Conferences We’re Watching in 2019

March 11, 2019—For storymakers near and far, conferences can be a great way to engage with the independent community, fine-tune craft, and take the pulse of media’s ever-changing state. But the choices can be overwhelming––not to mention expensive.

That’s why we’ve got you covered with a list of conferences we’re eyeing in 2019, complete with scholarships (where applicable) to help fund your attendance! Please note: As the 2019 conference season comes together, this list will be updated with dates, locations, and registration costs. Know of a conference, festival, or industry event you’d like to see on this list? Send a message to

While you’re considering conferences, why not go as an AIR ambassador? We’re looking for ambassadors for the conferences in bold and orangeWhat that means:
– Represent AIR on the ground at industry events
– Stir up a social media whirlwind on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram
– Attract a crew of companions from the AIR network on your adventure
– Spread the joy that is AIR swag (pins, stickers, the like)

Let us know now if you plan on attending one of the ones on our interest list—or let us know of ones at which you think AIR should have a presence. Check out the list below and reach out!

Ambassadors receive a $500 reimbursement stipend, and must have confirmed conference registrations. Don’t delay! Ambassadorships are offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

Questions? Contact Program Director Tran Vu at

Conferences with confirmed details:

The Power of Narrative at Boston University
When: March 22–24
Where: Boston, Massachusetts
Cost: $350

Meeting of Independent Radio Producers (sold out—inquire about space!)
When: April 2–3
Where: Dublin, Ireland
Cost: $90

International Journalism Festival
When: April 3–7
Where: Perugia, Italy
Cost: Free

HearSay International Audio Arts Festival (sold out—join the waitlist!)
When: April 4–7
Where: Kilfinane, Ireland
Cost: $221

The Broadcast Education Association (BEA) and NAB Show
When: April 6–11
Where: Las Vegas, Nevada
Member Cost: $235

International Feature Conference (sold out—join the waitlist!)
When: April 7–11
Where: Cork, Ireland
Cost: Free

Outlier Podcast Festival
When: May 17–18
Where: Austin, Texas
Cost: $52.39

Audiocraft Podcast Festival
When: May 31–June 2
Where: Sydney, Australia
Early-bird Cost: $134.64
Scholarship: Up to $800 for travel and registration. Deadline is April 10, 2019.

Investigative Reporters and Editors Conference
When: June 13–16
Where: Houston, Texas
Cost: Early-bird registration is $315 (ends April 15)
Scholarship: Deadlines vary

Public Radio News Directors Incorporated (PRNDI)
When: June 12–15
Where: Washington, DC
Cost: AIR members receive a discounted rate of $575.00

Public Media Development and Marketing Conference (PMDMC)
When: July 9–12
Where: Dallas, Texas
Early-bird member cost: $749 (ends April 25)

National Federation of Community Broadcasters (NFCB)
When: June 18–20
Where: San Diego, California
Early-bird member cost: $375 (ends March 15)
Scholarship: Deadline is February 28

Asian American Journalists Association Conference
When: July 31–August 3
Where: Atlanta, Georgia
Cost: TBA
Scholarship: Deadline is February 15

National Association of Black Journalists Conference
When: August 7–11
Where: Miami, Florida
Early-bird member cost: $320
Scholarship: Deadline is February 15

Podcast Movement
When: August 13–16
Where: Orlando, California
Early-bird standard cost: $259 (ends February 27)

Public Radio Program Directors Association (PRPD)
When: August 26–29
Where: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Early-bird member cost: $725 (Ends May 24)

When: September 3–6
Where: Boston, Massachusetts
Cost: From $99

Excellence in Journalism Conference
When: September 5–7
Where: San Antonio, Texas
Cost: TBA

NLGJA National Convention
When: August 29–September 1
Where: New Orleans, Louisiana
Early-bird member cost: $295

Online News Association Conference (ONA)
When: September 12–14
Where: New Orleans, Louisiana
Early-bird member cost: $459
Scholarships: Volunteer at the conference or apply for an MJ Bear Fellowship (earliest deadline is April 2)

Werk It! Festival from WNYC Studios
When: October 3–4
Where: Los Angeles, California
Early-bird Cost: $360
Scholarships: Apply by June 3, 2019!

Grassroots Radio Conference
When: October 4–6
Where: Rochester, New York
Cost: TBA

Sound Education
When: October 10–12
Where: Boston, Massachusetts
Cost: $149–$199

When: October 20
Where: Cambridge, Massachusetts
Admission: Free!

Third Coast Conference (A separate ambassador call-out for this conference will be launched closer to the date.)
When: October 31–November 2
Where: Chicago, Illinois
Cost: TBA
Scholarship: Now open! AIR’s New Voices Scholarships are now taking submissions.

Conferences to keep an eye on in the future:

When: January 19–20
Where: Seattle, Washington

On Air Fest
When: February 28–March 3
Where: Brooklyn, New York

South by Southwest Conference and Festival
When: March 8–17
Where: Austin, Texas

National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP) Media Summit
When: July 2019

People Powered Publishing Conference: To be determined.
Where: Chicago, Illinois

Allied Media Conference: To be determined.
Where: Detroit, Michigan

Amplify: To be determined.
Where: Berkeley, California

Getting Real from the International Documentary Association: To be determined.
Where: Los Angeles, California