Conferences we’re watching in 2017

AIR's New Voices scholars at the 2016 Third Coast Conference
AIR’s New Voices scholars at the 2016 Third Coast Conference

For AIRsters near and far, conferences can be a great way to engage with the independent community, to hone their craft, and to take the pulse of media’s ever-changing state. But the choices can be overwhelming––not to mention expensive. We’ve got you covered with a list of conferences that we’re watching in 2017, complete with scholarships (where applicable) to help fund your attendance!

And if you don’t know anyone, fear not. Making new friends and connections can sometimes be the best part of conferencing. Anthony Martinez, a 2012 AIR New Voices scholar, shares what he learned as the New Voices Captain at Third Coast Conference in 2014. As always, check in with the AIRdaily to organize with fellow AIRsters or ask for advice.

Still got some conference jitters? Here’s a webinar with 2016 New Voices Captain and 2014 New Voices scholar, Emily Kwong. In it, she shares all of her tips and tricks about managing the art of the conference.

Allied Media Conference
When: June 15-18
Where: Detroit, Michigan
Cost: $150 (but also sliding scale)

Investigative Reporters and Editors Conference
When: June 22-25
Where: Phoenix, Arizona
Cost: Early-bird registration is $285 (ends June 2, 2017)
Scholarship: Deadline is April 23, 2017

Public Radio News Directors Incorporated (PRNDI)
When: June 23-24
Where: Miami, Florida
Cost: $495 for AIRsters and members; $745 for non-members
Scholarship: Deadline is April 28, 2017

Public Media Development and Marketing Conference (PMDMC)
When: July 6-7
Where: San Francisco, California
Cost: $1,049

National Federation of Community Broadcasters (NFCB)
When: July 17-19
Where: Denver, Colorado
Cost: $450
Scholarship: Deadline is May 8, 2017

Asian American Journalists Association Conference
When: July 26-29
Where: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Cost: $450
Scholarship: Deadline is April, 30, 2017

National Association of Black Journalists Conference
When: August 9-13
Where: New Orleans, Louisiana
Cost: $380
Scholarship: Deadline is April 30, 2017

Public Radio Program Directors Association (PRPD): Public Radio Content Conference
When: August 14-17
Where: Washington, District of Columbia
Cost: $699 for member; $999 for non-member

Podcast Movement
When: August 23-25
Where: Anaheim, California
Cost: $369 (AIRsters get a discount! The promo code lives here.)

Excellence in Journalism Conference
When: September 7-9
Where: Anaheim, California
Cost: $230 member, $430 non-member

NLGJA National Convention 
When: September 7-10
Where: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Cost: $370 member, $505 non-member

Midroll’s Now Hear This Festival
When: September 8-10
Where: New York City, New York
Cost: To be announced!

Werk It Festival from WNYC Studios
When: October 3-5
Where: Los Angeles, California
Cost: $450

Online News Association Conference (ONA)
When: October 5-7
Where: Washington, District of Columbia
Cost: $439 for members; $769 for non-members

Third Coast Conference
When: November 9-11
Where: Chicago, Illinois
Cost: To be announced!
Scholarship: Keep your eyes peeled! AIR’s New Voices Scholarship program will be open to submissions in August.