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Additional training opportunities: Deep-Dive Workshops at EIJ16

Aside from dozens of breakout sessions, EIJ16 offers additional training opportunities with in-depth, hands-on, skills-based workshops. These longer and more intensive programs are yet another way you can improve your journalism skills at EIJ16.

– News Directors New Media Bootcamp
– Turbocharge Your Social Media
– NPR Audio Storytelling Workshop
– Data Journalism: Easy-To-Learn, Friendly, Non-Scary Tools For All Journalists to Improve Your Storytelling
– Free Digital Storytelling Tools from Google
– Boning Up on Business Journalism Skills
– Storytelling: Out of Eden, Into the Story
– So you want to be a leader?

Please note: Some of these workshops have an additional fee. Some require an application and selection process, while others just require an advance registration on the EIJ registration form. Visit the workshops page for all the pertinent details.

Monday, 9:30-10:30 a.m.

Finding the Truth in Big Data

Track: Data

Publicly available data can be a gold mine for journalists who want to uncover information that's not available at first look. This panel will reveal what kind of information can be uncovered, where to find such data, and what tools can be used by journalists to find the facts buried in data.

Trainers: Wayne Rash (@wrash), Washington bureau chief and senior columnist, eWEEK; Pam Baker (@bakercom1), editor, FierceBigData

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Wayne Rash
Wayne Rash has a 40 year history covering technology. He began using big data analysis in his reporting as part of the coverage of the 2016 Presidential primary season, where he applied it to social media traffic. Rash is the Washington Bureau Chief and Senior Columnist for eWEEK. He’s a frequent speaker on business, technology issues and enterprise computing. He currently writes for eWEEK and Yahoo Tech. Rash is a frequent guest on a variety of network news and talk shows, and he is the author of five books, including his most recent, “Politics on the Nets.”

Pam Baker
Pam Baker is a freelance writer and author. In the field of big data, she’s a thought leader, top influencer and a major media voice. Onalytica ranked Baker as a Top 50 Big Data Influencer in 2015.

She is the former editor of Fierce Big Data. Her work there is often noted and quoted by big data thinkers, leading business associations, and publications. An eBrief she wrote for FierceBigData, “How Big Data Changes the Way You Think and Operate,” and her latest book on big data, Data Divination: Big Data Strategies made the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s recommended reading list.


Emergence, Excitement & Ethics of Virtual Reality Video

Track: Digital/Social Media, Tech & Tools, Hot Topics/Current Events

News organizations from the New York Times to Frontline to Fusion are using virtual reality video to tell stories in amazing ways. If you haven’t looked through a Google Cardboard or an Oculus Rift, just think back to your childhood View Master, which was introduced back in 1939. Though those were still shots, they might be the closest thing you can imagine. But a virtual reality news story or documentary will blow your mind. People step out in front of your eyes to talk to you. You can turn around to see the scene 360 degrees around you, above and below. Graphics and images are used in new ways. Storytelling has changed forever. But what does it take to shoot VR video? How does the videographer not get in the shot? And how does the editing work, including using spacial sound? This session brings together people using the technology to answer these questions and more. They’ll demonstrate the technology. And we’ll talk about the ethical implications VR video in journalism poses including whether photojournalists can influence the scenes they record, and whether the visceral nature requires new ethical guidelines.

Moderator: Amy Tardif (@AmyTardif), FM station manager & news director, WGCU Public Media
Trainers: Robert Hernandez (@webjournalist / @VRJournalism), digital journalism professor, USC Annenberg & co-creator of JoVRnalism; Clàudia Prat (@webDOCC), VR producer, Fusion; adviser, Master in Gender and Communication, University Autònoma of Barcelona; Kelly McBride (@kellymcb), vice president, Poynter Institute

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Amy Tardif
Moderator: Amy Tardif is WGCU’s FM Station Manager and News Director. She oversees a staff of 5 in news, production and the radio reading service. Her program Lucia's Letter on human trafficking received a Peabody Award, an Edward R. Murrow Award, a gold medal from the New York Festivals and 1st place for Best Documentary from the Public Radio News Directors Inc. She was the first woman in radio to Chair RTDNA, for which she helped write an e-book on plagiarism and fabrication. She is currently the Chair of RTDNF. She also serves on the FPBS Board of Directors and served on the PRNDI Board of Directors from 2007-2012. She was the producer and host of Gulf Coast Live Arts Edition for 8 years and spent 14 years as WGCU’s local host of NPR's Morning Edition. Tardif is a PRNDI trainer vocal coach and has also worked as a police spokesperson and TV anchor/reporter.

Claudia Prat
Clàudia Prat is an innovative producer working in between technology, filmmaking and non-fiction storytelling. She graduated last December from Studio 20 NYU, the Master's Program directed by media guru Jay Rosen, where she did her thesis project about "Bringing 360-degree video and virtual reality into journalism". Before that, she had worked in Europe and Canada as an independent documentary filmmaker and creating tools to make technology accessible to researchers, activists and journalists. In her hometown, Barcelona (Spain) she organized the first interactive-documentary meetings held in the city. Now she is based in NYC where she is working with Fusion Media Group creating innovative content. www.webdocc.net

Robert Hernandez
Robert Hernandez, aka WebJournalist, has made a name for himself as a journalist of the Web, not just on the Web. His primary focus is exploring and developing the intersection of technology and journalism — to empower people, inform reporting and storytelling, engage community, improve distribution and, whenever possible, enhance revenue. He is an Associate Professor of Professional Practice at USC Annenberg, but he’s not an academic... he’s more of a “hackademic” and specializes in “MacGyvering” Web journalism solutions. He connects dots and people. He has worked for seattletimes.com, SFGate.com, eXaminer.com, La Prensa Gráfica, among others. Hernandez is also the co-founder of#wjchat and co-creator of the Diversify Journalism Project. His most recent work includesAugmented Reality, Wearables/Google Glass and Virtual Reality — he and his students produce VR experiences under their brand: Jovrnalism. He serves on the Online News Association board and a lifetime member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. He is the recipient of SPJ’s 2015 Distinguished Teaching in Journalism Award. He has made it to imgur’s front page more than once.

Kelly McBride
Kelly McBride is the Vice President at the Poynter Institute, where she is leading a transformation in how professional journalists are trained. She is also a writer, teacher and one of the country’s leading voices when it comes to media ethics. The world’s largest newsrooms, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, CNN, NPR and the BBC, frequently cite her expertise. She has a journalism degree from Mizzou and a theology degree from Gonzaga. She spent 15 years as a daily newspaper reporter before becoming a media ethicist. At Poynter, she has served as the director of the college fellowship program, ESPN’s ombudsman, and the founder of the Sense-Making Project, and as lead faculty for the Leadership Academy for Women in Digital Journalism. Kelly co-edited the groundbreaking book, “The New Ethics of Journalism: Principles for the 21st Century,” which argues for a new set of ethical guidelines for journalists, communicators and students and includes chapters by 14 thought leaders examining the challenges of building trust and ensuring credible media in service of community and democracy.


Business Skills for Freelance Journalists

Track: Career, Freelancing

Freelance journalism isn’t just about the journalism. Freelancers must learn to run a business. We all know pitching equals sales and social media is part of our marketing strategy, and the product is our work, in whatever form it takes. But if that’s the only part of the business you think about, you won’t freelance for long. This session will go through tips and tricks for running your freelance business. And it will feature a breakout section on how to negotiate better contracts and better rates for your work, as well as the ongoing requests that happen during an assignment. Learn how to prosper as a freelancer or build better skills.

