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    Upcoming Events in Digital Media: Feb. 5 Edition

    by Bianca Fortis
    February 5, 2018
    The New School will host a panel discussion about the dark side of technology. Photo by Aurelien Guichard 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.

    FEBRUARY 2018

    The Dark Side of Design: A Conversation About Addictive Technology
    Feb. 5, 2018
    Where is the line between sharp UX and user manipulation? As venture capitalists and former tech execs speak out about social media addiction, designers are facing ethical questions about their work. Join Journalism + Design for an intimate discussion about how persuasive technology and behavioral design are colonizing our attention. What can we learn about designing digital content and reaching a large online audience—while maintaining ethical rigor?
    More information and registration here.

    Fifty Years of 60 Minutes
    February 8, 2018
    New York City
    Last fall, 60 Minutes, the iconic American news program that set the standard for quality television reporting, celebrated its 50th season. Jeff Fager, Executive Producer, will discuss the history of this legendary program, with a behind the scenes look at its most famous stories, respected producers, and celebrated correspondents, as well as the hard work and thinking behind the reporting that made 60 Minutes must-watch television.
    More information and registration here.

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    Digiday Publishing Summit Japan
    Feb. 8-9, 2018
    The Digiday Publishing Summit Japan is where publishing leaders from around the globe meet to discuss the challenges of tech and digital. On the agenda this February: creating a unique user experience.
    More information and registration here.

    Launch Event: Guide to Audience Revenue and Engagement
    Feb. 9, 2018
    New York City
    Attend the launch of the Guide to Audience Revenue and Engagement, the latest research report for publishers from the Tow Center for Digital Journalism, the Membership Puzzle Project at New York University, and the Institute for Nonprofit News. The report offers detailed strategic and tactical advice to digital news publishers who want to grow their sources of direct audience revenue (including membership, subscription, and donation) while strengthening their journalism and deepening their relationships with readers. The report’s findings are based on hundreds of interviews and visits with news sites over three years.
    More information and registration here.

    Best of the Old/Best of the New; Unifying The Wall Street Journal Typography
    Feb. 15, 2018
    Che Douglas, Global Head of Design at The Wall Street Journal,will discuss the recent undertaking to simplify, standardize and modernize the typography of all WSJ brand experiences.
    More information and registration here.

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    MARCH 2018

    SPJ Region 8 Conference: San Antonio, Texas
    March 2 – 3, 2018
    SPJ’s Regional Conferences are day-long professional development meetings bringing area journalists, students and journalism educators together in one place to hear from industry experts on topics ranging from improving writing to leveraging technology in today’s new media climate. Networking opportunities at the conferences allow participants to build relationships that can lead to the sharing of the best practices in newsrooms. Enhance yourself and your journalism career by attending a Regional Conference in your area.
    More information and registration here.

    Publisher Forum Huntington Beach
    March 4-7, 2018
    Huntington Beach, Calif.
    Publisher Forum conferences offer community, exchange of ideas and learning opportunities.
    More information and registration here.

    CMA’s Spring National College Media Convention
    March 7 – 11, 2018
    New York City
    A multi-day convention in the heart of the Big Apple, NYC17 offers an exhaustive convention program for college media staffs — print, online and broadcast — and their advisers, managers and faculty from public and private, four-year and two-year colleges and universities plus professional, technical and graduate schools in the United States, Canada and other countries.
    More information and registration here

    2018 CAR Conference
    March 8-11, 2018
    Join IRE and NICAR in Chicago for their annual conference devoted to data journalism. Attendees can learn about tools to dig deeper into stories and give readers, viewers and online audiences the information they’re demanding. The Computer-Assisted Reporting Conference offers something for everyone, from beginners to those on the cutting edge of digital reporting. They’ll offer everything from the basics on using spreadsheets, databases and online mapping to data visualization and the latest technological advances.
    More information and registration here.

    Dangerous Numbers
    March 9, 2018
    In Syria and Iraq’s ongoing conflicts, severely under-reported civilian death tolls help to keep major conflict off of A1. Award-winning journalists Rania Abouzeid, author of the forthcoming No Turning Back: Life, Loss, and Hope in Wartime Syria, and Azmat Khan, co-author of The Uncounted, will discuss the numbers and the larger significance of under-reporting conflict. Discussion will be moderated by Distinguished Writer in Residence Eliza Griswold.
    More information and registration here.

    High School Journalism Day 2018
    Mar. 9, 2018
    The conference is open to all high school students in Fresno, Madera, Tulare and Kings counties in California and is free for all participants. The high school journalism day will be a day-long conference involving: workshops in different facets of journalism by practicing journalists & educators; a general session, including a keynote speech by a journalism luminary and recognition of participants; Students from area high schools will participate in these workshops and exercises; session for journalism instructors.
    More information and registration here.

