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Werk It! Women’s Podcast Festival, June 15-17, NYC, application deadline April 15

Join the movers and shakers in public media today at the three-day women's podcast festival WERK IT, June 15-17 at WNYC's Greene Space. Application deadline is April 15. It's gonna be guuuuuuud! -Mia

Werk It: A Women’s Podcast Festival

The Jerome L. Greene Space at New York Public Radio

44 Charlton Street

New York, NY 10013

Werk It brings together women working in audio and digital media who are looking to hone their skills, meet others in their field, and learn from peers and experienced industry professionals. It includes three nights of live podcast tapings and two days of workshops and panels aimed at women working in audio and digital media.

While the live tapings in the evenings will be ticketed for general admission, admittance to the day-time activities is by application only. 

Follow the link on the website to apply. The deadline is April 15, 2016.

Note: There are no application or registration fees but accepted applicants will be responsible for their travel and accommodation.

For those unable to attend, many of the events will be live streamed on the website and the audio will be archived on

Werk It, part of WNYC’s Women’s Voices initiative, is funded in part by a grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

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regional gatherings – like FC West’s THIS FRIDAY, 2/19, 7pm, Bay Area

Hey folks. First – the ORIGINAL Freelance Cafe group is having a gathering this Friday, 7pm, in Albany CA. Details/FB invite HERE. Bay Area pubmedia folks should not miss this.

Second, there are freelancer meetup/listening/networking groups all over the country. So as part of the FC 2016 refresh (web redesign – woo hoo!), I'm going to list these groups on the FC website, as well as try to populate the FC events page with meetups and other relevant happenings around the country. Stay tuned for that (or see the very sparse current listing here.)
Here are the ones I know about off the top of my head, but I'm sure there are more. Drop me a note if you're part of one and would like to be included on this list.
Listen Up LA
I know there's one in Austin too though I can't find the details right now. Anyway – stay tuned for more info and keep those great resources coming! I couldn't do this without you.

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Audio Under the Stars 2016, Call for Stories, deadline Feb 29

Lovely North Carolina listening event wants your stories. Details below – deadline February 29.

Audio Under the Stars is back! North Carolina’s favorite audio garden party is gearing up for its third season, and we’re looking for your stories. Here are our themes for 2016:

Destination Unknown: trips, travels, and unexpected journeys
Tell us of a time when you went in search of something: a new place, a lost love, a chance at following a dream. Or when you set out just for fun- Where did the wanderlust take you and who did you meet along the way? We want stories of those eager for change and those longing for what’s left behind.

Danger: tales of mischief and misfortune
We’re looking for stories with an element of danger, either real or imagined. A lurking threat, a prank gone wrong, bullets dodged or imminent disaster. These could be humorous or serious; ideally stories will have a bit of each.

Work it: stories of labor and leisure
Drudgery or dream job- how do you make your money? What’s the oddest job you’ve ever taken? What would push you to walk away? At the end of the day, how do you put the world of work behind you? We’re looking for stories about any kind of work and play.

We need your help to find the best of the best. Use this form to submit a story for consideration — submit as many stories as you’d like! The deadline is 11:59 p.m. on Monday, February 29, 2016.

The ideal pieces are short and sweet, 2-8 minutes. We’ll occasionally consider pieces as long as 15 minutes, but nothing longer.

We love sound-rich stories that make us think, make us laugh, and take us to places near and far. We especially love pieces based in Durham, in North Carolina, or made by local radio producers. Share your work or work you find compelling made by someone else. We want to hear it all, even if it’s not a perfect fit for the theme. Got questions? Email us at

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Radio Boot Camp @uniondocs, Brooklyn, next session April 9-10

Get your audio learning on with Sally Herships' Radio Book Camp @UnionDocs in Brooklyn. Next session April 9-10.


Our January session is all full up, but, next session of Boot Camp @UnionDocs is schedule – for April. More info./registration here:

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Upcoming Events in Digital Media, from MediaShift

All sorts of great upcoming digital journo events from the folks at MediaShift. Thanks to Will Coley for forwarding this along!

