SPJ Region 3 conference to introduce Cox Institute training and support services for freelancers on March 24

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There is a new initiative in town for journalists and contractors, and it happens to be in SPJ Region 3. It is the Independent Journalism Resource Coalition (IJRC) from University of Georgia’s Cox Institute for Journalism Innovation, Management and Leadership. So what does that exactly mean? 

SPJ Region 3 and IJRC will be presenting “Getting Started? Need A Revamp? Energize Your Approach To Success” at the SPJ Region 3 Spring Conference in Charleston, South Carolina, on March 24. Both organizations are committed to the needs of professional freelance journalists and contractors in U.S. southeast.

IJRC is one of the SPJ Region 3 conference sponsors for 2018. 

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NPPA logoCox Institute is spearheading with the National Press Photographers Association (NPPA) this new coalition, IJRC, which plans to build an online clearinghouse of training and support services and offer in-person training for journalists working as freelancers and contractors. And SPJ Region 3, along with its state chapters will be providing continuing programming for freelancers and will partner with IJRC even more in the future. 

Both Lori Johnston and Keith Herndon will be speaking at the morning breakout session at the College of Charleston for the conference. They will tell you more about the initiative at the lunch break and also during their presentation. 

Lori Johnston
Lori Johnston

Lori Johnston co-owns with her husband, Andy, Fast Copy News Service, a writing and editing business that produces stories daily for newspapers, websites, and magazines. Andy and Lori, along with their team of 20 writers, provide news, business, human interests features and sports stories, as well as photos and photo galleries, to clients across the country. Fast Copy’s written and editing work is published by Cox Media Group/The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, CNN, The Washington Post, Scripps Networks, Atlanta Magazine and Georgia Trend, among numerous Fast Copy News Serviceother media outlets. Both hold bachelor’s degrees in journalism from the University of Georgia’s Grady School of Journalism and Mass Communication, and Lori recently entered her MFA in narrative media writing from Grady.

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Keith Herndon

Keith Herndon, Ph.D., was appointed Professor of Practice in Journalism in Fall 2016 and named Director of the Cox Institute for Journalism Innovation, Management and Leadership. He had served as a visiting professor at Grady since Fall 2012 and taught as a lecturer in Fall 2011. Dr. Herndon was a media research consultant with Internet Decisions, LLC, a strategic planning firm he began in 2005. He was a founding executive of Cox Enterprises’ Internet division, serving as Vice President of Operations and Vice President for Planning and Product Development. He managed strategic partnerships and led technical diligence on Cox’s new media investments, serving on the board of directors of an investment recipient. He was also Director of Operations at Cox Radio Interactive, a UGA logopioneer in streaming media. Dr. Herndon began his career while a student at the University of Georgia, working as a reporter for his hometown paper in Elberton, Ga., and then as a sportswriter for the Anderson (S.C.) Independent and the Athens Banner-Herald. After graduation, he was a Pulliam Journalism Fellow, covering business news at The Indianapolis News.  He was a business reporter at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution before becoming assistant business editor, deputy business editor and administrative editor.  

Herndon bookDr. Herndon is the author of The Decline of the Daily Newspaper: How an American Institution Lost the Online Revolution (Peter Lang, 2012). He also has published two business books about entrepreneurship and innovation.

To learn more about the other speakers, panelist and keynote speaker for the SPJ Reigon 3 Conference, “Freelance Blitz” in Charleston, South Carolina, on March 24, link HERE.

To register for the conference,” Link HERE

Questions?? Contact Sharon Dunten, SPJ Region Assistant Regional Director, Conference Coordinator, at sdunten.spjregion3@gmail.com.

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