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  • War Reporting 101: Getting the Story While Getting It Right
    • Bob Schapiro Bob Schapiro has served as a war correspondent in Nicaragua, El Salvador, Lebanon, Ethiopia, China and Afghanistan, as well as producing newscasts for WCBS and WNBC. As an officer of NJ-SPJ, he is currently helping supply protective gear to reporters in Ukraine. He has worked for the US government, analyzing disinformation.
    • CAPT Todd Veazie / US Navy SEALS CAPT Todd Veazie is a former commander of SEAL Team SEVEN. For 30 years he was deployed globally in Naval Special Warfare Teams. At the National Counterterrorism Center, he evaluated the safety and rescue of journalists covering war and terrorism. He has served in naval public information, which is rare for a combat officer.
    • Natalie Gryvnyak / Ukrainian Journalist Natalie Gryvnyak operates a wartime network of journalists in Ukraine and Eastern Europe. In addition to producing thrice-daily reports, she instructs foreign journalists on news analysis, safety consultations and dealing with disinformation. In the US, Ms. Gryvnyak has been published in the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post and elsewhere.
    War Reporting 101: Getting the Story While Getting It Right
    Who do you trust in a war zone? This session reveals innovative methods for finding the truth from both journalists and the US military. Included: a live update from within Ukraine and info on proper body armor, advice on analyzing propaganda and some surprising “now it can be told” success – and failure – stories.
  • Covering Climate Change: What Journalists Need to Know
    • Bobby Magill Bobby Magill covers water, public lands and climate change for Bloomberg Law in Washington, D.C. He covered the last three United Nations climate change conferences for Bloomberg. He was previously an energy reporter for Climate Central and reported for various newspapers in Colorado and New Mexico.
    • Marianne Lavelle Marianne Lavelle is a reporter for Inside Climate News. She has covered environment, science, law, and business in Washington, D.C. for more than two decades. Lavelle previously spent four years as online energy news editor and writer at National Geographic.
    • Emily Holden Emily Holden is editor-in-chief of Floodlight, a nonprofit investigative climate newsroom that collaborates with local and national outlets. Before founding Floodlight in early 2021, Emily was a D.C.-based environment reporter for about a decade, including at the Guardian, Politico, E&E News and CQ Roll Call.
    • Justin Worland Justin Worland is a Washington D.C.-based senior correspondent for TIME covering climate change and the intersection of policy, politics and society.
    Covering Climate Change: What Journalists Need to Know
    Climate change is the story of our era, touching every beat in journalism. It’s an environmental story, a justice story, political story, a business story — it’s even a sports story. Both local and global, climate change is the story of the century. Learn from some of the nation’s leading environmental reporters about the ins and outs of how to provide solid, accurate and creative coverage about climate change from different angles.
  • Safety in the Field: Physical and Digital Concerns
    Alison Macrina, Library Freedom Project Alison Macrina is the founder and director of Library Freedom Project and has been a volunteer with The Tor Project since 2014. She works with librarians to help make privacy mainstream in local communities, focusing on how the impacts of surveillance are felt the most along racial and economic lines.
    Safety in the Field: Physical and Digital Concerns
    Safety is of the utmost importance for journalists, both physically and digitally. Learn how to prepare for an assignment, gain first-hand knowledge of how to prepare risk assessments and how to be digitally secure and protect yourself as a journalist. “
  • Moving Mediums: Transitioning from Print to Broadcast or Delving Into New Beats
    • Bijan C. Bayne Bijan C. Bayne is a writer, producer and cultural critic with extensive credits in television and film, including television pilots, reality series and documentaries. Bayne’s writing spans from ESPN to the book "Race In American Film" to advertising, and he consults for television and film productions, marketing agencies and others.
    • Stacie Overton Johnson Stacie Overton Johnson is the vice chair of SPJ’s Freelance Community. She has freelanced for HGTV, E! Entertainment, network news outlets, and more. She was the food editor at The National, a daily in Abu Dhabi from 2013 - 2017. She lives in New York, writing for the show Goodtaste.
    Moving Mediums: Transitioning from Print to Broadcast or Delving Into New Beats
    Making a seismic change can feel daunting, but this discussion with journalists who have successfully navigated a big switch — in a variety of ways and for a variety of reasons — will inspire you to reach for new heights. Are you an ink-stained wretch curious about multimedia? Photojournalist longing to write? Secretly dreaming of anchoring a morning show? Come learn about the rewarding detours others have taken and connect with colleagues who are also on the cusp of professional breakthroughs.
  • SPJ Bylaws Voting Preparation: Get Your Questions Answered
    Alex Tarquinio, Bylaws Chair, Society of Professional Journalists
    SPJ Bylaws Voting Preparation: Get Your Questions Answered
    Join members of the SPJ Bylaws Committee to learn more about the proposed bylaws amendments. Discuss the proposed changes pertaining to delegate meetings at convention and revisions to implement the Delegate Analysis Task Force’s recommendation to replace the current delegate system with an electronic ballot open to all members. Get your questions answered before delegates vote on these amendments at Saturday’s closing business meeting.