Upcoming Events in Digital Media: August 28 Edition

    by Bianca Fortis
    August 28, 2017
    Photo of West Virginia University campus by Via Tsuji on Flickr and used 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 Event

    Journalism School Hackathon at University of North Texas
    October 20-22, 2017
    Denton, Texas

    MediaShift is producing our fifth Journalism School Hackathon on the weekend of October 20-22, 2017, co-produced by the Mayborn School of Journalism at the University of North Texas (near Dallas-Fort Worth). We’re convening a group of top students (graduates and undergraduates), faculty and professionals for the weekend Hackathon, with a real-world mission of creating startups in the sports and health areas. Students will have a chance to collaborate on diverse teams of students with faculty and pro facilitators.


    Get more info and register here!

    Students can apply for Travel Scholarships (up to $500) here!



    Hack the Gender Gap: Women’s Hackathon on Diversifying AI at WVU
    November 9-11, 2017
    Morgantown, WV

    Artificial Intelligence (AI) has a diversity problem. The authors of algorithms that drive the majority of our every day interactivity, participation and decision making do not adequately represent gender, racial or economic diversity they intend to serve. That’s why MediaShift and the Reed College of Media at West Virginia University will convene college-age women from around the country to envision their role and influence in diversifying the emerging artificial intelligence market and conceptualize more inclusive AI entrepreneurial opportunities to meet the future needs of a diverse society.

    Get more info and register here!



    Content Marketing World Conference and Expo
    September 5–8, 2017
    Cleveland, OH
    One of the largest content marketing conferences out here, CMW is a great place to connect with the top media companies and creators from around the world. It’s basically the must-attend event for professionals working in media and content creation for brands and news agencies. Plus, the schedule is full of interesting events like video marketing workshops, lessons in brand storytelling, and how to use data to drive your video content creation.
    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, the National Association of Hispanic Journalists and the Native American Journalists Association 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.

    HippoCamp Creative Nonfiction Conference
    Sept. 8-10, 2017
    Lancaster, Pa.
    Hippocampus Magazine’s goal is to entertain, educate and engage writers and readers of creative nonfiction. HippoCamp is an extension of our three-fold mission. This three-day creative writing conference event features 40+ notable speakers, engaging sessions in four tracks, interactive panels, readings, social activities, networking opportunities and optional, intimate pre-conference workshops in Lancaster, Pa., a city rich in history, arts and culture. All of this, plus meals and snacks, bundled into a great, comprehensive conference rate.
    More information and registration here.

    The Content Strategy Innovation Summit
    September 11–12, 2017
    San Francisco, CA
    The summit’s speakers this year include content strategy execs from Facebook, Forbes, Disney, and more. Attendees will learn how to maximize their use of video online, hear from panels on strategy, and more that will help you innovate your content marketing.
    More information and registration here.

    Social Media Week
    September 11–15, 2017
    London, UK
    Professionals attending SMW are at the intersection of media, technology, and marketing, creating plenty of networking opportunities. The theme this year is “Language and the Machine,” and attendees will hear from the biggest social media companies and learn about the latest trends in video, virtual reality, visual storytelling, and more.
    More information and registration here.

    Future of Journalism Conference
    Sept. 14-15, 2017
    Cardiff, UK
    The sixth biennial Conference will address the theme of “Journalism in a post-truth age?” including, but not limited to, challenges to the authority of legacy news institutions and the ideals of objectivity, the increasing role of social media in shaping news consumption, and the associated emergence of “filter bubbles” and “echo chambers,” and the emergence of “fake news.”
    More information and registration here.

    The IBC Conference:
    September 14–19, 2017
    Amsterdam, Netherlands
    IBC 2017 is a hotspot for media, entertainment, and technology professionals. The programme includes panels and sessions on the future of virtual reality, how broadcast TV is transforming, and how AI is driving innovation in media.
    More information and registration here.

    Digiday Publishing Summit
    September 25–27, 2017
    Key Biscayne, FL
    This year, the summit is tackling the challenges that face digital media publishers, such as adapting to new technology and earning audience trust. Speakers include execs from top media companies, who will address topics like how to win at video, why publishers should think of themselves as tech companies, and how to master social content marketing.
    More information and registration here.

    Society for Features Journalism National Conference
    Sept. 27-30, 2017
    Kansas, Mo.
    The Society for Features Journalism promotes the craft of writing and innovation in lifestyle, arts and entertainment journalism.
    More information and registration here.

