SOURCE: Society of Professional Journalists

September 04, 2007 19:35 ET

2007 SPJ Convention & National Journalism Conference

WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwire - September 4, 2007) - Hyatt Regency Hotel -- The 2007 SPJ Convention & National Journalism Conference, which takes place Oct. 4-7 in Washington, D.C., is your chance to meet and connect with reporters, editors, freelancers and educators from across the world for three days of excitement. This is your opportunity to 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 you can expect at 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. Check out the ever-growing list of programs at

Heavy Hitters, Big Names: We have several sessions planned that will go above and beyond our typical top-notch conference offerings. These programs -- which include speakers such as Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas); Bob Woodward, The Washington Post; Bob Schieffer, CBS News; Ken Paulson, editor of USA Today; and Robert Novak, Chicago Sun-Times columnist -- 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 for students and their advisers. This special celebration is topped off with CBS News correspondent Joie Chen, who will both inspire and encourage student journalists with a thoughtful speech.

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.

Pre-Convention Training: Warm up for the convention by going to one of our three Half-Day Training Workshops on Oct. 4. Workshop topics include citizen media and live shot broadcast training. Space is limited and registration is required. Register today at

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, AP Radio Network, WTTG-Fox 5 and NBC News Washington Bureau.

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 p.m.-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 at

Don't delay! Register today for this exciting event happening right in your backyard. For pricing, a schedule of events and program details, visit

Or, you can register one of four ways:

Online at:

By fax or mail, download the registration form at:

By phone:
Linda Hall at 317-927-8000 ext. 203

We hope to see you in Washington, D.C.

Contact Information

  • Contact:
    Beth King
    Communications Manager
    (317) 927 -8000
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