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    Upcoming Events in Digital Media: Aug. 15 Edition

    by Ben DeJarnette
    August 15, 2016
    The last day of early-bird registration pricing for the NLGJA National Convention & LGBT Media Summit is Wed., Aug. 17. Photo by Mayor McGinn on Flickr and used here with Creative Commons license.

    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. 

    Featured Events

    Collab/Space Chicago 2016: The Business of VR
    Sep. 30, 2016
    Chicago, Ill.

    Virtual Reality has been gaining steam in the media space, from the New York Times giving away Google Cardboards to McDonald’s showing how it sources its food. But how can we get beyond the hype and make sure that these projects — as well as VR-related startups — survive and thrive as a business? That will be the focus of our next Collab/Space Chicago 2016 workshop on September 30, 2016. The workshop is sponsored by the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute and hosted by TechNexus. It will be an all-day, hands-on workshop focused on entrepreneurship. We will choose eight innovative startups or projects at media companies, which will present their work to-date in lightning fashion followed by directed questions from the audience.  We’ll do collaborative exercises — using improv comedy techniques — to learn how to work better together, and break out into groups to help these projects get past their challenges. Our diverse group of participants includes entrepreneurs, journalists, publishers, technologists, designers, marketers, investors and major players in the VR scene.

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    More information and registration here.

    3rd Annual Journalism School Hackathon at University of Georgia
    Oct. 21-23, 2016
    Athens, Ga.

    MediaShift is producing our third annual Journalism School Hackathon on the Oct. 21 to 23 weekend, co-produced and hosted by the Henry W. Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia in Athens, Ga. We’re convening a group of top students, faculty and professionals for the weekend Hackathon, with a real-world mission of creating startups around fact-checking and verifying online media. Students will have a chance to collaborate on diverse teams of students with faculty and pro facilitators. And they will be able to create startups in one of four threads: social media, photos, video or data. No coding background is needed! The Hackathon is actually more like a Startup Weekend, with the creation of a startup name, business model and pitch deck.
    More information and registration here.

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    August 2016

    ONA NC Triangle: Help us Plan a Reboot
    Aug. 15, 2016, 6:00-8:00 p.m. ET
    Raleigh, N.C.
    ONA NC Triangle is coming back, and we’d love to hear from you! Join us for happy hour at HQ Raleigh to let us know what you want to see from the group and find out how you can help organize events and support its launch. We’ll provide food and beer, you bring your best ideas for digital journalism in the Triangle. Anyone interested in getting involved with the group is welcome, so please invite your journalism pals.
    More information and registration here.

    ONA LA: Storytelling Powered by VR
    Aug. 18, 2016, 5:00-9:00 p.m. PT
    Beverly Hills, Calif.
    With virtual reality becoming more accessible and affordable to the masses and with VR and 360 technology having improved significantly over the past few years, the technology has the power to change the way people engage with content and the news. This event will bring to light the innovative technologies with 360 video and VR and inspire new thinking about the possibilities for storytelling and journalism.
    More information and registration here.

    Digiday Content Marketing Summit
    Aug. 23-25, 2016
    Park City, Utah
    It seems that everyone is a publisher now. Content marketing isn’t just a passing fad, and brands and agencies are in it to win – while proving that their investment in content is worthwhile. At the Digiday Content Marketing Summit in Park City, we’ll discuss how brands and agencies are creating content that converts through use of social platforms, in-house production and experimenting with new formats to deliver their messages.
    More information and registration here.

    September 2016

    NLGJA National Convention & LGBT Media Summit
    Sep. 8-11, 2016
    South Beach, Miami
    Join more than 350 journalists, news executives, communications professionals and educators for the NLGJA National Convention & Annual LGBT Media Summit at the Ritz-Carlton South Beach.
    More information and registration here.

    ASNE-APME 2016 Convention
    Sept. 11-14, 2016
    Philadelphia
    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.

