PBS MediaShift’s live events bring people together so they can socialize, learn and deepen connections. We started by offering networking mixers associated with existing conferences such as ONA and ISOJ, and have built onto that with one-day Collab/Space entrepreneurial workshops and weekend Hackathons.

Participants include technologists, journalists, producers, marketers, advertisers, executives, educators, students and thought-leaders. They come from academia, established companies, startups, non-profits, public media and elsewhere.

The winning team at the Hack the Gender Gap at WVU

The winning team at the Hack the Gender Gap at WVU. Photo by David Smith.

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Sponsorship

All MediaShift events include sponsorship opportunities to highlight your service or offering. Sponsors receive special notice on all web, print and signage for the event, and higher level sponsorships include the chance to speak or demo at the event. We also can customize the theme and structure of the event. Learn more about our sponsorship opportunities at MediaShift!

Event Production

MediaShift also produces events for-hire, with an expertise in event logistics, social media marketing, programming and much more. Our team has been hired to produce events for WVU Reed College of Media (“Hack the Gender Gap” women’s hackathon and symposium), Poynter Institute (Truth & Trust symposiums) and City University of London (Journalism Next). Contact Mark Glaser at mediashift [at] pbs [dot] org if you’re interested in having us produce your event!

Upcoming Events

> 2nd Annual Journalism School Hackathon at Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University. February 27 – March 1, 2015. An entrepreneurial hackathon with j-school students from around the country participating.

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> Collab/Space SF and Collab/Space NYC, dates TBD in 2015. Sponsored by the Donald W. Reynolds Institute at the Missouri School of Journalism.

> Journalism Next, one-day conference at City University of London. May 2015.

Past Events

Collab/Space DC at the Washington Post: November 6, 2014

How does changing technology change the way that media companies and startups parse data from local, state and federal government? That was the focus of the Collab/Space DC workshop on November 6, 2014. Sponsored by the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute at the University of Missouri and hosted by The Washington Post, it was an all-day, hands-on workshop focused on open data, politics and government 2.0 — a mix of startups and innovation projects — in the DC area and beyond. Presenting projects included those from Gannett, Code for America and Sunlight Foundation.

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Hack the Gender Gap: A Women’s Hackathon on Wearables, at WVU Reed College of Media on October 24-26, 2014

There’s a serious gender gap when it comes to media and technology. That’s why PBS MediaShift and the Reed College of Media at West Virginia University convened a unique bi-coastal gathering of women to help students build their skills at WVU, and to brainstorm on ways to bridge the gap in Silicon Valley. The weekend was kicked off on Friday evening with a discussion among top women in media and tech hosted by Google in Mountain View, Calif., and moderated by Amy Webb (see more on the symposium, below). Teams from various journalism schools worked on entrepreneurial projects related to wearables and media.

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Hack the Gender Gap: A Conversation at Google HQ on October 24, 2014

How can women overcome challenges and succeed in technology and media? We’ve seen all the charts showing a gender gap in leadership and entrepreneurial roles in the industry and it’s time to help each other and succeed. This discussion put the spotlight on women who have broken through and made a difference. It took take place right before the Women’s Hackathon at West Virginia University, where students in media and technology watched and interacted with a live-stream of the symposium. The students at the Hackathon had a chance to ask their questions of the women at the symposium. The moderator was Amy Webb and panelists included Aminatou Sow at Google, Jane Schachtel at Facebook and Tasneem Raja at Mother Jones.

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Collab/Space Chicago on September 24, 2014 at TechNexus

How can media startups break through, survive and thrive? That was the focus of the Collab/Space Chicago workshop which took place the day before the ONA14 conference. Sponsored by the John S. Knight Journalism Fellowships at Stanford and hosted by TechNexus, it was an all-day, hands-on workshop focused on media innovation and spotlighting cutting-edge media startups — in the Chicago area and beyond. Presenting startups included Contextly, Parsely and Solar Power Report.

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Truth and Trust in the 21st Century in Chicago on Sept. 4, 2014

As technology has revolutionized the way we tell stories and distribute content, the relationship between journalists and news consumers is evolving. At this event, PBS MediaShift and Poynter Institute examined how various media organizations are addressing stories of violence, which approaches best serve the audience and how citizens can inform their own democratic duties. The event was underwritten by a generous grant from the Robert R. McCormick Foundation.

