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PMJA 2020 Conference UPDATE

Mar 12, 2020

Dear PMJA Members: 

We are monitoring the situation in Seattle related to the spread of COVID-19 and how that may affect our 2020 conference scheduled for June 25-27 at the Renaissance Hotel.

The personal health and safety of our members and conference participants is our top priority.  We are exploring our options and you will hear soon if there are plans to postpone or cancel our 2020 conference.

 

In an effort to provide greater access to training opportunities and support, the PMJA Board is increasing the number of scholarships available for the 2020 Conference scheduled for June 25-27 in Seattle. In addtion to several student and early-mid-career scholarships, the board is offering two more scholarships that include a free conference registration and a $500 stipend to mitigate the costs of travel and lodging.

PMJA is looking for a couple of journalists who are interested in trading some time and work at our annual conference for a free conference registration.  For the first time, we're offering an opportunity to two people who want to attend the conference, and are willing to put in some work.  We'll ask each of our Press Corps members to cover a number of conference sessions and/or events, write articles, and post them directly to www.pmja.org.  

The PMJA Board has been busy planning for this summer's annual conference which will take place at the Reniassance Hotel in downtown Seattle.  Our pre-conference training days will be Wednesday and Thursday, June 24 and 25.  The full conference will begin with an opening reception Thursday evening, then two full days of great learning and networking opportunities on Friday and Saturday, June 26 and 27.

Have you been working in public media for less than three years? Do you want a chance to learn from some of the the best reporters, editors, and digital producers around AND spend time in Seattle in June? You're in luck. PMJA is once again offering several conference scholarships for early-mid career professionals. 

Mark your calendars now to attend the 2020 PMJA Conference.  We'll be in Seattle in June and hope you'll be there with us.

The dates for the 2020 PMJA Conference are as follows:

Pre-conference training (one day and two day options will be available):  Wednesday and Thursday, June 24 and 25.

Full Conference:  Opens with a reception on Thursday, June 25.  Sessions will be all day Friday and Saturday, June 26 and 27.  We'll finish off the conference with our annual awards banquet on Saturday, June 27th.

We like to go to different places, and we know our members do, too.  The PMJA conference has been held all over the country throughout it’s 35-year history.  In 2020, we’re on the west coast. In 2019, we were on the east coast. In 2021, we’re looking for someplace in the center of the country.

Do you want to host PMJA’s conference in your city?  We’re seeking proposals now so we can have a 2021 location nailed down before our conference next summer.    

Megan Manata

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