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A Mobile Master Class from ONA London

On March 6, nearly 200 journalists, editors, producers, designers and CEOs traveled to Reuters UK for ONA London: Mobile, our first conference outside of North America. This day-long series of sessions, workshops and networking focused on producing the news for mobile devices, touching on everything from newsroom culture to designing better experiences on mobile.

We’ve pulled together video, audio, presentations and live blogs so you can learn from our expert presenters and knowledgeable attendees. Video recordings and speaker resources from the sessions are only available to ONA members; audio recordings of the sessions and live blogs are available to all.

You can find the full video list and speaker resources here. Not a member yet? It only takes a few minutes to sign up and get access to these resources (and more great benefits). Annual memberships are only $75 for professionals and $25 for students. Become an ONA member today.

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ONA Weekly #47

 ONA Weekly No. 47

ONA London live blogs bring mobile expertise to you

Get tips from experts including Nathalie Malinarich and Stacy-Marie Ishmael on building great apps, designing for mobile, push alerts and more from the live curation at ONA London: Mobile, our conference at Reuters UK on March 6. From the schedule, simply click “more info” next to any session to find the blog. We’ll make video available to ONA members soon, so if you’re not one yet, join now. More resources to come.

Introducing the ONA-Poynter Leadership Academy class

The 25 women in the first cohort of the ONA-Poynter Leadership Academy for Women in Digital Media are sure to inspire you. With so much interest in this new leadership program for women, we’re already planning another academy in 2016 that will focus on promising emerging leaders.

Getting awesome at SXSW

If you’re coming to SXSW Interactive, come party with us (and all of our journalism friends) at The Awesomest Journalism Party. Ever. V., from 5-8 p.m., Saturday, March 14 at the Palm Door. ONA’s Digital Director Trevor Knoblich and Senior Communications Manager Jen Mizgata would love to talk to you about projects and ideas for ONA15.

Send us your session ideas for ONA15

Submit a pitch to ONA15, and help us create an inspiring, collaborative conference for digital journalists. Submissions from the community are a vital part of the program and each one is reviewed by our program committee. Be sure to send your ideas by April 10.

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Just posted! 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:

Free! Daily News Innovation Lab “Conversations” event

The first 10 members of the ONA community to register using the code ONACOMP will receive free admission to “Social Media in the Age of Algorithms,” March 25 in New York City. The event will feature Pete Cashmore (Mashable), Alex Leo (Yahoo!), Rubina Madan Fillion (The Intercept) and Mat Yurow (The New York Times). Members of the ONA community receive 25% off registration (until capacity is reached) using the code ONADISCOUNT25.

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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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ONA, Poynter Announce First Class of 25 for Women’s Leadership Academy

WASHINGTON DC — The Online News Association (ONA) and The Poynter Institute are pleased to announce the premiere class of 25 women leaders selected for the tuition-free ONA-Poynter Leadership Academy for Women in Digital Media.

The participants were chosen from a pool of just under 500 applicants, screened for potential, need and diversity across ethnicity, age, geography, technology platforms and skill sets.

“We congratulate the talented women who will make up and contribute to this incredible first cohort,” said Jane McDonnell, ONA Executive Director. “Because of the number and quality of the applicants, we’re already planning another session that will focus on promising emerging leaders and their specific needs.”

Members of the first Academy are:

Masuma Ahuja, National Digital Editor, The Washington Post
Kainaz Amaria, Supervising Editor, NPR Visuals, NPR
Heather Battaglia, Software Engineer, Northwestern University Knight Lab
Libby Bawcombe, Digital Design Director, The Atlantic
Kristina Budelis, Multimedia Producer and Freelancer
Megan Chan, Director of Digital Product, Politico
Kari Cobham, Social Media Digital Analyst, Cox Media Group
Meghann Farnsworth, Director of Distribution/Engagement, The Center for Investigative Reporting
Melisa Goh, Senior Home Page Editor, CNN,
Geneen Harston, Director of World/National News, Rivet News Radio
Imaeyen Ibanga, Video Producer, NBC News
Meagan Kelleher, Director of Digital Content, Tribune Broadcasting
Christina Kline, Deputy Mobile Editor, The Wall Street Journal
Amanda Krauss, Director of Technology, The Texas Tribune
Sarah Marshall, Social Media Editor EMEA, The Wall Street Journal
Rebekah Monson, Co-Founder, WhereBy.Us / The New Tropic
Holly Moore, Managing Editor, USA TODAY
Nuria Net, Editor, Emerging Arts & Special Projects, Fusion
Tracie Powell, Founder, All Digitocracy
Shadi Rahimi, Deputy Producer, Al Jazeera/AJ+
Mariana Santos, Director of Interactive and Animation, Fusion
Ruth Spencer, Managing Editor, Guardian US
Almudena Toral, Visual Journalist
Elite Truong, Support Manager, Vox Media
Mandy Velez, Lead Editor, A+ (

“This was an amazing and intense process,” said Kelly McBride, Poynter’s Vice President of Academic Programs. “Amazing because we discovered so many journalists doing incredible work. Intense, because there were so many well-qualified women craving leadership training. We knew there was demand for this, but now we see how significant that demand is.”

The seminar, to be held April 12-17 at Poynter’s campus in St. Petersburg, Fla., will help women gain and polish the skills and knowledge needed to rise to the highest levels of media leadership. The classes will be structured to encourage open, candid discussion and networking, and participants will walk away with not only strong skills but with a built-in support system for the future.