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AEJMC Mixer in Montreal on August 8, 2014

Our first MediaShift Mixer at AEJMC took place in Montreal at Rosalie Restaurant and was sponsored by Versal. Drinks and light bites were provided. The Mixer was a chance to socialize with people from the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) conference during a happy hour on Friday night.

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Collab/Space New York on July 8, 2014 at the Ford Foundation

How can established media and tech companies foster innovation from within large organizations? That was the focus of the Collab/Space New York workshop on July 8, 2014, sponsored by the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute and hosted by the Ford Foundation. It was be an all-day, hands-on workshop focused on “intrapreneurial” innovation and spotlighting 9 cutting-edge media projects at places such as the New York Times, Vox Media, Facebook and NPR.

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Roundup Post of Event

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1st Annual Journalism School Hackathon at UNC on May 30 to June 1, 2014
Can journalism and communications schools help shape the next generation of media entrepreneurs? We wanted to find out at our first annual J-School Hackathon at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication. We convened a group of top students, faculty and professionals for the weekend Hackathon, with a real-world mission of solving 3 local media outlets’ problems, while learning more about innovation and entrepreneurship. The focus for the Hackathon was on creating sustainable business models and revenues for news outlets.

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MediaShift/Texas Tribune Mixer at ISOJ in Austin on April 3, 2014 to kick-off the 15th annual International Symposium on Online Journalism onThursday, April 3, 2014.  and special thanks to sponsors Digital First Media, KLRU and KUT.

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MediaShift Mixer at Journalism Interactive on Thursday, April 3, 2014
Our first MediaShift Mixer at Journalism Interactive took place in East Hyattsville, Md. in conjunction with the University of Maryland’s Journalism School. The mixer was a kickoff party for 2014 Journalism Interactive: The Digital Media Conference, as well as a way to celebrate MediaShift’s recent launch of EducationShift.

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Truth and Trust in the 21st Century with Poynter, November 2013, Ford Foundation in New York

How do you sort truth from fiction in the era of social media? When news breaks and spreads at lightning speed, most people are left scratching their heads. And recent breaking news stories, from the Boston Marathon bombing to the D.C. Navy Yard shooting, brought misinformation and mistakes from ordinary citizens and from traditional news sources. We co-produced a symposium on this topic at the Ford Foundation headquarters in New York City, where a diverse panel of traditional and new media practitioners discussed how they made ethical decisions on what to post and when. Produced by The Poynter Institute and MediaShift, “Truth and Trust in the 21st Century,” expanded on the essays in the book, “The New Ethics of Journalism,” edited by Poynter’s Kelly McBride and Tom Rosenstiel, executive director of the American Press Institute. McBride and Rosenstiel moderated the panel on stage, and included a selection of strong voices from the audience. The discussion included recent case studies, how decisions were made and tips on how to get at the truth — and create trust — in the social age. It was followed by a reception with food and drinks in the atrium.

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Roundup Post from Event

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Collab/Space Atlanta, October 2013, at the Atlanta Tech Village

How can media startups break through, survive and thrive? That was the focus of the Collab/Space Atlanta workshop on October 16, 2013, the day before the ONA13 conference. It was an all-day, hands-on workshop focused on media innovation and spotlighting 9 cutting-edge media startups — both in Atlanta and outside Atlanta. We chose nine innovative media startups, which presented their startups in lightning fashion, with questions from the audience. We later did collaborative exercises led by Dan Grech to learn how to work better together in the digital age, and then broke out into groups to help the startups get past their challenges. Plus, we had a diverse group of participants, including entrepreneurs, journalists, technologists, marketers, investors and major players in the tech and media scene.

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Workshop Agenda

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Coverage of the Workshop

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MediaShift Mixer at the International Symposium on Online Journalism in Austin: April 18, 2013

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The Texas Tribune / MediaShift Mixer was a kick-off for the 14th annual ISOJ conference at the University of Texas, and was sponsored by Digital First Media. It took place at the world famous Hole in the Wall bar, and included food from the nearby East Side Kings restaurant. The Mixer brought together academics from around the world who were attending ISOJ as well as top local media people from Austin. Guests included MediaShift’s Mark Glaser, ISOJ’s Rosental Alves, Texas Tribune’s Evan Smith, ONA’s Jane McDonnell and designer Roger Black.

