The Society of Professional Journalists, Associated Collegiate Press and College Media Association are pleased and excited to bring you MediaFest22,

at the Grand Hyatt Washington in Washington, D.C., Oct. 27-30.

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About Mediafest22

MediaFest22 is a unique and inspiring journalism convention experience, bringing together professional journalists, student journalists and college media advisers from every area of journalism, from across the country, to our nation’s capital. Attendees will hear from renowned speakers; benefit from hands-on workshops, general sessions and concurrent breakout sessions; enjoy networking opportunities; soak up everything the exhibit hall has to offer; celebrate during awards presentations, banquets and receptions; unwind during tours of the city and historical sites – and so much more!

Learn about journalism and media trends, new digital tools, emerging technologies and career opportunities. But that’s just the beginning. You’ll also get to delve into topics like tools for investigative journalism and newsroom diversity, as well as covering hot button issues like immigration and healthcare. MediaFest22 will provide a place to network, gain career feedback and explore new opportunities.

MediaFest22 brings together SPJ, the most broad-based professional journalism organization in the country, with ACP and CMA, who have partnered for more than 60 years to host one of the most inspiring student and professional media events.

No matter where you are in your career – an undergrad student journalist, a mid-career journalist or a retiree, MediaFest22 will create the environment for one-on-one connections, inspirational messages from keynote speakers and tools and strategies to take back to your newsroom or classroom.

Keep checking back for more details as events and sessions are added and follow #MediaFest22 on social media for all the latest information. We can’t wait to see you in D.C. this October!

Opening Night Reception

Experience DC from a whole new perspective. With your choice of dining or sightseeing adventures, the nation’s capital has never been more exciting. Upon boarding, you’ll be escorted to your private table by our attentive onboard crew, where you’ll enjoy freshly prepared menu items as you cruise against the city’s outstanding memorials and scenery.

Thank you to the National Basketball Association (NBA) for sponsoring this event.

Please note: While the Opening Night Reception open to all MediaFest22 attendees, we are no longer selling additional tickets for this event. For questions, email membership@hq.spj.org.

Boarding: 06:00 PM
Cruising: 07:00 PM-10:00 PM
Vessel: Odyssey DC

Departing: Pier 4
580 Water St SW, Washington, DC
20024, USA

Disembarking: Pier 4
580 Water St SW, Washington, DC
20024, USA

Featured Presenters

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  • Pauly DenetclawPauly Denetclaw
    Pauly Denetclaw, a citizen of the Navajo Nation, is Haltsooí (Meadow People) born for Kinyaa’áanii (Towering House People).
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  • Seung Min KimSeung Min Kim
    Seung Min Kim is a White House reporter for The Associated Press, specializing in the Biden administration’s relationship with Capitol Hill.
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  • Juana SummersJuana Summers
    Juana Summers is a co-host of NPR’s “All Things Considered,” alongside Ailsa Chang, Ari Shapiro and Mary Louise Kelly. She joined the program in June 2022.
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  • Woodward and BernsteinWoodward and Bernstein

    In 1973, Woodward and Bernstein were awarded the Pulitzer Prize for their Watergate coverage at The Washington Post, leading to the resignation of President Richard Nixon and setting new standards for investigative journalism. The pair went on to write two classic best-sellers: All the President’s Men (also a movie starring Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman); and The Final Days, chronicling the end of the Nixon presidency. On the 50th anniversary of the Watergate break-in, join legendary reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein as they discuss the famous investigative story, how they broke it and its lasting impact on journalism. 

The Society of Professional Journalists recognizes Jerry Green, Roland Martin, John Quiñones, Clarissa Ward and Bill Whitaker as Fellows of the Society, the highest professional honor awarded by SPJ, for extraordinary contribution to the profession of journalism.

The Fellows will be honored at SPJ’s annual convention Oct. 27-30 in Washington, D.C. SPJ launched the Fellows of the Society program in 1948 and has named three or more Fellows every year since.

Featured precon session


Early bird rates (by October 4):

Pro: $260
Retired/Post Grad: $180
Student: $150
Non-member: $460
Non-member student: $180

Regular rates (October 5 – October 26)

Pro: $360
Retired/Post Grad: $260
Student: $180
Non-Member: $560
Non-member student: $180.

On site rates:

Pro: $460
Retired/Post Grad: $360
Student: $180
Non-member: $660
Non-member student: $180

Extra President’s Awards Banquet tickets: $90

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as well as tours you might be interested in taking up in your free time while in town!

Gear up for convention with some MediaFest22 merchandise available now in the SPJ online store! You’ll find shirts, masks, mugs and more.