April 2023 Events for Journalists and Bloggers
Welcome to Blogger Events, a monthly column of upcoming blogger and journalist events that we think you should know about. Plan even further ahead and bookmark our page with upcoming events for the entire year.
We’re rounding up several events in the coming weeks that are ideal for journalists and bloggers looking to boost their skills in a variety of areas. Events in April will cover freelancing, book marketing, campaign journalism, and more.
April: AP Stylebook Workshop
This is a four-week online workshop (Tuesdays from 11-11:45 a.m. EDT) designed to boost attendees’ AP Stylebook knowledge. In addition to improving your writing skills and consistency, you’ll also learn about the how and why of AP Style and develop skills to navigate the Stylebook quickly. Sessions will cover the importance of word choice, inclusive storytelling, and real-life language challenges submitted by attendees.
Making the jump to book author? This Writers Digest University event may be the perfect fit for you. Book publishing tools and techniques are constantly changing and what works for one author might not for another. “In this live webinar taught by publishing industry expert Jane Friedman, you’ll learn the key foundations of every book marketing campaign but also how to develop a personalized framework that’s appropriate to your strengths and abilities.” Learn how to understand your readers, the basics of Amazon optimization, how to secure customer reviews, and more.
This hour-long webinar, hosted by Investigative Reporters and Editors, will help freelancers learn how to pitch their investigations, who to pitch to and when, how to negotiate pay, and more. The webinar is free for IRE members and $25 for non-members.
April 19-23: Craftcation
Craftcation offers attendees more than 200 craft and business workshops. Visitors will “explore dozens of genres in our hands-on workshops where you’ll get instruction and inspiration to find your creative flow.” The event will take place in Ventura, California, and will offer classes on dyeing, sewing, and much more.
April 19-23: International Journalism Festival
Perugia, Italy, will again host the International Journalism Festival. Event categories will cover Ukraine, podcasting, AI, data journalism, climate reporting, and more. The huge lineup of speakers will feature staffers from The Washington Post, BBC, Grist, AP, BuzzFeed, and many more.
April 20-22: SABEW – Navigating Beyond the Pandemic
The annual conference for the Association of Business Journalists will take place in St. Petersburg, Florida, at the Poynter Institute campus. Newsroom leaders, early/mid-career journalists, academics, students, and PR professionals can find something for them at SABEW23. Sessions will cover climate reporting, media ethics, fact-checking, automation in newsrooms, and more. Florida will make the perfect backdrop, as “climate change, housing, tourism, crypto – even the partisan bickering over monetary and fiscal policy – are all on display in the Sunshine State.”
April 21-22: Pinners Conference & Expo (Idaho)
DIYers and crafting bloggers can head to Boise, Idaho, and choose from a wide selection of workshops and courses. Options include embroidery, Henna art, cookie decorating, and home organization.
This event, presented by FLOCK, will feature experts on affiliate marketing, examples of how creators have turned into published book authors, and inspiring stories of visionaries bringing their ideas to life. The three-day event will take place at Walt Disney World in Florida.
April 26-27: 2024 Campaign Journalism Conference
The nonpartisan University of Chicago Institute of Politics and the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard will host this intensive two-day boot camp to “equip journalists with practical tools to cover increasingly more complex local and national elections.” Sessions will cover electoral calendars, ballot changes, inclusive campaign coverage, campaign finance tracking, how to report on polling, and more.
May 7-9: Mom 2.0
The Mom 2.0 Summit is open to “influencers who create content online and on air in parenting, entertainment, food, politics, business, marketing, technology, social change, travel and design.” Sessions will cover topics like influencer contracts, booking speaking gigs, TikTok basics, and building an audience on Substack. The Summit will take place in Scottsdale, Ariz.
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Rocky Parker is the Manager of Audience and Journalist Engagement at Cision PR Newswire. She's been with the company since 2010 and has worked with journalists and bloggers as well as PR and comms professionals. Outside of work, she can be found trying a new recipe, binging a new show, or cuddling with her pitbull, Hudson.