Before you mutter “Uh-huh” with a knowing smile, you might want to know that I intend to learn quite a bit at this year’s Society of Professional Journalists event.
I’ve attended the annual convention before, and I’m always amazed at the good stuff people share—tips, tricks, resources: it’s all here (and for a reasonable price).
This year, my conference schedule opens with a half-day workshop on what we used to call “New Media.” It’s called “The Entire Conversation: Using Social Media Tools To Reach Content-Hungry Audiences.”
Are we really all that hungry? Well, I guess I’ll find out.
I also plan to improve my skills with our family iPad. Typically relegated to Netflix use, I have signed it out for the trip. I’m also intrigued by a conference-specific app that the SPJ has provided for free. Will it really improve my educational experience? (Inquiring minds want to know.)
My trips to Vegas are rare, but I lived there one summer back in 1992. I was summer-clerking for the United States Attorney’s Office, and it was a blast. I split my time between the criminal section and the organized crime/racketeering section—apparently they have both in Las Vegas! (Who knew?) The work was phenomenal, and the buffets back then? They were actually cheap. I hear things have changed quite a bit since then.
I plan to tweet some from the conference (Find me here.). You can follow all the tweets at the dedicated hashtag: #SPJ10
Here are a few other seminars I may attend (in no particular order):
- NewsGear 2010
- Expert Advice on Covering Disasters (and other breaking stories)
- Weird Careers in Journalism
- A Federal Shield Law
- Covering Courts and Crime
- Networked Journalism
- How To Use Liveblogging and Webcasts
- The Art of Access: Getting Public Records
- Business Journalism
- The Art of Interviewing
- Google 101
- Dangers of the Borderland Beat
I’ll give you a roundup of what I learned (and where I ate) when I return.