Sessions will be led by prominent women leaders in the startup, tech, media and academic fields, and faculty will include S. Mitra Kalita, current Executive Editor (at large) for Quartz and Adjunct Faculty at Poynter; Liz Heron, Facebook’s Manager of News Partnerships; LaToya Drake, Marketing Manager/Media Outreach for Google and Kelly McBride.

The Women’s Leadership Academy is made possible through the generous support of the Ford Foundation; the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation; Google; the craigslist Charitable Fund; and the McClatchy Foundation, which will also provide seed funding for up to three additional academies. Poynter and ONA will jointly host the second academy in the Spring of 2016.

About the Online News Association
The Online News Association is the world’s largest association of digital journalists. ONA’s mission is to inspire innovation and excellence among journalists to better serve the public. Membership includes journalists, technologists, executives, academics and students who produce news for and support digital delivery systems. ONA also hosts the annual Online News Association conference and administers the Online Journalism Awards.

About The Poynter Institute
The Poynter Institute for Media Studies is a global leader in journalism education, and a strategy center that stands for uncompromising excellence in journalism, media and 21st century public discourse. Poynter faculty teach seminars and workshops at the Institute in St. Petersburg, Fla., and at conferences and organizational sites around the world. Its e-learning division, News University,, offers the world’s largest online journalism curriculum in 7 languages, with more than 400 interactive courses and 300,000 registered users in more than 200 countries. The Institute’s website,, produces 24-hour coverage of news about media, ethics, technology, the business of news and the trends that currently define and redefine journalism news reporting. The world’s top journalists and media innovators come to Poynter to learn and teach new generations of reporters, storytellers, media inventors, designers, visual journalists, documentarians and broadcast producers, and to build public awareness about journalism, media, the First Amendment and protected discourse that serves democracy and the public good.

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Selecting the first Women’s Leadership Academy cohort: Phew

We knew it was going to be hard. But this hard?

Based on events over the past year, it didn’t take superior powers of observation to see that the tuition-free ONA-Poynter Leadership Academy for Women in Digital Media was an idea whose time was way past due. But as the selection committee — myself, Poynter’s Vice President of Academic Programs Kelly McBride, Poynter General Counsel Ellyn Kamke and ONA Digital Director Trevor Knoblich — started poring through applications, we were overwhelmed by the response: 486 very qualified candidates for 25 spots.

So, how to choose?

This being our fledgling class, we left room in our selection process to pivot on the skills and chemistry that would make for a stellar, collaborative and inclusive first cohort. Once we saw the entire pool, we armed ourselves with caffeine to set about defining a clear strategy and military-grade eligibility guidelines.

Immediately apparent was the fact that candidates organically fell into two categories, experienced managers or emerging leaders. In order to accommodate both types of leaders, we agreed to move forward in holding a future leadership academy — more on this to come.

For the April 2015 class, we focused on experience, selecting for:

  • Management experience, i.e. direct supervision
  • Immersion in digital media
  • Practitioners only
  • Diversity, including ethnicity, age, geography and platform
  • Innovative thinking
  • Leadership potential

Implied in the selection was an ability to bring new ideas and unique solutions to the mix to ensure a group that would candidly, sometimes fearlessly, tackle both strategic and operational issues. We’ll be sharing more details on instructors, our talented first class and the program in the lead-up to the seminar.

We know this cohort will have plenty of lessons to take back to their newsrooms, but we’re excited about what we’ll learn as well, including ideas to bring to the next class, or building offshoot training customized for specific future groups, such as educators or developers.

We’re grateful for the guidance of our faculty, Quartz’s S. Mitra Kalita and Facebook’s Liz Heron, and support from the Knight Foundation’s Jennifer Preston. And we congratulate all 25 women in our first class — we’re looking forward to diving in. But most of all, thanks to everyone who applied. We know you’re out there, and we’ll be working to keep filling the tremendous leadership need we see in newsrooms everywhere.

Jane McDonnell is ONA’s Executive Director. She oversees and manages the day-to-day operations of the world’s largest membership organization of digital journalists, working closely with the Board of Directors. Her purview includes membership, partnerships, global community outreach, budgeting and revenue generation, fundraising and development, the Online Journalism Awards, and providing vision for ONA’s state-of-the-art annual conference.

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ONA Weekly #46


 ONA Weekly No. 46


Protecting journalists: new international freelance standards

Recognizing that locally based journalists face the biggest threats, ONA joined more than 40 groups, organized by the Dart Center, that endorse safety principles for freelancers on dangerous assignments and best practices for the news organizations that employ them.
Photo: Albert Gonzalez Farran, UNAMID

Send us your conference ideas!

We’re now accepting pitches for ONA15, our annual conference for digital journalists. Anyone can submit topics and speakers and multiple submissions are allowed. The ONA15 Suggestion Box will be open until April 10, but don’t wait to the last minute to send us your ideas.

A win for net neutrality

Last week, the Federal Communications Commission voted three to two to protect net neutrality, ensuring that broadband providers can’t slow or limit content. As an advocate for the Internet “as an unrestricted platform for a rich, diverse and inclusive news media ecosystem,” ONA is thrilled at the outcome. Read our full comment to the FCC.

Upcoming Events

Update on the Women’s Leadership Academy

We received 486 high-quality applications for the ONA-Poynter Leadership Academy for Women in Digital Media. We’ve reviewed each and every application, and seen a lot of amazing projects. We’ll be announcing who will attend next week and sharing updates as we lead up to the seminar with #digitalwomenleaders.


Browsing jobs in ONA’s Career Center is always free for job seekers. Looking to reach digital journalists with a job opening? We have a targeted approach for recruiters.

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.


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