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  • FOIA and College Athletics Reporting
    Wesley Wright, Assistant Director of Student Media, Florida Atlantic University and SPJ Florida Board Member Wesley Wright is the Assistant Director of Student Media at Florida Atlantic University and an SPJ Florida board member. He previously reported on education in three states (Florida, Colorado, and Virginia) prior to becoming a student media administrator.
    FOIA and College Athletics Reporting
    Odds are, your sports reporting is too deferential to the institution you cover, and the administrators and coaches want you none the wiser. Learn how and where public records reporting can be beneficial in finding stories within your university’s athletic department, and how that department folds into your college or university more broadly.
  • A Fatal Fire in the Bronx: The Power of Investigative Reporting
    • Claire Regan, president-elect, Society of Professional Journalists Claire Regan is an assistant professor at Wagner College in New York City and a contributing writer for the Staten Island Advance. She is past president of the New York City Deadline Club and president-elect of SPJ national.
    • Anjali Singhvi, New York Times Anjali Singhvi is a reporter and graphics editor for The New York Times. She covers a variety of topics and her work primarily focuses on investigative visual journalism. She is a trained architect and holds a master’s degree in Urban Planning/Urban Analytics from Columbia University. Anjali joined The Times in 2016.
    • Evan Grothjan, New York Times Evan Grothjan has filmed virtual reality projects for The New York Times on five continents, from the skies of Rio de Janeiro to the ice of Antarctica. As part of a team of Times journalists, he was recognized as a 2015 Pulitzer Prize finalist for work surrounding the Paris terror attacks. Before The Times, he was a freelance cameraman.
    • James Glanz New York Times
    • Weiyi Cai, New York Times Weiyi Cai is a graphics and multimedia editor at The New York Times. She previously worked as a data visualization developer for Thomson Reuters and as a graphic editor and designer at The Washington Post. She joined The Times in 2019.
    A Fatal Fire in the Bronx: The Power of Investigative Reporting
    A New York Times investigation shows how the main safety system failed in a New York City high-rise, turning it into a deadly chimney of smoke that left 17 people dead. Four journalists on the team explain how they reviewed design documents, inspected the building in person and gathered photos and video to understand how the catastrophe unfolded and concluded that the deaths were preventable. Detailed 3D graphics bring the storytelling to life.
  • Presenting Journalism’s Story to Congress
    • Al Cross, Director, Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues, University of Kentucky Al is a former chief political writer for the Louisville Courier-Journal. He was inducted into the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame in 2010. He's also a past national president of SPJ, and a member of the SPJ Foundation Board of Directors.
    • Congressman John Yarmuth Democratic Congressman John Yarmuth is in his 8th term representing Kentucky's Third Congressional District. He has chaired the House Budget Committee since 2019. Congressman Yarmuth is also a member of SPJ
    Presenting Journalism's Story to Congress
    Journalists are used to covering Congress. But what about when they want to lobby members for measures that make government actions more transparent, or create protections for journalists like a shield law? We’ll learn about the effectiveness of past efforts and how to best go about advancing journalism’s interests in our nation’s capital.
  • On the Beat: Covering the Courts
    • Daniela Ibarra, Crime & courts MMJ, @DanielaIbarraTV, KTUL-TV Daniela Ibarra is a MMJ/reporter at KTUL-TV in Tulsa, Oklahoma, focusing on courts and crime. Her reporting on a loophole in the state’s protective order statute led to a change in law. She's currently an At-Large Director for SPJ. Ibarra graduated from the University of North Texas.
    • Jane Harper Jane Harper has covered state & federal courts for The Virginian-Pilot since 2015. She discovered her passion for working the courts beat in the late 1980s, doing so for newspapers in Texas, Maryland and Virginia. Harper was named Outstanding Journalist of the Year for 2021 by the Virginia Press Association.
    • Erica Hernandez, Digital Journalist/Courthouse Reporter, @erica_KSAT, KSAT-TV Erica Hernandez is an Emmy award-winning journalist covering courts and the criminal justice system for KSAT in San Antonio. Hernandez has more than 10 years of experience in the broadcast news business. She started her career in Laredo, Texas, as a reporter/producer covering courts in Webb County.
    On the Beat: Covering the Courts
    The court beat involves criminal, civil, family and juvenile court cases. There are also federal courts, including immigration. The journalists on this panel will share tips on covering the most newsworthy trials and finding stories at the courthouse that you may not know are happening. Learn how to build trust and find sources among judges, defense attorneys, prosecutors, public defenders and more. Find out the basics you need to know to cover a trial before it gets started, including plea bargains and motions to throw out a case.
  • Uncover and Enhance Your News Stories with Census Bureau Data
    • Ryan Ricciardi, Statistician (Data Scientist), U.S. Census Bureau Ryan Ricciardi is a Statistician who works on American Community Survey (ACS) at the U.S. Census Bureau. In his role, Ryan helps data users access and interpret ACS data. He also conducts webinars and creates resources for ACS data users.
    • Maria Valdisera Maria Valdisera is a Program Analyst for the U.S. Census Bureau and is excited to be demonstrating our data dissemination tool, data.census.gov! Since joining the Census Bureau in 2021, Maria has also created video tutorials and facilitates virtual workshops on accessing Census data through data.census.gov.
    Uncover and Enhance Your News Stories with Census Bureau Data
    Equipped with data from the 2020 Census and American Community Survey, journalists can augment and enrich their reporting on a variety of social topics. In this presentation, you will learn the fundamentals of both the 2020 Census and ACS, as well as how to access data from each. Presenters will also demonstrate how to customize data to meet your needs. They’ll also share updates and provide resources relevant for journalists.