Trainers: Michael Fitzgerald (@riparian), longtime freelancer, current articles editor, Boston Globe Magazine; Amy Ritchart (@aritchart), professor of communication, Austin Peay State University

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Amy Ritchart
Amy Ritchart, journalism professor at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tennessee, began her reporting career covering county government and farms in rural Alabama for a Monday-through-Saturday newspaper. Later, at the daily Clarksville Leaf-Chronicle, she covered K-12 and higher education before becoming the morning editor for local news. She won first-place Tennessee Press Association awards for education reporting and investigative reporting, a first-place Edward J. Meeman Foundation award for public service journalism — and received the Clarksville Mayor’s Certificate of Commendation for Diversity Reporting. She teaches news reporting, feature writing, media ethics — and mass media and women — at APSU.

Michael Fitzgerald
Michael Fitzgerald freelanced for 14 years for publications including The Economist, Fast Company and the New York Times. He was the initial chair of the SPJ Freelance Community. He is now an Articles Editor at The Boston Globe Magazine.


Native America and the Environment: Past, Present and Future

Track: Indian Country Issues

Indigenous organizations, grassroots groups and individuals have vital perspectives on environmental issues. From the Keystone XL pipeline to Oak Flat to climate change, Native populations are speaking out and bringing about change. Hear from journalists and tribal leaders about the layers of work it takes at the local, state, national and even international levels to address Indigenous environmental issues and generate ideas for your reporting.

Speakers: Antonia Gonzales (@antoniajen14), host and producer, National Native News; Tara Gatewood (@taran8v), host and producer, Native America Calling


Generation J: What We Swear By

Track: Career

Journalists well into their first job (or onto their second) share their secrets of succeeding in a new and challenging workplace, as well as how to maintain a personal life. A must attend for college students on the verge of undertaking a journalism career.

Trainers: Mike Brannen (@mikebrannen), AM Executive Producer, KOB-TV; Rhonda LeValdo (@rhondalevaldo) host, Native Spirit Radio 90.1 FM-KKFI Kansas City, freelance Reporter for National Native News and Native News Network; Ricardo Torres, reporter, Catholic Herald, producer/reporter, Newsradio 620 WTMJ; Stacey Welsh (@StaceyKENS5), digital journalist, KENS-TV

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Rhonda LeValdo
Rhonda LeValdo is Acoma Pueblo and a Faculty member in Media Communications at Haskell Indian Nations University. She is the host for Native Spirit Radio 90.1 FM-KKFI Kansas City, freelance Reporter for National Native News (Public Radio News) and Native News Network (Online). LeValdo is the Co-founder Wellbound Storytellers.com blog site and Native Health News Alliance (NHNA); and a past president of the Native American Journalists Association. LeValdo is also a member of the board of directors for Unity Journalists for Diversity.

Ricardo Torres
Ricardo Torres is a reporter for The Journal Times in Racine, Wis., just an hour away from his home city Milwaukee. He has bachelor's from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and a master's degree from Roosevelt University in Chicago. He's done work for Newsradio 620 WTMJ, WGN Radio, Wisconsin Public Radio and the Better Government Association. Although not a sports reporter, he bleeds Wisconsin sports.

Stacey Welsh
Stacey Welsh is a journalist for KENS-TV in San Antonio, Texas. She produces for Kens5.com and the station's social media platforms, as well as reports on tech and digital topics during newscasts. She has a bachelor's degree from the University of Missouri School of Journalism. In her free time, she enjoys running and playing with her dogs.

Mike Brannen
Mike Brannen is the Morning Executive Producer at KOB-TV in Albuquerque, NM. He's made stops in Minneapolis, Seattle, and Columbia, MO. He earned bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Mike has participated in this seminar twice before, and has spoken at other EIJ seminars on other topics.


No More A**holes in the Newsroom

Track: News Management/Leadership

Presented by the The Kneeland Project. Bullying and bad behavior is too often accepted in the newsroom due to misconceptions about how competitive, high-achieving staff are expected to act. In reality, the outcome of managers accepting bad behavior leads to the opposite outcome — negative newsroom culture, low motivation and real financial costs due to employee churn. We'll discuss how to build a positive newsroom culture by identifying a**holes and responding to bad behavior.

Trainer: Kevin Benz (@kbenztx), training faculty, The Kneeland Project; i-Media Strategies

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Kevin Benz
Kevin works with journalists and news leaders developing newsroom systems aimed at producing more engaging journalism on-air and online. After 30 years in broadcast and online journalism, 12 as News Director, Kevin now coaches and trains news leaders with the Carol Kneeland Project for Responsible Journalism and as founder of i-Media Strategies.


Career Coach: What You Need To Be A Top Teacher

Track: Career

Come get concrete advice to those who want to prepare themselves for a future in journalism education or who want to "give back" by teaching while they remain in newsroom jobs. Or if you've already made the switch, learn how to advance your career and stay relevant in the classroom.

Trainers: Debora Wenger (@dhwenger), director of undergraduate journalism program, University of Mississippi; Hagit Limor (@hlimor) associate professor, University of Cincinnati; Rocky Dailey (@DaileyDoc), associate professor, South Dakota State

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Debora Wenger
Deb Halpern Wenger, a 17-year broadcast news veteran, is director of the undergraduate journalism program and associate professor at the University of Mississippi. Prior to her academic appointments, Deb was assistant news director at WFLA-TV in Tampa, Fla. Wenger conducts multimedia training in newsrooms around the country for The Poynter Institute and is co-author of the broadcast, online and multimedia journalism curricula for the Society of Professional Journalists’ Newsroom Training Program. Wenger has partnered in writing two books: Advancing the Story: Broadcast Journalism in a Multimedia World (along with its companion website at www.advancingthestory.com) and Managing Today’s News Media: Audience First.

Rocky Dailey
Dr. Dailey is an assistant professor of Journalism & Mass Communication at South Dakota State University (SDSU) and has worked as a journalist in broadcast, print and online mediums as well as public relations and marketing during his 17-year professional career. Dr. Dailey teaches and advises in the Online Master of Mass Communications program at SDSU, which is the first and currently only online graduate program in mass communication accredited by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism & Mass Communications (ACEJMC).


Drones: Ethical Dos and Don'ts

Track: Drones, Ethics

Drones are flying off the shelves at stores around the country, and newsrooms are anxious to send them into action. However, what are the ethical concerns of drones use? And, what should newsrooms do to make sure they are responsibly using the new technology? This session will review best practices for aerojournalism and give journalists tools to create their own newsroom guidelines about drones.

Trainer: Andrew Seaman (@AndrewMSeaman), ethics committee chair, Society of Professional Journalists; senior medical journalist, Reuters Health

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Andrew M. Seaman
Andrew M. Seaman is chair of the ethics committee for the Society of Professional Journalists. Based at Thomson Reuters headquarters in New York City, Andrew is the company’s senior medical journalist and reports on a broad range of health issues from basic biology to policy. Andrew previously worked at the company’s Washington, D.C., bureau and USA TODAY. His work has appeared — among other places — the New York Times, the Washington Post, Politico and USA TODAY.


Monday, 11 a.m.-Noon

Newsroom Internships Deep Dive

Track: Career, Educators or Students

Today’s students are armed with the latest tools and techniques for almost any newsroom assignment. Are newsrooms using them to their best advantage? Are journalism educators preparing students for new newsroom challenges? Are student journalists bringing their A-game? Join newsroom professionals, journalism educators, former interns and students in a deep dive discussion of internship do's and don'ts.

Speakers: Heather Taylor (@djnf), manager of digital media and programs, Dow Jones News Fund; Rebecca J. Tallent, Ed.D. (@RebeccaTallent1), Associate Professor, School of Journalism and Mass Media, University of Idaho; Dr. Reginald Owens (@regowens2), F. Jay Taylor Endowed Chair of Journalism, Louisiana Tech University

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Rebecca J. Tallent, Ed.D.
Rebecca J. “Becky” Tallent is currently an Associate Professor of journalism in the University of Idaho’s School of Journalism and Mass Media where she teaches reporting, public relations courses, and Cultural Diversity and the Media.

