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Journalists: Fill your 2013 calendar with networking opportunities

It’s a new year. Time to fill your 2013 calendar with journalistic training and networking opportunities.

Journalists Unity Phoenix

Journalists from several national organizations regularly gather to network in Phoenix. Photo: Robin J Phillips

There are lots of ways to network with fellow journalists, but conventions can be one of the best for finding helpful training, meeting new people, sharing ideas and checking out the job fairs.

Take a look at this list and while you’re exploring the conventions, join a few groups.  The annual fees are usually low, and the opportunity to keep in touch with like-minded journalists all year can be priceless.


Feb. 28-March 3: NICAR 2013 Investigative Reporters and Editors, Louisville, Ky.

April 4-6: American Copy Editors Society, St. Louis

April 4-6: Society of American Business Editors and Writers, Washington, D.C.

June 20-23: American Women in Sports Media, Scottsdale, Ariz.

June 20-23: Investigative Reporters and Editors, San Antonio

June 24-26: American Society of News Editors, Washington, D.C.

July 18-21: Native American Journalists Association, Tempe, Ariz.

July 31-Aug. 4: National Association of Black Journalists, Orlando

Aug. 21-24: Asian American Journalists Association, New York

Aug. 22-25: National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association, Boston

Aug. 24-26: Society of Professional Journalists, Radio and Television Digital News Association and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, Anaheim, Calif.

Oct. 13-15, Association of Opinion Journalists, Newport, R.I.

Oct. 17-19: Online News Association, Atlanta

Oct. 24-27: Journalism and Women Symposium fall camp, Essex, Vt.

Nov. 1-5: National Association of Science Writers, Gainesville, Fla.

Nov. 7-9: Society for News Design, Louisville, Ky.

Hat tip to Joe Grimm for his inspiration to get this list up.  Joe runs the Jobs Page and knows a thing or two about networking.


About the Author

I am digital director at the Reynolds Center for Business Journalism, which I joined in 2009. Before that I was Online Community Manager for azcentral, the online site for The Arizona Republic. Before arriving in Arizona, I worked at Newsday where I was Deputy Business Editor. I was the small business editor at BusinessWeek Online. I teach journalists to use Twitter, Facebook and other social media tools to expand and manage their networks. And I am a cofounder of #wjchat, a weekly Twitter chat about web journalism. You can reach me at Email: Robin.Phillips@BusinessJournalism.org OR RobinJPhillips.com OR @RobinJP

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