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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.

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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:

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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.

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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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ONA Weekly #22

 ONA Weekly No. 22

Defining excellence: Online Journalism Awards finalists

Judges sorted through a record-breaking 1,084 Online Journalism Awards entries from a wide range of independent, community, nonprofit, major media, start-up, academic and emerging technology organizations from around the globe. The finalists, representing over 60 organizations, showcase some of the best digital journalism of the past year.

New ONA job board open to all

Looking for a job? Our new Career Center offers free access to any job seeker in the digital journalism community — ONA members and non-members alike. Recruiters benefit from targeted search tools and significant discounts for being ONA members.

Share #ThatTimeAtONA

What connections have you made at ONA? What are your fondest memories of an ONA event, whether it be a meetup, a training or the annual conference? Did it lead to a new job, project or professional advancement? Let us know with #ThatTimeAtONA or by sharing your memories with us here. Yours may make it into our 15th birthday presentation.

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Beyond The Numbers: Answers With Analytics

Analytics no longer just prove how big you are, they’re a critical part of the feedback loop providing answers about your audience. Join Piano Media’s webinar on Sept. 17, where we’ll focus on the question: who should be measuring online and why?

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