Each week, MediaShift posts an ongoing list of upcoming events in the digital media and journalism world. These will be a mix of MediaShift-produced events and other events. If we’re missing any major events, or you’d like to pay to promote your event in the “featured event” spot of our weekly post, please contact Mark Glaser at mark [at] mediashift [dot] org. Any non-MediaShift events in the “featured event” slot are paid placements. Also, be sure to sign up for our events email newsletter to get notifications about future MediaShift events.

APRIL 2016

Wearable Tech + Digital Health SF 2016

Apr. 5, 2016

San Francisco, California

Following the sold-out Wearable Tech + Digital Health NYC 2015 conference, Wearable Tech + Digital Health SF 2016 will bring together health and fitness device innovators, angel, VC and portfolio investors, developers, data experts, smart fabric and sensor creators, cloud/connectivity/security infrastructure providers, health systems, and the communities that support them.
More information and registration here.

Ad Age Digital Conference

Apr. 5-6, 2016

Pier 36, New York City

At the 2016 Ad Age Digital Conference, marketers and agencies rethink their work, out loud. What is advertising now — an ad or an experience? How does it get done — and by whom? We hash out pressing industry issues like ad blocking, ad fraud and kickbacks. We set the agenda for the year ahead. No conversation is off the table as big brand, technology and media leaders answer tough questions head on with the Ad Age editorial team framing the conversation.
Register here.

International Journalism Festival

Apr. 6-10

Perugia, Italy

The festival is the biggest annual media event in Europe, an open invitation to interact with the best of world journalism. Informality and accessibility are its key features, with attendees invited to come and go as they please from session to session over the five days of the festival. No ticket or reservation or registration of any kind is required. The festival is funded exclusively by its sponsors.
More information here.

The Delacorte Lectures: Mary Kaye Schilling

Apr. 7, 2016, 6pm ET

Columbia Journalism School, New York City

Mary Kaye Schilling, Deputy Editor of Town & Country, speaks as part of the 2016 Delacorte Lecture Series. #CJSDelacorte
More information here.

AHCJ Health Journalism 2016

Apr. 7-10, 2016

Cleveland, Ohio

At AHCJ’s annual conference, attendees are exposed to sources and resources that can provide immediate news or become the foundation for in-depth projects in the weeks and months ahead. Conference attendees have heard from – and interacted with – high-level government officials, top-notch researchers, well-regarded educators, effective clinicians, prize-winning journalists and authors and many more experts on a vast array of health topics.
More information and registration here.

Hacks/Hackers Connect: Austin

Apr. 14, 2016

Austin, Texas

Hacks/Hackers Connect is a global launchpad event series for growing media entrepreneurs. Connect Austin will be fast-and-furious: teams will be formed, you will breathe life into new ideas in a very short amount of time, solutions will be forged in the fire of rapid feedback and iterative improvement. You will leave with practical skills, new connections, and a map of where to go next.
More information and registration here.

The Delacorte Lectures: Jacob Weisberg

Apr. 14, 2016, 6pm ET

Columbia Journalism School, New York, NY

Jacob Weisberg, Chairman of the Slate Group, speaks as part of the 2016 Delacorte Lecture Series. #CJSDelacorte. Jacob Weisberg is Chairman of The Slate Group, a unit of The Washington Post Company devoted to developing a family of Internet-based publications through start-ups and acquisitions. The Slate group’s roster includes Slate, The Root and the video site Slate V.
More information here.

What is Media?

Apr. 14-17, 2016

White Stag Block, University of Oregon, Portland, OR

The sixth annual “What is . . . ?” conference-experience features a unique coalescing of media scholars, government and community officials, industry professionals, alumni and students, as well as artists, filmmakers, grassroots community organizations and the public. With media representing a wider and wider range of concepts, products, services and institutions, the definition of media continues to be in a state of flux. What is media today? How is media studies defined? How have media technologies transformed media theory and practice? What are the futures of media and how are they evolving? What is Media? coincides with the UO School of Journalism and Communication’s 2016 centennial celebration. John Markoff, senior journalist for the New York Times, will deliver the Centennial Johnston Lecture on Apr. 14.
More information here.