    SPJ Region 4 Conference: Pittsburgh, Pa.
    March 9 – 10, 2018
    SPJ’s Regional Conferences are day-long professional development meetings bringing area journalists, students and journalism educators together in one place to hear from industry experts on topics ranging from improving writing to leveraging technology in today’s new media climate. Networking opportunities at the conferences allow participants to build relationships that can lead to the sharing of the best practices in newsrooms. Enhance yourself and your journalism career by attending a Regional Conference in your area.
    More information and registration here.

    SXSW 2018
    March 9-18, 2018
    The South by Southwest (SXSW) Conferences & Festivals offer the unique convergence of original music, independent films and emerging technologies. Fostering creative and professional growth alike, SXSW is the premier destination for discovery. Year after year, the event is a launching pad for new creative content. New media presentations, music showcases and film screenings provide buzz-generating exposure for creators and compelling entertainment for audiences. Conference panel discussions present a forum for learning, business activity thrives at the Trade Shows and global networking opportunities abound. Intellectual and creative intermingling among industry leaders continues to spark new ideas and carve the path for the future of each ever-evolving field, long after the events’ conclusion.
    More information and registration here.

    Joint Journalism and History Communication Conference
    March 10, 2018
    New York City
    The event is co-sponsored by the American Journalism Historians Association and the History Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. The conference welcomes scholars and graduate students with an interest in journalism or communication history.
    More information and registration here.

    CSPA Spring Convention
    Mar. 14-16, 2018
    New York City
    This national gathering of student editors and faculty advisers to newspapers, yearbooks, magazines, video productions, and online media will be held at Columbia University. Delegates can choose from 350 or more sessions organized in seven sequences: newspaper, yearbook, magazine, online media, video/broadcasting, law and ethics and advisers. All seven sequences will run simultaneously throughout the three days of the Convention.
    More information and registration here.

    SPJ Region 12 Conference: Little Rock, Ark.
    March 16 – 17, 2018
    SPJ’s Regional Conferences are day-long professional development meetings bringing area journalists, students and journalism educators together in one place to hear from industry experts on topics ranging from improving writing to leveraging technology in today’s new media climate. Networking opportunities at the conferences allow participants to build relationships that can lead to the sharing of the best practices in newsrooms. Enhance yourself and your journalism career by attending a Regional Conference in your area.
    More information and registration here.

    Power of Narrative Conference
    March 23 – 25, 2018
    The Power of Narrative Conference has convened in several places under several names since its founding at Boston University. Our mission remains constant as storytelling journalism goes digital: helping narrative journalists to strengthen their craft skills, puzzle out the complex ethics of intimate journalism, and impart the down-to-earth humanity that is the genre’s strength. The conference talks are stimulating, sophisticated, practical and relevant, aimed at mid-career nonfiction storytellers in many media, offered by terrific and varied practitioners. The vigorous Q and A sessions following each talk keep us on-target. And, between sessions and at meal breaks we program in time to meet speakers and new colleagues and share ideas, aspirations, projects, networks. In these turbulent times, our candid, informed, independent journalism is crucial.
    More information and registration here.

    2018 March CAR Boot Camp
    March 25, 2018
    Columbia, Mo.
    Learn how to acquire electronic information, use spreadsheets and databases to analyze the information and translate that information into high-impact stories. In addition, NICAR provides follow-up help when participants return to their news organizations.
    More information and registration here.

    SPJ Region 3 Conference
    March 25, 2018
    SPJ’s Regional Conferences are day-long professional development meetings bringing area journalists, students and journalism educators together in one place to hear from industry experts on topics ranging from improving writing to leveraging technology in today’s new media climate. Networking opportunities at the conferences allow participants to build relationships that can lead to the sharing of the best practices in newsrooms. Enhance yourself and your journalism career by attending a Regional Conference in your area.
    More information and registration here.

    APRIL 2018

    Reader Revenue: Building a Business with Your Audience
    April 6, 2018
    Consumer revenue is a hot topic for news organizations around the world, as more and more newsrooms ask their readers and viewers directly to support their work. But setting up a clear and actionable strategy for how you can build reader revenue into your business model isn’t easy — and there are many different options to consider. Join Montclair State University on April 6 for a day-long workshop on this topic. “Reader Revenue: How news organizations can build a business with their audience” will dive into topics including membership, subscriptions, paywalls and more.
    More information and registration here.

    NABJ Region III Conference
    April 6-8, 2018
    Atlanta, Ga.
    The conference is set in the historic city of Atlanta, GA and coincides with the fiftieth anniversary of the assassination of one of the greatest champions of truth Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Attendees will examine his life, legacy and the struggles that open the door for so many. Join NABJ as they work within this noteworthy city in the civil rights movement to understand the gains and losses in the decades following the passing of an icon.
    More information and registration here.

