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Below you can find all the relevant information including the next steps and timeline should your session be chosen for the 2024 NETA Conference.

Download the below information, along with a preview of all RFP questions (PDF)

The NETA Conference is dedicated to providing public media professionals with meaningful and relevant connections to the people and ideas that are at the heart of our mission to educate, engage, and entertain. It’s a time to get energized with new ideas, deeper insights, and connections.

Breakout sessions are one of the highlights of the conference and we want to ensure everyone has meaningful, relevant, and interactive learning opportunities. All sessions will be in a hybrid environment with live, in-person presenters. Our platform allows for live Q&A from our virtual audience, and we will have a moderator to help you navigate those virtual attendees.

Attendees at past conferences shared how breakout sessions impacted them: 

“One of the few times I left with tangible takeaways rather than ‘interesting ideas’.” 

“I met people from stations my size who provided a lot of good feedback and the sessions focused on diversity and accessibility were especially eye-opening.” 

“I brought back several things to share, lots of food for thought, inspiration, and new connections to resources for my station and community.” 

“[My favorite part of the conference were the] Breakout sessions where we could see hands on practical applications of themes!” 

NETA invites our members and public media organizations to submit breakout session proposals for consideration.  

While proposals on all relevant areas to public media are welcome, we are seeking to offer sessions produced by NETA members and partners that focus on one or a combination of the following areas:  

  • Content (production & programming)
  • Education (early learning, K-12, youth media, lifelong learning)
  • Community Engagement
  • Marketing & Communications
  • Professional Growth & Station Innovation (strategy, team growth) 

Session proposals should be innovative and forward thinking, share new opportunities, demonstrate how impact is measured, and engage unserved and underserved audiences.  

Live Breakout Session

All sessions are scheduled to be hybrid and 60 or 90 minutes in length. Every speaker must be in-person. We will not be accepting virtual presenters and speakers at this year’s conference.

As you develop your session ideas, think about how you can incorporate attendee participation and active engagement – both for in-person and virtual participants.

There will be space for up to 25 live breakout sessions scheduled (Eastern Time) on September 17 and 18. Subject to change.  

Session proposals will be selected through a review process that includes systemwide online voting, review by the NETA Peer Learning Communities Executive Committees, NETA Board, and NETA staff.  

Primary Producer

NETA requests that one primary producer is identified for each session. The primary producer is the main point of contact for NETA and responsible for organizing session content, speakers, and other logistics. The primary producer is responsible for meeting all conference deadlines to ensure the session is included in the conference.  



All accepted primary producers are responsible for registering and attending the in-person conference. The primary producer of the session is responsible for coordinating these details with each of the session speakers. Additional speakers are responsible for in-person registration. All speakers must be registered by August 5, 2024. There are no discounts for speakers or presenters.


Sharing Resources

The primary producers will be responsible for uploading session resources (deck, documents, etc.) based on the breakout session timelines. These resources will be shared with conference attendees and NETA membership following the conference. If your proposal is selected, you will be provided with instructions on uploading your presentation materials.

Tuesday, May 21 - Breakout session RFP form open

Thursday, May 30 - Breakout session Q&A meeting.

Friday, June 7 - Deadline to submit a session proposal 

Week of June 17 - Session voting open. 

Monday, June 24 - Session voting closed

Week of June 24 - Review with NETA Leadership and Conference Curriculum Committee 

Tuesday, June 25 - Conference registration opens (NETA Members only)

Friday, June 28 - Notification sent to all session submitters (producers have until Friday, July 12 to confirm acceptance) 

Tuesday, July 16 - Conference registration opens (non-NETA Members) 

Tuesday, July 16 - Announce line-up of sessions 

Thursday, August 1 - Deadline for all speakers to be registered for in-person conference

Week of August 5 - Strategy meetings with session producers

Tuesday, September 3 - Deadline for final session details in conference platform

Monday, September 9 - Deadline for all final presentations to NETA

September 17 & 18 - Breakout Sessions at conference

Monday, September 20 - Deadline to upload final deck/materials for Public Media Learns



Questions? Contact Maria Rodillo