National High School Journalism Convention 2016

Apr. 14-17, 2016

Los Angeles, Calif.

The National High School Journalism Convention is a semiannual gathering of high school journalists and advisers sponsored by the Journalism Education Association and its partner, the National Scholastic Press Association. The associations partner to prepare hundreds of practical and professional learning sessions, from high-profile keynotes to specific, problem-solving breakouts, hands-on workshops and discussion groups. Other convention activities include an exhibit hall with vendors who sell to student media, JEA’s on-site Write-off contests, NSPA’s Best of Show contest, receptions, awards convocations, critiques, career round tables and evening entertainment.
More information and registration here.

International Symposium of Online Journalism

Apr. 15-16, 2016

University of Texas at Austin, TX

Since 1999, editors, producers, executives, and academics from around the country (and lately from around the world) have gathered in Austin every year (except 2000) to discuss the evolution of this new genre of journalism. The Symposium has been a small, but very intense conference that serves as a barometer for the state of Online Journalism.
Call for papers now underway; more information here.

Digital Futures Exchange

Apr. 17, 2016

Las Vegas, Nevada

Hosted in conjunction with the 2016 NAB Show, the one-day Digital Futures Exchange conference will showcase emerging trends and best practices for broadcasters to leverage successful digital content strategies and drive new revenue. DFX will feature interactive discussions on trends and strategies for successfully incorporating digital as an integral part of station business plans. The conference will feature presentations by expert analysts from leading industry researchers and organizations, including Pew Research Center, IAB, BIA/Kelsey and the Local Media Association.
More information and registration here.

LA Games Conference

Apr. 19, 2016

West Hollywood Hotel, Los Angeles, CA

Join the most influential decision-makers in the digital media industry at Digital Media Wire’s Annual LA Games Conference to network, do deals, and share ideas about the future of games and connected entertainment. Featuring two tracks with fireside chats, roundtables, panels and presentations on digital game investment, creation, distribution, marketing and monetization, the event brings together many of the elite in the industry for top sessions and power networking.
More information and registration here.


Apr. 20-22, 2016

Chelsea Football Stadium, London, U.K.

From London to Luxembourg, Paris to Prague, Hamburg to The Hague — the European market is a dense and fragmented opportunity for local marketing solutions providers. LOCALCON 2016 offers the best way to navigate and unlock the potential in this market. This event is essential for marketers, media and solutions providers operating in this dynamic space. Panels, presentations and exhibitions will equip attendees with the right connections and actionable takeaways.
More information and registration here.

Media Law for Journalists: Workshop and Roundtable

Apr. 26, 2016

A workshop for freelancers, bloggers, reporters, editors in print, digital or video spaces, podcasters – any media worker without the benefit of a legal department. Top media lawyers will give practical advice to stay clear of costly libel and privacy suits; navigate the reporter source relationship; avoid copyright traps; learn about digital media law; and understand insurance coverage options. Editors and writers from Gawker, BuzzFeed, CNN, and the New York Times will be there for a roundtable discussion to share their tips and strategies on career paths and story pitches.
More information and registration here.

Muse and the Marketplace

Apr. 29-May 1, 2016

Boston, Mass.

Our three-day literary conference gives aspiring writers a better understanding of the craft of fiction and non-fiction, prepares them for the changing world of publishing and promotion, and creates opportunities for meaningful networking. Established and emerging authors lead 100+ interactive Sessions on the craft of writing – the “muse” side of things – while editors, literary agents and other industry professionals tackle the business side – the “marketplace.”
More information and registration, here.

MAY 2016

Society of American Business Editors and Writers Conference

May 19-22, 2016

Washington, D.C.

The 2016 SABEW Spring Conference is chaired by Mark Hamrick, Washington bureau chief, senior economic analyst at Bankrate, Inc. The training and skills sessions are coordinated by Cory Schouten, Business Editor and Writer, Knight-Bagehot Fellow, Columbia University.
More information and registration here.