Upcoming Events in Digital Media: Jan. 4 Edition
// MediaShift

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.


Journalism Career Expo Registration Opens
Jan. 5, 2016
Columbia Journalism School, New York
The employer registration for Columbia Journalism School’s annual Journalism Career Expo opens today. Career Expo 2016 will take place on Sat. April 2, 2016. Please register early to guarantee your spot. We reached maximum capacity at last year’s Expo and unfortunately had to turn away some excellent companies for lack of space.
More information and registration here.

Consumer Electronics Show 2016
Jan. 6-9, 2016
Las Vegas, NV
CES is the world’s gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies. Held in Las Vegas every year, it has served as the proving ground for innovators and breakthrough technologies for more than 40 years — the global stage where next-generation innovations are introduced to the marketplace.
Register here.

Super Researcher: Find People, Dig Deeper and Get Your Facts Right
Jan. 7, 14, 21, 28, 2016, 6:30-8pm ET
CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, New York, NY
Find even the most elusive sources. Dig up hard-to-find information. Avoid embarrassing mistakes in your news stories. In this series of four short workshops, CUNY J-School Chief Librarian Barbara Gray, the former director of news research at the New York Times, will guide you through the most accessible techniques for investigating people and verifying the facts, including Facebook, Google+, Geofencing, Geolocation, mostly free and low-cost databases, WikiLeaks and many more. Each workshop meets at 6:30 p.m. and ends at 8:00 p.m. at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.

Thursday, January 7: Finding People Fast (Even If They Don’t Want to Be Found)
Thursday, January 14: Newsgathering With Social Media
Thursday, January 21: Bulletproofing Your Reporting
Thursday, January 28: Super-Searching Google and Beyond

Attend an individual workshop for $48 or purchase the whole series for $149.
Register here.

Smart Photos with Smart Phones
Jan. 9, 2016, 9am-2pm ET
CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, New York, NY
Smart phones have opened up new photographic possibilities for both professional journalists and citizen storytellers. Images produced with today’s smart phones now have sufficient quality to be published on all media platforms from digital to print. In fact, many news organizations now require reporters to take their own smart phone photos of breaking news events. This five-hour, Saturday morning course will help you enhance your work or hobby with better smart phone pictures. This will be a valuable and insightful experience whether you’re an amateur or a more advanced level of photographer. Bring your iPhone or similar Android device. We also advise you to bring your own laptop as well. Photojournalist Jennifer S. Altman has taught this popular class many times, to journalism students and others. This five-hour workshop costs $149 per student.
Register here.

Future of Education Technology Conference
Jan. 12-15, 2015
Orlando, FL
For 36 years, FETC has brought together more than 8,500 education leaders and technology experts to exchange techniques and strategies for teaching and learning success. Known worldwide for its outstanding program, FETC provides educators and administrators the opportunity to explore the integration of technology across the curriculum — from kindergarten to college — through hands-on exposure to the latest hardware, software and successful strategies.
More information and registration here.

SF Periscope Summit
Jan. 14, 2016, 7pm PT – Jan. 17, 2015, 3pm PT
San Francisco, CA
Scopers from all over the world will once again fly in to celebrate and share knowledge about community, social and live streaming. Speakers and audiences will be streaming to hundreds of thousands of people each day showcasing your space.
More information and registration here.

Audience-Driven Leadership: How to Build Product Focused Newsrooms and Manage Change
Jan. 14, 2016, 10am – 5:30pm ET
CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, New York, NY
Learn what it takes to lead an audience-focused newsroom and build competitive news products from The Washington Post’s Cory Haik, NYC Now editor Michael Owen, CUNY’s Jeff Jarvis and others at this exciting, one-day event in NYC, co-sponsored by American Society of News Editors (ASNE) and the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. You’ll get a hands on introduction to Design Thinking and practical advice on how to use analytics strategically. We’ll discuss the keys to establishing a product culture while producing great journalism — then brainstorm your next great news product. The cost is $249, $140 for ASNE members. Lunch and a networking reception are included.
Register here.

