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EIJ15 is finally here, everyone! Who’s excited about it? Yeah, me, too.

I hope to see everyone in Orlando this weekend, where the weather will be Floridian, the sessions will be phenomenal, the board business will be … board business, and the national board elections will run from Friday at 5 p.m. to Sunday at 2 p.m.

Is my Spidey sense tingling or am I just happy about EIJ?

Yes, I’m running for re-election, so I’d appreciate your vote and will gladly discuss my vision, my work, or anything, really. I look forward to seeing everyone in Orlando.

And I’m kidding about the board business being just board business. It’s important stuff, so if anyone has anything they’d like me to mention or discuss with my board colleagues, please send me an email, ping me on Twitter or look me up on the conference app by searching “EIJ15” in your app store, or following this link on your mobile browser.

Here are some big events to calendar, starting with the three that will close the conference on Sunday, Sept. 20.

Have fun, everyone. Do good work.

WHAT:  SPJ Region 11 meeting (Please join us to plan our coming year, discuss our 2016 regional conference in Phoenix, share great program ideas, air what’s bothering you and meet your colleagues in the region!)

WHEN: 12:30 pm. to 1:30 p.m.

WHERE: Boston


WHAT: SPJ closing business session

WHEN: 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

WHERE: Grand 6


WHAT: SPJ president’s installation banquet

WHEN: 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.

WHERE: Grand 7


Finally here are 3 other big events each day and one on Monday, where you can catch me and which you really shouldn’t miss. Because they’re awesome.


FRIDAY, Sept. 18


WHATSPJ board meeting

WHEN: 9 a.m. to noon

WHERE: Boston


WHAT: SPJ opening business session

WHEN: 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.

WHERE: Atlanta


WHAT: Opening night reception

WHEN: 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. (with shuttles from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.)

WHERE: B.B. King’s Blues Club, Pointe Orlando


Saturday, Sept. 19


WHAT: WDBJ Shooting: A tragedy unfolds in real time

WHEN: 8 a.m. to 9:15 a.m.

WHERE: Grand 7


WHAT: Branding yourself in a changing journalism landscape

WHEN: 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m

WHERE: Grand 2


WHAT:  15 jaw droppingly cool online tools you will love and use

WHEN: 11 a.m. to noon

WHERE: Grand 2


SUNDAY, Sept. 20


WHAT: Coffee with SPJ leadership

WHEN: 8 a.m. to 9 a.m.

WHERE: Hotel suite 22578


WHAT: SPJ Pro chapter leaders session

WHEN: 10 a.m. to 11 am.

WHERE: Hotel suite 22578


WHAT: Storytelling tools from Google News lab

WHEN: 11 a.m. to noon

WHERE: Grand 4


Monday, Sept. 21

WHAT: SPJ board meeting

WHEN: 9 a.m.

WHERE: Anaheim

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