EIJ Day 2: So You Want to Be a Foreign Correspondent?

We’re sharing highlights from the Excellence in Journalism national conference. Follow @spjonadepaul on Twitter for more journalism news and tips!

By Carina Smith

“So You Want to be a Foreign Correspondent” took place on the second day of the EIJ conference and featured a panel of four journalists who had a variety of experience across the world reporting on a number of foreign issues.

The panelists were:

The journalists spoke about the trials and tribulations that come with being a foreign correspondent. They openly discussed how hard it can be to maintain relationships and find a steady paycheck, especially in the modern era when so many outlets don’t seem to care about what is going on outside of our own borders. The panelists also spoke openly about times when they had risked their lives while reporting and were treated as enemies by the local governments.

However, the panelists also spoke about why they continue on this career path: because they love it. The journalists said that despite the downsides they continue to report abroad because they think it is important for America to know what is going on in the rest of the world. The panel ended with the speakers telling everyone who is interested in being a foreign correspondent to do it. It may be hard, but the payout is worth it.

Women in Sports Journalism Panel Coverage

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SPJ/ONA DePaul hosted a Women in Sports Journalism Panel at DePaul’s downtown campus on April 10 that explored locker room access issues, industry trends and some great advice on making it in sports media.

The event started with the ESPN documentary “Let Them Wear Towels,” a history of female journalists working in male locker rooms.

The forum was moderated ESPN Chicago reporter and DePaul adjunct instructor Melissa Isaacson, who asked panelists about their own locker room experiences, as well as advice for aspiring female sports reporters.

Video: Panelists talk about covering male-dominated locker rooms in the 1980s and ’90s. Cheryl Raye-Stout of WBEZ leads this part of the discussion.

Veteran sports reporters Cheryl Raye-Stout (WBEZ), Shannon Ryan (Chicago Tribune) and Kerry Sayers (670 The Score) shared some of their notable locker room experiences and how the treatment of female sports journalists has changed during their careers.

DePaul alumni and former SPJ/ONA executive board members Lauren Camplin (ESPN) and Meghan Bower (Chicago Blackhawks) compared those experiences to their own and shared how they were able to break into the world of sports media.

You also can follow the conversation on Twitter by searching the hashtag #spjsports.

Video: The panelists discuss building respect on the beat and in the locker room. Kerry Sayers of 670 The Score leads this part of the discussion.

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Andy Boyle’s Coding Workshop Brings Programming to SPJ/ONA DePaul

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Andy Boyle swings into journalistic action at the coding workshop. (Photo/Brianna Kelly)

By Melanie Stone

Chicago Tribune News Applications Developer Andy Boyle led a coding workshop on Jan. 17 for current and former SPJ/ONA DePaul members.

The event came just a few weeks after SPJ DePaul reorganized as SPJ/ONA DePaul in an effort to combine traditional journalism with digital innovation.

Boyle kicked off his presentation by encouraging the group to embrace the learning process and ask questions throughout the workshop.

“At one point, I was a beginner, too,” he said. “This is a no-hater zone.”

From there, Boyle’s three-hour workshop covered HTML, CSS and JavaScript — three languages of the Internet. He also showed the group useful tools, such as Bootstrap, Tabletop.js and Sublime Text. Boyle assisted students, reviewed their work and answered questions as they coded pages.

The afternoon ended with sandwiches and a tour of Boyle’s coding experiments, which included funny sites he built in his spare time. Boyle took questions from workshop attendees as well, highlighting the importance of web programming and news applications in media organizations.

Andy Boyle helps Emily Brosious (left) and Melanie Stone with some code. (Photo/Brianna Kelly)

Andy Boyle helps Emily Brosious (left) and Melanie Stone with some code. (Photo/Brianna Kelly)

Participants tweeted under the #spjcoding hashtag. Some highlights:

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Jan. 17: Andy Boyle Coding Workshop

Andy Boyle EventEditor’s note: The date has changed from Jan. 13 to Jan. 17 for this event.

SPJ/ONA DePaul, which is continuing to expand its foundation in technology and training, is bringing Chicago Tribune News Applications Developer Andy Boyle to campus on Friday, Jan. 17 for a coding workshop.

This three-hour, hands-on workshop is open to current and former SPJ/ONA DePaul members. Learn how to build cool stuff, enjoy snacks and beverages. No RSVP. Just show up.

The event will be on our downtown Loop campus, 14 E. Jackson Blvd., room 1128.

You can follow Andy on Twitter @andymboyle. The event hashtag is #spjcoding

Andy Boyle’s bio: Andy Boyle is a News Applications Developer for the Chicago Tribune, where he’s built projects for the 2012 elections, created tools for user-generated content and works on visualizing data. Previously, Andy has worked at the Boston Globe, the St. Petersburg Times and The New York Times Regional Media Group, where his work was cited in the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News. When not speaking at colleges and conferences, Andy is usually writing and telling jokes throughout the greater Midwest. You can follow him on Twitter at @andymboyle.

Andy’s description of the event: “Almost everything you do now, from talking to friends, doing homework or committing journalism, involves using the internet. But do you actually know how it works? More and more, understanding the actual architecture of the web is going to be needed by journalists if they hope to thrive in our digital-focused world, both in and out of their careers. In my talk, I’ll explain to you in basic terms — such as getting a drink from a bar — how the internet works. After that, I’ll show you how you can take data and throw it up online in under 20 minutes. Then I’ll show YOU how to do it, providing hands-on learning and giving you a quick project that you can show off, code you can keep and a better understanding of how to make online presentations.”

SPJ DePaul ’10-Minute Mentors’ Program

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Flynn McRoberts (left), of Bloomberg Business News, offers advice to SPJ DePaul Vice President Lauren Camplin.

SPJ DePaul completed its professional development campus chapter requirement on Oct. 28 with a “10-Minute Mentors” event at its downtown Loop campus newsroom.

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