Excellence in Journalism 2016 Call for Programs Submission
Jan. 27, 2016
The Radio Television Digital News Association, National Association of Hispanic Journalists and Society of Professional Journalists are accepting program proposals for their Excellence in Journalism 2016 Convention.
Submit ideas for conference sessions and collaboration interests here.

The Latino Vote: Myth v. Reality
Jan. 29, 2016, 9am ET
Columbia Journalism School, New York, NY
Join us for the first of two daylong conferences intended to dispel myths about the Latino vote and encourage more accurate, thorough political coverage of the 2016 national elections. (A second program next September will focus on the final coverage of the election.) The conference, organized jointly by Columbia Journalism School and Telemundo, will feature discussions about demographics, recaps about the major issues of interest to Latino communities, provide tools to reporters to better research candidates’ voting records, ways to understand and then use polls and political strategists will offer a roadmap for how the national parties are likely to pursue ethnic voters. The program is open only to professional working journalists, including freelancers and journalism students.
More information here.


Digital Entertainment World
Feb. 9-11, 2016
Hyatt Regency Century Plaza, Los Angeles, CA
From digital content creation to monetization, Digital Entertainment World is where you want to be if you are in the business of creating or monetizing digital entertainment content. DEW 2016 celebrates the visionary content creators and technology innovators who are creating the engaging products and experiences driving the future of connected entertainment.
More information and registration here.

BVE 2016
Feb. 23-25, 2016
London, U.K.
BVE is the UK’s largest event for professionals involved in taking content from creation to consumption. It attracts in excess of 15,000 visitors from more than 60 countries and combines expert-led free seminars with an exhibition that features 250+ of the leading manufacturers, distributors and resellers of professional production and broadcast equipment and systems.
More information and registration here.

Journalism Interactive 2016
Feb. 26-27, 2015
University of Florida
The Journalism Interactive Conference on journalism education and digital media is for journalism educators, and is designed to advance the national discourse on how journalism schools can best prepare students for work in the rapidly changing media environment.
Register here.

MARCH 2016

Ad:Tech New Delhi
Mar. 3-4, 2016
New Delhi
Ad:Tech is a conference and exhibition where the marketing, technology and media communities come together to share new ways of thinking, build strong partnerships, and define new strategies to address the key industry challenges and opportunities.
More information and registration here.

Digiday Publishing Summit Europe
Mar. 7-9, 2016
Bologna, Italy
The digital publishing landscape in Europe today faces a slew of opportunities to connect with readers. These include creating original content, adapting to the mobile transition, scaling video and making money on platforms. At the core, accountability to the consumer and the industry is critical. The Digiday Publishing Summit in Bologna, Italy will address challenges facing legacy publishers and young start-up vying for audiences and spending dollars.
Register here.

Digital Book World Conference and Expo
Mar. 7-9, 2016
New York Hilton Midtown
The Digital Book World Conference + Expo is the premier event for publishers and content providers of all sizes and business models who plan to come out on top of publishing’s digital transformation. Stay nimble in this digital-first, global content market and capitalize on every opportunity, with the help of digital media’s most innovative thinkers and influencers. Get the perspective of both publishing leaders and visionaries from outside the industry. n.
Register here, early bird registration ends December 15.

Digital Media Strategies 2016
Mar. 9-10, 2016
Kings Place, 90 York Way, London, N1 9AG
Digital Media Strategies brings together a global audience of over 400 CEOs and senior leaders. Over three days of case studies, analysis, workshops, training, round table discussions and tailored networking opportunities, it focuses on the key strategic challenges behind developing a profitable and sustainable media business in a digital world. Now in its fourth year, Digital Media Strategies has become the key event for addressing the big-picture challenges facing the industry, focusing not on PR pitches, but instead on honest, in-depth case studies which go deeper than the surface trends.
Register here, early bird registration ends December 15.

SXSW 2016
Mar. 11-20, 2016
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.

Ad:Tech Australia
Mar. 15-16, 2016
Sydney, Australia
Ad:Tech is a conference and exhibition where the marketing, technology and media communities come together to share new ways of thinking, build strong partnerships, and define new strategies to address the key industry challenges and opportunities.
More information and registration here.

