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The Content Conference

Since 1987, this organization has convened programming leaders, content producers and key decision makers across public media for the only professional conference focused solely on audience and content. The Content Conference has earned a reputation for showcasing the most important and provocative ideas in our industry from respected speakers, researchers and innovators in our field. With attendance of more than 400 professionals from the U.S, Canada and Europe, public media professionals from across the globe attend The Content Conference to be inspired and enlightened by high level presentations, discussions of national importance, professional development, training opportunities and much needed networking with colleagues.

Since 1987, this organization has convened programming leaders, content producers and key decision makers across public media for the only professional conference focused solely on audience and content. The Content Conference has earned a reputation for showcasing the most important and provocative ideas in our industry from respected speakers, researchers and innovators in our field. With attendance of more than 400 professionals from the U.S, Canada and Europe, public media professionals from across the globe attend The Content Conference to be inspired and enlightened by high level presentations, discussions of national importance, professional development, training opportunities and much needed networking with colleagues.

Conference Archives

Each year, we capture as much of our conference sessions as feasible and archive the content in our knowledge base. PMCC members have access to the recordings of more than a decade of conference sessions with notable speakers like Ira Glass, Terry Gross and many more.

PMCC is led by established public media leaders who have built influential programs in the industry. Through PMCC, our members collaborate with some of the top minds in media, audience research, journalism, and music programming and support each other in navigating the field’s evolving challenges. 

Conference Quotes

“I transitioned to public media in 2017 after a long career in for-profit digital and print news organizations. During my first year, I went to a lot of public media conferences and used the services of several public media organizations. None was more valuable to me than PMCC. The conference, the PD workshop, and the network I built have all been indispensable to me as I entered unfamiliar territory.”Ju-Don Marshall, WFAE

“I need the ability to learn what other stations are doing, and I look forward to the conference every year because I find it reinvigorates me to see my colleagues face to face.” Ele Ellis, WUWM

The conference is so important as it drops you into the industry, and more importantly allows you to understand where Public Radio is going and what are the pressing issues. It’s even more important for networking, and attending the pre-conference workshop literally sets up a graduating class of contacts which is just priceless as a resource, but also as a support group.”  – Nick Yee, Hawaii Public Radio

A Note from PMCC President & Executive Director Abby Goldstein

The Content Conference has become a cornerstone for many content professionals in public media, from networks to programming providers to stations across the country. This annual meeting has become a tentpole under which the programming community gathers, but it has also become unsustainable for our small but mighty organization to hold that tentpole up every year. PMCC is not planning to host a national conference in 2024, but we are planning to convene smaller groups for more targeted gatherings and workshops. We will not stop bringing people together, but our board needs time to do our due diligence and create a plan for the Content Conference that serves your needs without harming the long-term health of the organization. The Content Conference will be back! We are committed to producing a national conference in 2025 and will make announcements here as soon as we lock in dates and a venue. Watch this space for updates coming soon! 

Noncommercial media is an essential part of our culture and democracy. From critical reporting on national and international news to supporting local music communities, public media programming informs, connects, inspires, and sustains us. As a leader in public media, we help our members build smart, viable strategies to deepen their connection with audiences and continue to thrive.

– Abby Goldstein, PMCC President & Executive Director

Conference Quotes

“I transitioned to public media in 2017 after a long career in for-profit digital and print news organizations. During my first year, I went to a lot of public media conferences and used the services of several public media organizations. None was more valuable to me than PMCC. The conference, the PD workshop, and the network I built have all been indispensable to me as I entered unfamiliar territory.”Ju-Don Marshall, WFAE

“I need the ability to learn what other stations are doing, and I look forward to the conference every year because I find it reinvigorates me to see my colleagues face to face.” Ele Ellis, WUWM

The conference is so important as it drops you into the industry, and more importantly allows you to understand where Public Radio is going and what are the pressing issues. It’s even more important for networking, and attending the pre-conference workshop literally sets up a graduating class of contacts which is just priceless as a resource, but also as a support group.”  – Nick Yee, Hawaii Public Radio

A Note from PMCC President & Executive Director Abby Goldstein

The Content Conference has become a cornerstone for many content professionals in public media, from networks to programming providers to stations across the country. This annual meeting has become a tentpole under which the programming community gathers, but it has also become unsustainable for our small but mighty organization to hold that tentpole up every year. PMCC is not planning to host a national conference in 2024, but we are planning to convene smaller groups for more targeted gatherings and workshops. We will not stop bringing people together, but our board needs time to do our due diligence and create a plan for the Content Conference that serves your needs without harming the long-term health of the organization. The Content Conference will be back! We are committed to producing a national conference in 2025 and will make announcements here as soon as we lock in dates and a venue. Watch this space for updates coming soon! 

Noncommercial media is an essential part of our culture and democracy. From critical reporting on national and international news to supporting local music communities, public media programming informs, connects, inspires, and sustains us. As a leader in public media, we help our members build smart, viable strategies to deepen their connection with audiences and continue to thrive.

– Abby Goldstein, PMCC President & Executive Director