Register Now for These 9 Journalist and Blogger Events in May

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, May 2024

Have some free time on your calendar in May? Check out these upcoming events targeted to journalists and bloggers! The events will cover a variety of topics, including environmental journalism, AI in the newsroom, election reporting and more.

May Events

May 1: Environmental Journalists on the Frontlines of Democracy

Ahead of World Press Freedom Day (May 3), the Wilson Center’s Environmental Change and Security Program and the Society of Environmental Journalists “will celebrate the important role of environmental journalism and highlight the need to protect journalists around the world from surveillance, censorship, oppression, and violence.” The event ties into this year’s World Press Freedom Day theme, “A Press for the Planet: Journalism in the face of the Environmental Crisis.”

May 2: Preparing data for the AI revolution

As AI continues to be implemented across industries, media and entertainment marketers and creators are focused on AI-driven insights as a key to success. But what AI tech should they use and how should they use it? During this session, Gaby Hosokawa, senior product marketing manager of media and entertainment at Salesforce, and Maarten van Hoek, media industry strategy and scale leader at Salesforce, will discuss the necessary elements for preparing data ecosystems that unlock AI’s full potential.

May 2: Migration: The Missing Link

If you cover migration or sustainability, check out this event. The webinar is part of a series from Science for a Sustainable Future, a joint initiative of the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network (UN SDSN) and Springer Nature. Speakers will cover how we can effectively measure, predict and respond to migration, how migration can and should be involved in broader sustainability discussions and more.

May 3: Investigating Elections

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 this webinar from the Global Investigative Journalism Network (GIJN), 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.

May 8: Leveraging AI in your Audience Engagement Strategy

The Online News Association will host this event, led by Hearken CEO & Co-Founder Jennifer Brandel and UIC Senior Lecturer Mike Reilley. The training session will cover how to employ AI as part of your audience engagement strategy and how the technology can help you identify communities and partnership opportunities, streamline workflows and craft messaging.

May 9: What is service journalism and how do I do it right?

This 90-minute workshop will be hosted by Tim Herrera, former editor of The New York Times’s service journalism desk Smarter Living. Come away with a better understanding of how to find, report, write and pitch better service stories.

May 22: AI Prompt Writing

This event from the Online News Association will be a hands-on workshop covering tips, examples and exercises for writing prompts in ChatGPT, Gemini and Learn how to craft prompts that prevent AI hallucinations and get ChatGPT to present information in the format you want.

May 23: How to start and grow a newsletter

Learn how to launch and grow a successful newsletter in this 90-minute session from Tim Herrera, author and former editor at The New York Times’s Smarter Living, and a panel of experts.

Coming in June…

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.

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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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