BinderCon LA
Mar. 19-20, 2016
UCLA and Online, Everywhere
BinderCon is a professional development conference designed to empower women and gender non-conforming writers with the tools, connections and strategies they need to advance their careers. More than a conference, Binders is a community of writers working to increase the diversity of voices in the media and literary arts through conferences, workshops and other career-building events.
Register here.


Ad Age Digital Conference
Apr. 5-6, 2016
Pier 36, New York, NY
At the 2016 Ad Age Digital Conference, marketers and agencies rethink their work, out loud. What is advertising now — an ad or an experience? How does it get done — and by whom? We hash out pressing industry issues like ad blocking, ad fraud and kickbacks. We set the agenda for the year ahead. No conversation is off the table as big brand, technology and media leaders answer tough questions head on with the Ad Age editorial team framing the conversation.
Register here.

International Symposium of Online Journalism
Apr. 15-16, 2016
University of Texas at Austin, TX
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.
Call for papers now underway; more information here.

LA Games Conference
Apr. 19, 2016
West Hollywood Hotel, Los Angeles, CA
Join the most influential decision-makers in the digital media industry at Digital Media Wire’s Annual LA Games Conference to network, do deals, and share ideas about the future of games and connected entertainment. Featuring two tracks with fireside chats, roundtables, panels and presentations on digital game investment, creation, distribution, marketing and monetization, the event brings together many of the elite in the industry for top sessions and power networking.
More information and registration here.

Apr. 20-22, 2016
Chelsea Football Stadium, London, U.K.
From London to Luxembourg, Paris to Prague, Hamburg to The Hague — the European market is a dense and fragmented opportunity for local marketing solutions providers. LOCALCON 2016 offers the best way to navigate and unlock the potential in this market. This event is essential for marketers, media and solutions providers operating in this dynamic space. Panels, presentations and exhibitions will equip attendees with the right connections and actionable takeaways.
More information and registration here.

Conference: Freedom of Information Act — 50 Years Later
Jun. 2-4, 2016
Columbia Journalism School, New York, NY
More information to come here.

Sept. 15-17, 2016
Hyatt Regency Denver, 650 15th Street, Denver, CO
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.
Information here.

Excellence in Journalism 2016 Convention
Sep. 18-20, 2016
The Radio Television Digital News Association, National Association of Hispanic Journalists and Society of Professional Journalists present their Excellence in Journalism 2016 Convention.
More information to come here.

Ad:Tech London
Oct. 25-26, 2016
Old Billingsgate, London
Ad:Tech is a conference and exhibition where the marketing, technology and media communities come together to share new ways of thinking, build strong partnerships, and define new strategies to address the key industry challenges and opportunities. Ad:Tech London is where the U.K.’s marketing and media players meet for technology discovery, cutting-edge content and unrivaled networking.
More information and registration here.

Ad:Tech NY
Nov. 2-3, 2016
New York
Ad:Tech is a conference and exhibition where the marketing, technology and media communities come together to share new ways of thinking, build strong partnerships, and define new strategies to address the key industry challenges and opportunities.
More information and registration here.

For a roundup of must-go journalism conferences, see Contently’s list here.

UPDATE: This piece has been updated with information about LOCALCON 2016

Sonia Paul is a freelance journalist reporting in India and the U.S., and is the editorial assistant at MediaShift. Her work has appeared in a broad range of media, including the Al Jazeera Media Network, Caravan, Foreign Policy, Guardian, Mashable, New York Times, PRI’s The World, Roads & Kingdoms and VICE News. She previously produced the grant-funded podcast series Shizuoka Speaks, based in Japan. She is on Twitter and Instagram @sonipaul.

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The Power of Narrative 2016 conference, April 1-3, Boston

I'm thinking of going to the Power of Narrative Conference in Boston, April 1-3. Any FC friends want to join? We could do an FC Happy Hour…

Registration Now Open!

