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Make your plans for the 2015 Society for Features Journalism Conference Aug. 26-29th

June 22, 2015 Comments off

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Knight Hall at the University of Maryland

Knight Hall at the University of Maryland

Join us for SFJ’s annual conference Aug. 26-29 at the University of Maryland for an array of sessions that will be filled with practical, usable information you can bring back to your newsroom.

The conference kicks off with an opening reception on the evening of Wednesday, Aug. 26. SFJ members get a discounted rate for the conference.

Conference sessions include:

– A Q&A with Washington Post Editor Marty Baron, whose newspaper was named the best in the business for digital innovation.

– Success stories on moneymakers in today’s newsrooms, ranging from newsletters to special events.

– Inspiration from a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner in feature writing, Gene Weingarten of the Washington Post, and his editor Tom Schroder who has a reputation for bring out the best in his writers.

– A panel discussion on the new ways publications have transitioned to “digital first” and how journalists who grew up on the print side are thriving and leading the revolution.

– A simple hands-on video how-to that will give you skills to use immediately after the conference.

– Tips on digital tools that are fun and easy to use for cool projects.

– The ever-popular Show and Steal sessions, which feature great ideas from newsrooms around the country.

– An awards ceremony to honor the winners of the Excellence in Features Journalism contest

Hotel accommodations:

Hotel stays can be arranged at the College Park Marriott Hotel & Conference center on the University of Maryland campus. Conference sessions will be in the Knight Hall in the Philip Merrill College of Journalism in College Park, just a short walk from the Marriott. We’ve arranged for a block of rooms at the Marriott with a rate of $149/night for a king or $159/night for two queens (an affordable option for attendees who want to share a room and share the cost).

Early Bird Rates until July 20th!

Conference registration cost will be $250 for SFJ members who make the early bird deadline (July 20th). Non-members pay $350, as do members who register right before the conference.

Show and Steal: Saved the Day

September 8, 2014 Leave a comment

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Here are the best “looked like we planned it this way” ideas for print and online, as presented at SFJ14 conference in Nashville.

Download the PDFs by clicking Saved the Day

Show and Steal: Online Superstars

September 8, 2014 Leave a comment

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The best online feature ideas from SFJ14 conference in Nashville.

You can download a PDF of all the Online superstars here.

Show and Steal: Holidays

September 1, 2014 Leave a comment

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PDFs from the SFJ14 conference in Nashville on holidays.

You can download the PDFs here: Show and Steal: Holidays

SFJ Conference schedule

August 7, 2014 Leave a comment
The John Seigenthaler Center, Nashville, Tenn., the site of the annual SFJ Conference

The John Seigenthaler Center, Nashville, Tenn., the site of the annual SFJ Conference

All sessions take place in the John Seigenthaler Center at Vanderbilt University, Nashville.

Wednesday
Registration
5:15-6 p.m. Seigenthaler Center atrium

4 p.m. SFJ board meeting
Location: Freedom Forum Conference Room

6-8 p.m. Opening reception; Rotunda.
Join SFJ members and distinguished guests in an opening reception for the SFJ conference.

Thursday
Registration continues

9 a.m. Welcome
Location: Lecture Hall

9:15-10:30 a.m. General Session
Video Training, Part 1:
Val Hoeppner, a media consultant who has been training newsrooms on video, will take you through the tools and current thinking on videos in newsroom operations
Location: Lecture Hall

10:45-11:45 a.m. General Session
Show and Steal, Part 1 — Great print and web ideas from our members. Be sure to attend.
Location: Lecture Hall

Noon-1:4johnny-cash5 p.m. Lunch
Speaker: Robert Hilburn, author of “Johnny Cash: A Life”
Location: Freedom Forum Conference Room

2-3:30 p.m. General Session
Video, Part 2, with inspiration from Josh Metzler, a photojournalist and instructor. He will show you how to leverage video for compelling storytelling and pieces that are a hit with readers.
Location: Lecture Hall

