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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 face behind the emails, tweets and all things SPJ communications

My name is Maggie LaMar and I am the new Communications Coordinator for the Society of Professional Journalists. I am almost finished with my fourth week here and have already learned so much (and sent members many emails).

I often find myself looking at corporate social media pages or going through a promotional email and wondering about the person who runs it. Have you found yourself doing this with SPJ the past three weeks? Wonder no more loyal SPJ followers!

I’m a 2015 public relations grad from Purdue University. My previous public relations/marketing experience includes internships with Purdue Liberal Arts Career Development, Ivy Tech Community College and Re/Max.

Working for a journalism society, as well as for journalists, has been an exciting three week trip. There are so many similarities between public relations and journalism, and just as many differences. I hope to use all of the skills I learn, as well as the journo knowledge I pick up on, to be a better public relations professional.

I have a few goals with this position:

1) A verified SPJ Twitter account

The tricky thing about this is that no one can just request verification, not even an organization. Verification occurs when Twitter declares a page to be influential. My compromise to this goal would be to continuously post relevant and exciting content for all of SPJ’s followers.

2) Write a blog post regularly

This is a goal that I have complete control over. I will try to provide meaningful blog posts throughout the year that are relevant to SPJ and my positon. As many communications specialists (and journalists) know, that a to-do list can look entirely different at 3 p.m. as it did at 8 a.m. and blogging usually is pushed down the totem pole.

3) Increase membership and EIJ attendance

The marketing side of my position thrives on numerical results. The “success” of my promotional efforts is determined by the response; the amount of people who attend the events or join the society. I hope that I can help SPJ grow as an organization.

4) Communicate effectively

This seems obvious because it’s my job title basically. My goal is to consistently go above and beyond to communicate happenings at the society to members and assist members with their questions and problems.

Fun extras:

  • Every playlist on my iPod (250 gb circa 2007) contains at least one of the following artists: Led Zeppelin, Blink-182, Eminem or Hans Zimmer.
  • I have watched every movie in the Lord of the Rings trilogy at least four times (and yes, I read the books).
  • I enjoy hiking and a long list of other outdoor activities.
  • I enjoy cooking and eating equally as much.

I look forward to everything I will learn and experience in my year here at SPJ. If you have any questions, concerns or comments, feel free to email me!

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