Gay Talese Named Special Guest at 
2016 BU Power of Narrative Conference

Legendary journalist and author Gay Talese will headline the 2016 Power of Narrative Conference on April 1-3 at Boston University, conference organizers announced today.
The gathering of narrative storytellers, with more than 500 attendees expected from around the world, will be among the most ambitious Power of Narrative events since the annual conference was founded nearly two decades ago.
"We're delighted to welcome Gay Talese back to the College of Communication's Power of Narrative Conference and to honor him for his unmatched contributions to this craft," said Tom Fiedler, dean of the BU College of Communication. "No journalist more ably demonstrates the 'Power of Narrative' in telling true stories, and none shares more generously the techniques that will enable others to succeed.  It's our great fortune to honor Gay as the 2016 Thomas R. Schoenenberger Visiting Writer."
In addition to Talese, among the more than 40 confirmed speakers are acclaimed authors Mary Roach, Hampton Sides, Sam Freedman and Meera Subramanian, and award-winning Boston Globe editor Brian McGrory. The Globe has come aboard as conference's "Presenting Sponsor," and will host a cocktail party for all attendees.
"The Moth" is bringing its unique brand of audio storytelling to the Friday night kickoff, and The New York Times is sending journalists Fernanda Santos, Sarah Maslin Nir and Ben Solomon, among others.
Keynote and breakout sessions will range across all platforms of narrative, in keeping with the conference's pledge to keep nonfiction storytellers "savvy, skilled and solvent in journalism's wired era." Registration for the conference opened Dec. 1, and discounted early bird registration runs through Jan. 22. Special rates are also available for college and graduate students and Boston University alumni.
Registration and other information can be found at
Talese is a bestselling author who has written 11 books. He was a tenacious reporter for the New York Times from 1956 to 1965, and since then he has written for the Times, Esquire, The New Yorker, Harper's Magazine, and other national publications.
His groundbreaking article "Frank Sinatra Has a Cold" was named the "best story Esquire ever published." He was one of the first journalists to apply fiction techniques to journalism, and was credited by Tom Wolfe with the creation of the innovative form of nonfiction writing called "The New Journalism."
His most recent book, A Writer's Life, was published by Knopf in 2006 and reissued in trade paperback by The Random House Publishing Group in July 2007. A collection of his sportswriting, The Silent Season of a Hero, was published by Walker & Company in September 2010.
Power of Narrative
The Power of Narrative Conference has convened in several places and under several names, since its founding at Boston University in 1998. The Power of Narrative's mission remains constant as storytelling journalism goes digital: helping narrative journalists strengthen their craft, following the highest ethical practices and imparting the down-to-earth humanity that characterizes the genre. Join us at the Power of Narrative Conference at Boston University College of Communication from April 1-3, 2016.
Boston University College of Communication
Established in 1947, the Boston University College of Communication prepares students for careers in Film, Television, Journalism, Mass Communication, Advertising, Public Relations and Media Analytics, and offers advanced studies in Communication Research, including the field of Emerging Media. With more than 2,000 undergraduate and graduate students, the college is among the largest of its kind in the country and offers a broad and deep curriculum rooted in the liberal arts and complemented by professional education.  The faculty is a blend of traditional academicians and widely experienced professionals. Last year COM celebrated its 100-year legacy, commemorating the first classes in advertising and journalism taught at Boston University in 1914.
Contact: Sarah Kess 617-353-3484

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KALW’s Public Radio Party, Sat. Oct 10, 2-8pm, SF

For you Bay Area folks – go see some fabulous speakers at this KALW celebration – sounds like a great time!

KALW is throwing our second annual Public Radio Party this Saturday, October 10th in San Francisco.

We'll have speakers (NPR's Laura Sydell, 99% Invisible's Katie Mingle, Your Call's Rose Aguilar, and Le Show's Harry Shearer), live music, light refreshments, and some amazing cake. Plus, it's a great time to meet radio and audio production folks from around the Bay Area, and connect with public radio fans who'd love to know more about what you're working on.

