Upcoming Events in Digital Media: March 20 Edition

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. Note: Event descriptions are excerpts, edited for length and clarity.

MARCH 2016

Distribution: What do you really own? What do you really want?
March 20-21, 2017
Columbia, Mo.
This spring, the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute tackles distribution from all angles — from processes, procedures, platforms and the all-important payment structure, and more.
More information and registration here. Washington, .C. Journalism Job Fair
March 25, 2017
Washington, D.C.
The job fair is hosted by the Georgetown University Master of Professional Studies in Journalism program in partnership with the D.C. chapters of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, the Asian American Journalism Association, the Society of Professional Journalists, the National Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Journalists Association, the Washington Association of Black Journalists, and the Journalism and Women Symposium.
More information and registration here. The Journalism (un)Conference
Mar. 31 – April 2, 2017
Miami, Fla.
The Journalism (un)Conference aims to gather people from across the country in an extremely productive and dynamic unconference format for an event like no other conference – that will bring together all the stakeholders of the journalism ecosystem for a weekend of interactive sessions, networking events, and compelling presentations designed to spark conversation, connections and unleash innovation.
More information and registration here.

APRIL 2016

Student Media Con 2017
April 1, 2017
Searching for networking opportunities? To learn about emerging media fields? To get ahead in your career? Look no further! Back by popular demand, Student Media Con is a free event where top professionals share their wealth of knowledge with tomorrow’s future media leaders.
More information and registration here. The Walter B. Potter Sr. Conference 2017
April 6-8, 2017
Columbia, Mo.
During this latest edition of the Walter B. Potter Sr. Conferences you’ll learn how community news organizations – weeklies, small dailies and their websites – can reach deeper into their audiences, and grow their audience with new opportunities created with tools from Google and Facebook.
More information and registration here. National High School Journalism Convention
April 6-9, 2017
The National High School Journalism Convention is a semiannual gathering of high school journalists and advisers co-sponsored by the Journalism Education Association and the National Scholastic Press Association. With typical attendance of more than 4,000 delegates, the JEA/NSPA convention is the largest gathering of student journalists in the country. The associations partner to prepare hundreds of practical and professional learning sessions, from high-profile keynotes to specific, problem-solving breakouts and hands-on workshops. Other convention activities an exhibit hall, JEA’s on-site Write-off contests, NSPA’s Best of Show contest, receptions, awards convocations, critiques and career roundtables.
More information and registration here. 18th International Symposium on Online Journalism
April 21-22, 2017
Blanton Museum of Art at the University of Texas, Austin
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.
More information and registration here. Media Innovation Summit
April 22, 2017
Convene a one-day summit of thought and action leaders using a workshop format to create strategies for addressing the lack of positive representation of people of color in mainstream media. The workshop will use human-design centered principles to create solutions for storytelling and inclusive communications that support founders and communities of color in creating media innovations to tell more diverse stories.
More information and registration here. Broadcast Education Association Convention
April 22-25, 2017
Las Vegas
BEA is the premiere international academic media organization, driving insights, excellence in media production, and career advancement for educators, students, and professionals.
More information and registration here. National Association of Broadcasters Show
April 22-27, 2017
Las Vegas
As the premier trade association for broadcasters, NAB advances the interests of our members in federal government, industry and public affairs; improves the quality and profitability of broadcasting; encourages content and technology innovation; and spotlights the important and unique ways stations serve their communities.
More information and registration here. OpenVis Conf
April 24-25, 2017
Boston, Mass.
OPENVIS CONF is a two-day, single track conference centered around the practice of visualizing data on the web.
More information and registration here. Machines + Media
April 25, 2017
New York City
Natural language generation, automatic video production, personalization and recommendations—data is changing the way media is produced, distributed and consumed. Machines + Media will focus on present and future developments for these new applications.
More information and registration here.


Web Summit
May 2-4, 2017
New Orleans
Collision is “America’s fastest growing tech conference” created by the team behind Web Summit. In two years, Collision has grown to over 20,000 attendees from more than 100 countries. Attendees include CEOs of both the world’s fastest growing startups and the world’s largest companies, alongside leading investors and media.
More information and registration here. Viva Technology
June 15-17, 2017
Paris, France
VivaTech is where big companies and bold startups work together on audacious innovations that can transform businesses.
More information and registration here. GEN Summit
June 21-23, 2017
Vienna, Austria
The GEN Summit 2017 will gather over 750 editors-in-chief and media innovators from over 70 countries. The event will be divided into daily themes: Disruption (21 June), Innovation (22 June), Cooperation (23 June).
More information and registration here. Images and Voices of Hope 2017 Summit
June 22-25, 2017
Freehold, NY
Images & Voices of Hope will hold its annual media summit from June 22-25 in the Catskill Mountains of New York. The summit will focus on Restorative Narrative and related storytelling approaches, including Solutions Storytelling, Constructive Storytelling, and Peace Storytelling.
More information and registration here. AAJA National Convention
July 26-29, 2017
Philadelphia, Pa.
The four-day convention includes plenary sessions, panel workshops, seminars and other activities with interactive discussions about industry and community issues.
More information and registration here. Digital Media Strategies USA
Sept. 6-8, 2017
New York City
Digital Media Strategies USA brings together leading CEOs, senior executives and innovators from newspapers, magazines, B2B publishers, broadcasters and digital media businesses both new and old, big and small, as well as brands and agencies. All speakers are briefed to share honestly on their challenges and how they are addressing them, offering insights, war stories, data and hard lessons from their experience.
More information and registration here. Excellence in Journalism 2017
Sept. 7-9, 2017
Anaheim, Calif.
The Society of Professional Journalists, the Radio Television Digital News Association and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists hosts their annual convention, welcoming all professionals in journalism, including: newsroom decision makers, leaders, station managers, reporters, producers, content managers, editors, freelancers and educators — people who are looking to implement new technologies, software products and journalism best practices in their newsrooms.
More information and registration here. ONA17
Oct. 5-7, 2017
Washington, D.C.
ONA17 brings together some of the most innovative minds in digital media, including journalists, media executives, developers, entrepreneurs, students and educators.
More information and registration here. World Conference of Science Journalists
Oct. 26-30, 2017
The 10th World Conference of Science Journalists will bring together 1,200–1,400 professionals dedicated to engaging, incisive, accurate, and high-quality science journalism.
More information and registration here.   Bianca Fortis is the associate editor at MediaShift, an independent journalist and social media consultant. She is a founding member of the Transborder Media storytelling collective. Follow her on Twitter @biancafortis.
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