Prior to joining academia, Becky worked as an oil & gas, financial and environmental reporter for Reuter’s U.S. Financial, McGraw-Hill News (especially Platt’s Oilgram News), the Daily Oklahoman in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Business News and the Tulsa World. She spent 18 years as a PR professional for state agencies, including University Hospitals in Oklahoma City and the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.

A member of the Native American Journalists Association since 1999, Becky currently serves on the Education Committee. A Society of Professional Journalist member since 1972, Becky currently sits on the national Board of Directors as a Campus Adviser at Large and she serves as member of the Journalism Education Committee. She is a former member of the SPJ diversity, ethics and professional development committees. Becky frequently acts as a liaison between SPJ and NAJA.

Becky earned her BA and Master of Education, both in journalism, from the University of Central Oklahoma, and her Doctor of Education in mass communications from Oklahoma State University.

Heather Taylor
Heather Taylor is the manager of digital media and programs at the Dow Jones News Fund, responsible for the Fund's social media, website, communications and managing the high school and college programs. A native of New Jersey, Heather has extensive experience working with media and nonprofit organizations. She earned a bachelor's degree in journalism/mass media studies and political science from Rutgers University in 2002. Since graduation, her career has focused on improving democracy through citizen empowerment, government transparency and strengthening the fourth estate. She served as senior director of communications at The Citizens Campaign where she developed a citizen journalism training program that empowered individuals to embrace the fundamentals of journalism and harness the power of online media to affect change. Heather serves on the board of the American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey and has been a board member of the New Jersey Foundation for Open Government.

Dr. Reginald Owens
Reginald Owens is head of the Department of Journalism at Louisiana Tech University in Ruston. He teaches news writing, advanced copy editing, media and culture, public relations, advertising and civic journalism.

Reginald began his professional career as a police reporter at The Houston Post in 1972. He has completed summer sabbaticals in a number of newsrooms, including the Philadelphia Tribune, The Times-Picayune in New Orleans, The Austin American-Statesman, and Texas Freedman in Houston where he was managing editor.

Reginald is on the board of directors of the Dow Jones News Fund and the Shreveport Journalism Foundation. He received a Ph.D. in journalism from the University of Texas-Austin, a master’s in advertising from the University of Illinois-Urbana and a bachelor’s in journalism from Louisiana Tech.


Geek Out! Latest Gadgets, Apps & Technology

Track: Digital/Social Media, Tech & Tools

This annual session is where attendees 'get their geek on' by sharing information and asking questions about the latest tech innovations and how they can be used by journalists. What will we talk about this year? VR Journalism? Thetas? Oculus? Google Cardboard? Come for an informal, engaging, interactive session where we strip out the formality and chat about all the cool stuff going on in journalism — and why it’s such a fun time to work in it. One condition: Come with an open and non-judgmental mind — and with your own topics to discuss.

Trainer: Robert Hernandez (@webjournalist), journalism professor, USC, co-founder of #WJCHAT and creator of JoVRnalism


From Data to Impact: Finding and Using Health Disparities Data

Track: Data

Increasing coverage of the persistence of racial and ethnic health disparities in America has brought a new dimension to the discussion about the health of our nation, and has become an important part of the national conversation about race. This session will provide journalists, freelance writers, content producers and bloggers covering health, race, policy, government and related topics with an in-depth review of how to find and use the most up-to-date federal health disparities data for reporting and development of compelling digital content. Participants will learn how to find the latest federal health disparities data on a variety of topics and how to use this data in reporting and production of content, such as infographics, and hear experiences of a professional journalist about using these resources in everyday reporting. Additionally, participants will discover the myriad of free resources available from the Office of Minority Health Resource Center (OMHRC) ̶ the largest collection of minority health and health disparities research, data and publications in the nation ̶ including minority population health profiles, statistics by disease and customized searches conducted by research professionals, as well as instruction on how to use the OMHRC library database."

Trainers: Faye Williams, library manager, Knowledge Center; Joanna Blonska, senior media relations specialist, Office of Minority Health Resource Center; Levi Rickert, editor and publisher, Native News Online

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Faye Williams
Faye Williams has been the Knowledge Center Manager for the Office of Minority Health Resource Center since 2006. She serves as the primary reference and data researcher for both the U.S. Office of Minority Health federal staff and the general public. She is responsible for subject research, library database development, website statistical content, collection development and library outreach services. Previously, she was Assistant Professor and Medical Collection Management Librarian at Virginia Commonwealth University. She also served as Senior Technical Information Specialist with Science Applications International (SAIC) in McLean, VA. Faye holds a B.A. from the University of Albany and an M.S. from Simmons College.

Joanna Blonska
Joanna Blonska is the senior media relations specialist at the Office of Minority Health Resource Center, where she supports communications work and media outreach on behalf of the U.S. Office of Minority Health. A former journalist for Time Inc., she regularly works with reporters to create awareness about federal government policies and initiatives to help advance health equity and improve racial and ethnic minority health. Joanna holds a B.A. from the University of Chicago and a M.S. from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Levi Rickert
Levi Rickert is the publisher and editor of Native News Online, one of America’s most read daily American Indian publications. Native News Online covers a range of contemporary news issues, including health related issues that impact American Indian and Alaska Native lives. He also serves as the editor-in-chief of the Tribal Business Journal, a monthly economic development magazine, which reaches all 566 federally recognized American Indian tribes in the United States and all major national American Indian organizations. Rickert is a tribal citizen of the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation and is the former executive director of the North American Indian Center of Grand Rapids."


Stepping Through the Freelance Ethics Minefield

Track: Freelancing, Ethics

As freelance journalists take on more corporate communications assignments to maintain a steady cash flow, they often struggle with challenging questions about whether this work might create a conflict of interest with their journalism assignments. For example, should a personal finance reporter produce a profile of a source for use on the source’s firm’s website? Can a health care reporter write news stories on medical research results for an insurance company’s health plan membership newsletter? In this session, the SPJ Freelance Community presents real-life scenarios independent journalists face as they juggle news and features assignments with their need to make a living through other kinds of work.

Trainers: Hazel Becker, freelance journalist, SPJ Freelance Community board member; Andrew Seaman (@andrewmseaman), medical journalist, Thomson Reuters and SPJ Ethics Committee chair; Michael Fitzgerald, articles editor, Boston Globe Magazine; Steve Goodman

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Hazel Becker
Hazel Becker, Resources Chair for SPJ’s Freelance Community, is a publication consultant, business writer and editor specializing in niche publications. She has extensive experience covering complex subjects and a talent for targeting publications to specific audiences. Her writing and editing are enriched by her experience as a veteran journalist with BNA Inc. (now Bloomberg BNA).

Becker’s experience includes researching publishing opportunities and producing prototypes for start-up publications in print and on the Web. Her publication consulting and product development projects have included new niche periodicals, websites, reports/white papers, and market research studies. As a freelancer she covers personal finance, business and government.

Andrew Seaman
Andrew M. Seaman is chair of the ethics committee for the Society of Professional Journalists. Based in at Thomson Reuters headquarters in New York City, Andrew is the company’s senior medical journalist and reports on a broad range of health issues from basic biology to policy. Previously, Andrew worked at the company’s Washington, D.C., bureau and USA TODAY. His work has appeared — among other places — the New York Times, the Washington Post, Politico and USA TODAY.

Michael Fitzgerald
Michael Fitzgerald freelanced for 14 years for publications including The Economist, Fast Company and the New York Times. He was the initial chair of the SPJ Freelance Community. He is now an Articles Editor at The Boston Globe Magazine.

