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Thank you for submitting your proposals!


Below you can find all the relevant information including the next steps and timeline should your session be chosen for the 2021 NETA Conference.


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.  

While we won’t be gathered in-person, we will leverage video conferencing and other digital channels to create a virtual learning experience that will serve up the same great connections and learning you’ve come to expect from the NETA Conference. Breakout sessions are one of the highlights of the conference. 


Attendees at last year’s conference 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 and that focus on one or a combination of the following areas:  

  • Content (programming, production) 

  • Education (early learning, youth media, K-12, lifelong learning, broadcast, digital) 

  • Community Engagement (future of engagement and events, partnerships, inter-disciplinary collaborations) 

  • Marketing/Communications (event promotion, OTT promotion, public relations, internal and external communications) 

  • Station Culture and Management (strategic planning, diversity, equity, inclusion, leadership, HR, finance, legal, development) 

Session proposals should be innovative and forward thinking, share new opportunities, demonstrate how impact is measured, engage unserved and underserved audiences, and show how diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility are being addressed within the topics presented.  

Session format types include Live Virtual Breakout Sessions (1 hour) and Pre-Recorded Breakout Sessions (30 minutes max). As you develop your session ideas, think about what the best format is to deliver your presentation: live virtual breakout session or pre-recorded session. 


Live Virtual Breakout Session (1-hour max) 

These sessions will be delivered live and in real-time within the conference platform using a video conference service such as Zoom. Advanced training on the technology will be provided to presenters. Features include screen share, polls, breakout rooms, and chat. 

The main benefit of this session format is live, real-time interaction and discussions with participants. 


Pre-Recorded Sessions (30-minutes max) 

These sessions will be pre-recorded and available on the conference platform for attendees to view. This format is shorter in length and can deliver ideas and information in creative ways.   

The main benefit of this session format is flexible timing and options to enhance presentations with extra graphics and transitions.   

Pre-recorded videos will need to be completed and shared with NETA by January 11, 2021. 


Sessions will be offered January 25-28, 2021.   

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

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. 



All accepted presenters are responsible for registering for the conference. The primary producer of the session is responsible for coordinating these details with each of the session speakers. Registration will open in November 2020.  


Sharing Resources 

The primary producers will be responsible for uploading session information by the due dates outlined below. If your proposal is selected, you will be provided with instructions on uploading your presentation materials.  

Tuesday, October 13, 2020 - Open breakout session RFP form 

Wednesday, November 11, 2020 - Deadline to submit session proposal 

Week of November 16, 2020 - Online voting open 

Week of November 30, 2020 - Review with NETA Leadership and PLC Executive Committees 

Week of December 7, 2020 - Notification sent to all session submitters (producers have a week to confirm acceptance) 

Monday, December 21, 2020 - Announce line-up of sessions 

December / Early January - Strategy meetings with session producers   

Friday, January 8, 2021 -  Deadline for final session details (speakers confirmed) 

Monday, January 11, 2021 - Deadline to upload Pre-Recorded Sessions 

January 25- 29, 2021 NETA - Conference & CPB Public Media Thought Leader Forum 

Wednesday, February 3 -  Deadline to upload final deck/materials for live breakout sessions 





Contact Rachel Morrison Parsons, Senior Director, Education Strategy.