Upcoming Events in Digital Media: Feb. 13 Edition

    by Bianca Fortis
    February 12, 2017
    MIT will play host to a number of upcoming events, including a talk called "Authoritarian and Democratic Data Science in an Experimenting Society." Photo by Niklas Tenhaef 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

    4th Annual Journalism School Hackathon at the University of Nevada-Reno
    February 24-26, 2017

    Can journalism and communications schools help shape the next generation of media entrepreneurs? Many schools have created special “labs” and innovation centers and are running courses aimed at building startups — and a startup mentality. But how can they share knowledge, improve skills and have fun doing it? MediaShift is producing our fourth annual Journalism School Hackathon on the weekend of February 24-26, 2017, co-produced by the Reynolds School of Journalism and Center for Advanced Media Studies at the University of Nevada-Reno. 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 around bots and chatbots. Students will have a chance to collaborate on diverse teams of students with faculty and pro facilitators.


    Info page here.

    Register here.

    FEBRUARY 2016

    Authoritarian and Democratic Data Science in an Experimenting Society
    Feb. 16, 2017
    Cambridge, Mass.
    In this talk, hear about the history and future of democratic social experimentation, from Kurt Lewin and Karl Popper to Donald Campbell. You’ll also hear about CivilServant, software that supports communities to conduct their own experiments on algorithms and social behavior online.
    More information here.


    Truth and Trust Conference
    Feb. 17-18, 2017
    Chapel Hill, N.C.
    National parks, NASA and the CDC have gone rogue on Twitter. Media organizations are coaching public employees how to safely leak information. “1984” is the top-selling book on Amazon. News literacy and the ability to assess information have become vanishing, but critical, skills. The Daily Tar Heel’s 124th birthday is coming at a time of radical change. Please join us at the DTH’s 2017 Conference as we share skills and ask what’s next — for all of us.
    More information and registration here.

    Digital Media Strategies
    Feb. 20-23, 2017
    London, U.K.
    Digital Media Strategies is the leading strategic business gathering for the European media industry. IT is one of the pioneer conferences focused on publishers, magazine, newspaper, digital pureplay and tech – the people defining the future of news, entertainment and niche media. Our European forum recognizes the challenge of modern media and helps executives understand changing trends across the sector, evolving commercial strategies and overcoming the functional silos of the industry.
    More information and registration here.

    Digiday Publishing Summit Europe
    Feb. 21-23, 2017
    Lisbon, Portugal
    At the Digiday Publishing Summit in Lisbon, top publishers and digital natives will discuss how they leverage platforms for profit.
    More information and registration here.

    Feb. 24-26, 2017
    Cambridge, Mass.
    Misinformation, and increasingly disinformation, is distorting the public’s ability to make sense of the world around them, threatening the democratic process around the globe. While not a new phenomenon, the problem is compounded by both the speed that information travels in our networked world, and the technological and cultural “filter bubbles” that we live our lives in. This problem impacts everyone.
    More information and registration here.

    MARCH 2016 & BEYOND

    Outsmarting ‘Fake News’ and ‘Alt-Facts’
    March 2, 2017
    New York City
    The Deadline Club of New York City hosts a public panel on fake news. The new Trump era’s assault on journalists, information gathering and facts poses an unprecedented challenge. With the factual landscape transforming at a dizzying pace, the need to accurately report and share reliable information is more urgent than ever. How can professional journalists and the info-sharing public navigate today’s profound reality turbulence when so many people feel entitled to their own facts (including the U.S. President) and trust in the media is low?
    More information and registration here.

    SXSW 2017
    Mar. 10-19, 2017
    Austin, TX
    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.
    Register here.

    CMA’s Spring National College Media Convention
    March 11 – 14, 2017
    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

    CSPA Spring Convention
    Mar. 15-17, 2017
    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.

    Washington, D.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.

    National High School Journalism Convention
    Apr. 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.

    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.

    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

    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.

    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.

    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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