Meet Jessica Strelitz, our new Strategic Partnerships and Sales Manager
Jess oversees ONA’s business development strategy, including opportunities around the annual conference and member events. She’s focused on connecting leaders in digital journalism with professionals in the tech and entrepreneurial spaces – and beyond. Read more on Jess here.
We bid a fond farewell to Digital Coordinator Kevin Loker, who leaves us today to join the American Press Institute as Program Coordinator. Kevin helped maintained ONA’s web presence and assisted the community in managing membership. He was an invaluable help during ONA12.
One week left to apply for the MJ Bear Fellowship
We’re looking for talented digital journalists under 30 for the MJ Bear Fellowship, which pairs mentors with early-career journalists and supports their innovative projects. Fellows receive a free three-year ONA membership, registration, travel and accommodations for the 2013 Online News Association Conference and Awards Banquet, and recognition at the conference. Applications are due May 31.
Tips from ONA dCamp,
our design-focused training
We held our first all-day workshop on design thinking at The Washington Post on May 11 and we’ve pulled together valuable tips, Vines, gifs, and more to help you understand the process and how you can apply it when building products in your newsroom.
We’re delighted to announce a new partnership between the Online News Association and For Journalism that brings a valuable benefit to our members — free step-by-step courses in coding taught by industry experts.
As a result of our partnership, funded by the Ethics & Excellence in Journalism Foundation, ONA members will have free access to all course material in this series. (Not an ONA member yet? Sign up now.)
For Journalism (FJ), which recently completed a successful Kickstarter campaign, is creating a series of nine courses and educational materials for students, journalists and professors, taking a comprehensive approach to teaching how to build news applications.
“There is so much to learn, and we want people to tackle projects that are useful, fun and challenging,” said Dave Stanton, ring leader at For Journalism. “We’ve asked a lot of people where they get stuck learning to code, and the overwhelming response is they need projects that are practical and immediately useful to keep motivation high.”
Today we joined with the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press and 50 other media organizations in issuing a letter to the Department of Justice (DOJ) regarding its subpoenaing of telephone records belonging to The Associated Press.
The DOJ’s actions — gathering two months of records for more than 20 telephone lines, both from major AP bureaus and the home and cell phones of individual AP journalists — is a startling and potentially dangerous overreach of its powers, powers that are strictly limited under the DOJ’s own guidelines for issuing subpoenas to the news media for testimony and evidence.
The range of media organizations that have signed on to the letter and the speed with which we have reacted gives some sense of how strongly ONA — and the journalism community at large — feels about the DOJ’s intrusion and its potential impact on our work in the service of the public. As outlined in the letter, we have requested a swift response from the DOJ on a variety of related issues, and we’ll keep you updated.
Jim Brady, President
Josh Hatch, Chair, Legal Affairs Committee
Photo by Randy Stewart
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Online News Association, the world’s largest membership organization of digital journalists, announces that Nate Silver, best-selling author and expert data forecaster at FiveThirtyEight.com, will keynote at its 2013 conference in Atlanta.
Silver will be featured at the Online News Association Conference and Awards Banquet Friday, Oct. 18, in a conversation exploring data journalism.
With three full days of workshops, discussions, creative presentations and more expected at ONA13, we want to collect as many ideas as possible and know more about what you’d like to see and talk about when you come to Atlanta this October.
To give you more time to weigh in on the conference design, we’ve extended the deadline for the ONA13 Suggestion Box for one full week! You now have until May 8 at 11:59 p.m. E.T. to tell us what you can teach digital journalists.
Help us disrupt newsrooms around the world and train a modern workforce of journalists. You can check out all the great ideas
submitted so far at the ONA13 Suggestion Box.
We are especially interested in ideas aimed at beginners and intermediate level training.
Have an idea for the conference, but don’t want to present? We want to hear that, too. Submit today!
Don’t forget, registration for ONA13 is now open. Register now and get the discounted early-bird rate.