Upcoming Events for Journalists, Bloggers, and Freelancers
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.
Well, we’ve made it to the fourth quarter. As some of you (hopefully) prepare for some slower work schedules ahead, use that extra time to hone your skills in areas like podcasting, data analysis, pitching to editors, and fact-checking.
The coming weeks offer several unique training and networking events for journalists, freelancers, and bloggers.
Check them out…
October: Freelancing with Tim
If you’re looking to better navigate the world of journalism — and get paid doing it — check out these skills-based workshops in October. The sessions will include a personalized pitch feedback roundtable (Oct. 19), the art of structuring a longform feature (Oct. 21), and how to write and sell a nonfiction book (Oct. 26). Tim’s also now providing one-on-one coaching sessions, a great way to get personalized advice on your pitching, writing, social strategy, and more.
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. 14-15: ONA Insights
This year’s event from the Online News Association will offer both in-person and virtual options for attendees. Sessions will explore how journalism organizations are reimagining their approaches to audience development, product, and work culture while planning for 2022. The event will be held at the Sonesta hotel in the historic Rittenhouse Square section of Philadelphia.
Oct. 14-17: She Podcasts LIVE
This in-person event will bring together women podcasters, audio content creators, and storytellers. Speakers and sessions will cover a wide variety of topics related to the podcast journey, including the launch, building an audience, perfecting content, and self-care. The event will take place in Scottsdale, Arizona.
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. 20-23: Global Fact 8
The global fact-checking conference, organized by the International Fact-Checking Network at the Poynter Institute, will be all virtual for the second year in a row. It will bring together fact-checkers, researchers, industry experts, and big tech teams to address misinformation on a global scale. Sessions will cover fact-checker harassment, media literacy, commercializing fact-checking, and more.
Oct. 21: BlogHer Biz
This in-person event will feature an afternoon of networking, educational workshops, and inspirational discussions with today’s top creators and entrepreneurs. It will take place at the 1 Hotel in Brooklyn, New York. If you can’t join in person, the event will also be livestreamed.
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.
Nov. 1-4: Web Summit | Lisbon
Dubbed “the world’s premier tech conference,” Web Summit brings together the founders and CEOs of tech companies, fast-growing startups, policymakers, and heads of state to ask a simple question: Where to next? The lineup of speakers includes some of the biggest names from companies like Reddit, Black Lives Matter, Spotify, Microsoft, and more. Some of the media- and content-focused sessions include “Setting new news metrics,” “Reporting across borders,” and “At the crossroad of TV and social media.”
Originally planned as an in-person event in Syndey, Australia, GIJC21 will instead be virtual. It will feature panels and workshops on the latest investigative techniques, data analysis, online research, cross-border collaboration, and more by the best journalists in the field. The virtual conference will also provide regional programs and language translations.
Nov. 2-4: Affiliate Summit West
“Imagine a place where advertisers and publishers of all sizes and types come together, to share knowledge and build partnerships so that together they can grow their businesses online…” That’s what attendees will find at Afilliate Summit West, taking place in Las Vegas. Tracks include Content & Commerce, Advertisers, and Innovation & Tech. The event will welcome publishers of all sizes, from mass media to bloggers.