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ONA Weekly #34

 ONA Weekly No. 34

Boosting lady leadership

The new ONA-Poynter Leadership Academy for Women in Digital Media is aimed at women moving up the ladder in digital journalism and technology. Applications will open in January for the tuition-free, week-long program, which will be held in St. Petersburg, Fla., in April.

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New on ONA Resource page: Alley Interactive

Alley Interactive designs and builds large-scale content sites for top digital publishers. Alley was the only digital agency honored in the news category of the 2014 Webby Awards for our work on The New Republic. Get more information on ONA’s Resources page.
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New jobs for journalists and developers

Our Career Center has dozens of opportunities for journalists, academics and digitally minded professionals, all available for free viewing. New postings include:

Masters Mediapreneurs grants

J-Lab: The Institute for Interactive Journalism is seeking to fund four U.S.-based news startups that show promise of journalistic value and creativity and are launched by encore media entrepreneurs, age 50-plus. Proposals are due Dec. 15.

Deadline for Freedom of Expression Awards

Nominations are due Thursday, Nov. 20, for the Index on Censorship Freedom of Expression Awards, which honor free expression champions from around the world, either through journalism, campaigning, the arts or online.

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ONA, Poynter Team Up for Innovative Leadership Academy for Women in Digital Media

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Online News Association (ONA) and The Poynter Institute will partner to create an intensive, tuition-free leadership program that addresses the unique needs of women in digital media.

The ONA-Poynter Leadership Academy for Women in Digital Media, April 12-17, 2015, at Poynter’s campus in St. Petersburg, Fla., will focus on critical skills for women moving up the ladder in digital journalism and technology organizations and the documented challenges they face on the path to leadership.

This partnership will combine the resources of the world’s leading digital media organization, ONA, with the global leader in professional journalism education, The Poynter Institute.

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ONA Weekly #33

 ONA Weekly No. 33

What 100+ Challenge Fund projects taught us

Last week, we opened applications for the second round of the Challenge Fund for Innovation in Journalism Education, which will award $35,000 microgrants to journalism educators. Looking for tips on what makes a great application? ONA’s Director of Operations Irving Washington shares insights on what made the first round of winners stand out from the crowd.

Legal updates

ONA joined briefs drafted by the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, one focused on Fourth Amendment challenges to the federal government’s bulk collection of telephone records; and signed on to a coalition letter to the Department of Justice on including the treatment of journalists in its investigation into police conduct in Ferguson, Mo.

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Fresh jobs!

Our Career Center has dozens of opportunities for journalists, academics and digitally minded professionals, all available for free viewing. New postings include:

ONA opp: free tickets to NYC ‘Conversations’

The first 10 members of the ONA community to register using the code ONAFRIENDCOMP will receive free admission to the second Daily News Innovation Lab “Conversations” on Nov. 19 in New York. The event will feature senior editors and innovation leaders from the AP, New York Daily News, The New York Times, Time Inc. and The Wall Street Journal. Register here. Members of the ONA community can receive 25 percent off registration (until capacity is reached) using the code ONAFRIEND25. 

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What 100+ Challenge Fund experiments taught us

It’s been a full year since we launched the Challenge Fund for Innovation in Journalism Education, a $1 million competition encouraging universities to create teams to experiment with new ways of providing news and information to their communities.

The 2014 Challenge Fund winners are in their first six months of experimentation and we look forward to sharing what they’re learning, but it’s already time to look for the next batch of innovation happening in schools across the country.

Last year, we saw so many promising ideas that our partners — the Excellence and Ethics in Journalism Foundation, the Robert R. McCormick Foundation, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Democracy Fund and the Rita Allen Foundation — expanded the fund to support two additional winners, bringing the total to 12, and recognizing 13 honorable mentions.

And, as with any experiment, we learned things along the way, including what makes a great application. Here are some tips:

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ONA Weekly #32

 ONA Weekly No. 32

Apply for $35K micro-grants to hack journalism education

Applications are open for the 2015 Challenge Fund for Innovation in Journalism Education, which seeds local news experiments in journalism education with $35,000 micro-grants. We’re looking for creative projects that highlight collaboration, innovation and solid planning. Deadline to apply is Jan. 15, 2015. Take a look at our 2014 winners and their projects, learn more and apply.

A collection of resources for journalists

Check out ONA’s resource page to find tools, programs and technologies for the digital journalism community, including free access to a digital security tool and discounted access to scholarly articles. Like to be featured? Contact Jessica Strelitz at jessica@journalists.org.

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Enter Your Best Work for 2014 Now

Call for Entries: Scripps Howard Awards program
17 Categories
$180,000 In Prizes
Enter by Feb. 10, 2015
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Jobs

Our Career Center has dozens of opportunities for journalists, academics and digitally minded professionals, all available for free viewing. New postings include:

Survey helps assess journalists’ stress points

The Dart Research Lab at the University of Tulsa is looking for your input into an anonymous online survey to assess the various forms of occupational risks and stresses encountered by working journalists. Share your experience.

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