When: April 10, 2021
Cost: Free and open to all SPJ members
Registration: All members can register here.
SPJ’s Regional Conferences are virtual this year! All regions are featuring two one-hour sessions for our entire membership, coordinated by SPJ. The Regional Coordinators and conference coordinators will also host their region’s Mark of Excellence Award ceremonies with their own unique Zoom links.
1-3:30 p.m. ET
Welcome & Super Session: “How We Got the Story”
Hear University of Maryland Philip Merrill College of Journalism’s Howard Center for Investigative Journalism faculty and students and National Public Radio Senior Editor Robert Little discuss their award-winning collaborative efforts. Howard Center’s Kathy Best will moderate.
2-3 p.m. ET
Prioritize Yourself: Invest in Your Own Mental Health
Did you breathe a sigh of relief when you turned your calendar to 2021? Never before has fear for our safety and attacks on our professional credibility been this intense. This session will provide you with warning signs that you're way beyond being stressed and overworked. Recognize the red flags and be prepared to take care of yourself. Find relief from some specific dos and don'ts and work to invest in your own mental health with Dr. Tammy McCoy-Arballo, a licensed Clinical Forensic psychologist. She is a former journalist who works with journalists and first responders. Jerry McCormick, SPJ At-Large Board Member, will moderate.
3:30 p.m. ET
Regional Mark of Excellence Awards Presentations
Annually, the Society of Professional Journalists presents the Mark of Excellence Awards, honoring the best in student journalism. The awards offer categories for print, radio, television and online collegiate journalism.
Entries are first judged on the regional level. First-place regional winners advance to the national competition.
Note: If you've registered for the conference but have not receive a Zoom invite by April 8 for your region's MOE ceremony, please contact your regional coordinator for an invite.