Upcoming Events for Journalists and Bloggers

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Note: Due to concerns surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, many events have been canceled or postponed. We will work to keep this page updated, but please make sure to check individual event websites for the latest changes.

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Pinners Conference & Expo

You’ll have six chances in 2020 to attend a Pinners Conference. These events are great for bloggers covering DIY, crafting, cooking, photography, beauty, and more.

FLOCK Presents

These intensive one-day events cover a single topic and are lead by industry experts. 2020 sessions will boost bloggers’ skills in SEO and Pinterest, among other topics.


The Babypalooza Baby Expos are described as the “Super Bowl of baby expos where new, expectant, and hopeful parents get exposed to new information, resources, products, services, and each other.”

May 2020

Anytime: Powerful Writing: Leverage Your Video and Sound

This is a free one-hour video tutorial from Poynter that will teach newer journalists “how to seamlessly combine audio, video and copy in captivating news packages.” It’s hosted by veteran reporter and instructor Al Tompkins.

Anytime: Skillshare

If you’re looking to improve your creative skills in a certain area or learn an entirely new skill, this is a great tool. Skillshare is an online learning community with thousands of courses to choose from. Classes cover a range of topics, including photography, graphic design, social media, and how to write to go viral. There are free classes available, but there also are team plans and premium memberships to take advantage of.

Anytime: 5-Day Traffic & Monetization Mini Challenge

This challenge was created by Lena Gott, founder of What Mommy Does and Adventures in Blogging. The free course will teach bloggers how to 1) simplify their strategy; 2) implement income pathways; 3) perfect their calls to action; 4) perform effective keyword research; and 5) figure out the single metric they should be tracking.

Anytime: Social Media Camp

Social Media Camp is Canada’s largest social media conference. Originally scheduled for early May, the event was canceled due to COVID-19 concerns. In its place, the company is launching SMClub, a membership program that will give members access to monthly webinars, virtual networking opportunities, exclusive social media resources, and discounts to SMC pop up events in the future. Registration for SMClub opened on May 1.

May 3-5: Travel and Words Conference

Attend Travel and Words to learn about the latest trends and best practices in freelance travel writing, and network with tourism industry professionals for the Northwest (Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Alaska, and British Columbia.) Attendees can choose between two tracks: Beginning and Experienced. The 2020 conference will be held at Riverhouse on the Deschutes in Bend, Ore.
*Update: This event has been postponed until fall 2020. New dates have not yet been set.*

May 5-28: Social Media Week (NYC + LA)

In light of COVID-19, Social Media Week is combining its New York and Los Angeles events into one virtual event, #SMWONE. Social Media Week’s mission is to “give professionals at the intersection of media, marketing and technology the insights, ideas and opportunities they need to advance themselves and their organizations in a globally connected world.” The impressive lineup of speakers includes experts from Getty Images, Netflix, and Google. Sessions range from “Stop The Scroll: The Secret to Thumb-Stopping Content” to “Creating #FOMO: How to Maximize your Live Experience” and “The Power of Podcast in the Digital World.” The event will be “a first of its kind conferences series that will deliver live content, talks, panel sessions and workshops, together with on-demand content, product demos, attendee hangouts and networking experiences that will span a 4-week period.”

May 5-8: North American Travel Journalists Association Conference

NATJA 2020 attendees will get an up-close look at how Puerto Rico and its people have flourished since Hurricane Maria. The conference is limited to 60 NATJA members, so register early! The 2020 event will feature tours and workshops and be held in San Juan, Puerto Rico at the Sheraton Puerto Rico Hotel & Casino.
*Update: This event has been postponed and NATJA is exploring alternative dates.*

May 6: Make Diversity a Priority During the Pandemic

“How can journalists ensure that a variety of voices and perspectives are informing news coverage? And what can we do to close the gap for traditionally under-covered groups, which are among the most vulnerable?” This quick 30-minute session will provide journalists tools to ensure diversity both within the newsroom and in their coverage. This free session will be hosted by Doris Truong, Poynter’s director of training and diversity, and Steve Bien-Aimé, lead instructor for the Poynter-Koch Media Journalism Fellowship and an assistant professor at Northern Kentucky University.

May 10: Freelancer Pitching Workshop

Tim Herrera, the Smart Living Editor for The New York Times, will host this Zoom webinar with a panel of editors to discuss what makes a good pitch, and what doesn’t. Can’t make this call? No problem, as the workshops will be held every Sunday.

