April Events for Journalists You Should Know About

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.

Upcoming Events April 2024

As we enter the second quarter of the year, take some time to attend an event that can help your journalism skills grow. Over the next few weeks, events for journalists will cover topics like craft blogging, deepfake detection, travel writing, AI in the newsroom, election reporting and much more.

Take a look at what’s coming up and find the perfect learning opportunity for you!

April Events

Multiple Dates: Pinners Conference & Expo

DIYers and crafter bloggers will have two chances in April to attend one of these immersive events. Head to Atlanta April 19-20 or Boise April 26-27 and choose from over 100 workshops covering everything from candlemaking to charcuterie boards, decluttering and glass etching.

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.” Workshops and sessions will cover everything from sewing to screenprinting, knitting, jewelry making, mixed media art and painting. The event will take place in Ventura, California.

April 4-6: Mom 2.0

Mom 2.0 is the “premier professional conference and gathering of influencers who create content online and on air in parenting, entertainment, food, politics, business, marketing, technology, social change, travel and design.” This year’s event will take place in Nashville, Tenn. Sessions will cover tax tips for content creators, how to monetize your brand effectively, travel content hacks, how to use AI in your work and much more.

April 9: Investigating Elections: Threat from AI Audio Deepfakes

AI-driven deepfakes are a serious concern heading into election season. According to the Global Investigative Journalism Network, “AI-generated audio simulations — in which a real voice is cloned by a machine learning tool to produce a fake message — are cheap to produce and easy to spread, and some media manipulation investigators warn that they could emerge as an even bigger threat to elections in 2024 and 2025 than fabricated videos.” Register for this GIJN webinar, during which three experts will share tips, tools, and resources to identify, investigate and verify potential deepfakes.

April 12-14: Women in Travel Summit

Creative entrepreneurs, influencers and other 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.” Discussions 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.

April 18-20: SABEW24 Annual Conference

The Society for Advancing Business Editing and Writing (SABEW) will host its annual conference at the Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications at Northwestern University’s downtown Chicago campus. Newsroom leaders, early/mid-career journalists, academics, students and PR pros are encouraged to attend. Sessions will cover topics like business journalism, AI in the newsroom, news deserts, how to tell business stories on social media and more.

April 24: AI Tools for Journalists Part II

The Online News Association (ONA) will build on its AI session from February with this follow-up Zoom event. The session will explore what popular AI tools can do well and what they do poorly as well as the legal and ethical ramifications of using them in your reporting. Participants will leave with tips, prompts and other resources for utilizing AI tools effectively.

April 30: How to Cover Mental Health and Treatment-Resistant Depression

This panel hosted by The National Press Foundation will bring together health and psychology experts – as well as a journalist who has written about her own treatment-resistant depression – to answer questions on this complex medical condition and the different solutions being explored.

Coming in May…

May 3: Investigating Elections

Register now for this May webinar from the Global Investigative Journalism Network (GIJN). Journalists have a vital role to play during this busy election year that will require tenacity, planning, collaboration, good sources, and the latest tools and techniques. During the webinar, five senior journalists experienced in investigating electoral processes will offer tips on cutting-edge tools, investigating candidates, developing sources and tracking disinformation.

May 7-June 11: Reporter’s Toolkit

This six-week seminar from Poynter will cover a range of topics to help journalists build a successful career. Come away with new strengths and a better understanding of pitching, storytelling, interviewing, using data in reporting, ethical decision-making and more.

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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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