Steve Goodman
Steve Goodman is an educational consultant and host of the cable TV show Higher Education Today, which connects viewers to contemporary issues in the university world. Steve has taped 106 segments over the past five years. Topics have ranged from student-athletes to neuroscience, curriculum changes to motivation and rewards, and disability services to the value of the liberal arts. Steve’s op-eds have been published in the Washington Post, the Philadelphia Inquirer, and the Miami Herald. He is a former senior fellow at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs and co-author of College Admissions Together: It Takes a Family.


Operational Security for Journalists

Track: News Management/Leadership, Hot Topics/Current Events

Every citizen concerned with privacy worries about mass surveillance. Journalists, as they increasingly see state and private aggressors follow their activities, have the additional threat of targeted surveillance. To work safely, journalists cannot rely only on mass surveillance counter-measures. They need long-term security plans based in military intelligence. This session will cover the most important intelligence principles for operational security, as applied to reporting and human rights work. Contrary to Hollywood and amateurs in the Privacy Movement, security demands that we change our behaviors, not just our equipment, so leave behind your phone, computer, and digital encryption tools for this one.

Speakers: Mei-Ling McNamara (@MLMcNamara), documentary filmmaker, The Guardian; Larry Jones, Managing Instructor, CR Working Group; Daryl Baginski, Managing Member, CR Working Group

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Mei-Ling McNamara
Mei-Ling is a journalist and documentary filmmaker, working in both print and broadcast media. Her productions have included work for international broadcasters including CNN International, PBS, and Al-Jazeera English. She has made a number of investigative and current affairs documentaries in the areas of human rights, social issues and environmental justice. She earned her Ph.D. in Documentary Film from University of Edinburgh.

Larry Jones
Larry is a former US Marine Intelligence Analyst and Intelligence Chief with the Special Operations Training Group (SOTG). He teaches surveillance, counter-surveillance, and long-term security planning. He earned his M.A. in International Commerce and Policy from George Mason University.

Daryl Baginski
Daryl is an attorney licensed in New Mexico. He teaches criminal procedure, namely, search and seizure, detainment, and arrest procedures. He is a former US Marine. He earned his J.D. and M.A. in Philosophy from Syracuse University.


Pro Se Power: Get Public Records By Taking Agencies to Court — Yourself!

Track: FOI, The Craft

Sometimes public agencies flagrantly and illegally deny a legitimate public records request, and your only recourse is to sue. But if your employer doesn’t want to litigate, or you are a freelancer, what do you do? Don’t take the law into your own hands, take them to court. Pro se. This session will guide you through the steps to sue a public agency on your own. It’s not as daunting as it seems, and there are resources to cover court costs and minimal legal assistance. You can do it!

Trainer: David Cuillier (@DavidCuillier), director, University of Arizona School of Journalism and co-author, "The Art of Access: Strategies for Acquiring Public Records"

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David Cuillier
David Cuillier is director of the University of Arizona School of Journalism, where he teaches and researches freedom of information law. He is former president and freedom of information chair for SPJ, and a current board member of the National Freedom of Information Coalition. He is a former newspaper reporter and editor from the Pacific Northwest, and is co-author with Charles Davis of “The Art of Access: Strategies for Acquiring Public Records.”


Money Matters: Excellence in Personal Finance Reporting

Track: Career

Featuring the RTDNA/NEFE Excellence in Personal Finance Reporting Awards winners, the Money Matters session will highlight the best in television, radio and online personal finance journalism. Panelists will break down their award-winning submissions, sharing the key reporting tools and best practices they used to add depth to their reporting. Learn tips and techniques to empower news consumers to consistently make healthy, educated financial decisions. You'll walk away with new ways to creatively approach financial reporting and make comprehensive topics more digestible to viewers and listeners.

Speakers: Jillian Berman, Reporter, MarketWatch; Tina Martin, Reporter, WGBH; Chris Vanderveen, KUSA-TV


Making A Murderer — And Covering Him

Track: The Craft, Hot Topics/Current Events

Netflix may have brought Steven Avery into American living rooms with its late 2015 megahit “Making A Murderer.” But the reporters who covered the original charges against Avery — convicted of a sexual assault in 1985 and exonerated and released 18 years later; convicted of a murder in 2007 and now appealing that conviction — know the most and most-newsworthy aspects of Avery’s cases. Hear what the key journalists involed in the original reporting learned in the process — and what Netflix left out or got wrong.

Moderator: Patricia Gallagher Newberry, SPJ Region 4 director

Speakers: Tom Kertscher, PolitiFact Wisconsin reporter, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel; Angenette Levy, reporter, WKRC-TV; Colleen Henry, investigative reporter, WISN

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Patricia Gallagher Newberry
Moderator Patricia Gallagher Newberry is a senior lecturer in journalism at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. She sits on the national boards of the Society of Professional Journalists and Sigma Delta Chi Foundation, and serves as Region 4 director for SPJ. She worked as a newspaper reporter and editor for 15 years before entering academia.

Colleen Henry
A broadcast journalist with some 25 years of experience, Colleen Henry is considered one of Milwaukee's toughest investigative reporters. Her stories about the dark side of international adoption in Guatemala and the detention of a young girl in Jamaica by U.S. Immigration officials both resulted in changes to federal policy. She has also watched the Steven Avery case closely, producing a half-hour special about it earlier this year. Now with WISN in Milwaukee, Henry previously worked for the Peace Corps and Agence France-Presse, the French wire service. She has a bachelor’s degree in Spanish from Georgetown University, a master’s in journalism from Northwestern University, and a law degree from Marquette University.

Angenette Levy
Angenette Levy has been a reporter for more than a decade. She started her career as an associate producer for WKRC-TV in Cincinnati. She worked as a reporter for WFRV-TV in Green Bay, Wis., for more than five years where she covered the Teresa Halbach murder case and the prosecutions of Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey. Currently a reporter at WKRC-TV in Cincinnati, Levy earned a bachelor’s in communication from the University of Cincinnati.

Tom Kertscher
Tom Kertscher worked for newspapers in Oklahoma, Illinois and California before joining the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel in 1998, where he is now a PolitiFact Wisconsin reporter. In addition to covering the Steven Avery case, Kertscher is the author of two sports books, "Cracked Sidewalks and French Pastry: The Wit and Wisdom of Al McGuire" and "Brett Favre: A Packer Fan's Tribute." He has a bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a master's degree from Ohio State University.


Monday, 12:30-1:30 p.m.

Profs and Pros: Building Partnerships Between the News Industry and Academics One Project at a Time

Track: News Management/Leadership, Educators or Students

There has been an increased interest in forming partnerships between news organizations and journalism programs ever since the major funders of journalism education, such as the Knight Foundation, urged academics to adopt a teaching hospital model. Little attention, though, has been given to single projects that are mutually beneficial to both and take less effort than a total redesign of a curriculum. Panelists will discuss projects undertaken at Gaylord College in partnership with major news organizations such as Sinclair Broadcast Group and covering the Iowa caucuses for the Huffington Post. The unintentional benefits and unseen pitfalls projects like this can create for both professionals and professors will be discussed.

Trainers: Julie Jones, (@joneszz), associate professor, University of Oklahoma; Stan Heist, (@stanheist), director of news training & development, Sinclair Broadcast Group; John Schmeltzer (@jschmeltz), Engleman/Livermore professor, University of Oklahoma; Natalie Jackson (@nataliemjb), Senior Polling Editor, Huffington Post

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Julie Jones
Julie Jones teaches multimedia, mobile journalism at Gaylord College. She has teaching awards from the International Communication Association (ICA) and Kappa Theta Alpha. The National Press Photographers Association recognized Jones' contributions with the Joseph Costa award. Part of her research focuses how new technologies can provide different kinds of learning experiences. An article in Journalism and Mass Communication Educator examined how social network patterns grew out of a mobile journalism class’s coverage of a racist event on OU’s campus. The work earned top paper at the MobileMe&You conference. Jones was an award winning video photojournalist before earning her doctorate at the University of Minnesota.