May 12-14: Social Shake-Up

Attend a video storytelling workshop and sessions for “Creating Breakthrough Content For LinkedIn,” “Editing Video, Images & Audio for Social Media,” and more at the 2020 Social Shake-Up. The speakers list includes social media pros from Twitter, Nike, PayPal, Giphy, and Penguin Random House, among others. Social Shake-Up takes place at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis in Atlanta, Ga.
*Update: Social Shake-Up has been postponed and will potentially be rescheduled for fall 2020.*

May 18-20: Confab

“From UX to storytelling, accessibility to structure, Confab brings together those who are committed to making content more useful and usable.” Program areas include user experience design, content design for AI and bots, and editorial assignments and calendars. On March 24, organizers announced the event has been switched to an online-only format. The digital event will feature a live broadcast of speakers, Q&A sessions, live demos, and more. All conference content will be available in a digital library for a full year.

May 20: #BlogHer Healthy at Home

BlogHer announced nine free virtual events for 2020 to help women content creators, influencers, and entrepreneurs access its content and provide “access to the inspiration and information they’ll need to help their small businesses survive and, hopefully, thrive when the market starts to recover.” The Healthy at Home event offers a half-day of free programming to “help you keep your business buzzing, your mindset healthy, and your bodies powerful and ready to take on our new normal.”

May 21-24: Bloghouse Buffalo

The 10th annual Bloghouse will go down in 2020. The small retreat for travel bloggers offers opportunities for boosting your blogging skills in SEO, writing, and photography, and making connections with your fellow bloggers. The Buffalo, N.Y., event will take place at the Hotel Henry Urban Resort Conference Center.
*Update: Bloghouse Buffalo has been postponed and will be potentially rescheduled in spring 2021.*

June 2020

TBD: #BlogHer Creators Summit

This free digital event is open to women creators and entrepreneurs. The event will include virtual programming with interactive sessions, panel discussions, inspiring talks, and advice from leading experts to help women build and adapt their businesses.

June 1: Data is Beautiful

This one-day virtual seminar is hosted by Information is Beautiful. If you’re looking to create effective, interesting and, above all, useful data-visualizations and infographics, this is the perfect event to sign up for. Leave with your own data visualization and a copy of the slide deck.

June 3-5: Mediavine Conference 2020

Mediavine’s 2020 conference will provide tracks for beginner and advanced bloggers to take their blogs to the next level in sales, marketing, videography and more. The fifth Mediavine conference will be held at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront in Baltimore, Md.

June 6 & 13: Her Conference

With a focus on content creation and entrepreneurship, Her Conference will bring together women in college, recent grads, and influencers for a day full of panels and keynotes. Sessions will cover entertainment and broadcast journalism, podcasting, social media, and more. Attend Her Conference on June 6 at City Market Social House in Los Angeles or visit BKLYN Studios in Brooklyn, N.Y. on June 13.

June 13: WOW Influencers | Chicago

If you couldn’t attend the NYC event in April, consider registering for the Chicago meet-up. Parenting bloggers and influencers will have a day full of networking with potential brand partners. Details are TBD.
*Update: Due to COVID-19 concerns, the WOW Influencers event has been canceled. New dates will be announced at a later time.*

June 8-9: SearchLove New York

SearchLove offers two days of sessions covering search engine optimization, analytics, content marketing, and more. Attendees will learn tactics for improving their content promotion and gain a deeper understanding of Google’s algorithm updates, among other topics. SearchLove will take place at Hotel Indigo Williamsburg in Brooklyn, N.Y.
*Update: SearchLove New York has been postponed due the threat of the coronavirus.*

June 17-20: VidCon 2020

Fans and creators of online video should consider attending VidCon. The event offers three tracks: Community (for fans), Creator (for those looking to learn more about online video production), and Industry (for video experts looking to grow their business). Creator and Industry track attendees will be eligible to enter a lottery for intimate, hour-long Creator Chats. The Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, Calif., will be hosting this year’s event.
*Update 3/23/20: Due to concerns surrounding COVID-19, VidCon has been canceled. The company is working on putting together a new event in the fall.*

June 18-21: Garden Bloggers Fling

Garden Bloggers Fling is “an annual meet-up of garden bloggers from North America & beyond.” This year’s event, held in Madison, Wis., will showcase diverse gardens and gardening styles in the area and includes tours of some of the best public and private gardens in Madison.
*Update 4/2/20: This event has been postponed to June 24-27, 2021.*

