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A full slate of these events for DIYers, crafters, photographers, and other creatives is available for 2023. 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. 5-8: CES
CES is “the most influential tech event in the world.” It will be returning to Las Vegas in 2023 for a live, in-person event. More than 2,000 exhibitors from all over the world will meet with hundreds of media attendees to discuss how their innovations are addressing global challenges. Sustainability is a key focus of the 2023 event. Other topics will include 5G, vehicle tech, cryptocurrency, digital health, the metaverse, and more.
Check out some of the latest CES-related press releases sent via PR Newswire.
Jan. 10: Solutions Journalism 101
This webinar, hosted by the Solutions Journalism Network, will “explore the ins and outs of solutions journalism, talk about why it’s important, explain key steps in reporting a solutions story, and share tips and resources for journalists interested in investigating how people are responding to social problems.”
Hosted by the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas, this four-week massive open online course will help students “learn techniques and formats for adding background and context to the news to help readers make sense of the daily outpouring of news, as well as to fight misinformation.”
This free webinar from The Journalist’s Resource will cover several topics:
- How to create trauma-aware newsrooms.
- How different types of newsrooms can create a culture of well-being.
- How to care for reporters and editors before, during and after difficult stories.
- How Canadian journalists are leading the way to bring mental health into newsrooms.
Jan. 23-25: 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 eCommerce, Content & Commerce, a Publisher Demo, and more.
Jan. 23-27: News Literacy Week
This annual awareness week, held in partnership with The E.W. Scripps Company, underscores the vital role of news literacy in a democracy and provides audiences of all ages with the knowledge and tools to become more news-literate. Some of the scheduled events will look at public trust and media accountability; how local outlets in Chicago are building credibility; editorial cartooning (and how to analyze it); and tips from young people on how to separate fact from fiction.
Images can arguably be more powerful than text, but widespread concerns about disinformation and manipulated photos and videos present challenges to visual journalists. This webinar, hosted by Media Defence, will feature an expert panel of visual journalists and those who defend them.
Jan. 25-26: IMM North America
Travel journalists, editors, influencers, and broadcasters can connect with the travel industry at the 11th annual International Media Marketplace. The event will take place in New York City and is a “must-attend annual event for media relationship-building and networking opportunities.” Sustainability and Indigenous tourism are just a few of the topics that will be covered in sessions at the event.
Jan. 27: Designing Success
The Society for News Design’s one-day workshop in Charlotte, N.C. will provide attendees with stories from experts about their transition and best practices in leadership, and the skills needed to build design culture. Designing Success will bring together creators, makers, builders, thinkers, directors, and visionaries to share and inspire the future of visual communication. The goal is to help attendees sharpen their expertise, discover new ideas, and shape their own blueprint for design success.
Jan. 28-29: Novel Writing Virtual Conference
Tune into this virtual event from Writer’s Digest to hear insights from six award-winning and best-selling authors on the finer points of how to write a novel. At the end, if you feel ready to pitch your novel, a bonus webinar will offer help for crafting a query letter for agents – and you’ll get feedback from an agent! Session topics will cover ways to incorporate everything from food to conflict and emotion into your writing.
Jan. 31-Feb. 1: Lenfest News Philanthropy Summit
Register now for this “free virtual gathering focused on the transformative work of fundraising in sustaining essential journalism.” Workshops, keynotes, and more will be available to attendees looking at how to transform philanthropy for news organizations. Topics will cover data utilization, fundraising plans for 2023, how to engage more diverse funders, and more.
Feb. 1-3: The Southern C Summit
The Southern C Summit welcomes female entrepreneurs for three days of workshops, mentor sessions, social gatherings, and (back by popular demand) a silent disco. 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. 3-4: Pinners Conference (Kansas)
The first Pinners Conference and Expo of 2023 will offer workshops and classes covering a variety of DIY topics, including glass etching, knitting, candlemaking, makeup tips, cookie decorating, and much more.
Julia Calderone, Senior Editor of NYT’s “Well” section, and NYU adjunct instructor Estelle Erasmus will discuss what it takes to pitch, submit, and get published in the New York Times.
This interactive, virtual session will be co-sponsored by the Overseas Press Club and the International Women’s Media Foundation. The presentation and training will be led by Ana Zellhuber, a psychoanalyst and Emergency Psychology specialist based in Mexico City. Freelance writers, editors, and visual producers are invited to attend.
March 2-Oct. 19: Beat Academy
Over the course of eight months, Poynter will offer 18 courses for journalists looking to improve their reporting skills in several emerging coverage areas, including private equity, climate change, crime, and immigration. Attendees can choose the sessions they need or join all 18 expert-led webinars. In addition, some of the workshops include reporting grant opportunities for participating newsrooms.
