Nearing the finish line for SPJ2020

So excited to welcome Errin Haines of The 19th to SPJ2020. Fun fact: She’s been one of Judy Woodruff’s regular guests for PBS’s coverage of the political conventions.

It’s down to the finish line for SPJ2020 and your 2019-20 SPJ board.

Since I last posted here, we’ve built out the SPJ2020 schedule and web site for the virtual Sept. 12-13 event – what I’ve been calling this fall’s BEST journalism conference — with lots of exciting additions:

More Fellows guests: We’ve already told you we’ll have our four living Fellows at the conference. Recently added: Judy Woodruff (a 2018 Fellow) and Michele Norris to talk about PBS icon Gwen Ifill, our posthumous honoree this year. You’ll see some familiar SPJ faces online for our Fellows presentations, too, with various leaders in conversation with the Fellows. (Small perk of the presidency: I assigned myself Marty Baron of the Washington Post!)

More panelists: Among the other recently confirmed guests are Errin Haines of the new The 19th site for the super session on politics; Getty photographer Michael Santiago for the super session related to Black Lives Matter; Patrice Peck of Coronavirus News for Black Folks for the super session on COVID-19; and NPR’s Mary Louise Kelly (a personal fave) for a breakout session titled “Getting the Story: Foreign Correspondence During the ‘New Normal.’ ”

Special event: “The Glorias,” a new film about Ms. magazine co-founder Gloria Steinem, will be the focus of our second to last event of the conference. Film critic Amy Nicholson (LA Weekly and the podcast “Unspooled”) will host a live chat with “Glorias” director Julie Taymor from 4-4:30 p.m. (The film, with an all-star cast led by Julianne Moore as Steinem, is scheduled to open Sept. 30.)

More candidates: At this writing, the SPJ Election Central site includes profiles for 15 candidates in all – two for president-elect; three for secretary-treasurer; two each for regional coordinator in Regions 1 and 5;  and one each for RC in Regions 8 and 9. (No. 16 is coming soon, RC for Region 7.) Come Sept. 4, you’ll see videos on the election page, too. Thanks to each and every one of you for throwing in, and to everyone who helped recruit you.

Closing ceremony: We’ll handle all the usual awards of the conference during a closing ceremony – including our prestigious (and still super-secret) Wells Key award. Hope you’ll stick around to the very end (starting at 4:45 p.m. on Sunday) as I sign off as your 2019-20 board president and “hand” the gavel to my friend and board colleague Matt Hall.

What a deal: Final conference note: If you have not signed up yet, consider this your personal invitation. IMHO, our list of guests and topics does, really, make this the best journalism conference of the fall – and a true bargain at $25 for student members and $45 for pro members.

Now, back to the day job – where, like in the SPJ world – it’s Zoom Zoom Zoom all day long! But before I go: Please consider this your invite, too, to the final SPJ board meeting of my term, Saturday, Sept.  5, noon-3 p.m. EST. On tap: We’ll review (and, I hope, adopt) a 2021 Annual Plan, the culmination of two years of work by our Strategic Planning Task Force; a look at our operating budget for the first six months of 2020 (happy to note we are back in the black!); a proposal for enhanced membership cards, similar to press passes; a discussion about future fall conference locations and partners; and year-end committee and community reports. You’ll find a link to the meeting and everything else you need on the SPJ Board Resources page.

Hope to see you then – and again for (third time!!) the fall’s best journalism conference, SPJ2020, on Sept. 12-13.



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