June 19-22: Craft + Commerce

With only 400 tickets available, you want to get your ticket to Craft + Commerce early. The conference is designed to help online creators – bloggers, vloggers, freelancers, podcasters, etc. – be inspired by stories from fellow creators and educated by experts to help grow their business. The event will feature short and sweet keynotes (20 minutes each), workshops, and more. It will be held at Jack’s Urban Meeting Place (JUMP) in Boise, Idaho.
*Update: Craft + Commerce 2020 has been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The next event will take place in June 2021.*

June 26: Click-through Strategy: Getting the Most Out of Social Media

If your content is getting views on social media but the views aren’t translating to clicks through to your site, this event can help. Hosted by FLOCK, Click-through Strategy is a one-day conference that will teach attendees the best strategies for converting social traffic to website traffic. Attend the intensive training at Convene’s 5th Ave. location in Manhattan.
*Update: In light of the pandemic, ticket sales for the FLOCK one-day events have been paused while new events are planned.*

July 2020

TBD: #BlogHer Business

SHE Media announced nine free digital events that will be open to women creators and entrepreneurs. The event will include virtual programming with interactive sessions, panel discussions, inspiring talks, and advice from leading experts to help women build and adapt their businesses.

July 7-8: MozCon (date is tentative)

MozCon is a two-day “single-track journey into the deepest realms of search marketing.” Experts in SEO, mobile, local search, and more will gather to attend and lead sessions during this now virtual event.

July 8-12: IDEA World Convention

If you blog about fitness, wellness, or nutrition, this is the perfect event to attend. Delve into workouts like Pilates, kettlebells, HIIT, and yoga. Learn the best way to plan workouts. Get the latest info on CBD, plant-based eating, and nutrition trends. The IDEA World Convention takes place at the Anaheim Convention Center.
*Update 4/13/20: Due to uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 crisis, the IDEA World Convention has been canceled. While a virtual event may be planned, no additional details have been announced.*

July 16-18: Haven

“The Haven Conference is a place to celebrate the DIY spirit, learn new skills and build an online business!” DIY and home decor bloggers will have access to classes, hands-on demonstrations, and plenty of time for networking and building connections with their peers. The 2020 conference will be held in Atlanta, Ga., at the Grand Hyatt Buckhead.

July 23-35: #WeAllGrow Summit

Back for a sixth year, the #WeAllGrow Summit will host Latina creators, entrepreneurs, and influencers to cover a range of topics within these tracks: Lead, Create, Monetize, Mentor, and Heal. The theme of this year’s event is “We Are One.” #WeAllGrow will have a retreat vibe at the Riviera Palm Springs in Palm Springs, Calif. The event was originally scheduled for May 28-30 but was rescheduled due to the coronavirus outbreak.
*Update: The #WeAllGrow Summit has been postponed to 2021. Event organizers plan to have new dates announced by August 2020.*

July 30-31: INSPO Creative’s Conference

The first ever INSPO Creative’s Conference will bring together women bloggers, entrepreneurs, creatives, and vendors for two days of sessions and panels. The intimate event will cover topics like “How to make your blog your full time job” and “IG etiquette, and how to put your best self forward using social media.” Attend this “women inspiring & supporting women” conference in Salt Lake City, Utah, at Jaden Venue Center. Due to concerns surrounding COVID-19, in-person tickets are limited and virtual tickets are available as of May 1.

July 31-Aug. 2: Megaphone Summit

Presented by Soapbox Influence, bloggers, vloggers, podcasters and social media rockstars from any niche are welcome to attend the Megaphone Summit. The event is “an opportunity to gather, grow and connect talented content creators to provide education, skill development, resources, camaraderie and brand partnerships.” Megaphone Summit will be held in Bentonville, Ark.

August 2020

TBD: #BlogHer Back to School

The next free digital event from SHE Media will focus on Back to School. After weeks and months of many parents trying their hands at homeschooling, this event will surely be full of unique perspectives in the panel discussions and sessions.

Aug. 5-7: Everything Food Conference

Originally scheduled in April, the Everything Food Conference was postponed to August due to the coronavirus. The “must-attend food blogger & influencer conference” is the largest foodie event of the year. Open to beginners and experts alike, a Foodie Bootcamp and SEO Retreat also are available as add-ons in the days leading up to the event. Everything Food takes place at the Davis Conference Center and Hilton Garden Inn Hotel in Layton, Utah

Aug. 7-8: Beer Now Conference

Beer lovers across mediums (blogging, writing, podcasting, photography, and videography) are going to love Beer Now. Connecting brewers with consumers, the event will include speakers from CraftBeer.com, the Brewers Association, and Deschutes Brewery, among others. Austin, Tex., will be the site of the 2020 Beer Now Conference. Most events will take place at the Austin Continental Capital Ballroom, but there also will be excursions like a river float and brewery tours.

