Upcoming Events for Journalists and Bloggers: July 2024

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Upcoming Events, July 2024

It’s the season for journalism conferences. The next few weeks are packed with opportunities to learn new skills, network and hear about the latest trends in the industry. Check out the upcoming events below, which cover topics like election reporting, travel writing, media literacy, as well as several annual conferences for journalist organizations like NABJ, the Indigenous Journalist Association and more.

July Events

Multiple Dates: U.S. Election Safety Summer

This free webinar series continues in July, with several helpful and unique sessions for journalists:

  • July 9: Journalist Safety Covering the Election: Protests, Policing and Crowds
  • July 30: Protecting Mental Health in the Face of Online and Offline Attacks

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.

July 9-13: NAHJ Conference

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists Conference & Expo. The event will take place in Hollywood, Calif., and feature a packed schedule with nearly 90 unique workshops and trainings. Climate journalism, election reporting, augmented reality and visual journalism are just a few of the many topics that will be covered.

July 10: Image Creation Mini Lab

Join the Online News Association (ONA) for this 45-minute session to experiment with various prompts for AI image creation. Attendees will be able to show off their work, discuss successes and failures with the tech, and more.

July 10-12: AAN Convention

This year’s Association of Alternative Newsmedia Convention will be in Charleston, S.C. (lending the event its very apt nickname: CharlestAAN 2024). The Editorial/Design and Publication/Marketing tracks will include a number of helpful sessions with actionable takeaways for attendees. The schedule includes sessions like “How to get reporters through national outlet partnerships?” “How can AAN members take advantage of Press Forward” and “50 Story Ideas in 50 Minutes.”

July 12-13: NAMLE 2024

The annual conference from the National Association for Media Literacy Education “provides valuable resources, technology, teacher practice and pedagogy, assessments, and core concepts of media literacy education.” The virtual event will feature sessions like “Media Literacy in the Face of AI: Multimodality Learning,” “Learning to Discern Election-related Manipulative Information” and “Inspiring ethical content creators: Igniting youth and the public good.”

July 17: How to use AI to help with grant writing

Another mini lab from ONA, this session will be hosted by ICFJ Knight Fellow and Newsroom Robots Podcast Host Nikita Roy. Attend the live demo and get tips on using generative AI tools to brainstorm and refine grant applications. You’ll also get a look at real-world examples of newsrooms that have successfully used AI to help with grant applications.

July 24: AI Audio Innovations: Transforming Content Creation and Engagement

Davar Ardalan, audio industry veteran and Founder of TulipAI, will host this ONA event. “Tailored for newsrooms in radio and podcasting, participants will delve into practical demonstrations, discussions on real-world applications, and critically examine the ethical implications of AI in the industry,” the site explains.

July 25-27: Indigenous Media Conference

Oklahoma City will host this year’s Indigenous Media Conference — the city was chosen specifically to bring further awareness to the free press challenges facing tribal nations across the U.S. “Oklahoma is home to 39 federally recognized tribes. There is so much to learn from the distinctive media landscape within the state and I’m looking forward to a phenomenal conference program that highlights the unique challenges and joys that come with reporting on our Indigenous communities here,” said Rebecca Landsberry-Baker, IJA Executive Director.

July 29: Implementing AI in Your Classroom or Student Newsroom

During this session from ONA, UIC Senior Lecturer and JournalistsToolbox.ai Founder Mike Reilley will cover ways to implement AI in the journalism classroom and student newsrooms, create AI policies and more.

July 31-Aug. 4: NABJ 2024

The Annual Convention & Career Fair for the National Association of Black Journalists focuses on journalism education, career development, networking and innovation. The event will take place in Chicago, a city with a historically impactful Black community and a legacy of Black-owned businesses. Aside from the numerous sessions and workshops on the schedule, the NABJ Career Fair is the largest career expo for Black journalists and media professionals in the country.

Coming in August…

Aug. 7-11: AAJA 2024

Head to Austin, Texas, for the annual Asian American Journalists Association conference. This year’s theme, Meeting the Moment, “recognizes that amid tough times, our work as Asian American and Pacific Islander journalists is more important than ever.” Among the session topics: reporting on gun violence with care; reproductive rights and the power of women of color voters; and covering Israel’s war on Gaza.

Aug. 8: AI + Data Journalism

Another great event from ONA, this 90-minute practical training session will cover AI-driven tools for data scraping, data analysis and data visualization.

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.

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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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