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  • Write your own FOIA letter
    Nerissa Young, Associate Professor of Instruction, Ohio University (@NerissaYoung1) Nerissa Young has taught or worked in journalism in Mississippi, Ohio, Oklahoma and West Virginia. She is the author of "Mass Communication Law in West Virginia, 2nd Edition." Young has served on SPJ's Watchdog, Ethics and Education committees. She advises the Ohio University SPJ chapter.
    Write your own FOIA letter
    Attendees at this workshop will walk away with a custom Freedom of Information Act request to the agency of their choice requesting the information of their choice. Bring a device with you, so you can hit “send” and start your search for information at session’s end. This session is great for campus journalists who are stonewalled by administrators. It presents opportunities for investigative and data projects. Anyone who wants to learn to use FOIA is invited.
  • Google Tools Training – Pinpoint
    Frank Bi, Director of Tools & Technology, @frankbi, Star Tribune Frank Bi is journalist, technologist, educator and nonprofit leader passionate about media and technology. He is the Director of Tools & Technology at the Star Tribune. Frank is also the president of the New York chapter of the Asian American Journalists Association. He lives in Minnesota and New York City.
    Google Tools Training – Pinpoint
    Pinpoint gives you the power to quickly explore and analyze large collections of documents. Have interviews you need to transcribe? Pinpoint will do that work for you. What about PDFs that need to be cross-referenced with those transcribed interviews? Pinpoint will do that for you too. Pinpoint is a tool that will not only save you time and effort but will also power your investigations.
  • Championing All Journalists: Amplifying New and Diverse Voices
    • Rod Hicks, Director of Ethics and Diversity, Society of Professional Journalists, @rodhicks Rod Hicks is director of ethics and diversity at the Society of Professional Journalists, where he’s an advocate for high journalistic standards and stories inclusive of the full community. Hicks previously was an editor for The Associated Press and has held editing positions at several newspapers across the country.
    • Krissah Thompson, Managing Editor of Diversity and Inclusion, @Krissah30 Krissah Thompson’s first job at The Washington Post was intern. Now she’s managing editor of diversity and inclusion, the first Black woman there to hold the managing editor title. At The Post, Thompson also has served as a business reporter, covered presidential campaigns and written about civil rights and race.
    • Evelyn Hsu, Co-executive Director, Maynard Institute for Journalism Education, @HsuEvelyn Longtime diversity advocate Evelyn Hsu is co-executive director of the Maynard Institute for Journalism Education and a graduate of its Summer Program for Minority Journalists early in her career. Hsu, a former reporter at the San Francisco Chronicle and Washington Post, is past president of the Asian American Journalists Association.
    • Myriam Márquez, executive director, News Leaders Association, @MyriamMarquez Myriam Márquez is executive director of the News Leaders Association, which conducts leadership training and attempts to track newsroom diversity through a survey of news outlets. Márquez previously was executive editor of el Nuevo Herald and the first woman and Hispanic to serve as opinion editor at the Miami Herald.
    Championing All Journalists: Amplifying New and Diverse Voices
    As news organizations put more focus on building welcoming workplaces that reflect the rich diversity of the nation, all employees should understand the value of these efforts, what success looks like and the role they can play. In this session, panelists give practical examples of what news organizations can do to diversify their staffs and make their newsrooms more inclusive, as well as what journalists can do to diversity coverage. You’ll also learn about SPJ resources to help you address race and gender issues with sensitivity, nuance and accuracy while also finding diverse expert sources to improve your stories. 
  • Covering Press Freedom as News
    • Dan Kubiske Dan Kubiske is the co-chair of the SPJ International Community. He is a freelance journalist who has worked in Mexico, Jamaica, Taiwan, China, Hong Kong, Dominican Republic, Brazil and Honduras. He is also an active member of the Washington, DC, Professional SPJ, currently serving as its treasurer.
    • Jessica Jerreat Currently the VOA Press Freedom Editor. Jerreat has worked for press freedom organizations and international news outlets such as the Committee to Protect Journalists and The Times of London. Prior to joining VOA, Jerreat was senior editor at CPJ, where she edited of global censorship and attacks on the press.
    Covering Press Freedom as News
    Press freedom is vital to a functioning society. News organizations should approach this topic in the same way they report on economics, politics and sports. This session will focus on how some news organizations look at press freedom as a beat. It will also include a discussion on how local reporters can do the same.
  • SPJ Communications: Supporting Advocacy, Community and Connections
    • Zoë Berg, SPJ Zoë is the communication specialist & Quill assistant editor for SPJ. She graduated from the University of Indianapolis with a bachelor’s degree in communication with concentrations in journalism & public relations. She previously worked on the campus newspaper & for the student-run public relations firm.
    • Michelle Lagos, SPJ Michelle is the communications coordinator for SPJ. She graduated from UC Davis with a bachelor's degree in English & is pursuing her MBA at Paul Merage School of Business at UC Irvine. She developed a passion for communications & marketing through her experiences working on expanding a nonprofit.
    SPJ Communications: Supporting Advocacy, Community and Connections
    Do you know what the SPJ communications team does to proactively promote journalism advocacy? Do you know the regular and special communications the team executes? Learn what the team does to advance SPJ’s role in the profession and democracy. Gain an understanding of the various ways the team works on your behalf and how you can help spread SPJ’s message on the importance of journalism and a free press.