SPJ National Convention: What We Learned

Over the next few weeks, we’ll post short stories and summaries from seminars at the SPJ National Convention Oct. 3-5 in Las Vegas. Some members of our executive board attended the conference and brought back new ideas for our chapter.

In the meantime, here are some summaries and links from some of the seminars:

Journalist’s Toolbox: The lead item on the front page has links to tools speakers introduced in several seminars.

Smashing Silos: CNN’s Victor Hernandez and his team’s seminar explored how to get a large news organization to think out-of-the-box and build cross-platform storytelling. This presentation used the cool Prezi.com online presentation tool.

Building the Future or Recreating the Past? Mark Briggs, author of the book JournalismNext, told convention attendees that innovation and optimism can keep journalism going strong.

Will SPJ Remain Relevant in the Digital Age? This report from SPJ’s Digital Media Committee explores how the organization is reaching out to its audience through online resources such as SPJ.org and its Twitter account.

Google 101 for Journalists: All kinds of cool tips and tricks, including how to use Google as a calculator.

Social Media for TV: CNN editors explain how TV reporters and producers can use Twitter on deadline in this summary from Deb Wenger at Advancing the Story.

60 Sites in 60 Minutes: A summary of links/sites from Ron Sylvester’s and Jeff Cutler’s presentation.

LiveBlogging and Webcasting: Links and resources from Mark S. Luckie’s presentation.

SPJ Convention Summary: A roundup of convention events on Multimedia Reporter blog.

The Working Press: Coverage of the Convention on the student-run newspaper/website.

— Mike Reilley

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