Note: Due to concerns surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, many events have been canceled, postponed, or changed to virtual-only formats. We will work to keep this page updated, but please make sure to check individual event websites for the latest changes.
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.
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.
Anytime: Learn Data Journalism
The European Journalism Centre offers these free resources to data journalists looking to hone their craft. With the amount of new data being sent out daily, this is a critical skill for journalists. Members receive access to free resources, materials, online video courses, and community forums. The initiative, supported by Google News Initiative, launched in 2010. Courses include “Cleaning Data in Excel,” “Mistakes We’ve Made So You Don’t Have To: Data Visualization, Journalism, and the Web,” and “Verification: The Basics.”
Multiple Dates: Freelancer Learning Panels
These Sunday panels are hosted by NYT’s Smarter Living Editor, Tim Herrera. The June sessions will cover travel writing, non-news freelance writing, advice and tips for improving your writing, sessions for students/early-career journalists, and more. Fit these informative panels into your Sunday schedule.
Multiple Dates: Mediavine – Summer of Live
Mediavine’s 2020 conference in Baltimore was canceled due to COVID-19 concerns, but the company is still hosting its third annual Summer of Live, a weekly series of Facebook Live presentations. The June events will cover topics like “Transforming Your Blog Into a Business Bigger Than Yourself,” “How to Turn 1 Blog Post into 15 Pieces of Content,” and more.
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 panels and keynotes. Sessions will cover entertainment and broadcast journalism, podcasting, social media, and more.
June 10: Trusting News Webinar Series
Trusting News founder and director Joy Mayer leads this series of five free webinars. The course is designed for journalists and editors looking to address mistrust in the media. Attendees will learn to actively earn readers’ trust by implementing tools and strategies to build transparency and help readers understand the news overall. The first four webinars were created over the last few years and the newest one, posted on June 10, will focus on soliciting feedback from your community.
June 11-12: Publishing Insider Summit
The annual Publishing Insider Summit is going virtual in 2020. The summit will look at the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on the publishing industry. Topics will cover the updates to business models, ad revenues, and future business outlooks, among others. The lineup includes speakers from Meredith, Condé Nast, Variety, and more.
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 22-30: Global Fact 7
The annual fact-checking conference is moving to a virtual format this year. Because of it, the conference has expanded to feature 150 speakers over seven days. The public track runs June 22-26 and is cost-free. The sessions include “How platforms are addressing the mis-disinformation during the pandemic?” and “Fact-checking in school: Best practices from around the world.” A private track for fact-checkers will take place June 29-30. Attend sessions like “Telling Stories with Data” and “SEO: The Key to Finding and Sharing Fact-Checks Online.”
June 26: #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. “Hone in on your marketing strategies, become an expert in your craft, and bring home the resources needed for your digital presence to flourish.”
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.*
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.
Hosted by Al Tompkins of The Poynter Institute, “In this one-hour video tutorial, early-career journalists will learn how to make their writing crisper, clearer and more enticing to broadcast audiences.” Check out the short, free video to learn the do’s and don’ts of broadcast journalism writing.
Anytime: Udemy Courses
Udemy is an online learning platform with more than 100,000 courses from more than 50,000 instructors covering a wide variety of topics. Whether you’re looking for classes to boost your skills in photography, travel writing, or podcasting, you can find one here. And if you’re feeling a bit burned out and are just looking for anything that’s NOT related to work, there’s also a great selection of lifestyle and personal development courses.
Anytime: Monitoring TikTok
Hosted by FirstDraft’s Laura Garcia and Carlotta Dotto, this hour-long video teaches journalists how to use OSINT (open-source intelligence) skills to “find content on TikTok, where it is being shared elsewhere, and verify content.” Learn the basics of how TikTok works, the types of content and styles you can find on it, and investigation tools and techniques for monitoring the app.
July: News Summer School
Provided by The Information, the News Summer School will consist of eight, hour-long evening “classes” on Zoom throughout the month of July. The courses are free and available to anyone looking to build a career in the news industry. Learn about White House and election coverage from Politico Editor Carrie Budoff Brown. Nicholas Carlson, global editor-in-chief of Insider, will lead a course about getting a journalism job and finding your beat. The impressive lineup of teachers also includes Ben Smith, NYT media columnist; The Information founder Jessica Levin; and Lydia Polgreen, head of content at Gimlet.
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 14-15: MozCon
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 event. Due to COVID-19 concerns, the conference has been adjusted and is now completely virtual. The new agenda includes courses like “Designing a Content Engine: Going from Ideation to Creation to Distribution” and “How to Promote Your Content Like a Boss.”
