PBS MediaShift’s live events bring people together so they can socialize, learn and deepen connections. Our mixers and panels are generally casual, with drinks, snacks and great conversation. All-day events include workshops and Hackathons centered in our areas of expertise such as media, technology, publishing and collaboration.

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

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We also offer sponsorships which give great access through all our outlets — website, emails, social media, podcasts and on site. Contact Mark Glaser at mediashift [at] pbs [dot] org if you’re interested in having us produce your event!

Upcoming Events

Hack the Gender Gap: A Women’s Hackathon on Wearables, at the Reed College of Media at West Virginia University: October 24 – 26, 2014

More details are here; register now for the Hackathon!

Hack the Gender Gap: A Conversation at Google, Mountain View, Calif. on October 24, 2014, 5 pm.

Invite-only discussion among women in media and technology discussing hurdles to success and how they’ve overcome them. Use the MediaShift contact form to request an invite.

Collab/Space DC at the Washington Post: November 6, 2014, sponsored by the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute at the University of Missouri. Get more details or register.

Future Events

Journalism School Hackathon, February 2015, exact date and location TBD.

Journalism Next Conference at City University of London, Spring 2015.

Past Events

Collab/Space Chicago on September 24, 2014 sponsored by the John S. Knight Journalism Fellowships at Stanford and hosted at TechNexus accelerator space, the day before ONA14.  Get more details or register!

Truth and Trust in the 21st Century: Journalism’s Role in Telling the Story of Violence in Chicago, co-produced with Poynter, in Chicago at Northwestern Law School Auditorium: September 4, 2014.

> AEJMC mixer on Friday, August 8, 2014 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm, sponsored by Versal. Details  here.

Collab/Space New York on July 8, 2014 sponsored by the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute and hosted by the Ford FoundationRead about the event here or see the event details.

Journalism School Hackathon at UNC on May 30 to June 1, 2014 weekend. Read about the event here or see the event details.

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


MediaShift Mixer at Journalism Interactive on Thursday, April 3, 2014, from 6 pm to 8 pm. Get more details for the mixer.



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.

Photos by Tom Cawthon of Poynter:

Archived video from the live-stream:

MediaShift Info Page

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.

Workshop Info Page

Workshop Agenda

Photos from the Workshop

Coverage of the Workshop


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.

Photos from the Event

Event website


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.

Photos from event

Website for event


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.

Website for the event


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.

Website for the event

Photos from the CIR/MediaShift Mixer at ONA12


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


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 

Event page


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

Photos of the event

Event page


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.

Photos of the event


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

Photos of the event


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)