    SPJ Region 5 Conference: Chicago
    April 6 – 7, 2018
    SPJ’s Regional Conferences are day-long professional development meetings bringing area journalists, students and journalism educators together in one place to hear from industry experts on topics ranging from improving writing to leveraging technology in today’s new media climate. Networking opportunities at the conferences allow participants to build relationships that can lead to the sharing of the best practices in newsrooms. Enhance yourself and your journalism career by attending a Regional Conference in your area.
    More information and registration here

    National JEA/NSPA Journalism Conventions
    April 12-15, 2018
    San Francisco, 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.

    NABJ Region I Conference
    April 13-14, 2018
    New York City
    The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) will host its 2018 Region 1 Conference April 13 and 14, 2018 in New York City. The Global Diversity Summit is bringing together hundreds of journalists, communication professionals and students from across the U.S. Northeast to attend the two-day conference.
    More information and registration here.

    International Symposium on Online Journalism
    April 13-14, 2018
    Austin, TX
    Since 1999, journalists, media executives and scholars from around the world have had an annual meeting in Austin, Texas to discuss the impact of the digital revolution on  journalism. The International Symposium on Online Journalism is a program of the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas at the University of Texas at Austin, a unique conference that bridges the gap between academia and the news industry.
    More information and registration here.

    SPJ Region 2 Conference: Richmond, Va.
    April 13 – 14, 2018
    SPJ’s Regional Conferences are day-long professional development meetings bringing area journalists, students and journalism educators together in one place to hear from industry experts on topics ranging from improving writing to leveraging technology in today’s new media climate. Networking opportunities at the conferences allow participants to build relationships that can lead to the sharing of the best practices in newsrooms. Enhance yourself and your journalism career by attending a Regional Conference in your area.
    More information and registration here.

    SPJ Region 6 Conference: Bloomington, Minn.
    April 13-14, 2018
    SPJ’s Regional Conferences are day-long professional development meetings bringing area journalists, students and journalism educators together in one place to hear from industry experts on topics ranging from improving writing to leveraging technology in today’s new media climate. Networking opportunities at the conferences allow participants to build relationships that can lead to the sharing of the best practices in newsrooms. Enhance yourself and your journalism career by attending a Regional Conference in your area.
    More information and registration here.

    SPJ Region 7 Conference: Ames, Iowa
    April 13-14, 2018
    SPJ’s Regional Conferences are day-long professional development meetings bringing area journalists, students and journalism educators together in one place to hear from industry experts on topics ranging from improving writing to leveraging technology in today’s new media climate. Networking opportunities at the conferences allow participants to build relationships that can lead to the sharing of the best practices in newsrooms. Enhance yourself and your journalism career by attending a Regional Conference in your area.
    More information and registration here.

    2018 Portland Watchdog Workshop
    April 14, 2018
    IRE will offer several of its core sessions, designed to improve your ability to find information on the Web quickly, and point you to key documents and data that will help you add depth to your daily work and produce quick-hit enterprise stories. In addition, this workshop will give you tips on bulletproofing stories, digging deeper on the Web with social media, search engines and much more.
    More information and registration here.

    SPJ Region 7 Conference: Ames, Iowa
    April 20 – 22, 2018
    SPJ’s Regional Conferences are day-long professional development meetings bringing area journalists, students and journalism educators together in one place to hear from industry experts on topics ranging from improving writing to leveraging technology in today’s new media climate. Networking opportunities at the conferences allow participants to build relationships that can lead to the sharing of the best practices in newsrooms. Enhance yourself and your journalism career by attending a Regional Conference in your area.
    More information and registration here.

    SPJ Region 9 Conference: Denver, Colo.
    April 20 – 22, 2018
    SPJ’s Regional Conferences are day-long professional development meetings bringing area journalists, students and journalism educators together in one place to hear from industry experts on topics ranging from improving writing to leveraging technology in today’s new media climate. Networking opportunities at the conferences allow participants to build relationships that can lead to the sharing of the best practices in newsrooms. Enhance yourself and your journalism career by attending a Regional Conference in your area.
    More information and registration here.

    2018 Washington D.C. Watchdog Workshop
    April 21, 2018
    IRE will offer several of its core sessions, designed to improve your ability to find information on the Web quickly, and point you to key documents and data that will help you add depth to your daily work and produce quick-hit enterprise stories. In addition, this workshop will give you tips on bulletproofing stories, digging deeper on the Web with social media, search engines and much more.
    More information and registration here.

    SPJ Ethics Week
    April 23 – 27, 2018
    SPJ’s Code of Ethics states that ethical journalism is truthful, compassionate, independent and transparent. We need ethical journalism — and journalists who work each day with the profession’s highest standards in mind — now more than ever. The goal of Ethics Week is to not only help journalists explain how they ethically cover stories, but to share with the public information about what journalists do, how to identify ethical journalism, where to find it and how to support it.
    More information and registration here.