July 16-18: Heart of 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 virtual booths, challenges, workshops, and socials, as well as plenty of time for networking and building connections with their peers. The 2020 conference will be all-digital. Courses include “Blogging Side Hustles,” “Podcasting with Power,” and “Design in the time of Corona: Embracing EDesign.”
July 18: Doing My Best Fest
This online event is hosted by Her Conference and is designed for Gen Z trendsetters, tastemakers, and influencers. Attendees will have access to workshops, resources, and networking opportunities to help them “do their best” in areas of career, wellness, and money. General admission tickets are free; VIP ticket holders will also receive a goody box and virtual meet-and-greets with select speakers.
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. *Update: On June 26, organizers announced that the 2020 Megaphone Summit has been postponed until 2021.
Multiple Dates: Fundamentals of Investigative Journalism
This seminar, hosted by Poynter and taught by Alexandra Zayas of ProPublica, will help reporters “build an investigation, from the seed of an idea to a powerful execution.” Several live sessions throughout August and September will cover how to choose the right story, gather all the necessary data, and put it all together into a story that will have an impact. Recordings will be made available for those who can’t attend the live sessions.
The International Journalists Network (IJNet) has been hosting a webinar series on reporting on COVID-19. This recent webinar looks at ways to invent new sustainable business models to help readers get the news they need. The panel of speakers, including Google News Vice President Richard Gingras, “shared their visions of how to rebuild a robust news media, the role of technology platforms in supporting independent news, and how news outlets can gain the trust—and financial support—of audiences.”
Anytime: BlogHer U
Originally held on July 31, you can check out the recording of the BlogHer U event. According to the site, “This BlogHer U two-hour boot camp has been designed for content publishers, bloggers and influencers alike looking to build their businesses. The virtual event consists of intimate, instructional workshops and subject-specific expert training.”
Anytime: Informed & Engaged
The Knight Foundation began this weekly show several weeks ago to cover “the ideas and solutions impacting the changing media landscape.” You can view past episodes covering topics like collaborative journalism, reporting on race, and tech trends during the pandemic.
Anytime: Photoshop Webinar
If you’re looking to boost your Photoshop skills, check out this hour-long webinar from photographer Bob Coates. Bob is a photographer with 30 years’ experience as well as a photography educator. Coates covers selections, blend modes, and more in this recent presentation done for the Professional Photographers of California.
This is the seventh installment of the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma’s Reporting Covid-19 webinar series. “For most journalists, Covid-19 is the biggest and perhaps most challenging news story they’ll ever cover. How can journalists do their jobs while taking care of themselves?” Also make sure to check out the center’s tips for reporting on COVID-19, a great list of tipsheets.
Check out the replay of this webinar, held on July 22 by the International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF). A group of speakers from The 19th, which reports on the intersection of gender, politics, and policy, joined IWMF to discuss how a diverse set of voices leads to more diverse content.
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.
*Update: It was announced on June 11 that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, EFC 2020 has been canceled, and the entire conference has been canceled indefinitely.*
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.
*Update: The Beer Now Conference has been canceled, and organizers are looking to reschedule it as an outdoor event sometime in October or November.*
Aug. 10-14: The 19th Presents
To celebrate the centennial of suffrage, this week-long series of conversations will feature prominent women in politics, civic engagement, journalism, and the arts. It will be hosted by The 19th and topics will cover women who have shattered the glass ceiling in politics; the work still needed on the 19th Amendment; gender equity in the U.S.; the idea of “electability” (with a keynote from Hillary Clinton); and an examination of the intersection of race and gender and women’s role in the future.
Aug. 11-12: WordPress Growth Summit
Sessions at the WordPress Growth Summit will cover digital design, audience development, publishing, and e-commerce. The two-day virtual event will also include live demos, personalized help, and plenty of networking opportunities to help attendees build and grow their sites. Three tracks are available: Blogging, Business, and Creative.
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.
*Update: The Georgia Pinners Conference has been postponed until April 2021.*
Aug. 20-22: Wine Media Conference
This year will mark the first ever virtual Wine Media Conference. Attendees are key members of the wine industry, including wine bloggers, traditional wine media, social media influencers, and wine industry members. Sessions will cover writing, social media, technology, community building, career growth, and marketing. They will be free to watch live. All-access passes will allow attendees to watch the sessions whenever suits their schedule.
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.
*Update: Book Passage has canceled its 2020 events due to the pandemic.*
Aug. 27: #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. It’s targeted to parents, bloggers, and content creators.
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.
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.
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.
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.