March 2-3: 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 photography, tips for repurposing content, DEI for content, and more. Attendees will also receive a free media ticket to The Inspired Home Show, which takes place March 4-7.
March 2-5: NICAR 2023
The 2023 data journalism conference will take place in Nashville, Tenn. The event will “offer a mix of panels, demos, discussions, networking, and hands-on data training.” Session topics include mass records requests, mapping data analysis, a spreadsheets crash course, data journalism in sports, and more.
March 2-4: 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 YouTube channel optimization, photography, and blog monetization, with more to come. It will be held in Atlanta.
March 3-5: Women’s Travel Fest
The tenth annual Travel Fest will return to New York City. Virtual tickets are available and include recordings of the weekend’s sessions. In addition to an NYC walking and food tour, the session schedule includes workshops on publishing a travel memoir, starting a travel podcast, safety tips for solo travelers, and more.
March 7-10: Podcast Movement | Evolutions
Podcasters and industry professionals from around the world will attend Evolutions to network, learn about the latest developments in podcasting, and more. Tracks are available for active podcasters, industry professionals, and beginner/aspiring podcasters. Evolutions will be held at the Westgate Resort in Las Vegas.
March 9: ONA Career Day
These free, virtual event hosted by the Online News Association is open to journalism job, higher ed, and fellowship opportunity seekers. Educational sessions around career development will be available and attendees can share their resumes with recruiters ahead of time.
March 12-15: Alt Summit
Thousands of women entrepreneurs and influencers will head to Palm Springs for this year’s Alt Summit, where “incredible things happen.” Arts and crafts demos, tips for success on Instagram, and a session on how to monetize your blog are just a few of the numerous sessions that will be available to attendees.
Smartocto, an editorial analytics company, will host this webinar to dive into its updated model 2.0 and how it will change the editor’s workflow. Attendees will learn about the new user needs added to the model and decide if the tool is a good fit for their newsroom.
March 24-25: Pinners Conference & Expo (Atlanta)
This event will feature 108 creative classes for bloggers focused on crafting and DIY. Macrame, resin, candle making, and bath bomb creation are just a few of the many workshops offered.
March 27-29: Digiday Publishing Summit
Publishers will head to Vail, Colorado, to “hear from media execs about how they’re attempting to grow their companies in a lean time and walk away from this event with a better understanding of how other media organizations are building a more sustainable future.” Speakers from BuzzFeed, Meredith Dotdash, theSkimm, and more are on the schedule. Among the session topics: e-commerce, crypto, dynamic paywalls, and newsletters.
March 30: Diverse Women in Media Forum
This member-exclusive event is hosted by the National Association of Latino Independent Producers. At the forum, “attendees will learn from trailblazing industry women leaders, learn from sessions and workshops to come away with fresh ideas and connections to influence the future of women in media.” The event will take place in Los Angeles.
April: AP Stylebook Workshop
This is a four-week online workshop (Tuesdays from 11-11:45 a.m. EDT) designed to boost attendees’ AP Stylebook knowledge. In addition to improving your writing skills and consistency, you’ll also learn about the how and why of AP Style and develop skills to navigate the Stylebook quickly. Sessions will cover the importance of word choice, inclusive storytelling, and real-life language challenges submitted by attendees.
Making the jump to book author? This Writers Digest University event may be the perfect fit for you. Book publishing tools and techniques are constantly changing and what works for one author might not for another. “In this live webinar taught by publishing industry expert Jane Friedman, you’ll learn the key foundations of every book marketing campaign but also how to develop a personalized framework that’s appropriate to your strengths and abilities.” Learn how to understand your readers, the basics of Amazon optimization, how to secure customer reviews, and more.
This hour-long webinar, hosted by Investigative Reporters and Editors, will help freelancers learn how to pitch their investigations, who to pitch to and when, how to negotiate pay, and more. The webinar is free for IRE members and $25 for non-members.
April 19-23: Craftcation
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.” The event will take place in Ventura, California, and will offer classes on dyeing, sewing, and much more.
April 19-23: International Journalism Festival
Perugia, Italy, will again host the International Journalism Festival. Event categories will cover Ukraine, podcasting, AI, data journalism, climate reporting, and more. The huge lineup of speakers will feature staffers from The Washington Post, BBC, Grist, AP, BuzzFeed, and many more.
