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  • Covering Mass Shootings
    • Hilary Powell, @mshilary, Associated Press Hilary Powell is an AP award-winning journalist. She is the first Videojournalist hired to serve the Associated Press D.C bureau. Before that, she reported for Spectrum News, WSBT, and PBS Chicago. She is also a member of the Indy SPJ Pro Board.
    • John Quiñones, @JohnQABC, ABC News John Quiñones is a multiple award-winning ABC News correspondent who reports for “20/20,” and “Good Morning America.” He joined ABC News in 1982 and reports extensively for all programs and platforms and served as anchor of “What Would You Do?” He is a 2022 SPJ Fellows of the Society inductee.
    • Leigh Waldman, @LeighWaldman, KSAT-TV, San Antonio, TX Leigh Waldman is a reporter at KSAT 12 in San Antonio, Texas. She has covered several national stories throughout her career, including the mass shootings at the Pulse Nightclub, Sutherland Springs, and Uvalde, TX. Today she continues to cover the Uvalde investigation.
    • Mitch Blacher, Investigative Journalist, WJLANews Mitch Blacher is a national award-winning investigative reporter. He joined the 7News I-team in Washington DC in November 2021. Blacher has reported across North America and Europe. His work has led to criminal indictments, lifesaving regulatory changes, and new laws. He serves on the SPJ Professional Standards & Ethics Committee.
    Covering Mass Shootings
    Journalists who have covered these tragic assignments give their best advice on how to gather facts during a very emotional time, how to work with law enforcement even when they will not provide information, and strategies for building trust in a devastated community. Also included: the importance of self-care when covering traumatic situations.  
  • Defending Democracy: What Journalists Got Wrong About Jan. 6 and How to Fix It
    • Bey-Ling Sha, Dean, College of communications, California State University, Fullerton; @DrSha At Cal State Fullerton, Bey-Ling Sha, Ph.D., APR, Fellow PRSA (she/her) serves as Dean of the College of Communications, the only academic communications college in the 23-campus system of the California State University. The College of Communications' mission is to prepare communicators to advance democratic society.
    • Dr. Deborah Turner, President, League of Women Voters Dr. Deborah Turner is president of the League of Women Voters, a national non-partisan, non-sectarian, non-profit organization dedicated to encouraging the informed and active participation of citizens in government, increasing public understanding of major policy issues, and influencing public policy through education and advocacy.
    Defending Democracy: What Journalists Got Wrong About Jan. 6 and How to Fix It
    Decades of mass media research show definitively that news media shape people’s perceptions of social reality. For this reason, journalists have a heavy responsibility and moral obligation to ensure how they report current events helps people to understand what is really happening, not just about one particular incident, but also as part of a broader trending context. This session will address how journalists have shaped public understanding of democracy and existential threats to it — as well as ways in which news media can better defend democracy, which itself is foundational to the existence of a free press.
  • Covering Politics & The White House in 2022
    • Fin Gomez @FinnyGo Fin Gomez was promoted to political director at CBS News in February 2022. The first Latino to hold that position. He oversees daily network political coverage. As White House producer, Gómez covered four presidential campaigns, three administrations and breaking news
    • Jim Acosta @Acosta Jim Acosta is a CNN anchor for weekend programming and the network's chief domestic correspondent, based in Washington, D.C. Previously, Acosta served as CNN's chief White House correspondent, where he covered the Trump administration and the Obama administration from the White House and around the world.
    • Pauly Denetclaw @pdineclah Pauly Denetclaw is an award-winning reporter in Washington, D.C. She's worked for the Navajo Times and Texas Observer covering Indigenous communities. She is a board member of the Native American Journalists Association. Denetclaw is a citizen of the Navajo Nation, is Haltsooí (Meadow People) born for Kinyaa’áanii (Towering House People).
    Covering Politics & The White House in 2022
    As one of the most consequential midterms in years approaches, join some of the nation’s top political journalists in a wide-ranging discussion on political reporting in Washington and beyond. Learn how they stay on top of stories and get political sources to talk. And in case you’re interested in scoring a White House beat, they’ve got tips for that, too.  
  • The Art of Obituary Writing
    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. Ms. Regan completed a yearlong fellowship in journalism ethics at the Poynter Institute and received the Charles O’Malley Award for Excellence in Teaching from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association.
    The Art of Obituary Writing
    It’s not easy to write a profile when your main source is unavailable. That is the challenge, simply put, of crafting a news obituary. Panelists will reveal how their exceptional interviewing and investigative reporting skills help them piece together details about the deceased and how a successful obit captures more life than death.
  • SPJ’s Code of Ethics: Refreshed and New Resources for Your Toolkit
    • Duane Pohlman Duane Pohlman is a national investigative reporter for Sinclair Broadcast Group’s “Spotlight on America,” chief investigative reporter for WKRC-TV in Cincinnati and chair of SPJ’s Professional Standards and Ethics Committee. Pohlman has received more than 300 journalism honors, including dozens of Emmys.
    • Fred Brown Fred Brown is a former president of the Society of Professional Journalists and an active member of its Professional Standards and Ethics Committee. He helped write the two most recent versions of the Code. Brown retired from The Denver Post and now teaches media ethics at the University of Denver.
    • Delece Smith-Barrow Delece Smith-Barrow is education editor at Politico and teaches media ethics at Georgetown University. Previously, she was a senior editor for higher education at The Hechinger Report and a Knight-Wallace Fellow at the University of Michigan. She also was a producer, writer and editor at The Washington Post.
    • Karyn Campbell, Ph.D. Karyn Campbell, Ph.D., is assistant professor of mass communication and adviser to The Vision magazine at North Greenville University. Campbell was lead researcher of a study published last year that found college journalists familiar with the SPJ Code of Ethics were more likely to recognize unethical behavior.
    SPJ’s Code of Ethics: Refreshed and New Resources for Your Toolkit
    You know the importance of SPJ’s Code of Ethics, but are you building your toolkit for applied ethics? In this session, you’ll get a refresher on the Code and its practical application. Gain valuable resources and an introduction to SPJ volunteers and staff committed to advancing ethics in journalism. The Code shouldn’t rest passively in your office or classroom; it should be regularly examined, debated and applied. Familiarity with the Code can have a lasting impact. Research shows students exposed to the Code in college are better prepared to navigate ethical issues.”