Aug. 14-15: Pinners Conference & Expo (Atlanta)

This event, originally scheduled for April but postponed due to coronavirus concerns, is another great option for DIY and craft bloggers. Sign up for hands-on workshops for jewelry-making, sewing, photography, and more. The Atlanta conference will be held at The Cobb Galleria Centre in Atlanta, Ga.

Aug. 20-22: Wine Media Conference

Wine bloggers, influencers, and writers will attend this popular event in Eugene, Ore., in Willamette Valley wine country. Attendees will hear from wine industry experts, photographers, and more. Pre- and post-excursions also will be available.

Aug. 20-23: Book Passage Travel Writers & Photographers Conference

Travel publishers, writers, and editors attend Book Passage’s annual event for four days of panels, workshops, and plenty of time for informal meetings. Attendees can choose between several price options that include one, two, or three one-on-one consultations. The event will be held in Corte Madera, Calif., just across the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco.

Aug. 28-30: The Ultimate Photographer’s Workshop

This event offers aspiring photographers “the skills you need to sell your images to magazines, newspapers, online stock agencies, and photo buyers around the world. You’ll even walk away with some of the photos you need to get started, right there in your hands.” The workshop will take place at the Holiday Inn & Suites Alexandria – Old Town in Alexandria, Va.

September 2020

TBD: #BlogHer Beauty

Next up in the year’s free digital #BlogHer events is one focusing on beauty. We’ll update this listing as more information is available.

Sept. 18-20: Bloggy Conference

Hosted by Bloggy Moms, content creators, influencers, and bloggers of any experience level can attend Bloggy Conference. The 2020 agenda is TBD, but 2019 sessions included “Using Facebook Groups to Amplify Your Brand” and “Protecting Your Blog So You Can Live Your Life” as well as smaller Bloggy Squad meetings for niches like DIY, parenting, and personal finance. “Bloggy Con” will be at the beachfront Hotel Breakers in Sandusky, Ohio.

Sept 18-20 (tentative): TravelCon

TravelCon is “the place to learn the business of travel media.” Boost your skills in video, photography, writing, and blogging. The intimate three-day conference brings together influencers, industry leaders, and writers to network, learn what’s working in the travel industry and digital travel publishing, and more. Registration for the 2020 event at the New Orleans Marriott in New Orleans, La., is now open. (Note: Dates are the tentative rescheduling dates after postponing the May event due to the COVID-19 outbreak.)

Sept. 21-23: Skift Global Forum

The Skift Global Forum, known as the “TED Talks of Travel,” offers marketers, strategists, and technologists two days of travel inspiration. Attendees will learn about the latest travel industry insights and trends at this three-day event. It will take place at The Glasshouse in New York City.

Sept. 24-25: Tastemaker Conference

Food bloggers, foodies, and vendors gather at the annual Tastemaker Conference and “don’t just meet, they make.” Bloggers will have access to classes, the exhibitor hall, and opportunities to network with some of the biggest brands and food blogging experts. There also will be plenty of food, of course. All experience levels can attend. The event will be held at 501 Union and The Green Building in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Sept. 25-26: Pinners Conference & Expo (Fort Worth)

The fourth Pinners Conference & Expo of 2020 will go down in Fort Worth, Tex. In addition to all the shopping on the expo floor, attendees can attend “make-and-takes” and DIY classes for hand lettering, floral arrangements, jewelry-making, and more. You can check out Pinners at the Will Rogers Memorial Center.

Sept. 25-27: Mom 2.0

Mom 2.0 is “a gathering of influencers and leaders who create content online and on air in parenting, entertainment, food, politics, business, marketing, technology, social change, travel and design.” Over 1,100 attendees will discuss trends and share best practices. The conference will be held at the InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown. Note: This event was originally scheduled for May, but was postponed due to coronavirus concerns.

Sept. 30-Oct. 3: FinCon 2020

FinCon ([Fin]ancial [Con]tent) has a mission “to help financial influencers and brands create better content, reach their audience, and make more money.” Attendees are made up of content creators, influencers, and brands in the personal finance and investing spaces. “Money mediapreneurs” will learn how to create, promote, and make money from finance-related content at this event in Long Beach, Calif.

October 2020

TBD: #BlogHer Food

This listing will be updated as more information is made available about this free digital event for women creators and entrepreneurs in the food space.