    SPJ Region 11 Conference: Universal City, Calif.
    April 27 – 28, 2018
    SPJ’s Regional Conferences are day-long professional development meetings bringing area journalists, students and journalism educators together in one place to hear from industry experts on topics ranging from improving writing to leveraging technology in today’s new media climate. Networking opportunities at the conferences allow participants to build relationships that can lead to the sharing of the best practices in newsrooms. Enhance yourself and your journalism career by attending a Regional Conference in your area.
    More information and registration here.

    MAY 2018 AND BEYOND

    Collaborative Journalism Summit
    May 10-11, 2018
    Join other journalists, media executives, technologists and entrepreneurs from around the world for the 2018 Collaborative Journalism Summit. This year’s conference builds on the 2017 summit, which focused on case studies of successful collaborative projects and featured keynote speakers representing The Panama Papers, Google News Lab and Electionland.
    More information and registration here.

    Connecting Digital Media to Your Revenue Growth
    June 4-5, 2018
    Ops is the large-and-in-charge annual conference with over 700 digital strategists and media leaders coming together in NYC. The epicenter of the advertising industry lies in good operations. The Ops agenda is designed to connect the dots between ad operations and the many digital media job roles that touch it – revenue, marketing, sales, tech, and management.
    More information and registration here.

    2018 IRE Conference
    June 14-17, 2018
    Participants can reboot their skills, recharge their watchdog batteries and reconnect with the world’s largest network of investigative journalists during this year’s gathering in Orlando. They can from more than 150 panels, hands-on classes and special presentations, and learn how to improve reporting and storytelling across all platforms.
    More information and registration here.

    NAHJ and NAJA Convention 2018
    July 18-21, 2018
    Miami, Fla.
    NAHJ and NAJA are headed to Miami this year. The International Training Conference and Career Fair brings together the top trainers to create a curriculum and hands on education to help advance careers and develop leaders in the newsroom.
    More information and registration here.

    NABJ Convention 2018
    Aug. 1 – 5, 2018
    Detroit, Mich.
    The annual convention hosted by the National Association of Black Journalists will be held in Detroit this year. More information is to come.
    More information and registration here.

    2018 August CAR Boot Camp
    Aug. 5, 2018
    Columbia, Mo.
    Learn how to acquire electronic information, use spreadsheets and databases to analyze the information and translate that information into high-impact stories. In addition, NICAR provides follow-up help when participants return to their news organizations.
    More information and registration here.

    AAJA Convention 2018
    Aug. 8-11, 2018
    Houston, TX
    AAJA’s programming focuses on improving core skills and making sure our members return to their newsrooms equipped with the latest tools and trends. Their sessions and workshops have included topics ranging from the importance of AAPI experiences and identity, to fake news, VR, and navigating difficult conversations in the newsroom around race.
    More information here.

    2018 August Mapping Boot Camp
    Aug. 10, 2018
    Columbia, Mo.
    IRE and NICAR conducts this hands-on training using the latest version of QGIS, a free and open-source mapping program. We will look at noteworthy stories that have used mapping and show you how to uncover stories using census and other data. The sessions will include address geocoding, thematic mapping, overlaying and spatial analysis.
    More information and registration here.

    Publisher Forum Huntington Beach
    Aug. 12-15, 2018
    Portland, Ore.
    Publisher Forum conferences offer community, exchange of ideas and learning opportunities.
    More information and registration here.

    NLGJA Convention 2018
    Sept. 6-9, 2018
    Join more than 350 journalists, news executives, communications professionals and educators at the National Convention at the Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs, September 6-9, 2018.
    More information and registration here.

    ONA18
    Sept. 13-15, 2018
    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 2018
    Sept. 27-29, 2018
    Baltimore, Md.
    This year the Excellence in Journalism conference will be hosted by SPJ and RTDNA in Baltimore, Md.
    More information and registration here.

    Journalism Summit 2018
    Sept. 28-30, 2018
    Boston, Mass.
    Organized by the Fourth Estate, Emerson College and Youth Journalism International, this weekend event in Boston will connect and engage journalism’s stakeholders through seminars, summits, workshops and networking events.
    More information and registration here.

    Society of Professional Journalists 2018
    October 3-7, 2018
    Flint, Mich.
    Flint, Mich., site of the most serious drinking water crisis in modern U.S. history, will draw hundreds of working reporters from across North America when the University of Michigan-Flint hosts the Society of Environmental Journalists annual conference in 2018.
    More information and registration here.

    Digital Media North America 2018
    October 19-20, 2018
    New York City
    This one and-a-half day event 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.

    Publisher Forum Huntington Beach
    Nov. 4-7, 2018
    Cedar Creek, TX
    Publisher Forum conferences offer community, exchange of ideas and learning opportunities.
    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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