SEJC 2017

University of Mississippi
Oxford, Mississippi
Feb. 16-18, 2017

 Spotlight on Storytelling
Watchdog Journalism in a Mobile World

 THURSDAY, Feb. 16

 Registration 4 p.m.-9 p.m.

Meek School of Journalism & New Media
Farley Hall

On-site Competitions for:

Arts & Entertainment Writing and News/Feature Photo: Leave at 5 p.m. from Farley Hall

Sports Writing and Sports Photo: Leave Farley Hall at 7 p.m.

 FRIDAY, Feb. 17

All Friday events, except for the evening banquet, are on campus at Farley Hall/Overby Center/Bishop Hall

11 of the 15 onsite competitions will be on Friday 

 Registration opens at 7:30 a.m.

Meek School of Journalism & New Media
Farley Hall

 8:15 a.m.

Welcome to Ole Miss
H. Will Norton, Dean, Meek School of Journalism & New Media

Location: Farley Hall Auditorium, Room 202

 9 a.m.-10:30 a.m.

 Using Social Media as a Powerful Reporting Tool
Presenter: Daniel Victor, New York Times reporter, former social media editor
When we think about social media, we often think about generating traffic — but we ought to think just as much about how much social media can improve our reporting. Daniel Victor will discuss the many ways that you can harness the power of readers to tell better stories and find untold stories.

9 a.m.-10 a.m.
Getting a TV Job
Presenter: Matt Miller, Talent Acquisition Leader, E.W. Scripps Co.
A former TV news director, now a national recruiter, tells you how to prepare, interview, build a good resume and resume reel, build LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook profiles, and more.

10:45 a.m.-noon
Writing About Race in Fiction and Non-fiction
Presenter: Jesse Holland, Associated Press race and ethnicity reporter; author
Holland is a journalist and the author of books on wide-ranging topics, from historical non-fiction about slavery to young adult fiction and superheroes. Join him in a conversation about his passion for journalism and history, his new book, and his eclectic career.

 10:45 a.m.-noon
 Going Google: Free Tools for Better Stories
Presenter: Deb Wenger, associate professor, Google News Lab trainer
This session offers an overview of the Google News Lab suite of tools – all designed to help journalists research, report and visualize stories.  From using Google Trends for story idea generation to getting hands-on with geo-tools that will help you create content that engages your viewers, this presentation shows you how Google News Lab can help you find, verify and present more compelling content.

10:45 a.m.-noon
 Authentic Engagement Through Photojournalism
Presenter: Mikki Harris, multimedia journalist and educator
Learn how to rely on effective engagement of people, rather than camera skills, to make strong visual stories locally, nationally and globally. Discussion will include exercises that challenge people to understand self, go beyond stereotypes, and authentically engage people.

11 a.m.-noon
 A Day in the Life of A Multimedia Sports Journalist
Panelists: David Brandt, AP sports reporter; Aaron Dodson, The Undefeated; Michael Wallace, Grind City Media; Andy Lee, WTVA/WLOV
What’s a day like working for The Undefeated, ESPN’s platform for exploring the intersections of race, sports and culture? How does a wire service sports reporter deal with rabid fans in every SEC city? What are the challenges of being a multimedia sports journalist? These questions and more will be answered in this session.

12:15 – 1 p.m.
Advisers Business Meeting
Lunch will be provided


1-5 p.m. in the Overby Center Conference Room


What does it take to fly a drone for journalism? Explore the regulations, ethics, and basic drone operations and techniques. Ji Hoon Heo will discuss the many ways you can enhance the story using aerial images.
We will schedule two sessions, with a maximum 25 students in each session. Sign-up sheets will be at the SEJC registration desk on Friday morning.

 1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m.
 Panel: Assault on the Media
Moderator: Bill Rose, Overby Fellow
Panelists: Ronnie Agnew, executive director of Mississippi Public Broadcasting; Jerry Mitchell, investigative reporter at the Clarion-Ledger; editorial cartoonist Marshall Ramsey; Kate Royals, education reporter for Mississippi Today
Four prominent Mississippi journalists talk about a growing hostility toward the press, and working as a journalist in the Reddest of states.

3:15 p.m. -4 p.m.
Panel: Navigating an Internship, Turning It Into a Job

Panelists: Aaron Dodson, assistant editor, The Undefeated; Alex Harris, producer/reporter, Miami Herald

3:15 p.m.-4:15 p.m.
Student Media Struggle To Keep First Amendment Rights
Presenter via Skype: Frank LoMonte, attorney and executive director of the Student Press Law Center
How can you get information about campus safety issues? How far can a university go in restraining its students from speaking, or punishing them after the fact for what they say? The law is evolving and riddled with uncertainty. Getting the full benefit of the law starts with knowing your rights and knowing how to educate your campus. This will be a Skype Q&A with LoMonte. He will update you on the latest campus and student media legal issues, and answer your questions.

6:15 p.m.

Best of the South Awards Banquet
Keynote Speaker: Jerry Mitchell
Oxford Conference Center



All Saturday events are at the Oxford Conference Center

 JOB FAIR: 9 a.m.-noon

 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
What happened to standards and ethics?
Here’s your chance for a Q&A with Greg Brock, The New York Times senior editor for standards
Who is considered a journalist these days? What is journalism, anyway – reporting facts or reporting rumors? Should journalism on social media be impartial or partisan? Is there a way to combat “fake news”? Does the new president hate – or actually love – “the failing @nytimes”? Ask away.

10:30 a.m. -11:30 a.m.
Data Journalism: Introduction to Python and Computational Journalism
Presenters: Naeemul Hassan, UM assistant professor of computer and information science, and Ji Hoon Heo, UM multimedia journalism instructor
This session offers an introduction to computational journalism and data visualization using Python programming language. Learn how to access and manipulate data to add compelling visuals to your story. Personal computers are required for this workshop.
This will be a hands-on session, with a capacity of 50 people. Sign up at the SEJC registration desk on Friday.

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
 What You Should Be Doing NOW To Land A Good Job
Moderator: Cynthia Joyce, assistant professor of journalism
Panelists: Aaron Dodson, assistant editor, The Undefeated; Adam Ganucheau, reporter, Mississippi Today; Alex Harris, producer/reporter, Miami Herald; Alex McDaniel, editor, Oxford Eagle

12:45 p.m.
On-Site Competitions Awards Luncheon
After luncheon: Double Decker bus tour of Oxford










Promoting Journalism in the Southeast Region