9 Events in May for Journalists and Bloggers

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Beyond Bylines - Upcoming Events for Journalists, Bloggers May 2023

Start the summer off right by adding one of these unique events for journalists and bloggers to your May calendar. With focuses from media literacy to climate journalism, travel writing, and SEO tips, events taking place over the next few weeks can appeal to a variety of content creators.

May 4: Artificial Intelligence Literacy Webinar | AI in the Classroom

Hosted by the Media Education Lab, this webinar will explore AI impacts and issues relating to media literacy. Attendees will discuss what AI literacy means and how it fits into a media literacy curriculum.

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.

May 9: Climate Solutions Narrative Trends | Report Findings

Join the Solutions Project on Instagram for a live discussion of its annual report findings. For the report, strategy and communications firm Conspire for Good analyzed 7,250 news and opinion articles and 3,900 top-engagement social media posts, all published in 2022 and focused on climate solutions. The report analyzes the extent to which coverage of climate issues — including renewable energy, water, and food systems — focuses on equity, highlights community-led solutions, and features women as spokespeople.

May 9-11: Local Media Consortium Conference

The 2023 LMC Conference will take place in Scottsdale, Ariz. Some of the session topics include “Unlocking Gen Z: Winning Strategies for Engaging Young Consumers” and “Digital Advertising: A Conversation // Highlights, Tailwinds and Headwinds.”

May 16-20: NATJA Conference

The North American Travel Journalists Association will host its annual conference in Fairbanks, Alaska. “From the popular Editors Panel, to tips and tricks for photography and video, to learning about the latest in social media marketing, we provide our attendees with tools that will help them make their journalism stand out,” the site says. Afternoon tours will allow travel writers to experience the best Fairbanks has to offer.

May 19-21: Women in Travel Summit

This year’s WITS North America will take place in San Juan, Puerto Rico. All genders are welcome and invited to participate in the important conversations about elevating women and underrepresented creators as well as current issues in travel. 60-minute sessions and 90-minute workshops will cover a range of topics like pitching, podcasting, social media, and photography.

June 13-15: ASJA Annual Conference

The American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA) asks writers to think differently. The theme of reconsidering what freelancers, authors, and other writers do and how we do it shows up in conference keynote talks, sessions on books, journalism, and content marketing writing, informal snack chats, and virtual happy hours. See the full schedule and speaker lineup here.

The conference is open to nonmembers as well as members and registration will remain open through June 9. Scholarships are available for freelancers and students from historically underrepresented communities.

May 22-26: World Congress of News Media

The World Congress of News Media returns to an in-person format this year and will welcome senior management from the leading news media companies in 50+ countries. This year’s event, hosted by the International News Media Association, will focus on 2023 as a “midnight moment” in which the media maintains a “steadfast focus on the path to digital while managing the debris in our way.” That debris includes the pandemic, recession fears, supply chain issues, and subscription fatigue, to name a few. The week-long event will feature workshops on products, smart data, newsroom innovation, and subscriptions.

Bonus: Leverage SEO for Your Freelance Business

Purchase the recording of this recent webinar from The Writers’ Co-op to learn how to optimize your website or portfolio page to drive leads. Digital marketing expert Shane Griffiths discusses tactical ways to improve SEO for your business.

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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.

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