Oct. 1-16: ONA20

The Online News Association is moving this year’s conference online. The spread out schedule is designed to allow attendees to participate while still juggling responsibilities at home and at work. The digital journalism event will focus on three main areas: learning, networking, and inspiration.

Oct. 2-3: Pinners Conference & Expo (Minneapolis)

The next Pinners Conference will be held at the Minneapolis Convention Center. The event is also crazy affordable, with passes ranging from $29 for a one-day pass to $129 for a VIP ticket that includes swag, prizes, and early access to shop. The event was originally scheduled to take place in May but was moved to October due to the COVID-19 pandemic and restrictions on large events.

Oct. 5-7: Snap Conference

Snap is “the must-attend creative blogger & influencer conference.” The event is perfect for bloggers with an eye for creativity — crafty influencers, awesome DIYers, entertainment bloggers, lifestyle influencers, and creative content creators. Snap will be held at the Davis Conference Center in Layton, Utah.

Oct. 7-9: TBEX North America

TBEX brings together travel bloggers and journalists, content creators, travel brands and professionals for two full days of learning, networking, and deal making. Bloggers at the event cover a range of travel topics, from backpacking to cruises to LGBT travel and business travel. Attend TBEX North America at the Cajundome Convention Center in Lafayette, La.

Oct. 8-10: ShiftCon

ShiftCon, the “Eco-Wellness Influencer Conference,” will offer the online influencer community three days of health, wellness, and sustainability learning to grow their blogs. Shifters seek healthier and more sustainable lives, promote brands that mirror their values, and help causes that speak to their soul. Purchase an Elite pass for access to additional workshops to help you make more money. ShiftCon will take place at Hotel Irvine in Irvine, Calif.

Oct. 10: TECHmunch LA

TECHmunch is the place for food bloggers, content creators, and influencers to learn how to level-up their content. The intensive one-day conference covers the latest tools and tactics for creating top-notch digital content. The traveling conference will host its final event of the year in Los Angeles.

Oct. 13-16: Content Marketing World 2020

This four-day conference offers 125+ sessions and workshops to help you develop a strong content marketing strategy. Boost your skills with tracks that include visual storytelling, social media, writing, and audience building. The Huntington Convention Center in Cleveland, Ohio, will be the home of this year’s #CMWorld event.

Oct. 19-22: Podcast Movement 2020

Podcast Movement will feature several tracks for the 3,000+ podcasters and industry professionals in attendance: Creation, Technical, Industry, Marketing, Monetization, and Society, Culture & Advocacy. The “world’s largest gathering of podcasters” will go down in Dallas, Tex., at the Hilton Anatole Hotel. It was originally scheduled for August, but was postponed to October due to COVID-19 concerns.

November 2020

TBD: #BlogHer Planet & #BlogHer Holiday Shop

These digital events are free to attend and will include panel discussions, advice, and sessions for women creators. We’ll update the listing once more information is made available.

Nov. 6-7: Pinners Conference & Expo (Salt Lake City)

Blog about DIY, crafting, cooking, beauty, or photography? Check out the second-to-last Pinners Conference of 2020 at the Mountain America Expo Center in Sandy, Utah, in the Salt Lake City metro area. This event’s VIP night will be Halloween-themed, perfect for showing off your skills.

Nov. 6-7: WOW Summit ’20

Hosted by Moms Meet, WOW Summit welcomes “moms, mom bloggers, and influencers committed to leading a healthy lifestyle” for this two-day event that includes speakers, workshops, and an exhibit hall full of better-for-you brands and products. The first day is only open to bloggers and influencers; the second day is open to all parents, grandparents, and caretakers. Attend WOW Summit at the Rosen Centre in Orlando, Fla.

Nov. 12-15: International Food Blogger Conference

IFBC will celebrate its 12th year in 2020. More than just a conference, it’s “a food experience” that offers plenty of content, speakers, and networking to food bloggers, writers, and influencers. The event changes locations each year to tailor the content and food to the region. The 2020 event will be held in El Paso, Tex.

Nov. 13-14: Pinners Conference & Expo (Scottsdale)

Head to WestWorld of Scottsdale for the final Pinners event of the year. Perfectly timed just before holidays, this event offers 100+ classes. Attendees will “learn something new. Create something cool. Connect with your friends and your new friends.”

Nov. 13-15: Women in Travel Summit

Organized by Wanderful, WITS North America welcomes women travel influencers and creators, and the brands that want to work with them. A $100 Blogger 101 add-on is available to help attendees new to blogging and digital content creation develop their skills. Women in Travel’s flagship event will take place at the Kansas City Marriott Downtown in Missouri.

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