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Online News Association receives $40K EEJF grant to create digital J-tools

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WASHINGTON DC — The Online News Association, the world’s largest membership organization of digital journalists, today announced a $40,000 grant from the Excellence & Ethics in Journalism Foundation (EEJF) to fund the first phase of a digital toolkit that will offer journalists access to ethics and live scheduling tools.

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ONA Weekly #44

 ONA Weekly No. 44

David Smydra joins ONA Board

Google’s David Smydra, who garnered the next level of votes in the October 2014 election, has been appointed to the ONA board, filling the seat left vacant by Jennifer Preston, who left the Board mid-term after taking on new duties as Vice President for Journalism at the Knight Foundation, a generous ONA funder and partner. Read more about David.

ONA-Poynter Leadership applications due Friday!

Don’t forget to submit your applications to the ONA-Poynter Leadership Academy for Women in Digital Media. This free seminar is aimed at women working in the digital space who are focused on advancing their careers in journalism and technology. Applications are due this Friday, Feb. 20.

How to create a great conference pitch

Have a great idea you’d like to share with 2,000 journalists? We want to hear it. Check out our top ten tips for creating a great session pitch. We’ll begin accepting proposals for ONA15, our annual digital journalism conference, in late February.

What do you want to see at #ONA15?

Help us shape our annual conference! Before we begin accepting session pitches later this month, weigh in on #ONA15 on our Facebook page. Open questions include: What tools and tech should be at ONA15? What topics can we skip? What trends are emerging in your newsroom?

What to expect at ONA’s mobile conference

Check out the keynotes, sessions and speakers for ONA London: Mobile. Experts from around the globe will provide insight into all aspects of mobile news, from prototyping the news to engaging with your community.

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Picture Freedom scholarship contest Feb. 22-28

From Feb. 22-28, Picture Freedom encourages students to share original photos and artwork that illustrate freedom of expression on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter with #PictureFreedom. Twenty-five winners will each receive a $1,000 scholarship. For more information, visit 1ForAll.us.
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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:

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The Online News Association is a nonprofit membership organization for digital journalists, connecting journalism, technology & innovation. Learn why you should become a member.



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Why ONA sees 2015 as a year of growth and optimism for journalists

When the ONA Board and staff met in January, we kept coming back to two themes — growth and optimism.

As digital journalists and media veterans, we know how quickly coverage, staff, tools, budgets and jobs move in this vibrant and crazy business. We’re happy to say that with healthy finances, a stable staff, expanding programs and 15 years of shepherding transformative growth under its belt, ONA is deepening its role in helping our community take advantage of all the opportunities that emerge from the changes — micro to seismic — in our industry.

I’m delighted to be part of that conversation as I return as ONA’s Board President, and honored to serve with newly elected Vice President Joshua Hatch and Treasurer David Cohn, and re-elected Secretary Mandy Jenkins.

We recently welcomed new Board member Jose Zamora of Univision, who joined us for a two-year term. And we extend our appreciation to Jennifer Preston, who left the Board mid-term after taking on new duties as Vice President for Journalism at the Knight Foundation, a generous ONA funder and partner. We wish her the best in a crucial role and a huge thanks for her energy, ideas and support. Appointed to fill out her term is Google’s David Smydra, who garnered the next level of votes in the October 2014 election, bringing our board to the full 15 members.

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Announcing sessions, speakers and keynotes for ONA London: Mobile!

We’re delighted to release the complete schedule for ONA London: Mobile, our full-day conference on March 6 at Reuters UK. With news organizations seeing over half their traffic from mobile, now is a perfect time to learn more about how news is created, packaged, shared and discussed on mobile devices.

Experts from around the globe will provide insight into all aspects of mobile news, from prototyping the news to engaging with your community.

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ONA Weekly #43

 ONA Weekly No. 43

Wanted: women in digital media leadership

Applications are due Feb. 20 for the ONA-Poynter Leadership Academy for Women in Digital Media. This tuition-free seminar for 25 talented women will focus on the business of journalism, individual leadership style, navigating newsroom culture, entrepreneurship and more. Follow #digitalwomenleaders for updates.

Attorney General guidelines on news media subpoenas revised

When the Department of Justice (DOJ) modified guidelines on subpoenas issued to news media in January 2014, a coalition of media organizations, including ONA, pushed back on aspects that were unclear or harmful. The DOJ recently released new guidelines that provide clarity and strengthen protections. See a summary of key changes from the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press.

ONA London: Mobile program coming

We’ve been hard at work on the session for our first all-mobile conference, March 6 at Reuters UK. Experts from around the globe will provide insight into all aspects of mobile news, from prototyping the news to engaging with your community. Look for full sessions and speakers tomorrow, Feb. 12.

Upcoming events

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.

The Online News Association is a nonprofit membership organization for digital journalists, connecting journalism, technology & innovation. Learn why you should become a member.



Learn more