Unique Virtual Events for Bloggers and Journalists in November

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Upcoming Virtual Blogger Events - November 2020

Check out the November events below and see if one piques your interest.

Have another event that should be added to the list? Let us know in the comments.

Multiple Dates: Freelancing with Tim

The November Zoom panels with Tim Herrera, Smart Living editor at The New York Times, and a panel of experts will feature courses including “How to maintain your mental health and wellness,” “How to write better pitches,” “How to launch and host a podcast,” and “How to write better service journalism.”

Oct. 22-Dec. 21: Google News Initiative (GNI) Live

The Google News Initiative will be hosting a series of trainings on YouTube Live. The November sessions will include Distributed Newsroom (Nov. 9) and Podcasts (Nov. 23).

Nov. 5-6: Beer Now Virtual Summit

After being postponed due to COVID, the Beer Now Conference will put on a virtual summit in early November to provide the beer-loving community with valuable content, even though they won’t be meeting in person. The virtual summit will be free to attend. Sessions will include “Enhance the Value of Your Beer Writing With SEO Strategies” and “How Bloggers Can Better Work with Breweries,” among other beer- and blogging-related topics.

Nov. 6-7: Pinners Conference & Expo (Salt Lake City)

Blog about DIY, crafting, cooking, beauty, or photography? Check out the second-to-last Pinners Conference of 2020 at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. Expo hours have been extended and the floor layout has been adjusted to allow for socially-distanced shopping. This event’s VIP night will feature a 70s disco theme. The show is implementing new safety procedures due to COVID-19.

Nov. 10-11: E.W. Scripps Virtual Career Fair

Broadcasting company E.W. Scripps will be hosting a virtual career fair this month. The company has job openings for on-air talent, producers, photojournalists, broadcast engineers, and more.

Nov. 13: #BlogHer Food

This free digital event for women creators and entrepreneurs in the food space will help attendees “create drool-worthy content, expand your recipes’ reach, and take your food obsession to the bank.” Programming topics will include food photography tips, foodie influencers, and wellness and nutrition.

Nov. 13-14: Pinners Conference & Expo (Scottsdale)

Head to WestWorld of Scottsdale for the final Pinners event of the year. Perfectly timed just before the holidays, this event offers 100+ classes. Attendees will “learn something new. Create something cool. Connect with your friends and your new friends.” Safety precautions are being made due to the pandemic.

Nov. 17: How to design a journalism collaboration

This hour-long webinar will be hosted by the Center for Cooperative Media at Montclair State University. Working together in a newsroom can be tricky, and the virtual session will “discuss the spectrum of considerations to consider internally and with partners to establish shared goals, expectations, workflow and day-to-day logistics.”

Nov. 19: “Ask a Journalist”: Pitch for Success

Join this live 45-minute session with The Op-Ed Project, a think tank and community of journalists with an aim to accelerate the ideas and impact of underrepresented voices, including women. An editor will live-edit a few pitches to provide actionable insights into how a professional editor/journalist works and thinks about pitching. The event will have “pay what you can” pricing.

Nov. 19/Dec. 3: Freelance Like a Boss

This freelancing workshop will be led by award-winning political journalist Torey Van Oot and experienced freelancer Cinnamon Janzer. It is broken down into two 1-hour sessions: one on the working side (how to find editors, craft successful pitches, land assignments, and carry them out) and one on the business side (negotiating contracts, managing taxes, and growing your business). “Whether young journalists are looking to make up for lost opportunities by racking up a few clips or recent grads are considering freelancing as a way to pay the bills during abysmal job searches, the viability of freelancing is on the top of mind these days.”

Nov. 20: #BlogHer Planet

Bloggers can join this free virtual event for “inspirational discussions and educational takeaways to better yourself, your brand, and the world we share.” The agenda will cover eco-conscious business models, like creating eco-friendly products and lowering a business’s carbon footprint, sustainable eating, and how to make simple changes that have a big impact on the environment.

Nov. 22: Food Photography Workshop

Food writers know that a good photo is a critical piece of their posts. If you’re responsible for your own photography, check out this three-hour workshop for tips on lighting, props, composition, and styling. It’s a live class, so instructors will be available for questions as well.

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Rocky Parker is the manager of 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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