Excellence in Journalism 2018 Conference in Baltimore

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Excellence in Journalism 2018 is a joint effort between the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) and the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA), will take place September 27-29, 2018 in Baltimore, MD. Since 2011, the Society of Professional Journalists and the Radio Television Digital News Association have partnered to host an annual conference that provides journalists with the industry’s best training and networking opportunities. The conference was named the Excellence in Journalism (EIJ) conference in order to provide an opportunity for other organizations to partner with SPJ and RTDNA on the event.

The Excellence in Journalism 2018 conference in Baltimore is set to be the journalism event of the year and will be host to top news professionals from broadcast, print and digital newsrooms around the country.

Super Sessions

Midterm Elections in the Era of Trump

With all the talk of a coming "blue wave", or, in the mind of President Trump, a possible "red wave" in the 2018 midterm elections, what are journalists to make of it all? In this session, you can benefit from the wisdom of some of the nation's most notable political analysts. John Dickerson, co-Host of "CBS This Morning", will be moderating the panel. Thursday, Sept. 27, 4-5 p.m.

The #MeToo Movement

It started in the movie business but quickly expanded into our sphere. In this session we confront the nature of reporting stories that struggle to depict an endemic and toxic culture. Learn how to pursue and expose these topics in a responsible manner. Debra Adams Simmons, executive editor, National Geographic will moderate the panel. Friday, Sept. 28, 8-9 a.m.

On The Road with Steve Hartman: Lessons in Unique Storytelling

An interactive session with CBS News "On the Road" correspondent Steve Hartman. Hear Steve describe how he finds, writes and edits his stories, as he breaks down some of your favorites. Friday, Sept. 28, Noon-1 p.m.
Open to all attendees

Honoring a Lifetime of Excellence in Journalism

RTDNA will honor CBS News "60 Minutes" correspondent Bill Whitaker and NBC News’ Pete Williams at its annual "Honoring a Lifetime of Excellence in Journalism" super session. Friday, Sept. 28, 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Open to all attendees


Location: Hilton Baltimore, Baltimore, MD. For information about conference registration, hotel, and tours, see https://excellenceinjournalism.org

The Fourth Estate Award Call for Entries

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The Fourth Estate Award is presented annually by The American Legion to a publication, broadcast organization, and online (Internet-based) media for outstanding achievement in the field of journalism. Winners are expected to attend the presentation of the award at the American Legion 100th National Convention which will be held August 24 – 30, 2018, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. A $2,000 stipend accompanies each award, to defray expenses of the recipients accepting the award at The American Legion National Convention in August. Individual award pylons are presented to the principal contributors, in addition to a large organizational award.


The deadline for entry is March 1, 2018.


There is no entry fee

Download entry form .pdf

Submit Fourth Estate Award entries to:

The American Legion
Media & Communications
Attn: John Raughter
700 N. Pennsylvania St.
Indianapolis, IN 46204

Entry Rules

Entries must have been published or broadcast during the calendar year immediately preceding the date the award is given.

Subject matter must deal with a topic or issue of national interest or concern; submissions must include documented evidence or a statement from the entrant describing how the work brought about change for the better or had a positive, measurable societal impact. Each entry must include a cover letter explaining the entry.

Originals must be submitted for all print entries. Audio CD for radio entries and DVD, digital format or website for television entries are required. Internet media products should include print pages of applicable sites as well as the URLs. Individuals, publications, and broadcast organizations may submit as many entries as they like, but each entry must be accompanied by its own cover letter on company letterhead with the signature of the submitting authority, the submission form and any supporting documentation.


All entries will be judged by members of The American Legion Media & Communications Commission. All entries become the property of The American Legion. Non-winning entries will be discarded unless specific return instructions have been provided.

Past Winners

The Fourth Estate Award has been given annually by The American Legion since 1958. All winners from 1958 through 2017 are listed at the bottom of The Fourth Estate Award page.