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MediaShift Mixer at Book^2 Camp and Tools of Change in New York on February 11, 2013

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This MediaShift Mixer at Solas Bar in New York was an after-party to the Book^2 Camp unconference and a prelude to O’Reilly’s Tools of Change conference. It was a great gathering of people in book publishing, the author community and self-publishers, fans of e-books and more. Guests included MediaShift’s Mark Glaser and Dorian Benkoil, O’Reilly’s Kat Meyer, Amazon’s Thom Kephart, Bibliocrunch’s Miral Sattar, Electric Literature’s Benjamin Samuel and ValoBox’s Anna Lewis.

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MediaShift Mixer at the Paley Center in New York on October 23, 2012

The MediaShift Mixer at the Paley Center for Media was a gathering of journalists, editors, marketers and technologists in the New York area. It was an after-party happy hour to the New Ethics of Journalism conference, which was produced by Poynter and craigconnects. Guests included MediaShift’s Mark Glaser and Dorian Benkoil, craigconnects’ Craig Newmark and Poynter’s Kelly McBride.

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CIR/MediaShift Mixer at ONA12 on September 19, 2012

The CIR/MediaShift Mixer at ONA12 in San Francisco was an after-party to the TechRaking II conference and a kick-off to the ONA12 convention. You didn’t have to be registered as an attendee to either conference to attend the Mixer. At Gallery 16 in San Francisco.

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Photos from the CIR/MediaShift Mixer at ONA12

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Collab/Space 2012 in Berkeley, Calif., April 2012

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PBS MediaShift and the Investigative Reporting Program at UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism hosted the first Collab/Space 2012, a hands-on workshop and networking event to help journalists better collaborate. The event included thought leaders in the world of journalism and technology, with targeted talks, helpful demos, and breakout teams that worked in collaboration. Collab/Space was held in conjunction with the new website, Collaboration Central, launched by MediaShift and Berkeley IRP, and with funding from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. At the David Brower Center in Berkeley, Calif.

Collab/Space agenda

Full coverage of Collab/Space

Photos from Collab/Space

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MediaShift Mixer Co-Hosted with ONA, Boston, September 2011

The MediaShift Mixer was co-hosted by the Online News Assocation in Boston as a kick-off to the ONA11 Conference (but you didn’t have to be registered for the conference to attend). At the Storyville club in Boston.

Photos of the event 

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MediaShift Mixer @ We Media, New York, April 2011

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The MediaShift Mixer in New York was a kick-off party for the We Media conference the following day. Special guests included: Mark Glaser, MediaShift; Dorian Benkoil, MediaShift; Craig Newmark, Craigslist; Retha Hill, Arizona State University; Rafat Ali, founder of PaidContent, Skift. At Solas Bar in the East Village of New York.

 

Story related to the Mixer

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New York Happy Hour @ Grace Hotel, New York, August 2010

This spontaneous invite-only Happy Hour in New York was at the Grace Hotel in New York which has a bar with a swimming pool, where you can swim up to order drinks. We had an intimate gathering that night. Guests included comedian Heather Gold and NY Times media reporter Brian Stelter.

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WePad vs. iPad in Berlin, Germany, April 2010

We rented an apartment in East Berlin and through a private, invite-only party for people to do side-by-side hands-on tests of the Apple iPad and the new WePad, produced by a company based in Berlin. The apartment was packed with an international set of media, tech and academics, for food, drinks and of course demos!

Story about the event

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ONA09 Tweetup @ Rouge et Blanc in San Francisco, October 2009

The Mixer that started it all! It was planned at the last minute and completely promoted via Twitter, with Chris O’Brien as the co-host. We expected a few dozen people to show up for our offer of a free glass of wine, but it turned out that we took over the entire bar with 150 to 200 attendees. We went through much more wine than expected!

Invite (with dinner with RJI)