Conferences We’re Watching in 2016

For far-flung AIRsters, conferences can be a great way to make face-to-face connections with online friends, to learn and hone craft, and to understand the needs and priorities of a dynamic media marketplace.

And if you don’t know anyone, it doesn’t have to be scary. Anthony Martinez, a former conference newcomer, shares what he learned while shepherding AIR’s New Voices Scholars at the 2014 Third Coast conference. And it’s always a good idea to check in with the AIRdaily to see who else is going, set up chances to meet, and see about splitting expenses.

Here are the 2016 conferences that are on our radar. Are you interested in (or organizing) a conference that’s not on the list? Email to give us a heads up.


June 8-11: National Federation of Community Broadcasters (Denver)

Registration: $450 registration fee


June 9-12: HEAR Now Audio Fiction and Arts Festival (Kansas City)

Registration: $250 for an all-access pass until May 27


June 9-12: Alliance 2016 by the National Alliance for Media Arts and Culture (Oakland)

Registration: $350 for members, $450 for registration and new membership


June 15-17: Werk It at WNYC (New York)

Registration: Closed! But keep an eye out on social and for next year


June 24-25: Public Radio News Directors Incorporated (St. Louis)

Registration: $495 for PRNDI and AIR members; $745 for non-members


July 6-8: Podcast Movement (Chicago)

Registration: $299 early bird registration for AIR members; $394 for non-member early bird registration (ends tonight at midnight!)


Aug. 5-7: National Association of Black Journalists/National Association of Hispanic Journalists joint convention (Washington, D.C.)

Registration: $375 before June 1


Aug. 10-12: Public Media Development Marketing/Greater Public (Boston)

Registration: $1,049


Aug. 11-13: Asian American Journalists Association Conference (Las Vegas)

Registration: $325 for members; $450 for non-members


Sept. 8-11: National Convention and LGBT Media Summit (South Beach, Miami)

Registration: $295 for members; $505 for non-members (includes one-year membership)


Sept. 15-18: Online News Association (Denver)

Costs: $439 for members; $769 for non-members before June 2; free entry for volunteers


Sept. 18-20: Society of Professional Journalists’ Excellence in Journalism conference (New Orleans)

Registration: $230 for SPJ members; $430 for non-members


Sept. 21-22: Public Radio Programming Directors (Phoenix)

Registration: TBD


Nov. 11-13: Third Coast International Audio Festival Conference (Chicago)

Registration: Early bird registration of $425 from July 20-Sept. 1