Stan Heist
Stan Heist designs and leads professional development programs for Sinclair’s local and national newsrooms. He also works closely with Journalism programs across the country to help attract the best talent to Sinclair. Stan holds a BA from the University of Dayton, and a MA from the Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland, where he was also a lecturer. He has taught visual journalists the craft of visual storytelling at dozens of seminars in the US, Canada, Japan and Denmark. Since 2006, Heist has been a faculty member of the NPPA’s News Video Workshop, where he currently serves as a workshop co-director. His work in local newsrooms as a photojournalist in Dayton, Richmond, and Baltimore has earned numerous EMMY, RTDNA, NPPA, and Associated Press awards. His team in Baltimore was twice named a finalist for the NPPA’s Station of the Year award, and in 2006, Stan was named the NPPA National Television News Photographer of the Year.

Natalie Jackson
Natalie Jackson is Senior Polling Editor at Huffington Post, coordinating the Pollster section of the site. Her primary focus is on polling coverage and methodology, statistical methods, and using polls to forecast elections. Jackson has a PhD in political science from the University of Oklahoma, with heavy emphasis on statistics, survey methodology, and American politics. Prior to joining Huffington Post, she worked as a survey consultant as a postdoctoral associate at Duke University and as senior analyst at the Marist College Institute for Public Opinion.

John Schmeltzer
John Schmeltzer is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and the Engleman/Livermore Professor in Community Journalism at the Gaylord College of Journalism. He teaches newsgathering, advanced multimedia and community journalism courses. Schmeltzer spent most of his professional career at the Chicago Tribune, where he helped direct the newspaper’s west suburban coverage before returning to reporting as a business writer. He was a lead writer in the Tribune’s aviation project, “Gateway to Gridlock,” which won the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Journalism. Schmeltzer’s coverage of the United Airlines bankruptcy was a finalist for the UCLA Anderson School of Management Gerald Loeb award.


Drone Journalism: Fly Before You Buy

Track: Drones, News Management/Leadership

Maybe you’ve read stories about the confusing laws that (might) let you use a drone in your work. Maybe you’ve even attended a drone workshop and listened to experts run through some scenarios. But have you ever flown the damn thing? Seen what it can do? Learn the latest drone law, discover which assignments a drone can excel at, and then take to the skies to record your own HD footage — which we’ll send you after the session. Even better, borrow a Phantom 3 Pro through SPJ Florida’s “Loan-a-Drone" program and get right to work.

Trainers: Brandon Ballenger (@btballenger), associate editor, Debt.com; Michael Koretzky (@koretzky), SPJ Region 3 director

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Brandon Ballenger
Past SPJ Florida president Brandon Ballenger is the associate editor for Debt.com, a unique provider of personal finance news and financial services. His dabbling in interactive content led him to experiment with drones, and he has spent more than a year flying and leading drone workshops and information sessions across South Florida and at SPJ regional conferences. His business and money writing has been featured in The South Florida Business Journal, Money Talks News, Business Insider, Reader’s Digest, The Christian Science Monitor, on the homepages of MSN and Yahoo!, and more.

Michael Koretzky
Michael Koretzky is SPJ's Region 3 director. While he's attended an all-day drone training, the only time he tried to fly one, he nearly crashed it into the side of a building.


Politics in Indian Country

Track: Indian Country Issues

Montana's Native Americans are physically far removed from Washington D.C. However, the next U.S. president can have a tremendous effect on Montana's tribes in many ways. Students in the Montana Native News Project covered the political discourse in the state's seven reservations and will present their processes and findings.

Moderator: Jason Begay (@jasonbegay), associate professor, University of Montana School of Journalism


New Orleans News and the New Role of the Press in the Digital Age

Track: Hot Topics/Current Events

A look at the changes wrought after the 137-year-old hometown paper switched its emphasis to "Digital First"--including a modern news war, initiated by the development of a new daily, The New Orleans Advocate, as well as collaborations between legacy media (print and broadcast) with new online publications--leads to an exciting discussion of the new role of the press as these changes take place nationwide in the digital age.

Moderator: Steve Buttry (@stevebuttry), editor blog on digital media The Buttry Diary and director student media, LSU Manship School of Mass Communication
Speakers: Rebecca Theim (@rebeccatheim), freelance writer, journalism instructor and author, Hell and High Water: The Battle to Save the New Orleans Times-Picayune; S.L. Alexander, lead author, “The Times-Picayune in a Changing Media World: The Transformation of an American Newspaper”; Andrea Miller, co-editor “News Evolution or Revolution: The Future of Print Journalism in the Digital Age” and associate dean, LSU Manship School Mass Communication; Steve Beatty, longtime journalist & editor online newsroom The Lens

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Steve Buttry (Moderator) editor The Buttry Diary blog on digital media and Director Student Media, LSU Manship School Mass Communication
Buttry has more than 40 years' experience in the news business, including serving as Digital Transformation Editor for Digital First Media and has worked as a journalist and also trained journalists around the world, including Latin America, Europe, the Mid-East and Asia. Buttry edits a highly praised blog on changes in the news business in the digital age, The Buttry Diary (http://wordpress.com).

S.L. Alexander, PhD lead author "The Times-Picayune in a Changing Media World: The Transformation of an American Newspaper (Lexington Books, 2014)
Journalist Alexander, with four decades' experience in print and broadcast--including 20+ years on the Loyola University faculty--has written extensively on press coverage of courts including books such as ""Courtroom Carnival: Famous New Orleans Trials." Alexander discusses the impact of the changes on the way news is now covered (print, broadcast, online, new collaborations) in New Orleans in the digital age.

Andrea Miller, PhD, co-editor "News Evolution or Revolution? The Future of Print Journalism in the Digital Age (Peter Lang, 2014) and Associate Dean LSU Manship School Mass Communication
Miller was an award-winning TV news producer for stations in Texas and has written about crisis coverage, including the recent book "Oil and Water" examining the dual disasters of Hurricane Katrina and the BP Oil disaster. Miller examines the future of the news industry with a focus on breaking news and crisis communication of PR practitioners and journalists in the digital age.

Rebecca Theim, MA, author "Hell and High Water: The Battle to Save the Daily New Orleans Times-Picayune" (Pelican Publishing, 2012)
Theim is a former reporter with the New Orleans Times-Picayune and the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. In "Hell and High Water," Theim chronicles the fierce grassroots battle by the New Orleans community to maintain daily publication of the newspaper, set against the backdrop of the nation's imploding newspaper industry in the digital age.


Covering Islam

Track: Hot Topics/Current Events, Ethics

Islam is in the local and national headlines every day. It's no longer just something foreign correspondents need to know about. The presidential election underlines that. General assignment reporters in the smallest markets can just as easily find themselves tackling the topic. It's a political story, a national security story and a local community story. And it’s a lightning rod for controversy. Two veteran reporters who have covered Islam for decades and co-edited the free e-book Islam for Journalists, along with three leading figures in American Muslim community, provide insights, tips and leads that will help veterans and those new to covering Islam hit the ground running.