ASJA Writers Conference

May 20-21, 2016

New York City

The media landscape has shifted dramatically in the past two decades—and successful freelancers know how to navigate these twists and turns to earn a satisfying living. Join us for two days of education, networking, and sharing winning strategies with top writers, editors, agents, content buyers, and more. Speakers and attendees represent such companies as The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, The New Republic, The New York Times Book Review, The Atlantic, Family Circle, BBC Travel, Inc.com, Fortune, Fast Company, The Atavist, Seal Press, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, with more being added all the time.
More information and registration here.

EmTech Digital 2016

May 23-24, 2016

San Francisco, Calif.

Digital technologies connect everything around us, making everyday things smarter and augmenting our experiences. EmTech Digital 2016 explores emerging opportunities and surprising implications as artificial intelligence impacts every person, every industry and society as a whole.
More information and registration here.

JUNE 2016

Media that Matters: Story, Money, Impact

June 1-5

Cortes Island, B.C.
Media That Matters: Story Money Impact is a practical workshop for media-makers, principled funders, and highly motivated activists who want to ensure their work makes an undeniable difference.  This intimate conference illuminates the spark of engagement at the core of these three pursuits. Structured around case studies from the front lines, Story Money Impact reveals best practices in the areas of documentary, digital content, and independent journalism. It explores how these professions can synergize with funders who want maximum leverage for their resources and reach, while  partnering with strategic innovators who can highlight those results with more robust evaluation tools.
More information and registration here.

Conference: Freedom of Information Act — 50 Years Later

Jun. 2-4, 2016

Columbia Journalism School, New York, NY
More information to come here.

Social Media Weekend 2016

Jun. 10-11, 2016

CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, 219 W 40th St., New York, NY

Catch up on the latest social media trends, tools and people with @Sree Sreenivasan and friends at CUNY J-School. The #smwknd will offer two very full days of insights and networking, Q&As with social stars, Sree’s State of Social presentation, free consultations with Social Media Doctors and more. We’ll drill into how the 2016 campaigns are taking advantage of evolving networks, and how you can evaluate and use messaging platforms to reach audiences in the U.S. and worldwide.
More information and registration here.

Investigative Reporters & Editors Conference

June 16-19, 2016

New Orleans, Louisiana

The best in the business will gather for more than 150 panels, hands-on classes and special presentations about covering business, public safety, government, health care, education, the military, the environment and other key beats. Speakers will share strategies for locating documents and gaining access to public records, finding the best stories and managing investigations.
More information and registration here.


Ad Age Small Agency Conference 2016

July 19-20, 2016

Miami Beach, Florida

Join us for the only event tailor-made for small- to mid-size agencies. After a fun evening of networking over cocktails on July 19, your peers gather on July 20 for a focused, day-long conversation that tackles the challenges and opportunities of this unique market. Be ready to walk away inspired and with how-to advice you and your team can put to use immediately.
More information here.

The Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference

July 22-24, 2016

Grapevine, Texas

The Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference is a forum for journalists, writers, readers, students, educators and the general public to listen to, be inspired by and practice their craft at the highest possible level. Every year, the Mayborn Conference gathers some of the most talented storytellers in the country to share their stories, life-changing experiences and expertise with aspiring writers through three days of lectures, panels, one-on-one sessions, and student classes. In addition, the conference includes a variety of writing contests for anyone from high school students to Pulitzer prize winning professionals, who receive hand-made trophies, more than $26,000 in cash awards and have their work published in Mayborn’s journal, Ten Spurs, or anthology, Best American Newspaper Narratives.
More information and registration here.

Association for Women in Sports Media Annual Convention

July 28-31, 2016

Miami, Florida

The Miami 2016 convention (#AWSM2016) will feature a wide array of panels geared toward continuing education for sports and media professionals. The opening panel, “A Seat at the Table,” will include Stephanie Druley, ESPN’s senior vice president of production/college networks; Wendy Lewis, senior vice president of diversity and strategic alliances at Major League Baseball, and Mindy Marques Gonzalez, vice president of news and executive editor of The Miami Herald.
More information and registration here.

2016 NABJ/NAHJ Annual Convention and Career Fair

Aug. 3-7, 2016

Washington Marriott Wardman Park, Washington, D.C.

