Plan Ahead: 2024 Events for Journalists & 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 still have a month left in 2023, but 2024 already has a well-developed schedule of unique events for journalists and bloggers. So start the new year off on the right foot by getting ahead on your schedule.
Dive into the list of events below and find the perfect learning opportunity for you. Whether you write about tech, fitness, travel or food, or are an investigative journalist, there’s something for you coming up in 2024.
If you have a training, webinar, or expo that would be ideal for journalists and/or bloggers to attend in 2024, let the team know so we can include it in future roundups.
Multiple 2023 Dates: Pinners Conference & Expo
A full slate of these events for DIYers, crafters, photographers, and other creatives is available for 2024. 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 work for you.
Jan. 9-12: CES
CES is “the most influential tech event in the world.” It will be returning to Las Vegas in 2024 for a live, in-person event. More than 3,500 exhibitors from all over the world will meet with hundreds of media attendees to discuss how their innovations are building a better world. The 2024 event’s theme is “All Together. All On.” Sustainability, vehicle technology, VR, AI, space technology, and esports are just a few of the many topics that will be on display.
Jan. 15-17: Affiliate Summit West
Mass publishers and bloggers alike will head to Las Vegas to attend Affiliate Summit West. Build new partnerships and learn new ways to build traffic to your site. The content tracks include Content & Commerce, Lead Gen, Brand to Brand, Ecommerce, and more.
Jan. 30-Feb. 1: The Southern C Summit
The Southern C Summit welcomes female entrepreneurs for three days of workshops, mentor sessions, social gatherings, and the ever-popular silent disco and swag market. Topics will cover the latest in e-commerce, media, marketing, and more. If you’re passionate about blogging, wellness, fashion, food, art, or media, this is a great event to check out. Both virtual and in-person ticket options are available. The in-person event will take place in Sea Island, Georgia.
Feb. 16-19: Women’s Travel Fest
In 2024, the annual Travel Fest will be headed to Playa del Carmen, Mexico. The weekend retreat will feature curated talks, workshops, community exercises, and mindful practices for travel lovers and content creators. The full schedule is TBD.
Feb. 22-25: IDEA Health and Fitness Summit
This event is a great option for fitness bloggers and vloggers. They can connect 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.
Feb. 29-March 2: WORKBENCHcon
WORKBENCHcon is a “growing network of diyers, makers, influencers & bloggers discovering new techniques, products and skills all while learning how to take their businesses to the next level.” Sessions will cover topics like techniques for using tools and new equipment, skills for video production, and business practices for the content creator, with more to come. It will be held in Atlanta.
March 7-9: ACP Spring National College Media Conference
The Associated College Press (ACP) returns to San Diego in 2024 for its Spring National College Media Conference. The event provides collegiate journalists and advisers with helpful sessions, critiques, advice and feedback. The dozens of sessions will cover topics like sports reporting, digital storytelling, visuals and design, and social justice reporting.
March 7-10: NICAR 2024
The 2024 data journalism conference will take place in Baltimore, Maryland. The event will “offer a mix of panels, demos, discussions, networking, and hands-on data training.” The session schedule is TBD and full session and speaker details will be released in early 2024.
March 8-16: SXSW
SXSW will welcome a diverse group of innovators, storytellers, humanitarians, and global thought leaders back to Austin, Texas, for 9 days of collaboration. AI, climate change, civic engagement, and film and TV are just a few of the dozens of tracks available to attendees.
March 13-16: 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. Sessions will cover SEO, DEI, content creation, revenue growth, and more helpful topics for food bloggers.
March 17-20: Alt Summit
Head to Palm Springs for the 2024 Alt Summit, which brings together thousands of women influencers and entrepreneurs and provides a “physical gathering place for that community and then incredible things happen.”
April 3-7: Craftcation
Calling all craft bloggers! 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.” While the full schedule is TBD, past events have taught everything from sewing to screenprinting, perfume making, knitting, shoe making, mixed media art, and painting. The event will take place in Ventura, California.
April 12-14: Women in Travel Summit
Creative entrepreneurs, influencers, and more travel experts will head to Salt Lake City and Park City, Utah, for WITS 2024. They will “discuss future innovations, build dynamic collaborations, and change travel worldwide, all while supporting and empowering a diverse community.” Discussion will center around elevating women and underrepresented creators as well as current issues in travel. All genders are welcome to attend. If you’re new to travel blogging, check out the Beginner Bootcamp add-on for an extra half-day of programming.
April 17-21: International Journalism Festival
Perugia, Italy, will again host the International Journalism Festival, the largest annual media event in Europe. Major topics for the 2024 event include AI, Ukraine, disinformation, climate reporting, and collaborative journalism. Session proposals will be accepted through the end of 2023.
June 5-7: Craft + Commerce
Boise, Idaho, will host the event where “top online creators gather to help grow their businesses.” Inspiring keynotes, intimate workshops, and plenty of networking opportunities will round out the schedule. “The Trojan Horse Strategy: How to Pick a Profitable Niche (That Doesn’t Feel Limiting)” and “Deliverability Deserves a Keynote: 3 Strategies to Stay Out of the Spam Folder” are just a few of the sessions on the schedule.
July 9-12: TBEX North America
Travel content creators will attend TBEX to boost their writing, photography, and video skills, network with other creators, travel experts, and tourist boards, and more. Dozens of workshops, sessions, and forums will fill the schedule. TBEX North America will take place in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Aug. 19-22: Podcast Movement
Thousands of podcasters and industry pros will head to Washington, DC, for Podcast Movement. The four days will include more than 100 educational sessions and workshops, networking events and parties, and a podcasting expo and trade show.
Sept. 18-21: ONA24
The Online News Association’s annual event focuses on the future of digital media and will be held in Atlanta, Georgia. Attendees range from digital media audience and analytics professionals to news product, strategy, and business executives and entrepreneurs.
Nov. 11-14: Web Summit
The “world’s premier tech conference” will take place in Lisbon, Portugal. Educational masterclasses and roundtables will be available at the event, which aims to “gather policymakers, heads of state and the founders and CEOs of technology companies and fast-growing startups to ask a simple question: Where to next?”
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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.