickets

Travel deep into the protected swamps, marshes and rivers that make up the Central Florida Everglades. Get an in depth look at the gators, birds, eagles, trees and plants as you glide through over 100,000 acres of beautiful wetlands. After the airboat tour, explore the wildlife park full of zebras, watusi, deer, emu, wild boar, lemurs, sloths, monster alligators and much more. With over 100 native and exotic animals, birds and alligators we promise an adventure you won't forget! Transportation and boxed lunch provided.

Legal Defense Fund Silent and Live Auctions

Silent Auction: Available in the J-Expo
Live Auction: Sunday, Sept. 20, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

You don’t want to miss the opportunity to see the fabulous items available for bid and to network with hundreds of journalists — all for a great cause! Proceeds from this event will go to SPJ’s Legal Defense Fund, a unique account that financially supports journalists waging legal battles to defend the freedom of speech and the press.

Want to pitch in? We'd love your help! You can help fight important legal battles that protect the First Amendment by contributing to SPJ's annual LDF auction. Journalism and campaign memorabilia, original artwork, autographed books and tear sheets and newsroom T-shirts always sell well. Get creative! For complete details on how you can donate an item, please follow this link (opens in a new window, so you won't lose your place here).


Video Critiques
Friday, Sept. 18: 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 19: 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 20: 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

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 Critiques
Saturday, Sept. 19: 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 20: 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Whether a Twitter profile or Facebook page used for a blend of work and life, or the digital (or paper) resume you're shopping around to employers, all of these 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

Saturday, Sept. 19, 2-3 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 20, 10-11 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 time. 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 EIJ15, others will be suggested on-site from attendee feedback. Send suggestions to #EIJDR on Twitter. To see a complete list, check out EIJ15 on Facebook, Twitter (#EIJ15) and the conference mobile app prior to the program to see all of the topics. Scheduled topics include personal branding, working with data, Web coding, FOI, ethics, diversifying news sources, journalists' rights, narrative storytelling, freelancing and more.

NAHJ Hall of Fame Luncheon

Saturday, Sept. 19, Noon-2 p.m. | $45 | Purchase tickets

Prominent panelists gather over lunch to discuss a hot topic related to diversity in the news media and/or other industry issues.

The Student Union

Saturday, Sept. 19, 6:30-8 p.m.

This event will be an opportunity to celebrate exceptional work by student journalists from across the county. National winners of SPJ’s collegiate Mark of Excellence Awards program will be recognized. SPJ will not only award students and educators for outstanding efforts on their campuses, but also the outstanding SPJ campus chapter of the year will be announced.

NAHJ Journalism Awards Gala

Sunday, Sept. 20, 7 p.m. | $80 | Purchase tickets

Each year, NAHJ honors and recognizes individuals who have furthered NAHJ's mission and contributed to the Latino journalism profession and to the Latino community.

SPJ President’s Installation Banquet

Sunday, Sept. 20, 7:30 p.m. | $80 | Purchase tickets

National leaders for the Society take office and the Society's highest awards are presented. The most outstanding chapters are honored for their accomplishments.

EIJ15 Dance

Sunday, Sept. 20, 10 p.m.

Spend some time winding down from the fast-paced conference schedule while you enjoy the last hoorah for EIJ15! No ticket or advanced dancing skills required.


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