The 2016 NABJ and NAHJ Annual Convention and Career Fair is the premier venue for journalism education and career development for the nation’s leaders in media, business, arts and entertainment, and technology! The two largest minority journalist organizations in the United States are joining forces and drawing on our collective strengths to offer unequalled opportunities for face-to-face networking and professional development.
More information and registration here. Register by Mar. 1 for early-bird pricing.

26th Annual AAJA National Convention

August 10-13, 2016

Las Vegas, Nevada

Join us for the largest convergence of Asian Pacific Islander American professionals in the nation at the 26th Annual AAJA National Convention at Caesars Palace Las Vegas, August 10-13, 2016! AAJA is partnering with Asian Pacific Islander American Vote (APIAVote) to bring together journalists, news executives, media researchers, business leaders, community action groups and nonprofits at the 2016 convention, which will feature a Presidential Candidate Town Hall.
More information and registration here.

ASNE-APME 2016 Convention

Sept. 11-14

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Plan now to attend the American Society of News Editors and the Associated Press Media Editors annual conference Sept. 11-14 in Philadelphia. A full conference schedule and links to register for the conference and hotel will be available in coming weeks.
More information here.

ONA 16

Sept. 15-17, 2016

Hyatt Regency Denver, 650 15th Street, Denver, CO

Record-breaking numbers of journalists travel to ONA’s conference each year to learn about new tools, techniques and technologies, to discuss advancements and challenges in the industry, take advantage of the rare opportunity to network face-to-face, and share best practices with peers from all over the map.
More information here.

Excellence in Journalism 2016 Convention

Sep. 18-20, 2016

New Orleans, Louisiana

The Radio Television Digital News Association, National Association of Hispanic Journalists and Society of Professional Journalists present their Excellence in Journalism 2016 Convention.
More information to come here.

Society of Environmental Journalists Annual Conference

Sept. 21-25, 2016

Sacramento, California

SEJ’s annual conference is titled “Land of Extremes, Home of Big Dreams.” From the heights of Mount Whitney to the depths of Death Valley, the Golden State is home to the largest population, biggest economy, strictest environmental standards and smoggiest skies in the U.S. Forward thinking and remarkable diversity make California the proving ground for tests and solutions on water supply, urban renewal, energy use, sustainable agriculture, air quality, climate change and more.
More information and registration here.

Uncovering Asia: 2nd Asia Investigative News Journalism Conference

Sep. 23-25, 2016

Kathmandu, Nepal

Uncovering Asia II — The Asian Investigative Journalism Conference — is co-hosted by the Centre for Investigative Journalism, Nepal, the Global Investigative Journalism Network, and the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung. We will be featuring an all-star line-up of top investigative and data journalists from around the world.
More information here.

Ad:Tech London

Oct. 25-26, 2016

London, UK

Ad:Tech is a conference and exhibition where the marketing, technology and media communities come together to share new ways of thinking, build strong partnerships, and define new strategies to address the key industry challenges and opportunities. Ad:Tech London is where the U.K.’s marketing and media players meet for technology discovery, cutting-edge content and unrivaled networking.
More information and registration here.

Ad:Tech NY

Nov. 2-3, 2016

New York City

Ad:Tech is a conference and exhibition where the marketing, technology and media communities come together to share new ways of thinking, build strong partnerships, and define new strategies to address the key industry challenges and opportunities.
More information and registration here.

People-Powered Publishing Conference

Nov. 10, 2016

Chicago, Illinois

In newsrooms, nonprofits and universities, civic-minded journalists, developers, and engagement practitioners are building tools and telling stories that put audiences first and push the envelope of the traditional reporting process. In partnership with Hearken, GroundSource, City Bureau and the Crowd Powered News Network, and with support from the Pulitzer Prize Centennial Campfires Initiative, Illinois Humanities is convening these like-minded pioneers for a one-day conference highlighting innovative projects and practices that build stronger connections between reporters and the publics they cover. This conference aims to provide opportunities to share resources, talk about what’s working, and strengthen one another’s work. We want you there. To propose a session for the conference, fill out the application by April 29th.
More information and registration here.

Ben DeJarnette is the associate editor at MediaShift. He is also a freelance contributor for Pacific Standard, InvestigateWest, Men’s Journal, Runner’s World, Oregon Quarterly and others. He’s on Twitter @BenDJduck.

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