One of the privileges of serving as SPJ’s Diversity Committee chairman came earlier this year in a big UPS box. It was full of DVDs, newspaper clippings and CDs with news stories that explore and expose issues of importance to immigrant or ethnic communities living in the U.S.
More than a month has passed since our 2009 Convention. The unusually early convention gives us plenty of time to put into action this year the things that we learned at professional development sessions. But, do you still remember all that you heard in Indianapolis?
October 2nd, 2009 • Quill Archives
Convention sessions outline moving from newsroom to classroom
Even as they received advice for moving from the newsroom to the classroom at the 2009 SPJ Convention, a new study suggests journalists may have an even harder time making that happen. Often, professional journalists begin teaching part-time or as adjunct faculty.
When a white supremacist group posted fliers suggesting minorities in the community would lead to “drugs, crime, graffiti, trash-covered streets” and two teens were accused of defacing a local synagogue with defamatory language and a swastika, young journalists got a first-hand lesson in diversity.
For me, one of highlights of our recent SPJ Annual Convention & National Journalism Conference was meeting Roberto Pazos. He wasn’t a keynote speaker. Pazos is the assignment editor at CNN En Espanol. My chance encounter with Pazos, who is originally from South America, at this year’s Mark of Excellence luncheon evolved into a memorable, nearly hour-long post-luncheon conversation that among other things made me more sensitive to the difference between a Hispanic journalist from Cuba and a Hispanic journalist from South America.
August 1st, 2006 • Quill Archives
Initiative puts students on investigative front lines
Last fall, Nicole Duarte, Meredith Mazzotta and Carlos Roig chucked their jobs and began formal training for a second career by enrolling in Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. They eventually joined 41 other students at four other universities in a program that is part of a national initiative to revitalize journalism education.