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Launching the Women’s Digital Leadership Academy

Our bags are packed and we’re ready to go! The ONA-Poynter Leadership Academy for Women in Digital Media will be held next week, April 12-17. Make sure to meet the 25 participants, selected from a pool of nearly 500 applicants, who will attend the tuition-free seminar. You can also read more about the amazing faculty leading conversations throughout the week.

You can join in the conversation at #digitalwomenleaders, and stay tuned for more updates!


We’re also thankful to our sponsor, the Ford Foundation, for its tremendous support in making this dream a reality.

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From Compensation to Innovation: Agenda for the Women’s Leadership Academy

The ONA-Poynter Leadership Academy for Women in Digital Media is happening April 12-17, and we couldn’t be more thrilled to work with the 25 amazing women and expert faculty collaborating in this inaugural group.

Find out more about the participants and the faculty.

With the high level of interest — nearly 500 applicants — in the program, we thought we’d share the emerging themes and topics for the week aimed at starting focused, candid conversations. ONA and Poynter will be creating summary materials of the event, and you can follow the ongoing conversation on Twitter using #digitalwomenleaders.

Understanding Your Leadership Skill Sets

Faculty: Katie Hawkins-Gaar (Poynter), S. Mitra Kalita (Los Angeles Times), Kelly McBride (Poynter), Jane McDonnell (ONA), Butch Ward (Poynter)

The cohort will share their goals and experiences as leaders to help set the tone for the week. Using the results of a survey, they will also dive into strategies for management styles and decision-making, and then review their own strengths as digital leaders and start developing a personal leadership plan outlining their goals.

Designs for Leadership in Digital Media

Faculty: Laura Amico (The Boston Globe), Sara Catania (NBC4 LA), Cory Haik (The Washington Post), S. Mitra Kalita

We’ll discuss challenges specific to leadership in the digital space, including creating a culture of innovation and agility, entrepreneurship, managing digital products and wrangling technology and tools.

Participants will also have a conversation with Wall Street Journal’s Rebecca Blumenstein and Fusion’s Jane Spencer, moderated by Facebook’s Liz Heron, about championing colleagues for leadership roles.

Navigating Newsroom Culture

Faculty: Meredith Artley (CNN), LaToya Drake (Google), Liz Heron (Facebook), Stacy-Marie Ishmael (BuzzFeed News), S. Mitra Kalita, Will Neville-Rehbehn (VShift), Latoya Peterson (Fusion)

We’ll discuss systemic inequities in newsroom culture, focusing on creating a cohort to support diversity in leadership, strategies for balancing a career and family, developing business partnerships and the ins and outs of negotiating a compensation package.

The Business of Leadership

Faculty: Meredith Artley, Kelly McBride, Butch Ward

We’ll focus on the business side of leadership, including how to wield influence, how to manage business relationships, the ethics of women as leaders, and a look at money, budgets and revenue. Faculty and participants will engage in one-on-one coaching.

Bringing it Home

Finally, participants will have a chance to share their personal leadership plan and discuss how to keep conversations going beyond the Academy. We’ll invite the cohort to share feedback on everything from format to presenters to topics covered so that we can improve future events.

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Get involved! Opportunities for students, mentors and volunteers at ONA15

We’re recruiting talented students, mentors and those passionate about digital journalism to bring your skills to the Online News Association Conference, Sept. 24-26, in Los Angeles.

The ONA Student Newsroom, funded for the sixth year by Google, provides a unique opportunity for the best and the brightest journalism and tech students to get their work in front of 2,000 digital journalism professionals. Lodging, travel and registration are covered for 20 selected students.

We’re also looking for mentors to guide students in their coverage. Mentors receive receive free conference registration and a complimentary ticket to the Online Journalism Awards ceremony.

Apply for the ONA15 Student Newsroom

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ONA Weekly #49

 ONA Weekly No. 49

Help us create ONA15. Submit an idea.

Submit a session idea to the ONA15 Suggestion Box by April 10! We’re looking for speakers and session ideas that inspire journalists. Tell us what you’ve learned from building new projects, what challenges your newsroom is overcoming and what you can teach your colleagues.

A mobile master class from ONA London

Learn from our expert presenters at ONA London: Mobile through the video, audio, presentations and live blogs. Video recordings and speaker resources are only available to ONA members; audio recordings and live blogs are available to all.

Winners bring Online Journalism Award data lessons to UF

Four 2014 OJA winners — Meg Martin and Madeleine Baran of Minnesota Public Radio (winning project) and Ellen Gabler and Allan Vestal of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (winning project) — will bring lessons learned from their University of Florida Awards in Investigative Data Journalism to UF today. Their visit kicks off the school’s “Breaking Down the Walls: The Fight for Open Government” conference.

Upcoming Events

New Jobs for Journalists

ONA’s Career Center has hundreds of opportunities for journalists, editors and digital-minded professionals. It’s free to browse and job-seekers can upload their resumes for free. Recent postings include:

What We’re Reading

Some recent posts we’ve highlighted on the ONA Issues Tumblr:

Have an interesting article on digital journalism issues to share with us? Tweet it with #ONAissues.

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A Mobile Master Class from ONA London

On March 6, nearly 200 journalists, editors, producers, designers and CEOs traveled to Reuters UK for ONA London: Mobile, our first conference outside of North America. This day-long series of sessions, workshops and networking focused on producing the news for mobile devices, touching on everything from newsroom culture to designing better experiences on mobile.

We’ve pulled together video, audio, presentations and live blogs so you can learn from our expert presenters and knowledgeable attendees. Video recordings and speaker resources from the sessions are only available to ONA members; audio recordings of the sessions and live blogs are available to all.

You can find the full video list and speaker resources here. Not a member yet? It only takes a few minutes to sign up and get access to these resources (and more great benefits). Annual memberships are only $75 for professionals and $25 for students. Become an ONA member today.

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