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Seattle Times, ProPublica, NPR take home 2014 Online Journalism Awards

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Coverage of natural disasters and health care as well as the making of a T-shirt took top honors Saturday night at the 2014 Online Journalism Awards, which ended the Online News Association Conference.

At the 14th annual awards dinner, ONA also announced a new award for 2015, the James Foley Award, honoring work by reporters in conflict zones and named for the Global Post freelancer killed in Syria in August.

The Seattle Times and Calgary Herald dominated the Breaking News categories with respective coverage of a local landslide and floods in Alberta. The two newest OJA categories, the $7,500 University of Florida Awards in Investigative Data Journalism, were won by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s examination of screening programs for newborns with rare diseases and MPR News for the cover-up of sexual abuse within the Catholic church.

Each winner of the three General Excellence Awards — The Los Angeles Times, ProPublica and the Center for Public Integrity — took home a $3,000 prize, courtesy of the Gannett Foundation. The Knight Award for Public Service, with a $5,000 prize from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, went to The Miami Herald’s I-Team investigation into Florida’s lack of protection for abused children. Northwestern University Knight Lab won the $5,000 Technical Innovation in the Service of Digital Journalism Award for its widely used Publishers’ Toolbox.

Launched in 2000, the OJAs are administered by the Online News Association and are the only comprehensive set of journalism prizes honoring excellence in digital journalism, focusing on independent, community, nonprofit, academic and major media.

Here are the winners in each category, with links to their winning entries:

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ONA14 news: A taste of Chicago; newcomers guide; Midway highlights and program updates

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Chicago menu: Food truck rally, discounts and freebies

Chicago is a great place for people who love food. To bring some local flavor right to our door, we’ve organized a food truck rally outside the conference hotel for the two days when you’ll have lunch on your own. And don’t forget to take advantage of the nice discounts at local restaurants. Check out the menu, which includes local restaurants and snacks that you won’t want to miss.


First-time attendee? Help is on the way

If it’s your first time at an ONA conference, you’re in good company. We’ve pulled together tips for you and our 600 other new attendees, highlighting special sessions, including an orientation and a reception sponsored by Twitter. (Conference veterans, you’ll also find very useful pro tips in our first-timer’s guide.)

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ONA Weekly #24

 ONA Weekly No. 24

Make your voice heard on net neutrality

The conversation continues on how net neutrality may be impacted if the FCC enacts new rules to regulate the internet. Submit your comments to the FCC by Monday, Sept. 15. You’ll be in good company – today, Netflix, Etsy, Kickstarter, Meetup, reddit, WordPress and a number of other websites are participating in Internet Slowdown Day to raise awareness about how proposed regulations would impact the web.

Lessons from ONA’s design camp on digital security

Over 50 journalists, security experts, academics and developers brought their skills to the free, all-day ONA dCamp: Digital Security, learning and creating tips and tools for journalists to keep their work secure. Participants used a human-centered design approach to imagine new tools and processes to protect journalists, their sources and the newsroom.

Guidance for freelance journalists

New Avenues in Journalism, Oct. 10-11 in San Francisco, will bring together media innovators to coach freelancers about custom content, new publishing models, crowd, funding, venture capital, grants and fellowships and other sources of income.
The conference, co-hosted by ONA, American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA) and San Francisco State University (SFSU) Journalism Department., will feature Kara Swisher, Re/code Co-Executive Editor, as the keynote. ONA members save $45 off each day they attend if they register before Sept. 23. Get your discount code in the member center.

Upcoming events:

The Dart Center Ochberg Fellowship is a unique seminar program for senior and mid-career journalists who want to deepen their knowledge of emotional trauma and psychological injury, and improve reporting on violence, conflict and tragedy. Learn more and apply.
This content is sponsored by the Dart Center.

Help us celebrate 15 years of ONA

Do you have a favorite memory of an ONA event? Share it with us so we can highlight it at this year’s Online News Association Conference and Awards, where we’ll be kicking off our 15th year. You can submit photos, stories and more online and share with #ThatTimeatONA.

New Jobs in the ONA Career Center

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

What we’re reading:

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



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ONA Weekly #23

 ONA Weekly No. 23

JOBS: Seeking talented digital journalists

ONA’s new Career Center has dozens of opportunities for journalists, editors and digitally minded professionals, all available for viewing free of charge. Here are two worth checking out:

Meet the candidates for the 2015 Board

Nine new candidates and seven incumbents, representing a wide and diverse range of digital media, are running for the ONA Board of Directors. Learn more about them before voting opens Sept. 26 at the Online News Association Conference and Awards in Chicago.

Story Points feature: An early review

Story Points, Tableau Public 8.2’s new feature, lets users create a sequence of visualizations to tell a “data story.” Since June, journalists worldwide have been using Story Points to convey a wide range of interactive data-driven narratives.

Upcoming events:



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Slate announced for 2015 ONA Board of Directors election

We’re happy to announce the slate of nominees for the 2015 Board of Directors for the Online News Association.

Under the bylaws, the board may be comprised of up to 15 voting members. For the 2015-16 Board term, there are six qualified seats open for election. Terms are for two years and begin Jan. 1, 2015.

Nine new candidates and seven incumbents, representing a wide and diverse range of digital media, are running.

To be sure to give all candidates time to present their vision for ONA, elections will once again open during the 2014 Online News Association Conference & Awards Banquet in Chicago, Friday, Sept. 26, when candidates also will be introduced at a Lightning Round session to present their visions for ONA and answer questions from members.

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