SPJ journalism conference early-bird discount expiring soon. Register today.

Register today for the 2017 Society of Professional Journalists’ western region conference being hosted by the San Diego SPJ chapter in April. Spots are filling up and the early-bird registration deadline is Friday, March 24. Sign up today! Come celebrate and improve professional and student journalism across California, Arizona, Nevada, Hawaii, Guam and the Mariana Islands as proud members of Region 11, one of SPJ’s biggest regions.

Journalists have great challenges ahead of them, and our speakers and attendees are meeting them head-on, starting with our keynote speaker, NPR’s All Thing Considered and Embedded podcast host Kelly McEvers. We have 37 speakers in all.

Like all good journalists on deadline, you’re no doubt procrastinating on registering for the conference, which is being held April 28 and 29 at Humphreys Half Moon Inn in San Diego. Here’s a good reason not to wait: a free Google Tools preconference training is available to just 25 people, on a first-come, first-serve basis. You must register for the conference to sign up for the Google Tools training. You can do so here. Here’s another great incentive to register today: That early-bird registration is fast approaching.

More conference info can be found here.

Who should win our important awards for being a window and a wall in 2016?


For the third straight year, San Diego SPJ will be handing out two important awards to recognize the most helpful and least helpful sources from public agencies in 2016.

The Window Award will go to the public official or agency that most prioritized transparency and the public’s right to know in 2016.

The Wall Award will go to the public official or agency that made it hardest for journalists to do their jobs in 2016, ignoring requests or otherwise compromising the public’s right to know.

Your nominations are key to our selection process. Give us your nominations here.

We’ll give out both awards in the spring, along with our prestigious annual Sunshine Award, which recognizes individuals and groups for making important contributions in the area of open government. Stay tuned for event details. And thanks for taking part in this invaluable exercise of ours to protect the public’s essential access to information.


Holiday party like a journalist. Join all San Diego journalism clubs on Monday, Dec. 12.

We’re teaming with other San Diego media groups to host a fun, free and low-key holiday party at Athens Market Taverna downtown. Join us for appetizers, drinks and a good time.

DATE: Monday, Dec. 12, 2016

TIME: 6-8:30 p.m.

LOCATION: Athens Market Taverna
109 W F Street
San Diego, CA 92101

COST: Free admission includes appetizers. No-host bar.

RSVP: Email sdpressclub@cox.net.

HOSTS: San Diego SPJ, San Diego Press Club, San Diego Association of Black Journalists, San Diego chapters of Asian American Journalists Association, National Association of Hispanic Journalists, Online News Association, Pacific Southwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences

PARKING: Macy’s in Horton Plaza validates parking for three hours with no purchase.

So you want to be a better investigative journalist? You can be

Please join the San Diego Society of Professional Journalists on Tuesday, Nov. 15 for this year’s sixth and final Better Journalism Workshop, INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING: How to brainstorm and deliver investigations amid the daily grind, with speakers Lorie Hearn, executive director and editor of inewsource, which she founded after 35 years reporting and editing at newspapers; Richard Marosi, reporter for the Los Angeles Times and two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist; and Susan White, executive editor of InquireFirst, who has edited or co-edited three Pulitzer Prize-winning projects.
You will hear how these journalists conceived and executed groundbreaking projects and how to apply those skills on your job.
The event is free and open to the public.

We hope you will consider starting or renewing your SPJ membership.
Where: San Diego Public Library, Linda Vista Branch, 2160 Ulric St., San Diego 92111.
When: Social hour at 6 p.m., talk begins promptly at 6:30 p.m.
Contact: spjsandiego@gmail.com; Elliot Spagat, 619-987-3675