April 20-22: SABEW – Navigating Beyond the Pandemic
The annual conference for the Association of Business Journalists will take place in St. Petersburg, Florida, at the Poynter Institute campus. Newsroom leaders, early/mid-career journalists, academics, students, and PR professionals can find something for them at SABEW23. Sessions will cover climate reporting, media ethics, fact-checking, automation in newsrooms, and more. Florida will make the perfect backdrop, as “climate change, housing, tourism, crypto – even the partisan bickering over monetary and fiscal policy – are all on display in the Sunshine State.”
April 21-22: Pinners Conference & Expo (Idaho)
DIYers and crafting bloggers can head to Boise, Idaho, and choose from a wide selection of workshops and courses. Options include embroidery, Henna art, cookie decorating, and home organization.
This event, presented by FLOCK, will feature experts on affiliate marketing, examples of how creators have turned into published book authors, and inspiring stories of visionaries bringing their ideas to life. The three-day event will take place at Walt Disney World in Florida.
April 26-27: 2024 Campaign Journalism Conference
The nonpartisan University of Chicago Institute of Politics and the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard will host this intensive two-day boot camp to “equip journalists with practical tools to cover increasingly more complex local and national elections.” Sessions will cover electoral calendars, ballot changes, inclusive campaign coverage, campaign finance tracking, how to report on polling, and more.
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.
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.
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.
From automated news writing to personalized content recommendations, AI has the potential to transform the way news is produced, distributed, and consumed. What does this look like, and how can the media ensure that AI is used responsibly? In this webinar from smartocto, attendees will be guided through a comprehensive exploration of the latest trends and applications of AI in the newsroom. With a focus on smartocto’s use of ChatGPT to provide valuable insights into company data, attendees will gain practical advice on how to harness the power of AI to drive their own journalistic practices forward.
This one-hour webinar from The Writers’ Co-op is perfect for any freelancers or staffed journalists who are “newsletter curious.” Freelance journalists Chris La Tray and Melinda Wenner Moyer will share how they developed their own newsletters, including the ins and outs of identifying their target audience and treating the newsletter as a business.
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.
June 22-25: 2023 IRE Conference
With nearly 200 sessions to choose from, attendees of IRE’s annual investigative journalism conference are bound to find something that fits their needs. Data visualization, election reporting, investigative interviewing, and reporting on law enforcement are just a few of the topics that will be covered. The event will take place in Orlando, Florida.
June 28-30: GlobalFact 10
The 10th Global Fact-Checking Summit will be a hybrid event, with in-person portions taking place in Seoul, South Korea. GlobalFact 10 aims to “mobilize the collective power of truth, transparency and accountability as a counteroffensive to the rash of misinformation that’s challenging citizens across the world.” Attendees will learn about the latest industry trends and fact-checking best practices, and will hear from the world’s top journalists, academics, and fact-checkers. Topics will cover misinformation, media literacy, online harassment, and more.
The National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ) will hold its annual expo in Miami, Fla. Latino journalists and other media professionals from around the world will gather for four days of professional development, training, top-rated speakers, and social events. Sessions will include “Misinformation/Disinformation in the U.S. Latino Community,” “Latinx Representation In Journalism, Weather Coverage and Connecting Stories,” “How BIPOC Public Media Editors and Senior Producers Can Shape More Diverse Coverage,” and much more.
July 14-15: NAMLE Conference
The National Association for Media Literacy’s (NAMLE) annual conference provides valuable resources, technology, teacher practice and pedagogy, assessments, and core concepts of media literacy education. The virtual event is open to educators, practitioners, scholars, and concerned citizens alike.
July 17-20: TBEX North America
The “Home of Travel Creatives” will welcome content creators and travel industry professionals to Eau Claire, Wis. In addition to networking with industry experts, creators will have the opportunity to boost their skills in travel writing, photography, video creation, and more.
This year’s AAN conference will be held in person in Dallas, Texas. The two available tracks cover Editorial/Design and Revenue/Marketing. “The Hows and Whys of Reproductive Justice Reporting,” “50 Story Ideas in 50 Minutes,” and “Collaborative Journalism = New Revenue” are just a few of the sessions on the schedule.
July 20-22: College Media Mega Workshop
This event from the Associated Collegiate Press trains college journalists and advisors on a variety of topics to help them succeed in the coming academic year. This year’s workshop will cover a variety of topics, including design, audience engagement, photo/video, digital reporting, and social media. The Mega Workshop will take place in Minneapolis, Minn.
July 20-23: Comic-Con International: San Diego
The ultimate convention for lovers of comics and all things popular art returns to San Diego this month. From anime to film, comics, gaming, and beyond, there’s something for nearly everyone at this popular event. Due to the ongoing Hollywood writer’s strike and a possible strike by SAG, several studios like Disney and Netflix will not have the same presence as in previous years, but attendees can still expect to see the latest from Warner Bros., Max, Paramount Pictures, and others.