Trainers: Lawrence Pintak, former CBS News Middle East correspondent and founding dean of the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication at Washington State University. Co-editor, "Islam for Journalists"; Shaheen Pasha (@ProfPasha), journalism professor, Umass Amherst and former Islamic finance correspondent, Thomson Reuters; Stephen Franklin, former Chicago Tribune Middle East correspondent and co-editor of "Islam for Journalists"; Salam Al-Maryati, president, Muslim Public Affairs Council; Jihad Turk, founding president, Bayan Claremont Islamic graduate school in Southern California

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Lawrence Pintak
Lawrence Pintak has reported from across the Muslim world for more than three decades. As CBS News Middle East correspondent in the 1980s, he covered the first suicide bombings against the U.S. and the rise of anti-American terrorism. Pintak, who holds a PhD in Islamic Studies, was founding dean of The Edward R. Murrow College of Communication at Washington State University (2009-2016) and previously headed the largest journalism training center in the Arab world. He is the author of several books on relations between the U.S. and the Muslim world, and is co-editor of Islam for Journalists.

Salam Al-Marayati
Nationally recognized for his commitment to improving the public understanding of Islam and policies impacting American Muslims, Salam is president and co-founder of the Muslim Public Affairs Council. He oversees MPAC’s groundbreaking civic engagement, public policy, and advocacy work. He is an expert on Islam in the West, Muslim reform movements, human rights, democracy, national security, and Middle East politics. He has spoken at the White House, Capitol Hill and represented the U.S. at international human rights and religious freedom conferences.

Shaheen Pasha
Shaheen Pasha is an assistant professor of journalism at UMass Amherst. She was based in Dubai for Thompson Reuters as the Middle East Regional Editor its legal magazine The Brief and Islamic finance correspondent. Previously, she was assistant professor of journalism at The American University in Cairo. Pasha has worked as CNNMoney.com banking and legal reporter, a reporter at Dow Jones Newswires, where she had a daily column in the Wall Street Journal, and appeared as a regular correspondent on CNBC Asia. She has a master's degree in journalism from Columbia Graduate School of Journalism.

Jihad Turk
Jihad Turk is the president of Bayan Claremont, a graduate school designed to educate Muslim scholars and religious leaders. He previously served as the Director of Religious Affairs at the Islamic Center of Southern California, the oldest and largest mosque in the Los Angeles area.His field of research focuses on Islamic Law with an emphasis on usul al-fiqh, or jurisprudence as well as theology. His current interests also include identity formation in the American-Muslim community, interfaith relations, Islamic reform movements, and community leadership and development with a focus.

Stephen Franklin
Stephen Franklin is a former Middle East correspondent and labor writer for the Chicago Tribune. A Pulitzer Prize finalist, he has reported from Afghanistan to Peru. He has trained journalists in Egypt and Saudi Arabia, and created online courses for journalists around the globe for the International Center for Journalists. He is the author of Three Strikes: Labor's Heartland Losses and What They Mean for Working Americans and co-editor of Islam for Journalists.


Unleash Your Inner Broadcaster

Track: The Craft, Career

In today's media landscape, ""broadcasting"" isn't just for radio and television people. More and more print journalists and those new to broadcasting are now required to use their voices for podcasts and other online content. However, finding your voice isn't always easy. Learn techniques so you can deliver copy in a clear, conversational manner and more effectively communicate with your audience. We'll have scripts to help you unleash your inner broadcaster. NOTE: While this session is a great way for print journalists to develop stronger vocal ability, it's also an excellent session for radio and television broadcasters to fine-tune their skills and sound better on the air. It is also a great way for newsroom managers to learn new techniques for coaching their own staffs. "

Trainers: George Bodarky (@georgebodarky), news director, WFUV; trainer, Public Radio News Directors Inc.; Amy Tardif (@AmyTardif), FM station manager & news director WGCU; chair RTDNF; trainer, Public Radio News Directors Inc.

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George Bodarky
George Bodarky is the News and Public Affairs Director at WFUV FM, an NPR affiliate station, based on the Rose Hill campus of Fordham University in the Bronx. George is the Past President of Public Radio News Directors, Inc. and a Past President and current board member of the New York State Associated Press Association. He is an award-winning journalist who trains undergraduate and graduate students at Fordham University in multi-platform journalism. George is also an adjunct professor at CUNY's Graduate School of Journalism and has taught at Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism. He is widely known for his vocal coaching and journalism training. Over the years his students have won countless awards and have secured employment as anchors, reporters, writers and producers in commercial and public television and radio outlets across the nation. Prior to working at WFUV, George spent many years as an anchor, reporter and news manager in commercial radio and television.

Amy Tardif
Amy Tardif is WGCU’s FM Station Manager and News Director. She oversees a staff of 5 in news, production and the radio reading service. Her program Lucia's Letter on human trafficking received a Peabody Award, an Edward R. Murrow Award, a gold medal from the New York Festivals and 1st place for Best Documentary from the Public Radio News Directors Inc. She was the first woman in radio to Chair RTDNA, for which she helped write an e-book on plagiarism and fabrication. She is currently the Chair of RTDNF. She also serves on the FPBS Board of Directors and served on the PRNDI Board of Directors from 2007-2012. She was the producer and host of Gulf Coast Live Arts Edition for 8 years and spent 14 years as WGCU’s local host of NPR's Morning Edition. Tardif is a PRNDI trainer vocal coach and has also worked as a police spokesperson and TV anchor/reporter.


Transparency: Practices, Potential and Ethical Boundaries

Track: Ethics, News Management/Leadership

The most noticeable 2014 change to the Society of Professional Journalists's Code of Ethics was the addition of transparency as a core tenet. Transparency is tied to journalism excellence as a way of building credibility, explaining journalism practices and inviting greater citizen participation. Technological advances provide journalists additional transparency tools, and practices that support transparency as an ethical value are still emerging. A 2016 national study by researchers at University of Oklahoma reveals how more than 500 journalists perceive transparency as a professional ethical value and set of practices. Join members of the SPJ ethics committee and OU researchers for a how-to session in being more transparent and a presentation of the research that shows how professional journalists understand journalism transparency and practice it.

Trainers: Andrew M. Seaman (@AndrewMSeaman), ethics committee chair, Society of Professional Journalists; senior medical journalist, Reuters Health; Peter Gade, Gaylord Family Endowed Chair, University of Oklahoma; Lynn Walsh (@LWalsh), president-elect, SPJ; investigative executive producer, NBC 7 San Diego; Christina Childs DeWalt (@cchilds_news), doctoral candidate, University of Oklahoma

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Andrew M. Seaman
Andrew M. Seaman is chair of the ethics committee for the Society of Professional Journalists. Based in at Thomson Reuters headquarters in New York City, Andrew is the company’s senior medical journalist and reports on a broad range of health issues from basic biology to policy. Previously, Andrew worked at the company’s Washington, D.C., bureau and USA TODAY. His work has appeared — among other places — the New York Times, the Washington Post, Politico and USA TODAY.

Lynn Walsh
Lynn Walsh is an Emmy award-winning journalist who has been working in investigative journalism at the national level as well as locally in California, Ohio, Texas and Florida. Currently she leads the KNSD investigative team at the NBC TV station in San Diego, California, where she is the Investigative Executive Producer. Prior to coming to San Diego, she was working as data producer and investigative reporter for the E.W. Scripps National Desk. She also worked as the Investigative Producer at WPTV, NewsChannel 5, in West Palm Beach, Florida. She is president-elect for the Society of Professional Journalists.

Christina Childs DeWalt
Christina Childs DeWalt is a doctoral candidate at the University of Oklahoma. A recipient of the prestigious University of Hawaii’s Carol Burnett Award for Outstanding Scholarship in Media Ethics, DeWalt’s research is in the areas of mediated social influence and media ethics with a particular focus on health and environmental communication. In addition to her academic background, DeWalt also has more than 10 years experience as a professional journalist.