It's all going down from 2:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the CCSF Mission Campus (on 22nd Street at Valencia) in San Francisco. All we ask is that you RSVP by following this link

Feel free to share that link with other radio-making pals in the Bay Area too. Also, you're welcome to bring flyers/swag for your own podcasts and/or radio projects to share.


Warm thoughts & hot tape,
Ashleyanne Krigbaum

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Journalism Conference in NYC, Sat Nov 7, $15 (including lunch!)

Check out this great line up of sessions and panelists for a journo conference at Fordham U on Saturday, Nov 7. Just $15 including lunch!! This is for both students and media professionals. Spread the word.

Here's a registration link.

And here's the agenda, also copied below:

“Quality Journalism in Today’s Digital Age”

Sponsored by
New York State Associated Press Association
Fordham University’s Department of Communication and Media Studies

Saturday, November 7, 2015
8:30 AM:        Attendee Registration
8:50 AM:        Welcoming Remarks

Sally Carpenter Hale, AP Director of Regional Media, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York
Jacqueline Reich , Chair, Department of Communication and Media Studies
George Bodarky, News Director, WFUV FM

9:00 – 10:00 AM:   Opening Session

The New Normal: The opening panel will feature a wide-ranging discussion of the state of the media today.  Panelists will be asked to discuss the latest trends in digital journalism so students can make sure they are prepared to work in the industry today.  Journalism, after all, has been changing with such speed it can be hard for students to know where the industry actually stands.  For instance, how are legacy news organizations continuing to adjust to digital realities?  How do news organizations balance the need for serious journalism with “clickbait”?   Where is digital journalism expanding and where is it contracting?  What skills must students have to make it as digital journalists today?  The panel will be drawn from a wide range of news organizations to offer students a wide view of how news organizations create quality journalism today.

10:10 – 11:15 AM:  BREAK-OUT SESSIONS

The Art of Storytelling in the Digital Age: Digital technology allows us to tell stories in innovative new ways. But, how can you best flex your creative storytelling muscle on-air, online and/or on mobile? This session will provide plenty of tips and inspiration to sharpen your skills, and make the most of the various storytelling tools at your disposal. Our panelists include Robert Smith, a correspondent for NPR’s Planet Money, New York Times’ Deputy Editor, Digital New Design Meghan Louttit, FiveThirtyEight podcast host, radio reporter, and former WNYC producer Jody Avirgan, and Noah Rosenberg, the founder, CEO and editor-in-chief of Narratively, a platform devoted to original, in-depth and untold stories. This Session is moderated by Karen DeWitt, Capitol Bureau Chief for New York State Public Radio.

Media Policy Matters: The recent battle over Net Neutrality brought an uncommon level of attention to the role that government policy plays in shaping our media environment. But Net Neutrality is by no means the only policy issue that has an impact on the quality, accessibility and diversity of media and journalism. This session will feature panelists who explore the past, present and future of government intervention, corporate power, and citizen activism in the media policy landscape, providing both journalists and scholars insights into the possibilities and pitfalls of media reform in the public interest. Panelists include Victor Pickard, Associate Professor at the University of Pennsylvania and author of America’s Battle for Media Democracy, Steve Waldman, former Senior Advisor to the Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission and co-founder of Beliefnet, and Rinku Sen, President and Executive Director of Race Forward and Publisher of Colorlines.

11:25 – 12:25 PM   MAIN SESSION

Data Journalism: Journalists have always relied on data to tell compelling stories about the world, but the unprecedented amount of data available to journalists and the public alike make for changing norms of reporting and presenting the news. Panelists include Susan McGregor, Assistant Director of the Tow Center for Digital Journalism, ProPublica’s Lena Groeger and John Keefe, WNYC’s Senior Editor for Data News.

12:30 – 1:30 PM                Lunch, 12th Floor Lounge

1:40 – 2:25 PM        GENERAL SESSION

Investigations in the Digital Age: There have never been as many tools as there are today to help reporters with investigative reporting.  Yet the best investigative reporters today usually credit hard work and perseverance as their most important skills in turning out great stories.  Our panelists, who have won a wide range of prizes including Pulitzers and Emmys, will discuss what really makes for great investigative reporting in the digital age, and why investigations remain imperative for serious news organizations.