    TechCrunch Disrupt
    Sep. 12-14, 2016
    San Francisco
    TechCrunch Disrupt is the world’s leading authority in debuting revolutionary startups, introducing game-changing technologies, and discussing what’s top of mind for the tech industry’s key innovators. Disrupt gathers the best and brightest entrepreneurs, investors, hackers and tech fans for on-stage interviews, the Startup Battlefield competition, a 24-hour Hackathon, Startup Alley, Hardware Alley and After Parties.
    More information and tickets here.

    ONA 16
    Sept. 15-17, 2016
    Denver
    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 and registration here.

    Excellence in Journalism 2016 Convention
    Sep. 18-20, 2016
    New Orleans
    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 and registration here.

    Digiday Publishing Summit
    Sep. 19-21, 2016
    Key Biscayne, Florida
    Using platforms to build audiences has proven successful for many publishers. While platforms expand content distribution options, audiences are spending more time on mobile and video consumption is skyrocketing and publishers are scrambling to be there. But as the number of viewers grow, it’s still uncertain how publishers can make money on these platforms. The Digiday Publishing Summit gathers leading publishing executives to discuss these issues and how they’re trying to make money off their content, no matter where it’s distributed.
    More information and registration here.

    Ad:Tech Tokyo
    Sep. 20-21, 2016
    Tokyo, Japan
    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.

    NYC Media Lab 16
    Sep. 22, 2016
    New York City
    NYC Media Lab 16 is a snapshot of the best thinking, projects, and talent in digital media from universities in NYC and beyond. This is an opportunity for media executives, technologists, and decision makers to explore interesting technologies and applications related to the future of media. Through thought-provoking discussions, faculty-led workshops, and 100+ innovative demos, attendees will explore pressing issues related to digital media innovation.
    More information and registration here.

    Society of Environmental Journalists Annual Conference
    Sep. 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.

    New York Media Festival
    Sep. 26-29, 2016
    New York City
    NYME brings together the leading companies in entertainment, media and technology for riveting discussion and debate. Conferences include 1-day programs on Games, Video andMusic with focus on Brands, Advertising, Monetization and Distribution.
    More information and registration here.

    Data Journalism and Digital Humanities Symposium
    Sep. 30-Oct. 1
    Miami, Florida
    Digital humanists and data journalists face common challenges, opportunities, and goals, such as how to communicate effectively with the public. They use similar software tools, programming languages, and techniques, and they can learn from each other. Join us for lectures and tutorials about shared data types, visualization methods, and data communication — including text visualization, network diagrams, maps, databases and data wrangling. In addition to the scheduled content, there will be opportunities for casual conversation and networking. The DH+DJ Symposium will take place in the Newman Alumni Center at the University of Miami (Coral Gables Campus).
    More information and registration here.

    October 2016 & Beyond

    &THEN Marketing Conference
    Oct. 16-18, 2016
    Los Angeles
    &THEN will challenge everything you know about marketing, from the way you learn about it, to the way you apply it at a higher level. &THEN delivers a next-generation marketing experience for a new generation of marketers—you. It is an open celebration of marketing passion across every platform and for every brand to join in.
    More information and registration here.

    National College Media Convention
    Oct. 20-23, 2016
    Washington D.C.
    The National College Media Convention is the largest gathering of college journalists and advisers in the world. Associated Collegiate Press prepares more than 350 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, Best of Show contest, receptions, awards convocations, critiques and a newspaper job fair.
    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.

    Digiday Video Anywhere Summit
    Nov. 9-11, 2016
    Austin, Texas
    The question is no longer whether publishers need to invest in video, but rather how to make calculated investments in the right formats that will yield sizable returns. From the rise of livestreaming to vertical videos and platforms galore, the Digiday Video Anywhere Summit will gather publishing executives to discuss challenges around monetizing this moving content.
    More information and registration here.

    People-Powered Publishing Conference
    Nov. 10, 2016
    Chicago
    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 HearkenGroundSourceCity 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.

    National High School Journalism Convention
    Nov. 10-13, 2016
    Indianapolis, Indiana
    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

    Ad:Tech Kansai
    Dec. 1-2, 2016
    Kansai, Japan
    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.

    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[email protected]

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