Unique Virtual Events, Trainings for Bloggers and Journalists in February 2021
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If you’re ready to put January behind you and add some learning opportunities to your calendar in February, here are several great events for journalists and bloggers.
These events cover a range of topics, including data journalism, reporting on civil unrest, and social media.
If you have an upcoming event you’d like added to the calendar, email the team at email@example.com.
Anytime: Visual Search and Verification
The Global Investigative Journalists Network (GIJN) hosted this webinar in December with globally-renowned data journalist, open-source reporting expert, and trainer Henk van Ess. The digital event covers several topics: Learn about the latest tools for doing research with images and video, facial recognition, and how to search using colors; and get tips on how to translate “visual” thinking into words, which helps to locate information hidden by Google’s search algorithm.
This webinar features Jeff Belzil, the International Women’s Media Foundation’s Director of Security, and Corinne Chin, staff journalist at the Seattle Times. In the session, they prepare journalists to cover civil unrest in the U.S. and discuss how to best report safely with police and political extremist presences.
This online course from Poynter is ideal for students looking to prove their proficiency in the fundamentals of language, math, fact-checking, and news literacy. The three-part course takes about 10-12 hours to complete and covers topics like common writing mistakes, sentence structure, writing about polling data, basic fact-checking, and more.
Anytime: Using Facebook Ad Library
This hour-long webinar from First Draft is hosted by Maddy Webb and Laura Garcia. It teaches reporters “the fundamentals of searching and understanding the Facebook Ad Library. We will help you understand what information you have access to, how to interpret it, and how it can be used to enrich reporting.”
If you’re considering a move to business journalism, this hour-long event is for you. Attendees will hear from New York Times economics reporter Ben Casselman, The Economist globalization editor Soumaya Keynes, NPR Planet Money Indicator host Cardiff de Alejo Garcia, and Slate senior business correspondent Jordan Weissmann. The panel will discuss their career paths, what their day-to-day looks like, salaries, and more, in addition to answering audience questions. It will be hosted by The Society for Advancing Business Editing and Writing (SABEW).
Feb. 3-5: Southern C Retreat
In 2021, the Southern C Summit will feature options for a 3-day retreat in Sea Island, Georgia, and a virtual event. The in-person event is limited to 150 people and sessions and breakout events will be available to virtual attendees. The event is geared toward entrepreneurs, creatives, and business owners in a range of industries, including blogging, food, art, beauty, interior design, and more. It’s where #connectcollaboratecreate meets #relaxrechargereignite.
ProPublica, partnering with The Pudding, a visual essays online publication, is accepting applications from students for its sixth annual scholarship program. The program will sponsor 25 students to “attend an eligible journalism conference in 2021 and/or to contribute toward journalism-related expenses such as subscriptions to news publications, software, FOIA fees, or equipment (think cameras, recorders, etc.).” Students from underrepresented groups in journalism are especially encouraged to apply.
This is a four-week online course from the Knight Center. In it, “students will learn the fundamental skills required to launch and maintain a newsletter through a standard product life cycle and how a newsletter can fit into their work product and serve their audience.”
Feb. 25-26: Social Media Strategies Summit
Having a strong social media strategy is key to promoting your blog content, building an audience, and driving traffic to your site. This virtual summit will teach attendees how to utilize their connections, tools, and skills to see social media success. Some of the planned sessions include “How to Grow and Maintain a Social Media Following” and “How to Choose and Optimize the Right Social Platform for your Brand.” Ticketholders will also have access to live Q&A sessions, downloadable presentation slides, 1:1 meetings, and more.
March 1-2: Design Influencers Connect
This year, the Design Influencers Conference is offering three virtual events that act as the “intersection of interior design and the world of new media including blogging, social media, e-commerce, digital branding, book publishing, line promotion, and more.” Registration is free for all three Connect events. The end of both days of the event will feature a Speed Networking session, in which attendees are randomly paired for 5-minute face-to-face chats before being paired with someone else.
March 3-5: NICAR 2021
The annual data journalism conference from Investigative Reporters & Editors (IRE) will be taking place completely online this year. Whether attendees have beginner, intermediate, or advanced data journalism skills, NICAR will have something for everyone. Pre-recorded videos and lessons will cover spreadsheets, SQL, programming, data visualization, and more. Note: Attendees must be current IRE members.
Registration is also open for these upcoming events:
April 8-11: Writing Workshop for Journalists of Color
Hosted by Poynter, this four-day virtual seminar will feature expert instructors helping journalists of color develop their confidence and skills to share their unique perspectives in their opinion pieces and personal essays. The instructors will include Tom Huang, Aisha Sultan, Eric Deggans, and Fernanda Santos. “This seminar will foster the diversity of voices necessary in the profession and train the next generation of opinion writers from a wide spectrum of backgrounds.” Apply soon, because this program will be competitive with only 15 available spots. Applications are accepted until Feb. 7, 2021.
May 19-21: 2021 Collaborative Journalism Summit
Registration for this year’s Collaborative Journalism Summit will open in early February. The virtual conference will feature informative panels and exciting lightning talks. Attendees can also pitch ideas for topics they’d like to see covered in panels or workshops. You can fill out this form with your ideas.
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Rocky Parker is the manager of Audience Relations at PR Newswire. Check out her previous posts for Beyond Bylines. When she’s not working, Rocky typically can be found cooking, binge-watching a new show, or playing with her puppy, Hudson.