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A Holiday Thanks: ONA’s Top Resources of 2014

Happy holidays from ONA! In fine ONA tradition, our gift to you is a round-up of our most useful resources from 2014, drawing on our annual conference, events and training throughout the year. With everything we do, we focus on making sure working journalists have strong, practical takeaways and we know you’ll find something here to inspire and motivate you in 2015.

We hope that you have had a productive year and wish you have a peaceful holiday season.

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A look at the business of journalism at ONACamp Phoenix

At our final ONACamp of 2014, a range of journalism and business experts convened at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication in Phoenix to share tips about the business of digital journalism. Funded by a generous grant by the Gannett Foundation, this full-day training featured eight sessions that provided tips on how to align journalism and business goals into strategy and news projects.


Capturing Value

Jake Batsell, Assistant Professor at Southern Methodist University’s Division of Journalism in Dallas, kicked off the day with a keynote conversation on audience engagement and the business of digital news. In preparation for his forthcoming book, Jake visited over 25 newsrooms in the United States and United Kingdom and did over 100 interviews investigating engagement, loyalty and revenue. He found newsrooms are trying to engage readers in five main ways: face-to-face engagement, news as conversation, serving the “passionate vertical,” search, explore and play, and measuring and monetizing the audience relationship.

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ONA Weekly #34

 ONA Weekly No. 34

Boosting lady leadership

The new ONA-Poynter Leadership Academy for Women in Digital Media is aimed at women moving up the ladder in digital journalism and technology. Applications will open in January for the tuition-free, week-long program, which will be held in St. Petersburg, Fla., in April.

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New on ONA Resource page: Alley Interactive

Alley Interactive designs and builds large-scale content sites for top digital publishers. Alley was the only digital agency honored in the news category of the 2014 Webby Awards for our work on The New Republic. Get more information on ONA’s Resources page.
This content is sponsored by Alley Interactive.

New jobs for journalists and developers

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

Masters Mediapreneurs grants

J-Lab: The Institute for Interactive Journalism is seeking to fund four U.S.-based news startups that show promise of journalistic value and creativity and are launched by encore media entrepreneurs, age 50-plus. Proposals are due Dec. 15.

Deadline for Freedom of Expression Awards

Nominations are due Thursday, Nov. 20, for the Index on Censorship Freedom of Expression Awards, which honor free expression champions from around the world, either through journalism, campaigning, the arts or online.

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ONA, Poynter Team Up for Innovative Leadership Academy for Women in Digital Media

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Online News Association (ONA) and The Poynter Institute will partner to create an intensive, tuition-free leadership program that addresses the unique needs of women in digital media.

The ONA-Poynter Leadership Academy for Women in Digital Media, April 12-17, 2015, at Poynter’s campus in St. Petersburg, Fla., will focus on critical skills for women moving up the ladder in digital journalism and technology organizations and the documented challenges they face on the path to leadership.

This partnership will combine the resources of the world’s leading digital media organization, ONA, with the global leader in professional journalism education, The Poynter Institute.

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ONA Weekly #33

 ONA Weekly No. 33

What 100+ Challenge Fund projects taught us

Last week, we opened applications for the second round of the Challenge Fund for Innovation in Journalism Education, which will award $35,000 microgrants to journalism educators. Looking for tips on what makes a great application? ONA’s Director of Operations Irving Washington shares insights on what made the first round of winners stand out from the crowd.

Legal updates

ONA joined briefs drafted by the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, one focused on Fourth Amendment challenges to the federal government’s bulk collection of telephone records; and signed on to a coalition letter to the Department of Justice on including the treatment of journalists in its investigation into police conduct in Ferguson, Mo.

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Fresh jobs!

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

ONA opp: free tickets to NYC ‘Conversations’

The first 10 members of the ONA community to register using the code ONAFRIENDCOMP will receive free admission to the second Daily News Innovation Lab “Conversations” on Nov. 19 in New York. The event will feature senior editors and innovation leaders from the AP, New York Daily News, The New York Times, Time Inc. and The Wall Street Journal. Register here. Members of the ONA community can receive 25 percent off registration (until capacity is reached) using the code ONAFRIEND25. 

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