EIJ19 Call for Program Proposals

Deadline for Submissions: January 18, 2019

RTDNA, SPJ and NAHJ are accepting program proposals for their Excellence in Journalism 2019 conference. If you have a program proposal or ideas for the conference, please submit your proposal after reviewing the below information and agreeing to the terms.


Conference Schedule

SPJ, RTDNA and NAHJ will determine the exact time and day on which programs are presented. Programs will be scheduled for September 7-9 in San Antonio after the selection process is complete.

Producers whose programs are accepted will have an opportunity to indicate preferred days and times, however producers should prepare programs that could be presented on any of the conference’s three days.


Types of Programs Sought

EIJ seeks program proposals that are informative, inspiring, diverse, and educational. The primary focus of EIJ is to be an educational, skills-building, career-oriented conference with high-caliber training and promotion of best journalistic practices. EIJ planners seek sessions teaching in-depth skills with one or two trainers. If you are proposing a panel discussion, please explain in the proposal why this topic is both 1) necessary for discussion at EIJ and 2) needs to be done in a panel format rather than as a one-person skills training session.


How Programs Are Reviewed

The EIJ program committee reviews proposals based on their originality, relevance, program design, learning objectives, knowledge and the experience/qualifications of trainers as well as how the proposal fits in with other overall programming factors. Detailed proposals fulfilling these criteria will stand a better chance of being accepted.


Duties of Producer

Please do not submit a program proposal if you cannot fulfill the following duties of a program producer if selected. Program producers may or may not be the speaker for the proposed session.

— As program producer, you agree to serve as the liaison between EIJ staff and all session participant(s).
— You will be responsible for the coordination and execution of the session in coordination with EIJ staff.
— You will work with EIJ staff to ensure that all speakers associated with the session are registered for the conference by the registration deadline.


Number of Programs Accepted From Proposers

In an effort to diversify and keep the EIJ lineup fresh, and to ensure participation from as many people as possible who seek to present programming, the EIJ19 programming committee will select a maximum of two (2) proposals from any proposer/producer. You may propose more than two, but only a maximum of two will be selected.


Speaker Expenses

EIJ does not provide honoraria for speakers at the conference. Speakers are responsible for their conference registration, travel and lodging expenses. If a speaker is attending the conference for their presentation only, complimentary registration will be provided just to attend that session.


Review and Notification Process

Email notifications will be sent around April informing you of your acceptance or denial.


Submit your proposal

Checking this box indicates you have reviewed the above information and understand and agree to the terms if your proposal is accepted. The programming committee will not review program proposals from proposers who do not agree to the terms.

Please follow this link to submit your proposal.


Since 2011, the Society of Professional Journalists and the Radio Television Digital News Association have partnered to host an annual conference that provides journalists with the industry’s best training and networking opportunities. The conference was named the Excellence in Journalism (EIJ) conference in order to provide an opportunity for other organizations to partner with SPJ and RTDNA on the event. In 2019, SPJ and RTDNA welcome the National Association of Hispanic Journalists as a partner for the conference. NAHJ previously joined the EIJ conference in 2013, 2015 and 2017. For more on the conference, visit excellenceinjournalism.org.


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