September Events for Journalists and Bloggers

Upcoming Events for Journalists and Bloggers - September 2021

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.

September and October have a number of helpful events for journalists and bloggers, including conferences, trainings, and discussions.

Register for events that will cover business journalism, podcasting, freelancing, food blogging, and more.

Covering a tradeshow this fall? Here are a few tips to help you plan.

Anytime: A Better Kind of Business Journalism

View recordings from this webinar series from Quartz. The series covers “the fundamentals of business journalism, how the industry is changing, and the ways it could become more accessible to both journalists and readers.” The latest episode discussed how to avoid stereotyping when reporting on foreign countries or different communities or societies.

Sept. 2: COVID-19 vaccines: How to report on potential side effects

The International Journalists Network will host this discussion with Kerry Dooley Young, freelance journalist and core topic leader for patient safety with the Association of Health Care Journalists. Young will talk about how to report on vaccine side effects honestly without encouraging vaccine hesitancy.

Sept. 2-4: SPJ 2021 Journalism Conference

The annual Society of Professional Journalists conference will be fully virtual. There will be plenty of workshops, panels, and networking opportunities. Some of the breakout sessions on the schedule include:

  • Digital and Mobile Apps for Journalists
  • How to Amplify and Diversify the Voices in Your Journalism
  • Freelancing 101: Establishing Yourself as a Freelance Journalist
  • Phoning it In: Video Storytelling with Your Smartphone

Check out our Freelancing 101 Guide.

Sept. 11: Independent Podcast Conference

The seventh Indie Pod Con will be a limited in-person event in Philadelphia. Session topics will include “Podcasting, Live Streaming and Blogging. Perfect together,” “Legal Q&A with The Podcast Lawyer™” and “The Nuts and Bolts of Producing Audio Documentaries.”

Sept. 13-15: Traffic & Conversion Summit

This event will offer both virtual and in-person (San Diego) options to attendees. Experts (and a few celebrities) will provide three days of actionable, proven, strategic content to help you increase traffic, conversions, and sales. Keynote speakers include Daymond John, Kevin O’Leary, and others.

Sept. 21: Building Passive Revenue Streams as a Freelance Writer

“In this session, Writers’ Co-op hosts Jenni and Wudan explore ways to make passive revenue — ‘set it and forget it’ payments — as a freelance creative. Sometimes this means building your own programs (like The Writers’ Co-op), selling books or courses, or creating worksheets for an online store. Sometimes it looks like using platforms like Medium that pay for views over time. Sometimes it looks like negotiating contracts so you can resell your content over and over again.”

Sept. 22-25: FinCon

This year’s gathering of personal finance content creators and brands will be a hybrid experience. Personal finance bloggers, podcasters, vloggers, coaches and advisors, social media influencers, authors, and freelancers are encouraged to attend this conference. Whether you attend in-person in Austin or decide to attend virtually, #FinCon21 will feature opportunities to network with other creators, browse FinCon Central and do business with sponsors, access tons of content, and hear main stage and breakout speakers.

Sept. 23-24: RTDNA

The annual conference from the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) will focus on two pillars: Representation and Resilience. Both current and aspiring newsroom leaders are encouraged to attend. The in-person event will take place in Denver, Colorado, and will feature small group sessions to help attendees form stronger connections.

Sept. 28-Oct. 1: Content Marketing World Conference & Expo

More than 100 sessions, workshops, and industry forums will be available to attendees looking to create better content and inspire audiences. The hybrid conference will take place in person (Cleveland, Ohio) and virtually. Sessions will cover content optimization, email/newsletter best practices, storytelling, headline writing, and more.

Sept. 30-Oct. 3: International Food Blogger Conference

More than 100 food bloggers, writers, social media gurus, and food company reps are expected to attend this year’s IFBC. The event will take place in El Paso, Texas, and Juárez, Mexico. Attendees can get a discount on their registration if they agree to publish blog posts, Instagram stories, or videos about one of the sponsors.

October: Pinners Conferences

October will include two Pinners Conferences: Fort Worth, Texas (Oct. 1-2), and Indianapolis, Indiana (Oct. 8-9). These events are dedicated to those interested in Pinterest-related spaces like DIY, crafting, cooking, photography, fashion, and beauty.

Oct. 15-17: Journalism & Women Symposium CAMP

This year’s Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP) will be online and on-demand. The theme is “Re-emerging and reimagining: What’s next for women in journalism?” Sessions are still being planned, but confirmed speakers include Melody Spann Cooper, chairman and CEO of Chicago’s Midway Broadcasting Corporation, and Deborah Douglas, former JAWS treasurer and new co-editor in chief of The Emancipator.

Oct. 25-Nov. 19: Trust 101: Earning trust with communities of color

Apply now for this free, four-week class from the Trusting News team. Trusting News is a project from the American Press Institute and the Reynolds Journalism Institute. This course will “identify past and present barriers to trust, work through coverage areas that are often especially problematic, equip you for effective outreach and talk about how to measure your success.” It’s 100% remote and open to local journalists in U.S. newsrooms.

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Rocky Parker is the Digital Content Lead at Cision PR Newswire. She works with journalists, bloggers, and content creators to create their targeted newsfeeds from PR Newswire for Journalists. Rocky has also counseled on content writing best practices. Check out her previous posts for Beyond Bylines. In her free time, Rocky can usually be found cooking, binge-watching a new show, or playing with her puppy, Hudson. 

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