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  • 25 Ways to Engage and Volunteer in SPJ
    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.
    25 Ways to Engage and Volunteer in SPJ
    SPJ provides so many opportunities for professional and organizational growth. We need and want you to get the most out of your membership, not in a transactional but transformational way. Learn about the various ways you can engage in the Society to get the biggest bang for your membership buck. Get an overview of the many leadership and volunteer opportunities for you to contribute your talents and skills. Finally, take this opportunity to think about the exact talents, skills and outcomes you want from your future volunteer and engagement experiences.
  • The (Twitter) Balancing Act: Keeping Safe While Seeking Truth and Reporting It
    • Ashanti Blaize-Hopkins, Santa Monica College Ashanti Blaize-Hopkins is a journalism professor at Santa Monica College in Santa Monica, CA and an Emmy Award-winning journalist, PR expert and author. She has worked as a television news anchor and reporter for local FOX, CBS and NBC stations. Ashanti currently serves as the president of SPJ/LA.
    • Sarah Wire, Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times (@sarahdwire) Sarah D. Wire covers the Justice Department and national security for the L.A. Times with a focus on the Jan. 6, 2021 insurrection and domestic extremism. Wire is a Sigma Delta Chi Award winner and was part of the Times’ team that won a 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News.
    The (Twitter) Balancing Act: Keeping Safe While Seeking Truth and Reporting It
    It’s the social media platform at the core of disseminating information — and the platform that has been the most associated with online abuse toward journalists. So, how do you navigate one of journalism’s catch-22 scenarios — seeking truth and reporting it through Twitter while also taking care of yourself? Hear from two local reporters known for their political coverage, and who have used Twitter to engage and inform, on how they navigate it. You’ll leave with details on being a great reporter on Twitter without feeding the trolls.
  • Reimagining Immigration: Lessons from North Carolina Local News
    • Liz Robbins, Director, Journalism Partnerships at Define American @bylizrobbins Liz Robbins was a staff reporter for The New York Times for 19 years, covering sports and then immigration. She taught journalism at Columbia University before joining Define American in 2021. She mentors reporters, gives workshops, and co-authored this report on local immigration journalism in North Carolina.
    • Victoria Bouloubasis, North Carolina immigration reporter and filmmaker, @thisfeedsme Victoria Bouloubasis covered the intersection of environmental issues and economic mobility in Latinx, immigrant, and refugee communities in North Carolina for Southerly and Enlace Latino NC. She reported and co-authored Define American's study on immigration journalism in the state.
    • Sarah Mobley Smith, Senior Editor for Race and Equity, WFAE Sarah Mobley Smith is the senior editor of WFAE Charlotte's Race & Equity team. She is the liaison for WFAE's collaboration with La Noticia in Charlotte. Smith started her radio career while attending Morgan State University as a news anchor/talk show board operator at NPR member station WEAA-FM.
    • Daniel Viotto, News Anchor, Managing Editor, Telemundo Charlotte Daniel Viotto is the managing editor of Telemundo Charlotte and lead anchor for the evening Spanish-language newscasts. Born in Argentina, Viotto worked as an anchor at CNN en Español and at Telemundo KVEA Channel 52 in Los Angeles.
    Reimagining Immigration: Lessons from North Carolina Local News
    The country’s demographics are shifting, and how journalists cover the growth of local immigrant communities could influence audiences ahead of the 2024 presidential election. In the swing state of North Carolina, local journalism is failing to reflect this diversity, according to a new study by Define American, a nonpartisan organization. But there are promising exceptions. Collaborations between Spanish and English outlets — across TV, public radio and digital — reimagine immigration coverage to engage new audiences. Listen to these leaders and take home a toolkit on covering immigrant communities.
  • How College Students Can Find the Best Internships and Land Their First Job
    • Daniela Ibarra, MMJ/Reporter @DanielaIbarraTV, KTUL Daniela Ibarra is a multimedia journalist at KTUL-TV in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Her reporting led to a change in law. She previously worked at KTXS in Abilene, TX. She's currently an At-Large Director for SPJ. Ibarra graduated from the University of North Texas, where she earned her M.A. and a B.A.
    • Debra Alfarone, Correspondent @DebraAlfarone, CBS News Debra Alfarone is a Murrow and Emmy award-winning network TV Correspondent who informs the nation from the White House and U.S Capitol for CBS News. And, she’s a former high school dropout. Her mission is to empower and inspire people to use their voices powerfully.
    • Isabel Sánchez, MMJ/Reporter @isasanchezt62, Telemundo62/NBC Philadelphia Isabel Sánchez is a bilingual MMJ for Telemundo62 and NBC 10 in Philadelphia. She earned her master’s degree from Syracuse University. Isabel was born and raised in Maracaibo, Venezuela. She moved to the United States in 2015 due to the difficult sociopolitical situation happening in her home country.
    • Annick Joseph, MMJ at WWAY Annick Joseph is a journalist with more than a decade of experience. She’s currently a multimedia journalist at WWAY in North Carolina. Joseph has worked almost every position in the newsroom, including working the assignment desk and being a video coordinator. Joseph held several internships, turning one into a job.
    How College Students Can Find the Best Internships and Land Their First Job
    Are you stressed out while looking for an internship or your first job? Trust us, we’ve all been there. In this session, you will get some tips and tricks on how to make yourself stand out on your application and interview, have a killer resume and make connections to get the right opportunity.
  • Pitching Your Story as a Documentary
    Brian Collister
    Pitching Your Story as a Documentary
    The goal of the session is to teach journalists how to pitch their stories as documentaries to the heads of studios. There is massive demand in the documentary market for content created by journalists and this provides a new market for their work.
  • Nonprofit News to the Rescue?
    Stephenie Overman, moderator, freelance journalist Overman writes extensively about labor and employment issues and contributes frequently to County News and Virginia Business magazine. She has written for Fortune, Forbes, Salon, HR Magazine and the Los Angeles Business Journal. She is SPJ Region 2 Coordinator.
    Nonprofit News to the Rescue?
    While the old for-profit newspaper business model stumbles, the number of nonprofit news organizations is soaring. Are these nonprofits successfully filling the gap in local and regional coverage? How good of a job are they doing in reaching under-represented communities? How are they different from their for-profit colleagues? How do journalists prepare themselves to work in this environment?