Thursday, December 10, 2015

Mark Your Calendar: Build a Better Journalist Conference, Jan. 23, 2016

Come build yourself into a better journalist with a day-long conference packed with helpful, real-world tips from top presenters on Saturday, Jan. 23, at the George S. Turnbull Portland Center in Portland.

Spend the morning in a nationally recognized hands-on workshop on fact-checking from the American Press Institute (API). Then break out into sessions on a range of topics before ending the day with a panel discussion from reporters who covered the Oct. 1 Umpqua Community College shooting. Find out how they covered it, and how we can ethically report when tragedy hits our communities.

Admission is FREE for current SPJ student and professional members. For non-members, pay just $25 as a professional and $15 as a student. (Not a member yet? Join online at Cost includes breakfast and a catered lunch. Order tickets online at

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Here's the day's schedule:

  • 9 a.m. Introduction/breakfast
  • 9:15: API: Understanding campaign ads: History/background/types of deception
  • 10 a.m.: API: Social media verification
  • 10:45 a.m.: API: Understanding audience bias, ways to reach wider audiences with fact-checking journalism
  • 11:30 a.m.: API: Deep research: beyond Google
  • 12:30 p.m.: Buffet-style lunch
  • 1:30 p.m.: Student session on resume critiques (meet one-on-one with media industry hirers); Professional session by Online News Association on new technology in media
  • 2:30-4 p.m.: Covering Roseburg: Panelists who were on the ground discuss what went well, what went wrong, and how to ethically cover tragedy in a small town

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