SPJ’s national convention, Excellence in Journalism, is coming to New Orleans Sept. 18-21, the national committee is taking proposed resolutions up until Sept. 1. St. Louis Pro will be represented by chapter president Elizabeth Donald, serving as delegate. If there are issues or opinions that you would like Elizabeth to represent to the national organization, please contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
One issue in particular will likely be debated: a proposal to change SPJ’s bylaws to redefine the Associate Membership, in the hopes of encouraging more people to support our mission – people who may have a vested interest in journalism, but aren’t necessarily practicing journalism. Read President Paul Fletcher’s take on it here, and please communicate your opinions to Elizabeth as your delegate.
Ever been to EIJ? It’s a terrific opportunity to expand your skills, network with journalists from across the country, listen to leaders in the fields and find out more about how SPJ can help you and your newsroom. Headliners this year include Marty Baron, former Boston Globe editor who oversaw the real Spotlight investigation, as well as a wide variety of training sessions. This year’s conference is held in partnership with RTDNA and the Native American Journalists Association.
Earlybird registration has ended, but there are still discounts for registering in advance, so hurry to EIJ’s website! And if you can’t make it, follow Elizabeth’s Twitter account @BNDedonald as she will be live-tweeting her experience from New Orleans.