Peter J. Gade
Peter J. Gade is a Gaylord Family Endowed Professor in the Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Oklahoma. He is a co-editor of Changing the News: The Forces Shaping Journalism in Uncertain Times (2011), and co-author of Twilight of Press Freedom: The Rise of People’s Journalism (2001). A former newspaper reporter, Peter consulted for newspapers in Missouri and Oklahoma, and taught methods of statistical analysis for the National Institute of Computer Assisted Reporting. Gade was also the journalism area head in the Gaylord College. His Ph.D. is from the University of Missouri School of Journalism.


Covering the Transgender Community

Track: Hot Topics/Current Events, Ethics

Hear how to best cover issues surrounding the transgender community. From what terms to use to common misrepresentations. Journalists and transgender activists discuss how journalists can cover stories involving the community, suggested story ideas, and issues that may be coming next.

Moderator: Jason Parsley, executive editor, South Florida Gay News


Monday, 2-4 p.m.

You’ve Got Talent

Let our panel be the judge. In an “American Idol” styled session, show your work to the pros — a talent agent, a performance coach, plus an award winning storyteller — and get their feedback in a fast-paced critique session that promises to be a benefit to you and the colleagues sitting in the audience.

If you want to be the talent on stage, sign up now for this unique feedback session by sending a message to Janice Gin (panel producer) via the EIJ App. For the session, have a DVD with your work sample (no longer than 3 minutes) ready to show the panel of pros.

Moderator: Jam Sardar (@JamSardar), News Director, WLNS Lansing, Michigan

Panelists: Al Corral, Talent Agent, Napoli Management Group; Joni Brander (@thetvcoachJoniB), TV News Talent Coach, thetvcoach.com; Mark Ginther, VP News, KXAS NBC5 Dallas

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Jam Sardar
Jam Sardar has been the News Director at WLNS since 2009. He roots are in reporting first in Lansing, then Grand Rapids and Philadelphia. In addition to launching the WLNS’s social media efforts, Jam also started the Jackson bureau, and has helped guide the station to several major milestones: winning the morning show for the first time in more than a decade and, in this past year, winning Station of the Year from the Michigan Association of Broadcasters and the Outstanding News Operation award from the Associated Press. 6 News has also won numerous awards including several regional Murrows and been the most honored station in mid-Michigan during his tenure. Jam is also serves on the Board of Directors of RTDNA, representing Region 7.

Mark Ginther
Mark Ginther is the Vice President of News at NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth/KXAS.
Ginther is an award-winning news professional with nearly 28 years of media industry experience. Prior to joining NBC 5, he was the Executive News Director at KING-TV and Northwest Cable Network in Seattle. His career has taken him to Dallas before as Assistant News Director at WFAA-TV, and News Director at WHO-TV in Des Moines, Iowa. He began his broadcasting career at radio and television stations in Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota.
Ginther's news organizations have received numerous awards. KING received a national Murrow award for ""Overall Excellence"" from RTDNA, the ""Service to America"" Award from the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB). two George Foster Peabody Awards, a Columbia DuPont award, a national Emmy award for the station's investigative work and received national recognition for photojournalism and digital storytelling.

Joni Brander
Joni Brander is a TV Talent Coach and Appearance Consultant based in Chicago. She has coached news talent from CNN, network, and local news throughout the country for 25 years.

Brander served as the 1998-1999 Visiting Professional at Ohio University's Scripps School of Journalism.

She has been a presenter and panelist at RTNDA (Radio-Television News Directors Association) and NATAS (National Academy for TV Arts and Sciences) national and local conventions.

She also wrote "Feedback," a TV news advice column for RTNDA's Communicator.

Brander's prior experience includes consulting and coaching for an international TV consulting firm, stints for television stations and production crews, and she was host and talent for numerous productions and videos.

Al Corral
Al Corral joined Napoli Management Group after spending more than 25 years in the industry, including syndication, public television and Spanish language. As one of the most respected and well known news leaders in both English and Spanish-language television, Al is uniquely qualified to represent today's TV news on-air talent.

He launched his successful career at KTVU in Oakland, CA and later brought his success to KPIX in San Francisco, the show “Extra” and the PBS flagship station KCET. In 2000, Al was recruited as Vice President/News Director for the NBC-owned Telemundo duopoly, KVEA & KWHY.

Al brings his news director talents to bear when it comes to identifying and nurturing talent. He coaches and develops his clients to realize their strengths and leverage them. He likes to say, "It's all about the three C's:" Confidence, Conversational, and Connecting.


Monday, 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Everything You Know About Multimedia Storytelling Is Wrong

Track: Digital/Social Media, Tech & Tools

Reset everything you think you know about multimedia journalism with a fresh look at trends, tools and best practices. Come learn the latest trends and best practices when creating and publishing multimedia projects on the web and more importantly to a mobile audience. As a leader in multimedia production and mobile photography, with over 250,000 social media followers, I'll send you home with the latest trends in mobile photography, video production, growing your audience on Instagram and new tools in order to create stunning projects and build audience.

Trainer: Richard Koci Hernandez (@koci), assistant professor of new media, UC Berkeley

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Richard Koci Hernandez
Richard Koci Hernandez is an internationally recognized, award-winning innovator in journalism and multimedia. Koci Hernandez recently published “The Principles of Multimedia Journalism: Packaging Digital News” Taylor & Francis, 2015 Koci Hernandez is a national Emmy award winning multimedia producer who worked as a visual journalist at the San Jose Mercury News for 15 years. He has been named one of the “Top 25 Influential Communications Professors” and one of the “Top 100 Photographers on the Web. In 2011 Koci Hernandez was named an Assistant Professor for New Media at the Graduate School of Journalism at UC Berkeley.


Benefits (And Perils) of Live Streaming Your Newsroom

Track: Digital/Social Media, News Management/Leadership, Hot Topics/Current Events

From Periscope to Meerkat to Facebook Live, social media platforms are providing your audience unprecedented access to your news staff. What's the best approach for your newsroom? Do you stream or not? This session will cover the basics of these platforms. It will also allow journalists to discuss best strategies when using these streaming venues.

Trainer: Mike Brannen (@mikebrannen), AM Executive Producer, KOB-TV

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Mike Brannen
Mike Brannen is the Morning Executive Producer at KOB-TV in Albuquerque, NM. He's made stops in Minneapolis, Seattle, and Columbia, MO. He earned bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Mike has participated and led several EIJ seminars, and prefers to let the smart people doing the talking.


Lessons From Indian Country: Collaboration Trumps Branding in Nonprofit Journalism

Track: Indian Country Issues, News Management/Leadership

With the proprietary, independent nature of mainstream journalism — where getting the scoop first is a primary goal — collaboration across organizations and newsrooms can be difficult. What’s missing is a culture and history for creating relationships across brands. However, the collectivistic nature of Native culture allows for more holistic, collaborative approaches to journalism. Learn how Native Health News Alliance leveraged culture and mainstream journalism practices for successful partnerships with funders and other media.

Trainers: Teresa Trumbly Lamsam (@tlamsam) executive editor, Native Health News Alliance; Gina Davis (@GinaMarieDavis), senior communications associate, Annie E. Casey Foundation; Kathy Reincke (@Kar1332), interim communications director, W.K. Kellogg Foundation

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Teresa Trumbly Lamsam
Dr. Trumbly Lamsam is the president and executive editor of the Native Health News Alliance, an independent nonprofit news agency. In her journalism career, she has held editing positions in metro news and Native media. She currently serves as vice chair of the Osage Nation Editorial Board.

She received her bachelor’s degree in journalism from Abilene Christian University and her master’s degree in media management and doctorate from the Missouri School of Journalism. Dr. Lamsam is an enrolled member of the Osage Nation, a federally recognized tribal entity in the United States.

She has extensive experience in practical, ground level efforts as well as in research and academia. She is a journalism faculty member at the University of Nebraska Omaha.

