Upcoming Events in Digital Media: Nov. 6 Edition

    by Bianca Fortis
    November 6, 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

    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!


    Professional Journalism, Polarization, Post-Truth, & Post-Trump
    Nov. 9, 2017
    New York City
    Michael Schudson will present a brief history of false and fake news in American politics, the historical development of journalism as a profession, and its role in preventing America from entering a post-truth age. He will discuss how journalism has withstood the past onslaughts against truth and facts and the lessons of the past for the current struggle to maintain the visibility and legitimacy of facts. Leonard Downie and Bill Keller, the former executive editors of the Washington Post and the New York Times will provide commentary and perspective.
    More information and registration here.

    ReMu Talks: Future of Music Journalism
    Nov. 9, 2017
    New York City
    In today’s world, media companies are diversifying their content and expanding their brand in unconventional ways. The definition of journalism has evolved into content curation, experiential extensions of the brand, and a pivot from long form editorial to video. While this might not be the case across the board, this is a noticeable trend we’re seeing with various major media platforms shifting the focus of how they tell stories. This talkback will dive into the various roles of each panelist, how their brands have changed with the times, what defines a trend in this industry, and what this means for the future of storytelling.
    More information and registration here.


    APME’s NewsTrain Digital-Skills Workshops: Social, Data, Mobile, Video and More
    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.

    Technology, Media & Democracy: Protecting Journalism and Media from Attack
    Nov. 13, 2017
    New York City
    News organizations and individual journalists face unprecedented legal, cyber and physical threat. Panelists will explore the risk and what can be done. The event is organized by the Tech, Media and Democracy Initiative, a consortium of Cornell Tech, Columbia University, City University of New York, New York University, The New School, and Pratt Institute in partnership with NYC Media Lab.
    More information and registration here.

    Local News in a Digital World: Small Market Newspapers in the Digital Age
    Nov. 15, 2017
    New York City
    The Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia Journalism School is excited to present the launch event for Local News in a Digital World: Small Market Newspapers in the Digital Age – a research project led by Tow Fellows Damian Radcliffe and Christopher AliThere are over 7,000 newspapers in the United States, 97% of which have a circulation below 50,000. These smaller, local, outlets play an important role holding authority to account, creating a sense of community and producing original reporting which supports the wider media ecosystem. But the past decade the sector has witnessed dramatic declines in ad revenues, the closure of titles and the rapid shrinking of many local newsrooms. So, what does the future hold for this important industry? Drawing on new research, this event will show why, despite all of this, there’s still reasons to be optimistic about the future of local journalism.
    More information and registration here.

    Ethical Journalism with NPR and WHYY
    Nov. 14, 2017
    New York City
    As audiences seek the truth in news, journalists must uphold a steadfast code of ethics in their reporting. NPR’s VP of News Mike Oreskes, Senior Editor Mark Memmott and Public Editor Elizabeth Jensen will join WHYY’s Radio GM Naomi Starobin to discuss public media’s approach to journalism and how it ensures accuracy and builds trust in the age of “fake news.”
    More information and registration here.

    Dodging the Memory Hole
    November 15-16, 2017
    San Francisco, Calif.
    Plan to attend Dodging the Memory Hole 2017: Saving Online News at the Internet Archive headquarters in San Francisco. Speakers, panelists and attendees will explore solutions to the most urgent threat to cultural memory today — the loss of online news content. The forum will focus on progress made in and successful models of long-term preservation of born-digital news content. Journalistic content published on websites and through social media channels is ephemeral and easily lost in a tsunami of digital content. Join professional journalists, librarians, archivists, technologists and entrepreneurs in addressing the urgent need to save the first rough draft of history in digital form. The two-day forum — funded by the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute and an Institute of Museum and Library Services grant awarded to the Journalism Digital News Archive, UCLA Library and the Educopia Institute — will feature thought leaders, stakeholders and digital preservation practitioners who are passionate about preserving born-digital news. Sessions will include speakers, multi-member panels, lightning round speakers and poster presenters examining existing initiatives and novel practices for protecting and preserving online journalism.
    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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    • micheleweldon

      Hmm. I think you should edit your 11/14 event on ethics featuring Michael Oreskes.

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