    Society of Environmental Journalists 27th Annual Conference: Rivers of Change
    Hosted and sponsored by The University of Pittsburgh/Swanson School of Engineering, the conference will blend a local, post-industrial focus on the Pittsburgh region with a strong current of national and global environmental issues. And this year there will be added emphasis on environmental justice, with an opening plenary at the August Wilson Center for African American Culture and a complementary track that spans the conference.
    More information and registration here.


    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.

    Future of Storytelling Festival
    Oct. 6-9, 2017
    New York City
    The FoST Festival is an immersive storytelling festival that puts you at the center of the action. Delight in interactive, multi-sensory exhibits, take in awe-inspiring live performances, try out cutting-edge new technologies, and learn from some of the smartest people from the worlds of entertainment, marketing, and technology about where storytelling is headed in the future.
    More information and registration here.

    International Conference on Journalism and Mass Communication
    Oct. 9-10, 2017
    The conference theme is “Journalism, Media and Mass Communication in the Age of Information”: Mass media is seen in nearly every facet of our daily lives and technology is constantly altering the way we live. The technology boom that has been felt around the world has forever changed communication as we know it and has greatly impacted our personal and professional lives. Presently, the media as a vehicle of social change influence appearance, language, family, status, politics, and religion.
    More information and registration here.

    The Folio Show
    October 9–11, 2017
    New York, NY
    The Folio Show is a great place to connect with magazine and digital media executives and learn from panels on monetizing video, growth-hacking image based social media, managing content production, and more. There are five different conference tracks to help you focus on the most important sessions: content, marketing, events, sales, and ads and operations.
    More information and registration here.

    FIPP World Congress
    Oct. 9-11, 2017
    The FIPP World Congress is the largest and most high profile media event in the world. Bringing together the world’s leading multi-platform media publishers and industry suppliers, this global event is an opportunity to explore the latest trends and solutions in the industry, amongst an unrivalled delegate list and cutting edge suppliers.
    More information and registration here.

    APME’s NewsTrain Digital-Skills Workshops: Social, Data, Mobile, Video and More
    Oct. 14, 2017, outside Boston, Mass.
    Oct. 21, 2017, suburban Columbus, Ohio
    Nov. 11, 2017, Seattle
    For $75, early-bird registrants get a full Saturday of digital training at APME’s three NewsTrain workshops this fall. Topics include social reporting and branding, data-driven enterprise, mobile storytelling and newsgathering, and smartphone video.
    More information and registration for New England, Columbus or Seattle NewsTrains here.

    Digital Media North America Conference
    Oct. 19-20, 2017
    This two-day event, organized jointly by WAN-IFRA and the News Media Alliance (NMA), will provide a unique opportunity for North American news media executives to hear and discuss digital revenue strategy from the world’s most advanced media companies.
    More information and registration here.

    Media Tech Summit
    October 26, 2017
    New York, NY
    The summit’s 2017 theme is “Harnessing the Power of Digital Engagement.” While this year’s agenda and speakers haven’t been announced yet, last year’s speakers included top marketing executives from Facebook, Time Warner, NBC Universal, and more. As a private forum, this hot-ticket event requires an invitation to register.
    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.

    Oct. 27-29, 2017
    The Journalism & Women Symposium will host its Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP), which offers professional development, training, inspiring speakers and an opportunity to support networking, mentoring and friendship among women in journalism.
    More information and registration here.

    Mozilla Festival
    Oct. 27-29, 2017
    The world’s leading festival for the open Internet movement.
    More information and registration here.


    Digiday Video Anywhere
    November 1–3, 2017
    Laguna Niguel, CA
    This Digiday summit will explore how publishers are tackling emerging challenges in digital video production and how to build business models that don’t just capture viewership, but also revenue.
    More information and registration here.

    News XChange:
    November 15–16, 2017
    Amsterdam, Netherlands
    The two-day conference brings together hundreds of media executives from all around the world. The conference features prominent guest speakers and panel discussions that explore the biggest challenges currently facing journalism.
    More information and registration here.

    Global Investigative Journalism Conference
    Nov. 16-19, 2017
    GIJC17 will take your stories to the world and put global resources at your fingertips, with Pulitzer winners, digital detectives and top data journalism trainers.
    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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