Blogger Conferences: Digital Events to Attend in August

Welcome to Blogger Events, a monthly column of what’s happening in the blog world. If you have an event you’d like featured, reach out to the Beyond Bylines team via Twitter at @BeyondBylines.

Upcoming Virtual Blogger Events - August 2020

As summer starts to wind down, we’d typically be preparing for conference season. This year, obviously, will be quite different.

But even though many of the previously scheduled events have been canceled or postponed, there are still plenty of great virtual learning opportunities in August for journalists, bloggers, and content creators.

Check out the events below and find one that meets your needs. Have another one that isn’t included? Let us know!

Multiple Dates: Fundamentals of Investigative Journalism

This seminar, hosted by Poynter and taught by Alexandra Zayas of ProPublica, will help reporters “build an investigation, from the seed of an idea to a powerful execution.” Several live sessions throughout August and September will cover how to choose the right story, gather all the necessary data, and put it all together into a story that will have an impact. Recordings will be made available for those who can’t attend the live sessions.

Anytime: Reinventing the Journalism Business Model

The International Journalists Network (IJNet) has been hosting a webinar series on reporting on COVID-19. This recent webinar looks at ways to invent new sustainable business models to help readers get the news they need. The panel of speakers, including Google News Vice President Richard Gingras, “shared their visions of how to rebuild a robust news media, the role of technology platforms in supporting independent news, and how news outlets can gain the trust—and financial support—of audiences.”

Anytime: BlogHer U

Originally held on July 31, you can check out the recording of the BlogHer U event. According to the site, “This BlogHer U two-hour boot camp has been designed for content publishers, bloggers and influencers alike looking to build their businesses. The virtual event consists of intimate, instructional workshops and subject-specific expert training.”

Anytime: Informed & Engaged

The Knight Foundation began this weekly show several weeks ago to cover “the ideas and solutions impacting the changing media landscape.” You can view past episodes covering topics like collaborative journalism, reporting on race, and tech trends during the pandemic.

Anytime: Photoshop Webinar

If you’re looking to boost your Photoshop skills, check out this hour-long webinar from photographer Bob Coates. Bob is a photographer with 30 years’ experience as well as a photography educator. Coates covers selections, blend modes, and more in this recent presentation done for the Professional Photographers of California.

Anytime: #CoveringCovid19 – Self Care & Peer Support

This is the seventh installment of the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma’s Reporting Covid-19 webinar series. “For most journalists, Covid-19 is the biggest and perhaps most challenging news story they’ll ever cover. How can journalists do their jobs while taking care of themselves?” Also make sure to check out the center’s tips for reporting on COVID-19, a great list of tipsheets.

Anytime: Building Inclusion into Political Reporting

Check out the replay of this webinar, held on July 22 by the International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF). A group of speakers from The 19th, which reports on the intersection of gender, politics, and policy, joined IWMF to discuss how a diverse set of voices leads to more diverse content.

Aug. 10-14: The 19th Presents

To celebrate the centennial of suffrage, this week-long series of conversations will feature prominent women in politics, civic engagement, journalism, and the arts. It will be hosted by The 19th and topics will cover women who have shattered the glass ceiling in politics; the work still needed on the 19th Amendment; gender equity in the U.S.; the idea of “electability” (with a keynote from Hillary Clinton); and an examination of the intersection of race and gender and women’s role in the future.

Aug. 11-12: WordPress Growth Summit

Sessions at the WordPress Growth Summit will cover digital design, audience development, publishing, and e-commerce. The two-day virtual event will also include live demos, personalized help, and plenty of networking opportunities to help attendees build and grow their sites. Three tracks are available: Blogging, Business, and Creative.

Aug. 20-22: Wine Media Conference

This year will mark the first ever virtual Wine Media Conference. Attendees are key members of the wine industry, including wine bloggers, traditional wine media, social media influencers, and wine industry members. Sessions will cover writing, social media, technology, community building, career growth, and marketing. They will be free to watch live. All-access passes will allow attendees to watch the sessions whenever suits their schedule.

Aug. 27: #BlogHer Back to School

The next free digital event from SHE Media will focus on back to school. After weeks and months of many parents trying their hands at homeschooling, this event will surely be full of unique perspectives in the panel discussions and sessions. It’s targeted to parents, bloggers, and content creators.

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Rocky Parker works in Audience Relations at PR Newswire. Check out her previous posts for Beyond Bylines and connect on LinkedIn. When she’s not working, Rocky typically can be found cooking, binge watching a new show, or playing with her puppy, Hudson.

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