Conference Highlights

Opening Night Reception: A night of Texas-sized fun!

Thursday, Sept. 5, 8-10 p.m.
The LDR/Grotto at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center (connected to Grand Hyatt)

Sponsored by CNN Newsource

To kick off journalism’s premiere conference of the year, the Opening Night Reception is a chance to reunite with colleagues, clients and friends, as well as make new connections. Located right on the famous San Antonio River Walk, the LDR/Grotto is just steps away from the Grand Hyatt. Join us as we officially commence the conference in style. We’ll be serving up drinks, music and more! Open to all registered attendees with an EIJ19 badge.

To get to the LDR/Grotto: Take the hotel escalators down to the River Level and exit the Grand Hyatt by Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse. Exit left out of the doors and proceed to the LDR/Grotto ahead. Dress casual and light — venue is partially outdoors.


Terry Anderson, Jamal Khashoggi, Maria Ressa and Nick Ut to be honored as SPJ Fellows of the Society at EIJ19

The Society of Professional Journalists recognizes Terry Anderson, Maria Ressa, Nick Ut and, posthumously, Jamal Khashoggi, as Fellows of the Society, the highest professional honor awarded by SPJ, for extraordinary contribution to the profession of journalism.

All four will be honored as Fellows of the Society at the President’s Installation Banquet, where national leaders for the Society take office and the Society's highest awards are presented, on Saturday, September 7 at 7:30 p.m.


San Antonio natives Scott Pelley and John Quiñones to receive RTDNA awards at EIJ19

RTDNA is pleased to award Scott Pelley (above, left) with the 2019 Paul White Award, which recognizes a lifetime of achievement and service to the profession of broadcast and digital journalism. Pelley has been a correspondent on the CBS News program “60 Minutes” since 1999. He served as anchor and managing editor of the CBS Evening News from 2011-2017 and is the author of a new memoir, "Truth Worth Telling."

RTDNA will also honor ABC News Anchor John Quiñones (above, right) with the 2019 John F. Hogan Award. Named for the founder and first president of RTDNA, the award recognizes an individual’s contributions to the journalism profession and freedom of the press.

They will be presented with these awards on Friday, September 6th during a super session. A reception will follow the presentation and tickets can be purchased for $45.

Scott Pelley is among the most experienced reporters in American journalism. He has been a correspondent for 60 Minutes since 1999. From 2011 to 2017, Pelley also served as Anchor and Managing Editor of The CBS Evening News. In almost 30 years at CBS News, Pelley has covered the major stories of our times and interviewed the news makers who have changed our world.

In 2016, in accepting the Walter Cronkite Award, Pelley said, “I receive too much credit for the work of others. I have never accomplished anything in journalism without photographers, producers and editors. Hundreds of people at CBS News have given me my career, but one person has given me a life, my lovely wife, Jane.”

The Pelleys have been married 36 years and have a son, Reece, and daughter, Blair.

John Quiñones is the anchor of the thought-provoking, topical and insightful, "What Would You Do?" and during his 35 year tenure at ABC News, he has reported extensively for all programs and platforms and served as anchor of "Primetime." He has won seven Emmy Awards, a World Hunger Media Award and a Robert F. Kennedy Prize.

While Quiñones was covering the Chilean miners' disaster in 2010, he was the first journalist out of thousands to get an exclusive interview with the first survivor (Mario Sepulveda). Quiñones has extensively covered a religious sect in Northern Arizona that forces its young female members to take part in polygamous marriages.

Quiñones joined ABC News in June 1982 after serving as a reporter with WBBM-TV, a news editor at KTRH radio and an anchor-reporter for KPRC-TV.


EIJ19 Critiques & Coaching

Thursday, Sept. 5, 10 a.m.–Noon and 1–3 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 6, 9-11 a.m. and 1–3 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 7, 9 a.m.–Noon and 1–3 p.m.

Sponsored by Lilly Broadcasting

You have a demo reel, but is it making an impact? Do you have 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 profiles and bodies of work say something important about you. Before you hit the J-Expo and Career Fair, get helpful, honest feedback on any number of career-related presentations you’d like to have reviewed — all in one spot. Bring your laptop, tablet or paper resume with you to our critiques and coaching room and sign up for a 20-minute one-on-one session with a seasoned professional.

A sign-up sheet will be located at the door.


SAG-AFTRA Office Hours

Thursday, Sept. 5, 8 a.m.-Noon Register
Friday, Sept. 6, 1-5 p.m. Register

SAG-AFTRA invites you to a free consultation with their expert staff — from the News & Broadcast and EEO & Diversity departments — during their office hours at EIJ19. Ask employment and/or contract related questions, and find out how SAG-AFTRA can help you at different stages of your career.

You must sign up in advance and be registered for the conference to participate in office hours. Follow these links to reserve your spot on Thursday or Friday.


EIJ Pub Trivia

Friday, Sept. 6, 8-10 p.m.

Lou Harry, author or co-author of more than 40 books including “The Biggest Trivia Book Ever” and “The Little Book of Misquotations,” hosts a fun-filled competition pitting teams of four against each other in eight rounds of eight questions each, all (sometimes tangentially) connected to journalism. Come with a team or come alone and we’ll find one for you. And, don’t worry, you won’t be put on the spot (you can always blame your teammates for wrong answers). Top prize: Registration for next year’s EIJ!

Speaker: Lou Harry (@LouHarry), Quill Editor, Society of Professional Journalists

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Lou Harry, Quill Editor, Society of Professional Journalists
Lou Harry’s journalism career includes editing stints at Philadelphia magazine, Indianapolis Monthly and the Indianapolis Business Journal along with freelance work for more than 50 publications and websites. The winner of multiple SPJ awards, Harry has taught writing classes at Temple University, the University of Indianapolis and the Midwest Writers Workshop. He has served as emcee for many fundraisers, has organized conferences and once took a pie in the face from Soupy Sales. During downtime, he enjoys writing plays and trying new board games with friends, family and strangers.


Annie E. Casey Foundation EIJ19 Video Contest – $1,500 in Cash Prizes

This video contest seeks to highlight communities around the country, using data from the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s KIDS COUNT® Data Center and your reporting skills, to tell us stories that underscore the challenges and opportunities that lie on the road to ensuring brighter futures for all children and families.

$1,500 in prizes will be awarded ($1,000 in the professional category, $500 in the student category)!

Get all the details and submit your entry here.


San Antonio Boat Tour

Thursday, Sept. 5, 10 a.m. • $5   Purchase tickets on EIJ registration form

GO RIO’s San Antonio Riverwalk boat tour connects you to the city’s timeless charm! Our enthusiastic, knowledgeable boat captains will share fascinating stories about the city’s culture, history and architecture during your 35-minute tour along the San Antonio River.


Alamo Tour

Thursday, Sept. 5, 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. • $20   Purchase tickets on EIJ registration form

In its 300 years, the Alamo has shaped the city of San Antonio, ignited the battle for Texas independence, and influenced American history.

Guided by Alamo History Interpreters, this 1-hour guided tour explores the heroes and events that have made the story of the Alamo captivating for generations of Texans and visitors. The tour takes you through the area that was the original footprint of the Spanish mission complex, today Alamo Plaza, describing the events leading up to and including the Battle of the Alamo. The tour then concludes inside the Alamo Church.


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