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The #EIJ15 early bird deadline is coming

The early bird special for Excellence in Journalism 2015 ends Aug. 4. I know I’ve spent the past few days pretending that it isn’t August already, but it is. That means you need to register now to be sure that you make the deadline!

Why should you even attend EIJ15 in the first place?

You’re going to gain a lot of journo knowledge.
You’ll learn about a large variety of topics, from the latest technology trends in the industry to how to ethically cover recent topics, and it’s all taught by highly skilled trainers. You can view all of the breakout sessions online, read about the trainers and look at the entire schedule at a glance. Still need more journo training? Sign up for one of the workshops on Sept. 18. Read all of the descriptions carefully; some have their own deadlines and applications.

There will be plenty of awesome people to meet.
Between breakout sessions and workshops, you can drop by the J-Expo and Career Fair to meet with organizations and even talk about career opportunities. Attend one of the receptions to help honor great journalists and meet conference attendees. You can also find a roommate to save on your hotel room.

You will be better prepared for your job search.
I don’t think that I can mention the J-Expo and Career Fair enough because it’s just that awesome. You can have a professional headshot taken at the J-Expo and Career Fair, too! Before you go speak to recruiters, you can have your career profile critiqued by experts. Need interview practice? There’s a breakout session for that. EIJ15 is a must attend conference if you’re a student, recent graduate or just looking for a new journo job.

You’re also going to have a lot of fun.
You’re going to learn a ton of great stuff at EIJ15 but you’re also going to have a lot of fun. Have you looked at the highlights page? If not to, you need to. Not only are the breakout sessions and workshops about exciting topics, but there are plenty of additional activities to supplement your weekend. Come early to sample wine at Epcot, take a Wild Florida Airboat Tour and dance the night away with other EIJ15 attendees. Come to Orlando and party like a journalist.

Okay, so now you’re convinced to go. So why am I rushing you to register?

Maybe it’s just me being the recent-college grad that I am, but saving up to $200 is a pretty big deal. And to get all of the things EIJ15 as to offer for that low price is incredible.

Here are some ideas on how to use the money saved with the early bird special:

  • Sign up for one of the great workshops offered before EIJ15
  • Stay an extra day at the Orlando World Center Marriott
  • Register for the Wild Florida Airboat Tour
  • Explore one or more of the many attractions that Orlando has to offer
  • Use it toward your transportation costs to EIJ15

Become a better journalist, have a lot of fun and save money. Register for EIJ15 today.

I can’t wait to see you all in Florida!

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The Working Press reporting interns: Life in the staff lane

Each year, before SPJ and RTDNA’s fabulous national Excellence in Journalism conference kicks off, a dozen talented student journalists gather in an eerily quiet hotel. The building will soon be full of journalists, professors, industry experts and students buzzing with new knowledge and thousands of coffee cups.

Through a competitive application process, SPJ chose these students to cover one of the largest annual journalism conferences in the country. They are The Working Press, and they do not take their jobs lightly.

Nikki Villoria (@NikkiVilloria) worked for TWP first as a student intern and later as a professional mentor. She sums it this way: “For almost a week, you surround yourself with the best journalists in their fields… all of whom are more than happy to share their knowledge, answer questions and take the time to get to know aspiring journalists.”

She’s referring not only to the more than 1,000 attendees the interns interact with, but specifically TWP advisers who work closely with student reporters.

Hannah Birch (@birch_hannah), a senior at the University of Nevada Las Vegas and a 2011 TWP intern in New Orleans, recalls reading the bios of the advisers before arriving “and being intimidated (New York Times, Associated Press, Dow Jones…), but they all worked to create a positive environment.

“A lot of them had been on staff with TWP for years, and it was clear they knew when to offer advice and when to step back a little,” Birch said. That’s the kind of guidance SPJ knows will give students a boost in their journalism education and, of course, their job hunt after graduation.

Birch is happy to report not only that potential employers ask about her TWP experience in interviews, but that she’s “headed to the Seattle Times this summer for a copy-editing internship, and I wouldn’t have even applied for that if Reginald Stuart, who hired me for TWP, hadn’t called me about it.”

Journalists who serve as TWP advisers are there with two goals: to facilitate the best reporting possible at SPJ’s largest event, and to ensure students on TWP staff get the most out of their experience.

That’s why SPJ continues to support this opportunity. All Working Press staffers receive complimentary conference registration and hotel accommodations. More importantly, though, students receive invaluable training, mentoring and networking opportunities.

Olivia Ingle (@Olivia_Ingle), a senior at Butler University and an SPJ member since her freshman year (now Butler chapter president), explains: “My experience on TWP staff reaffirmed to me that I’m taking the right career path…I also came back from the conference with several clips, stories that were edited by journalists who work for The New York Times and the AP.”

In addition to a daily print tabloid, The Working Press maintains a website during the conference. Click here to see last year’s reporting.

Interested in applying for an internship with The Working Press? Here’s the low-down:

By Abby Henkel, SPJ Communications Coordinator.

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Discuss the proposed “One Member, One Vote” amendment

All SPJ members are invited and encouraged to discuss the One Member, One Vote amendment that chapter delegates will vote on during the Excellence in Journalism 2011 conference, Sept. 24-27 in New Orleans. Please contribute to the discussion in the comments of this post.

If you would like to discuss the other amendments, we have set up a separate thread for that discussion here.

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Discuss the proposed bylaws amendments

All SPJ members are invited and encouraged to discuss the proposed bylaws amendments that chapter delegates will vote on during the Excellence in Journalism 2011 conference, Sept. 24-27 in New Orleans. Please contribute to the discussion in the comments of this post.

If you would like to discuss the proposed One Member, One Vote amendment, we have set up a thread specifically for that discussion here.

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Need a Roommate for Excellence in Journalism 2011?

PLEASE NOTE: As of August 25, all rooms sold under SPJ and RTDNA’s reservation code have sold out. Availability of additional sleeping rooms is subject to hotel capacity, and prevailing hotel rates will apply. Roommate requests are still being taken, however.

If you would like to know about other Excellence in Journalism 2011 attendees who are interested in sharing the cost of a hotel room in New Orleans this September, please feel free post your request in the comments section of this post. You should include the following information:

— Name
— City
— SPJ Chapter Affiliation (if any)
— E-mail address
— Phone number
— Indicate whether you are male or female
— Indicate your smoking preference

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Need a roommate for the 2010 SPJ Convention?

If you would like to know about other convention attendees who are interested in sharing the cost of a hotel room, post your request . You also should include the following information:

— Name
— City
— SPJ Chapter Affiliation (if any)
— E-mail address
— Phone number
— Indicate whether you are male or female
— Indicate your smoking preference

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