Save the Date: Events for Journalists, Bloggers in 2022

Welcome to Blogger Events, a monthly column of what’s happening in the blog world. In the latest roundup, we’re looking ahead to 2022 events (and also have a few December events that you shouldn’t miss).

Upcoming Blogger & Journalist Events - 2022

We’ve compiled a list of planned trainings, conferences, and expos in December and 2022 that are ideal for bloggers, journalists, and content creators. This is just a preliminary list, so make sure to follow our monthly event posts throughout the year to be alerted to the newest events.

Have an event that should be added to the calendar? Let us know on Twitter @BeyondBylines or email the team at [email protected].

Dec. 2: BlogHer Inclusive Future

Bloggers can tune in to this virtual event to learn the latest findings from a year-long research study to measure inclusion in the workplace. Experts will discuss how diversity and inclusion can impact employees of marginalized groups and discuss the importance of prioritizing employee mental health.

Dec. 8: How to successfully introduce a data-inspired culture to your newsroom

This webinar will be hosted by editorial analytics company Smartocto. Smartocto CMO Rutger Verhoeven and CEO Erik Van Heeswijk will share their thoughts on newsroom culture and discuss questions like:

  • How do you incorporate data into your workflow?
  • When does it lead to the best decision-making?
  • How do you convince editors that are skeptical about data?

Multiple 2022 Dates: Pinners Conference & Expo

A full slate of these events for DIYers, crafters, photographers, and other creatives is available for 2022. The Pinners Conference schedule will kick off in February in Overland Park, Kansas, and make its way around the country, ending in Scottsdale, Arizona, in November. Check out the full schedule to see which city and date works for you.

Jan 5-8: CES

The “most influential tech event in the world” will return to Las Vegas for an in-person event in 2022. The lineup includes speakers from GM, Abbott, Instacart, T-Mobile, HBO, and more. Topics will run the tech gamut, from crypto and self-driving cars to gaming, space technology, and beyond.

Feb. 2-4: The Southern C Summit

The event that’s all about #ConnectCollaborateCreate will offer both in-person (Sea Island, Georgia) and virtual options in 2022. The summit is “tailored to offer a community of passionate entrepreneurs, creatives, and business owners an opportunity to connect and collaborate amongst top names in media, business, and branding online and in person.”

Feb. 7-9: Affiliate Summit West

Affiliate Summit West is “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.” Head to Las Vegas to check out sessions under the agenda tracks: Content & Commerce, Advertisers, and Innovation & Tech.

Feb. 24-26: WORKBENCHcon

Returning in 2022, WORKBENCHcon will welcome DIYers, makers, and bloggers for several days of networking and workshops. Sessions will cover topics like epoxy, furniture flipping, and engraving. It will be held in Atlanta.

Feb. 24-27: IDEA Personal Trainer Institute

This event is ideal for fitness bloggers and vloggers. They can connect, in person, with other personal trainers, entrepreneurs, and business owners and learn new strategies to create change and get noticed in a crowded marketplace. Topics cover training techniques, nutrition, training science, and professional development.

March 3-4: Tastemaker Conference

This popular food blogger event will take place in Chicago. Attendees will be treated to meals (of course), swag bags, workshops, panels, and food excursions around the amazing Chicago food scene.

March 3-6: NICAR 2022

The 2022 data journalism conference will take place in Atlanta, Georgia. More info for the hybrid conference is coming soon, but it’s confirmed that Lightning Talks, 5-minute presentations on particular skills, tools, or techniques, will definitely be returning.

March 4-6: Women’s Travel Fest

The ninth annual Travel Fest will cover the return to normal travel, dream trip planning, and more for women who love exploring. Optional excursions are available to the Oregon coast and Willamette Valley.

March 6-8: Design Influencers Conference

This unique conference is designed for interior design influencers, content creators, and brands. Attendees will learn how to generate partnerships and boost their know-how in marketing, social media, e-commerce, and more. The in-person event will take place in Atlanta.

March 14-16: Social Media Marketing World

Head to San Diego to get actionable tips and strategy advice from some of the world’s top social media experts. Topics will cover podcasting, live video, content strategy, and more.

March 11-20: SXSW

SXSW will welcome attendees back to Austin, Texas, in 2022. Register by Jan. 13, 2022, to beat the next rate increase. Among 2022’s themes, “The Evolving Media Landscape” will examine media industry mergers, the metaverse, the fight against mis- and disinformation, and calls for increased scrutiny and regulation.

March 17-20: International Food Blogger Conference

Since it began in 2009, “the IFBC and food bloggers are not just going strong, they are firmly established as critical influencers of the food industry.” Join more than 100 food bloggers and writers in El Paso, Texas, and Juarez, Mexico, to eat, talk and learn about pitching best practices, food styling, food podcasting, and more.

April 6-10: Craftcation

This five-day conference has a motto of “Make ALL the Things.” In the past, the hands-on workshops have covered sewing, screenprinting, perfume making, stained glass, shoemaking, knitting, weaving, mixed media art, painting, embroidery, dyeing, and more. Attendees will also be able to attend sessions geared toward building their craft business, including social media, marketing, creation, and more.

April 6-10: International Journalism Festival

The International Journalism Festival will return to Perugia, Italy, in 2022. Session proposals will be accepted through the end of the year. If you can’t attend in person, all sessions will be live-streamed and on-demand videos will be made available.

April 18-21: TBEX North America

The “Home of Travel Creatives” will take place in the Tri-Cities area of Washington state. Travel content creators will network with travel industry experts, boost their writing, multimedia, and marketing skills, and get to explore a beautiful location.

April 29-May 1: TravelCon

One of several events for travel content creators in 2022, TravelCon will help attendees boost their skills in travel video, photography, writing, and blogging. The conference offers 3 full days of actionable content from experts in and out of the travel industry. It will take place in Memphis, Tennessee, and also includes a virtual ticket option.

May 3-6: NATJA Conference

The annual conference for the North American Travel Journalists Association will be held in San Juan, Puerto Rico. In addition to professional development and networking, attendees will get the opportunity to explore the beautiful destination.

May 13-15: Women in Travel Summit

Travel writers, bloggers, and influencers will head to Kansas City, Missouri, for WITS North America. A Beginner Bootcamp add-on is available for those new to the field that are looking to boost their skills with an extra half-day of programming. Can’t make to Kansas City? That’s OK, a livestream ticket option is also available.

Summer: Craft + Commerce

After postponing the 2021 event, Craft + Commerce is planning a comeback for 2022 in Boise, Idaho. Online creators – bloggers, vloggers, photographers, freelancers, and podcasters – will come together to share advice and learn how to make a living online. The conference is limited to 400 attendees, so register early.

June 23-26: IRE 2022

The Investigative Reporters and Editors conference will take place in Denver, Colorado. More details TBD.

Aug. 23-26: Podcast Movement

Podcast Movement brings together thousands of podcasters and industry professionals from around the world to learn, grow, and evolve and improve the podcast community. It will feature workshops, sessions, networking events, parties, and an expo. The 2022 event will be held in Dallas, Texas.

Sept. 2-4: Playlist Live

Playlist Live is the “perfect setting to get inspired, make new friends and learn about the future of digital video and social media.” With the Insight and Industry tracks, attendees will learn about the ins and outs of creating content and/or the business side of things. The 2022 event will again take place in Orlando, Florida.

Bookmark the Upcoming Events Calendar stay on top of events that could be perfect for you and your team.

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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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