SOURCE: Society of Professional Journalists

September 27, 2007 09:40 ET

2007 SPJ Convention & National Journalism Conference Offers Endless Opportunities

INDIANAPOLIS, IN--(Marketwire - September 27, 2007) - The 2007 SPJ Convention & National Journalism Conference, which takes place Oct. 4-7 in Washington, D.C., is just one week away! During the three-day event, journalists from across the country can participate in professional development sessions that will explore topics and issues relevant to new media, journalism ethics, freedom of information, diversity, education, Washington, D.C., and Campaign 2008.

Here is a sampling of what's planned for the 2007 SPJ Convention & National Journalism Conference:

Professional Development Programs: There's something for everyone in this year's schedule, including special tracks in computer-assisted reporting and Campaign '08. In addition, special sessions will examine the case for a federal shield law, bloggers and journalists and conversations with prominent journalists about where the field is headed. Check out the ever-growing list of programs at

Heavy Hitters, Big Names: Several sessions are planned that will go above and beyond the typical conference offerings. These programs -- which include speakers such as Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas); Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein; Bob Schieffer, CBS News; Ken Paulson, editor of USA Today; Robert Novak, Chicago Sun-Times columnist; and Leonard Downie, executive editor of the Washington Post -- will highlight the biggest issues facing journalism today. Get the latest dates, times and locations at

Young Journalist Forum: McClatchy Newspapers Baghdad Bureau Chief Leila Fadel will talk with veteran Hearst Newspapers journalist Helen Thomas during the Young Journalist Forum, Friday, Oct. 5.

Mark of Excellence Awards: The best in student journalism will be formally recognized during the Mark of Excellence Awards luncheon. This special celebration for students and their advisers is topped off with a speech by CBS News correspondent Joie Chen, who will both inspire and encourage student journalists.

Project Watchdog: Join fellow journalists and members of the Washington, D.C. community at 1 p.m., Oct. 4, for a discussion about taxes and our rights. Award-winning WTOP reporter Mark Segraves leads the discussion at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library.

Headline Tours: Go behind the scenes of some of the biggest news companies in America. Sign-up on site for tours to NPR, Bloomberg News, ABC, AP Radio Network, WTTG-Fox 5 and the NBC News Washington Bureau.

Opening Night Reception: The 2007 SPJ Convention & National Journalism Conference will kick off in style with the Opening Night Reception and Legal Defense Fund Auction at The National Music Center, from 7 - 10 p.m., Oct. 4. Join guest auctioneers Bob Scheiffer, one of broadcast journalism's most experienced newsmen, and Jim Bohannon, a member of the Radio Hall of Fame, for a night of red-carpet treatment. Tickets are required for this event. Get yours by e-mailing

To obtain a media credential for special events or panel discussions, please contact SPJ Communications Manager Beth King at (317) 927-8000, ext. 211. For more information about the 2007 SPJ National Convention & Journalism Conference -- including a full convention schedule -- or to register, visit

Founded in 1909 as Sigma Delta Chi, SPJ promotes the free flow of information vital to a well informed citizenry; works to inspire and educate the next generation of journalists; and protects First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and press. For more information about SPJ, visit

Contact Information

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    Beth King
    Communications Manager
    (317) 927-8000, ext. 211
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