3:45-4:45 p.m. General Session
Peter Cooper, The Tennessean, talks about covering the music beat in Nashville. Peter will share war stories and talk about the paper’s music initiatives, especially its new video series, “The Story Behind the Song.”
Location: Lecture Hall

5:30-7 p.m.
Silent auction/reception
Help raise money for our Penny Fuchs diversity fellowships and have fun mingling and noshing with fellow SFJ members.
Location: Rotunda (items will be in Classroom 106)

Friday

9:15-10:15 a.m. General Session
Tommy Tomlinson, a former columnist with the Charlotte Observer who now writes about sports, music and writing for Forbes, will talk about narrative storytelling and music.
Location: Lecture Hall

10:30-11:45 a.m. General Session
Show and Steal, Part 2: More great lifestyle, arts and entertainment, food, travel and home and garden ideas to steal for your features sections and websites. We’ll begin with a small panel who will talk about apps.
Location: Lecture Hall

Noon-1:30 p.m. Awards luncheon and presentations
Location: Freedom Forum Conference Room

1:45-3 p.m. General Session
Stefanie Murray of the Tennessean and Lisa Kresl of the Dallas Morning News will show you how understanding analytics and embracing out of the box thinking can help you remain a vital player in your newsroom’s future.
Location: Lecture Hall

3:15-4:15 p.m. General Session
A group of designers and editors will share the ups and downs of working remotely and through central design desks, and share secrets of their success.
Location: Lecture Hall

5:15 p.m. Friday happy hour
Freedom Sings,” a musical history of the First Amendment (and threats to it) presented by Ken Paulson of the First Amendment Center at the John Seigenthaler Center.
Location: Freedom Forum Conference Room

Saturday

9:15-10:15 p.m. General Session
As budgets get tighter but need for content gets greater, editors and producers are increasingly relying on freelancers. A panel of writers and editors guide you on how to make the most of these relationships.
Location: Lecture Hall

10:30-11:30 a.m. General Session
We’re bringing back out Features 9-1-1. Submit questions throughout the conference and we’ll get together to get you the answers you need.
Location: Lecture Hall

11:30 a.m. SFJ Foundation meeting
Location: Freedom Forum Conference Room

12:45 p.m. SFJ board meeting
Location: Freedom Forum Conference Room

Musically speaking at SFJ14 in Nashville

June 24, 2014 Comments off
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“Johnny Cash: The Life” is available for purchase on Amazon

Nashville, the home of country music, also is home to the Johnny Cash Museum. Learn more about the “Man in Black” with Robert Hilburn, author of Johnny Cash: The Life, the featured luncheon speaker at SFJ Nashville 2014.

Hilburn, one of the top music beat writers in the country, was the only journalist at Cash’s famed Folsom Prison concert. His book draws from interviews with Cash and his contemporaries, and, boy, does he have stories.

That’s just one of the musically related highlights of the Nashville bash, Aug. 20-23 at the John Seigenthaler Center at Vanderbilt University.

— Watch a special performance of “Freedom Sings,” a music lesson on the fragility of the First Amendment, with Nashville musicians and journalists.

— Listen to the stories of music in Nashville from Peter Cooper of The Tennessean. And he’ll share details on the paper’s video project, The Story Behind the Song.

— And let writer Tommy Tomlinson uncover how a three-minute song can teach you about the art of narrative storytelling. Click here for registration and hotel details.

Video x 2 = SFJ14 in Nashville

June 2, 2014 Comments off
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Photo courtesy Grant Wickes

“We need more video!” That’s the battle cry from editors in newsrooms. But where you do you go from there?

At SFJ14 in Nashville, you’ll get instruction and inspiration from two seasoned pros, in two sessions on the opening day of the Society for Features Journalism conference. Val Hoeppner travels around the country teaching journalists how to shoot video. She’ll bring her enthusiasm and the newest tools for you to use. Later, learn how to take those skills to the next level with Josh Meltzer of Western Kentucky University.

Sign up for the conference, Aug. 20-23, at the John Seigenthaler Center at Vanderbilt University in beautiful Nashville. Click here for registration and hotel details.

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