July 27-29: Haven Conference
The Haven Conference is “where DIY, home décor, and lifestyle creators learn, grow, and connect.” Beginner and advanced breakout sessions are available for the first time in the event’s history. Platform best practices, tax tips, how to use AI for content creation, and podcast monetization are just a few of the topics that will be covered over the course of the conference. Haven will be held in Atlanta, Georgia.
Aug. 2-6: NABJ 2023 Convention & Career Fair
The annual convention for the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) is the “premier multi-day conference for journalism education, career development, networking, and innovation.” This year’s event will take place in Birmingham, Ala., and it’s packed with more than 200 trainings, sessions, and workshops. Sessions will cover topics like investigative journalism, sports and social justice, the impacts of AI, newsroom diversity, and more.
Now in its 31st year, the conference offers an array of workshops, panels, evening activities, and informal interactions in a collegial atmosphere. Intensive workshop sessions each morning will focus on the basics of travel writing. Optional pre-conference classes will be devoted to travel photography and writing as well as the general beauty of the craft.
Aug. 21-24: Podcast Movement
Podcasters and industry pros will head to Denver, Colorado, for Podcast Movement. The four days will include more than 150 educational sessions and workshops, networking events and parties, and a podcasting expo and trade show.
Aug. 23-26: ONA23
The Online News Association’s annual event focuses on the future of digital media and will be held in Philadelphia. Attendees range from digital media audience and analytics professionals to news product, strategy, and business executives and entrepreneurs.
Sept. 12-13: Digital Travel Summit
Digital transformation in the travel industry has accelerated in recent years, and the 10th annual Digital Travel Summit will help the experts navigate the changes. Top minds from hotels, OTAs, airlines, transportation companies, and everything in between will come together to share practical insight on how to enhance personalization and improve their online strategies. Sessions will focus on the modern traveler, AI in the cruise industry, travel on social media, and more. The event will take place at the Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa in South Carolina.
Sept. 15: Power of Diverse Voices: Writing Workshop for Journalists of Color (application deadline)
Apply now for this four-day intensive from Poynter that will take place in St. Petersburg, Florida, in November. “With the support of expert instructors and fellow journalists of color, develop the confidence and skills to share your unique perspective in persuasive writing,” the site says.
Sept. 15-17: Bloggy Conference
Bloggy Con, “an annual event for bloggers, content creators, and online influencers to learn, network, and grow their online presence,” returns for its 12th annual event. It will take place in Sandusky, Ohio. The full agenda is TBD.
Sept. 18-22: How to Write Better, Easier and Faster
This writing process master class from Wylie Communications will help attendees develop an efficient, effective, and fun process. Whether you run into roadblocks with time management, idea brainstorming, or writer’s block, this course can help.
Sept. 19-22: Global Investigative Journalism Conference
Gothenburg, Sweden, will host GIJC23, where more than 2,000 journalists from around the world are expected to be in attendance. The 13th iteration of the event will feature “training on the latest tools and techniques, cutting-edge workshops, and extensive networking and brainstorming sessions.” Among the 200+ workshops, panels, and other sessions, attendees will learn about AI in investigative journalism, local news megatrends, basic coding principles, investigating war crimes, and much more.
Sept. 22-23: Pinners Conference & Expo (Fort Worth, TX)
Calling all DIY and craft bloggers! The Pinners Conference will head to Fort Worth, Texas, for its September event. Choose from more than 100 classes and workshops covering crafts like holiday decor, weaving and embroidery, soap making, cookie decorating, and much more.
Sept. 26-28: Freedom Business Summit
If you’re a freelancer, blogger, or journalist working remotely, check out the Freedom Business Summit. The four available tracks will cover topics like relocation, managing remote teams, finance management, and more.
Sept. 28-29: ONA23: Onward
The online component of the Online News Association’s annual conference will focus on “the biggest ideas in digital journalism.”
Sept. 28-30: SPJ23
The annual conference from the Society for Professional Journalists will offer more than 50 breakout sessions and workshops in total, including its largest-ever slate of deep-dive and multi-part sessions. “Enriching Local News Stories with a Dose of Science,” “How Google Tools Can Enhance Your Reporting,” and “The New and Old Newsroom Skills Students Need in the Era of Generative AI” are just a few of the many unique topics on the schedule. The event will take place in Las Vegas.
Nov. 13-16: Web Summit
The “world’s premier tech conference” will take place in Lisbon, Portugal. Educational masterclasses and roundtables will cover topics like deep tech, data science, design, and environmental sustainability.