Kathy Reincke
Kathy Reincke is the director of communications (interim) for the W.K. Kellogg Foundation in Battle Creek, Michigan, reporting to the chief policy and communications officer.

In this role, she leads internal and external communications strategies across the foundation’s grantmaking priorities. In partnership with policy, she manages communication strategies; writes and edits content integrating clear and consistent messages; identifies media opportunities to highlight programming efforts and successes; leads traditional and social media strategies; and provides communication support to grantees and partners.

Prior to this role, she was communications officer, responsible for communication strategy development including communication planning, execution and grantmaking in the national portfolios of education, health and economic security, as well as dental therapy.

Gina Davis
Gina Davis is a senior associate in Strategic Communications at the Annie E. Casey Foundation, a private philanthropy that creates a brighter future for the nation’s children by developing solutions to strengthen families, build paths to economic opportunity and transform struggling communities into safer and healthier places to live, work and grow. Davis serves as the lead communications strategist for the Foundation’s child welfare portfolios, including the Child Welfare Strategy Group, the Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative and the Center for Systems Innovation’s policy team.

Before joining the Foundation, Davis held senior communications roles at the Hatcher Group, a national strategic communications and public affairs firm specializing in nonprofits, and McDaniel College. A former journalist, Gina also held several newsroom positions — including education reporter, blogger, copy editor and design editor — with The Baltimore Sun.

Davis earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism from Norfolk State University. She is president of the board of directors for Wide Angle Youth Media, a Baltimore-based nonprofit that empowers young people to tell their stories through the creation of documentaries and photography to advance social change in their communities.


Your Images Are Your Legacy

Track: Career, The Craft

Copyright violations, as innocent as they sometimes are, cost photographers money. And it’s all too easy to grab an image and publish it “courtesy of Google.” Discuss the issues surrounding copyright, DMCA takedown notices, small claims and fair use for producers and consumers of visual journalism online and in print.

Trainer: Mickey Osterreicher, general counsel, National Press Photographers Association


Fitting in the News: Creating Personalized Interactives

Track: Digital/Social Media, Tech & Tools

Learn how to navigate the growing and developing art of creating news interactives that deliver personalized and helpful decision-making information by guiding users through a series of questions/choices. We’ll look at examples, including “Living a Like a Refugee” — a Q&A-driven interactive produced at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism that shows users the tough financial choices facing Syrian refugees in the U.S. We’ll also look at how to conceive and execute personalized interactives that show people where they fit into the news — led by the trainers, who are working on a tool that would allow news organizations without coders to get in the game.

Trainers: Sandeep Junnarkar (@sandeep_NYC), director of interactive journalism, CUNY Graduate School of Journalism; Jere Hester (@jere_hester), director of news products and projects, CUNY Graduate School of Journalism

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Jere Hester
Jere Hester is Director of News Products and Projects and the Director of the Reporting and Writing Program at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. He joined the J-School in 2006 as the founding director of the award-winning NYCity News Service, which feeds student work to professional outlets. Hester was previously city editor of the NY Daily News, where he started as a reporter in 1992. Since 2009, he has written a pop culture column for NBC Local Integrated Media, and is the author of “Raising a Beatle Baby: How John, Paul, George and Ringo Helped us Come Together as a Family.”

Sandeep Junnarkar
Sandeep Junnarkar is Director of the Interactive Journalism Program at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. He is the former New York bureau chief of CNET News.com, and has specialized in writing about technologies used in different industries. Junnarkar helped to create online editions of The New York Times, working as breaking news editor, writer, and Web producer when the paper went live on the Internet as The New York Times on the Web. Junnarkar, founder and editorial director of www.livesinfocus.org, a site that covers underreported issues, also served president of the South Asian Journalists Association from 2008 to 2010.


Reporting on Race and Hot-Button Issues: Lessons from Newsrooms

Track: Hot Topics/Current Events, News Management/Leadership

Many local newsrooms have covered stories this past year where race was at the center or a major part of the issue. How can newsrooms prepare themselves to cover these stories well? Do you have the diversity of staff, community sources, and best practices to cover these issues in your community — both for the long term and when big, breaking events happen and consume the news cycle? Join us for a discussion of lessons learned and advice for the future.

Moderator: Evelyn Hsu, executive director, Maynard Institute for Journalism Education

Speakers: April Bethea (@aprilbethea), homepage producer, Washington Post; Mitch Jacob (@ABC7Mitch), director of News, WJLA-TV; Terence Shepherd (@terenceshepherd), news director, WLRN

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Evelyn Hsu
Evelyn Hsu is executive director of the Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education. She is a former associate director of the American Press Institute and a former member of the faculty of the Poynter Institute. Hsu was a reporter for The Washington Post and the San Francisco Chronicle. She is a past national president of the Asian American Journalists Association.

April Bethea
April Bethea is a homepage producer at The Washington Post, which she joined in February. Before that, she spent 11 years at The Charlotte Observer as a reporter, online producer and digital editor. She's a member and former chair of the Society of Professional Journalists' diversity committee, and is also a member of the National Association of Black Journalists.

Mitch Jacob
Mitch Jacob has spent his entire adult life working in the news industry. He started working in television news while in high school at KEVN-TV in Rapid City, SD. Mitch moved into news management as the news assignment manager while working at KCNC-TV. He has been news director in a number of markets including Harlingen, TX, Wichita, KS, Phoenix, AZ, Toledo, OH, Columbus, OH and for the last two years has been the Director of News for WJLA in Washington, DC. WJLA is the among the largest newsrooms in the country and between ABC7 and the sister cable station produce 16-hours of live local news daily. He has won several awards over the years including a number of Overall Excellence Emmy awards and just this year was awarded an Edward R Murrow national award for breaking news following the Baltimore riots.

Terence Shepherd
Terence Shepherd is news director at WLRN-Miami Herald News, the public radio news outlet serving Broward, Miami-Dade, Palm Beach and Monroe counties. He is also Region 13 director of the Radio Television Digital News Association. He first experienced the power of public radio in 2007 while co-creating and providing editorial direction for the WLRN-Miami Herald Friday Business Report weekly feature segment. He is dedicated to nonprofit causes, education, networking and mentoring, and feeds these interests as Region 13 director of the Radio Television Digital News Association, immediate past president of the South Florida Black Journalists Association, and by actively participating in several other professional journalism organizations.


RTDNA Coverage Guidelines: A Developing Story

Track: Ethics

In 2015, RTDNA introduced its new Code of Ethics. This year, the association is reviewing and revising its more specific Coverage Guidelines, comprising such topics as live reporting, graphic content, privacy issues and conflicts of interest. Find out what's new and be part of the process. Help RTDNA make its Coverage Guidelines even more relevant and valuable.

Trainers: Scott Libin (@smlibin), Hubbard Senior Fellow, University of Minnesota; Kym Geddes, News Director, NEWSTALK 1010 Toronto

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Kym Geddes
Kym Geddes is the first female news director at Toronto’s iconic NEWSTALK 1010. In more than two decades of radio broadcasting, she has reported and anchored at B101 FM Barrie (formerly CKBB AM 950,) CKOC in Hamilton, Q107, and CHUM-FM in Toronto. It was during at CHUM FM that Kym received her first Edward R. Murrow award. Kym and her team at NEWSTALK 1010 have gone on to win multiple Murrows for breaking and long-form news coverage. Kym is a former journalism professor and now sits on the Board of Directors for RTDNA Canada.

Scott Libin
Scott Libin is the Hubbard Senior Fellow at the University of Minnesota School of Journalism and Mass Communication. He is RTDNA's Region 4 director and chair of the Ethics Committee. Libin is a former TV news director and Poynter faculty member. He is a consultant to newsrooms who has trained journalists across the country and internationally. Libin specializes in reporting, producing, leadership skills and ethical decision-making.



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