5 Upcoming Journalism Workshops and Conferences

Two weeks ago, we covered Journalism Interactive 2011, a two-day conference hosted by the University of Maryland’s Philip Merrill College of Journalism and sponsored by publisher SAGE/CQ Press. As we continue into the second half of 2011, we’re highlighting five upcoming journalism workshops and conferences that will help you network, expand your skill set, and learn new topics from some of the thought leaders in the journalism industry.

Building Your Journalistic Brand

Date: September 16, 2011

Location: Reston, VA

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The American Press Institute is conducting a one-day workshop to help give journalists the tools they need to build a solid and consistent journalistic brand. While the workshop is for journalists, bloggers, freelancers, independent news producers, and anyone who works for news organizations across all platforms are encouraged to register. Attendees will walk away from the session with a customized branding blueprint, which includes actionable steps for establishing and enhancing your brand along with resources for further work. The deadline for registration is September 13, 2011, and tuition for the workshop is $15.

ONA11: Online News Association Conference and Awards Banquet

Date: September 22-24, 2011

Location: Boston, MA

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We’ve covered ONA11 here on 10,000 Words before, and the schedule is packed with great topics for journalists of all kinds. Whether you prefer dabbling in multimedia or are looking to expand your reach as an independent journalist, ONA11 has a little something for everyone. There’s also a technology-heavy pre-conference on September 22 which includes great topics like agile product design and building a visualization with HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and an API. Registration costs vary, and will rise after August 8, 2011, so make sure to register soon! Registration ends on September 13, 2011.

Excellence in Journalism 2011

Date: September 25-27, 2011

Location: New Orleans, LA

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The Society of Professional Journalists and the Radio Television Digital News Association will join forces in the Big Easy for the annual Excellence in Journalism Conference. Conference highlights include a newsroom tour of The Times-Picayune, several half-day and full-day pre-conference workshops, and a free student networking event called The Student Union. Excellent in Journalism 2011 has over 50 featured speakers, including NPR’s Andy Carvin and Keith Woods, Mark Briggs (author of “Journalism Next,” “Journalism 2.0” and “Entrepreneurial Journalism: How to Build What’s Next for News”), and Vadim Lavrusik, Journalist Program Manager from Facebook. There are two pricing options for registration, and September 14, 2011 is the deadline.

Digital Efficiency for Business Journalists — 36 Tips to Tame Info Overload

Date: October 13, 2011

Location: New York City, NY

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Looking for ways to effectively manage the non-stop flood of digital data? The Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism is hosting a half-day workshop at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism for business journalists. The workshop will include 36+ specific sites, tools and techniques for controlling the flow of digital information, including tips to streamline social media, organize and backup documents, and achieve the nirvana of “Inbox Zero”. Did I mention that registration for the event is free? If you’re in the NYC area, this is a great workshop to take part in for the afternoon.


Date: October 28, 2011

Location: St. Petersburg, FL

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This informative and interactive one-day TEDx event will explore the future of journalism and explore what journalists can do to create compelling stories from the available technology on the market. TEDxPoynterInstitute boasts an impressive roster of faculty for the event, including CEO of xtranormal.com Graham Sharp, NPR’s Editorial Product Manager Matt Thompson, and Robin Sloan, the Media Partnership Manager with Twitter. Registration is $75 and will go up to $99 after August 26, 2010.

Are there any journalism workshops or conferences occurring in the next few months we should know about? Let us know in the comments!