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As we look ahead to the conferences, training, webinars and other events for journalists and bloggers, May offers several unique options for your calendar.
Whether you're looking to write more clearly, observe World Press Freedom Day or learn about collaborative journalism, the coming weeks have something for you.
Let's dive in.
The 2022 NATJA Conference will take place in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Travel journalists will meet and connect in San Juan and participate in tours and workshops to spark creativity. Attendees will get “an intimate look at how this remarkable island and its people have flourished amid the natural disasters that have struck the island in recent years.”
Merrill Perlman, an independent writing and editing consultant, will lead this four-week course for Poynter. Attendees will learn "the basics of good organization, a variety of organization strategies, tips for writing more clearly and tools for staying on track." Register if you'd like to learn new techniques for simplifying your writing in order to keep readers moving forward.
UNESCO and the United Nations Department of Global Communications will host this event to mark 2022 World Press Freedom Day (May 3) and its theme, "Journalism Under Digital Siege." António Guterres, United Nations Secretary-General, Valeria Robecco, President of the United Nations Correspondents Association, and Nikos Dendias, Co-chair of the Group of Friends for the Protection of Journalists, are just a few of the speakers that will be in attendance.
May 13-15: Women in Travel Summit
Travel writers, bloggers, and influencers will head to Kansas City, Missouri, for WITS North America. A Beginner Bootcamp add-on is available for those new to the field that are looking to boost their skills with an extra half-day of programming. Can’t make it to Kansas City? That’s OK, a live stream ticket option is also available.
Attendees of this master class, hosted by Wylie Communications, will "learn the art of persuasive writing — how to get readers to pay attention to your message, understand it, remember it and act on it." So if you're trying to get readers to subscribe to your newsletter, read another article, or take another action, this could be the course for you!
May 19-20: News Publishing Business Summit
This event will be hosted by the 360 Media Alliance, Editor & Publisher and Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association, among others. The conference will focus on three main areas of interest to the publishing industry: audience growth, revenue growth and building community. Topics will cover revenue models, remote work, recruiting, print frequency and more. It will take place in St. Louis, Missouri.
May 19-20: 2022 Collaborative Journalism Summit
Head to Chicago for this year's in-person Collaborative Journalism Summit. The fast-paced event is packed with workshops, lightning talks and discussions. Sessions about collaborative podcasts, multilingual collaborations, spreadsheet automation and digital safety are just a few of the options for attendees.
May 20: BlogHer Health
Health and wellness bloggers can head to sunny Los Angeles or opt for the virtual live stream for this event. The one-day event will include a range of sessions, from "sit-downs with wellness experts to advice on developing a holistic approach to your health, best practices for caring for your revenue streams to tips on building your wellness empire."
May 24-25: Affiliate Summit East
Head to New York for Affiliate Summit East, which will welcome "3,000 of the best ecommerce entrepreneurs, affiliates, media buyers, networks and tech suppliers at the original performance marketing event that brings ambitious and innovative business leaders together." More than 60 sessions will be offered to help you grow your online business. Topics will include social media, SEO, influencing and more.
June 23-26: IRE 2022
Register now for the in-person or virtual (June 23-25) conference from Investigative Reporters and Editors. The in-person event will take place in Denver, Colorado. Sessions will cover spreadsheet best practices, interview prep, diversity/inclusion, popular investigative reporting topics like energy and elections, cybersecurity, and much more.
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