Happy Holidays from ONA

Thanks to everyone who made the Online News Association the fastest-growing organization for digital journalists in 2012.

This year, as our gift we’re sharing our version of holiday heaven: links to great resources we’ve compiled through the year.

Enjoy, and have a wonderful, peaceful holiday season.

ONA12: Our conference in San Francisco brought tech companies and journalists together, culminating in four days of workshops, excellent keynotes and general sessions, and killer parties. This year saw the debut of the Midway. Relive the joy with videos, audio, photos and more resources from ONA12.

ONACamps: We hosted three ONACamps this year, thanks to the Gannett Foundation, and we’re pleased to share the great resources that surfaced. The full-day digital trainings took place April 13 in Montana, at the 2012 NABJ convention in New Orleans on June 20 and in Minnesota on Dec. 1. Thanks to our trainers and more than 180 attendees, most of them new faces!

ONA Local: Leaders from around the world held more than 100 events this year. We are incredibly grateful to all of the ONA Local leaders for their time and dedication in organizing and to all of who have participated throughout the year. Our fantastic members and friends have organized and networked like champs to expand our ONA Local groups. In 2012, we welcomed ONA Portland, ONA San Diego, ONA Chicago, ONA Spain and ONA South Florida to the family.

ONAvations webinars: We developed three discounted webinars in partnership with Poyter’s NewsU in 2012. Erin Polgreen, co-founder of Symbolia Magazine, discussed how to incorporate comics and illustrated journalism into the news; Katharine Jarmul, vice-president of technology at Pop-Up Pantry, led a session on how to build your first Twitter application; and Phoebe Connelly, Editor at Yahoo News, offered social tools for innovative election coverage.

AP-Google Scholarship: We’re honored to have awarded the first round of AP-Google Journalism and Technology Scholarships in March 2012. The six 2012 AP-Google scholars are the journalists of tomorrow, pushing the boundaries of technology and storytelling. We’re now accepting applications for 2013. Make your 2013 joyful by subtracting $20,000 from your tuition!

MJ Bear Fellowship: Hagit Bachrach, video producer at the Council on Foreign Relations; Tricia Fulks, founding story director of “Hollow,” and Denise Hassanzade Ajiri, a web writer for Radio Farda, became ONA’s second class of MJ Bear Fellows in April 2012. These talented journalists under 30 received a six-month mentorship, a three-year ONA membership and an expense-paid trip to ONA’s annual conference. Look for the MJ Bear Fellow blogs in 2013 and check out the must-read posts from our first-year Fellows.

ONAIssues: We’ve been following important issues for journalists all year on the ONA Issues tumblr. Have an issue? Let us know. You can also connect with ONA on Twitter, Facebook and Linked In.

We’re already planning great programs and events for next year. We wish you and yours all the best in 2013.

Cheers,
Jane McDonnell, Executive Director, and Jim Brady, ONA Board President
ONA Board
ONA Staff