Metrics, Metrics Everywhere!: When it comes to analytics, what numbers matter for a newsroom? And how does the use of metrics affect newsroom culture and a journalists’ daily work? Join us for a lively discussion into the role of metrics in journalism. Panelists include Caitlin Petre, Post-Doctoral Associate at the Information Society Project at Yale Law School, WNYC’s Executive Editor for News Sean Bowditch, and Nik Nadolski of the web analytics company Chartbeat. This session is moderated by Tim Scheld, Director of News/Programming WCBS Newsradio 880.

Reporting on Diverse Communities: How do you tell stories about a community you aren’t a part of? Is it the job of the reporters from those communities to tell those stories? How do ethnic and local media handle coverage of racially and politically sensitive issues? This session will offer tips on how to develop sources in unfamiliar territory, as well as provide insights into the world of ethnic media. Panelists include Associated Press Reporter Deepti Hajela, Rong Xiaoqing of Sing Tao Daily, New York Times reporter Sarah Nir, Jiha Ham of the Korea Times and NLGJA Stylebook Editor Sarah Blazucki.

3:45 – Closing Remarks, 12th Floor Lounge

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The First Annual Kitchen Sisters Bowling Party & Fundraiser, June 23

Bay Area fundraising event of the year – I can't think of a more worthy cause (or a better line up of amazing folks)! DO THIS if you have the means. -Mia


Bowling with Grace: The First Annual Kitchen Sisters Bowling Party & Fundraiser

Drinks + Food + Music + Strikes + Bowling Celebrities

Alice Waters, Michael Pollan & Judith Belzer, Armistead Maupin, Amy Tan,
Roman Coppola, Ayelet Waldman

Amazing Grace Mulloy is coming to San Francisco for the First Annual Kitchen Sisters Bowling Party & Fundraiser to help up your game and the game of The Kitchen Sisters.

Grace is one rough tough cream puff. She has won most every bowling trophy there is in Santa Maria, California. Grace is a life-long bowler with a lot of tricks up her sleeve and is currently in two leagues. Last week she bowled twice and scored over 175 in both games.

Grace is 91 years old and legally blind. The only things she likes more than bowling are her granddaughter, Brandi (who works with The Kitchen Sisters) and public radio.

Come bowl or just come hang. The drinks and food will flow, all lanes will be ours and all proceeds will go to supporting the next season of James Beard Award-winning Hidden Kitchens stories on NPR, our internship & mentoring program and our new Radiotopia podcast, Fugitive Waves.

Come join Alice, Amy, Armistead, Ayelet, Roman, Judith, Michael, Nikki and Davia for a night of bowling with Grace as she shares her methods and secrets.

Come for the schmooze or come for the shoes.
$150. Includes food, drinks and all the bowling you can stand. ($100 tax-deductible).
Buy a ticket and you'll automatically be entered into our Raffle for a brand new bike from PUBLIC Bikes.
Tickets are limited.

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Upcoming Western Regional SPJ Conference, early bird deadline extended to March 30

Hey folks. Updated info on the Western Regional SPJ Conference HERE and below. 

Join a dynamic group of media professionals gathering in San Francisco April 17-18 for the Society of Professional Journalists’ 2015 Region 11 Conference.

Forward-thinking media entrepreneurs and investigative reporters will lead intensive workshops at the Impact Hub on April 17 and an array of multi-track programming at the Hotel Whitcomb on April 18.

Come to the 2015 Western Regional Conference to gain key insights on today’s ever-evolving media landscape. Hear how newsrooms are supplementing reporting with data visualization, podcasts and online video. Learn from freelancers who are dominating lucrative niches. Pick up tips on email encryption from savvy journalists who take on powerful interests — and know how to protect their sources.

In addition to skill-building workshops and engaging expert discussions, conference goers will enjoy several social and networking events and SPJ’s Mark of Excellence ceremony.

Book your tickets now to take advantage of our early-bird admission fees.

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