You and your fellow j-school colleagues have been talking for far too long about that innovative experiment that will shake up your curriculum. There’s a talented student who just needs the right mix of collaboration and inspiration to fulfill her promise. You have a media partner willing to work with you and a cool engagement platform in mind. Researcher: Check. Designer? Could be. Developer? In the wings.
You’ve got the right ingredients to apply for the 2014 Challenge Fund for Innovation in Journalism Education, and inject up to $35,000 in the form of a micro-grant that can push your idea to launch and — we hope — make both your curriculum and your local news landscape stronger.
WASHINGTON DC — Journalism educators can now apply for a $1 million challenge encouraging universities to create teams that will experiment with new ways of providing news and information, run by the Online News Association, the world’s largest membership group of digital journalists.
The competitive Challenge Fund for Innovation in Journalism Education is the brainchild of a collaborative that includes the Excellence and Ethics in Journalism Foundation, the Robert R. McCormick Foundation, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the Democracy Fund.
The fund will support live news experiments that further the development of teaching hospital models in journalism education, in which innovative projects are created by teams of educators, students, professionals, technicians, and researchers. Micro-grants of up to $35,000 each will be awarded to 15 to 25 projects to be completed during the 2014-2015 academic year.
Get involved in ONA Local
Meet local journalists, learn about current trends in digital journalism and share your ideas at an upcoming ONA Local event. Find an ONA Local group near you.
ONA Philly will hear takeaways from ONA13 from attendees sent by the Center for Public Interest Journalism Nov. 13.
ONA Jerusalem hosts the first international #wjchat on Nov. 13 to discuss sourcing and the responsibility journalists have in the digital age. All are invited to this Twitter chat — follow @wjchat and #wjchat at 7 p.m. in Jerusalem/12 p.m. ET.
And be sure to join us in Chicago for the next Google for Media training Dec. 4 at The James Hotel. This free, full-day event will feature conversation and training to inspire and empower journalists seeking to improve their storytelling abilities. All are welcome to attend. Registration will open soon — if you’d like to be added to the list, let us know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jeanne Brooks to depart ONA
In the sad/happy category: It’s with regret that we announce that Digital Director Jeanne Brooks will be leaving us Dec. 13, but with delight that we announce that it will be to work on a project close to her heart and to pursue other worthy endeavors.
Jeanne, with colleague Sabrina Hersi Issa, will be using a human-centered approach to create an inclusive and diverse history and narrative of the disruption of the industry, as a complement to the recent Nieman Riptide report tracing the trajectory of digital journalism.
For the past three years, Jeanne has had an enormous impact on ONA’s growth and community — growing our strategic partnerships, training, ONA Local, ONACamps, managing our digital properties and guiding and expanding programming for our annual conference, including the innovative Midway. Her creative, collaborative and agile approach has helped bring our journalists into the 21st century, and — often — beyond.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Members of the Online News Association (ONA), the world’s largest membership organization of digital journalists, elected four new members to its Board of Directors and reelected two incumbents to two-year terms.
The newest members — Kim P. Bui, Interim Mobile Product Manager, Southern California Public Radio; Eric Carvin, Social Media Editor, The Associated Press; David Cohn, Director of News, Circa and Jennifer Preston, Staff Writer, The New York Times — will join the Board Jan. 1, 2014.
“Jennifer, David, Eric and Kim will make fantastic additions to the Board,” said ONA President Jim Brady, Editor in Chief, Digital First Media. “This group brings us strong experience with mobile and social journalism, some much-needed expertise in radio and represents organizations from two-year-old Circa to the 167-year-old Associated Press.”
Two incumbent members also were reelected: Jim Brady and Meredith Artley, Board Vice President and Vice President & Managing Editor, CNN Digital, CNN. A 15th seat will soon be appointed by the Board to help meet the organization’s financial goals.
This year’s Online News Association Conference (ONA13) gathered together nearly 1,600 journalists, technologists, professionals and students in Atlanta, who brought with them amazing energy, ideas and resources.
For ONA, it’s not just about the conference, it’s about the community. Whether you are a member, a conference attendee, a sponsor or all of the above, your contribution marks your commitment to the future of the news industry. And if you couldn’t make it to Atlanta, we want to make sure you have the best of the resources and networking that make these events so unique.
Exploring mobile, video, security, transparency, collaboration and innovation, ONA13 provided a collective home for discussing and sharing cutting-edge concepts.
To do that, we used a live timeline, social curation and liveblogging with RebelMouse, Livestream, audio and two-minute takeaway videos to cover emerging story lines. The social curation team lead by Jen Mizgata, Adam Nekola as the homepage editor, and the volunteer video team, led by Will Davis and McKenna Ewan all did an excellent job in leading coverage.