Social Media Weekend (#SMWKND) is coming in June, and we are on the hunt for partners, sponsors, and a venue for an in-person component. We've been producing #SMWKND since 2011, and we're really looking forward to getting back to something approaching normal.
1 roundtable discussions
12+ short talks, panels and workshops
20+ hours of learning
If you are registered, you can watch all of the content for up to 6 months.
We were thrilled to have Brian Stelter, chief media correspondent for CNN and host of Reliable Sources, headline our kick-off session. After that, we moved to the exciting Spatial.Chat platform for a session with Sona Patel, Director of Community and User-Generated Content at The New York Times.
Saturday began with a roundtable, moderated by Sree Sreenivasan, of leading experts discussing new trends — from the emergence of Clubhouse to the politics of deplatforming, and hitting upon the latest on Twitter, audio-only programs, Substack and newsletters, and other timely ideas. Other sessions featured a variety of formats: interviews with social media stars, panel discussions, fireside chats, lightning talks, keynotes, and workshops.
Topics for the sessions included:
The Latest in Digital Trends | Memes and Media Literacy | Diversity and Inclusion in the Digital Era
Artificial Intelligence and You | Cancel Culture | New Trends in Photography | Social Media & Mental Health
The Future of Work | Creating Community on Clubhouse
Some of our speakers included Jeremy Caplan (@JeremyCaplan), Director of Teaching and Learning at CUNY's Newmark Graduate School of Journalism, who will clue us in on some new cool apps. We also had Darlene Slaughter (@SlaughterDR), Chief Diversity Officer at March of Dimes, Amy Vernon (@AmyVernon), Director Brand and Digital Strategy, Kaiju Capital Management and Tanya M. Odom, Program Director of Equity and Inclusion, Walton Foundation, who spoke about Diversity and Inclusion. Wade Davis, VP for Inclusion Strategy for Product at Netflix shared his thoughts on “cancel culture,” and Jessica Buckholtz, Senior Creative Specialist, Social Engagement at the American Red Cross, taught us us how she TikToks.
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