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Univision’s Jose Zamora elected to ONA Board; slate of incumbents re-elected

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — Members of the Online News Association (ONA), the world’s largest membership organization of digital journalists, elected one new member to its Board of Directors and reelected six incumbents to two-year terms.

The newest director — Jose Zamora, Vice President of Strategic Communications, Univision Network News — will join the Board Jan. 1, 2015.

“Jose brings with him a long history of news, philanthropic and digital media expertise, making him a fantastic addition to the Board,” said ONA President Meredith Artley, Vice President & Managing Editor, CNN Digital, CNN, “and we’re delighted to welcome back our re-elected colleagues to continue the important work of this particularly strong, united Board.”

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ONA Weekly #29

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Free ONACamp Phoenix focuses on business and revenue

Join us for a special free ONACamp in Phoenix Nov. 8 to explore the business side of digital journalism. The full day, funded by the Gannett Foundation, will focus on innovative revenue models that are working for news outlets across the country, as well as how editorial staffs can collaborate on business goals. You’ll hear from leaders at newsrooms large and small about how they’re experimenting with native and mobile ads, handling product management and how user engagement can organically inform revenue strategy. Register now.

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Free webinar: Traffic driving tactics

Join Bloomberg Oct. 21 at 11 a.m. EST for a free webinar on growing your digital audience. A Bloomberg audience development expert share tips for improving traffic from SEO, social media, partnerships and paid channels. Register now!

Just posted! New opportunities for journalists

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

Enter the Shorty Awards

The Shorty Awards, honoring the best news organization and brands on social media, are now accepting entries! Deadline is Nov. 14. Questions? Contact Doreen Naor at

Index on Censorship Freedom of Expression Awards

Know someone involved in tackling free expression threats, either through journalism, campaigning, the arts or using digital techniques? Nominate them for the Index on Censorship Freedom of Expression Awards 2015.

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ONA Weekly #28

 ONA Weekly No. 28

All the ONA14 resources in one place

All the great information from the Online News Association Conference in Chicago is now yours to dive into and share with your newsrooms. You can access audio and video of most sessions, comprehensive Student Newsroom coverage, photos from the event and details about the winners of the Online Journalism Awards at ONA14 resources.

ONA opportunity: free tickets to “Conversations”

Daily News Innovation Lab’s Conversations event on Oct. 15 in New York will feature leaders from Buzzfeed, Vice, Vox and Business Insider discussing how new media players are shaping the industry. The first 25 members of the ONA community to sign up with with discount code FRONA will receive free tickets.

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Increase your online traffic!

Join Bloomberg Oct. 21 at 11 a.m. EST for a free webinar to learn how to grow your online audience. A Bloomberg audience development expert will discuss how to attract audience and answer your questions. Register now!

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Society of Business Editors and Writers Fall Conference

SABEW’s Fall Conference features solid business journalism sessions as well as those focused on U.S. monetary policy, high-frequency trading, mergers and acquisitions, corporate fraud, and an update on the Affordable Care Act. Learn more and register.

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ONA14 resources: Session videos, photos, tips and takeaways

As we pulled together our annual post-conference resources, we were again blown away by all of the inspiring sessions and great energy from this year’s Online News Association Conference, where over 1,900 journalists and technologists joined us in Chicago. We saw a whopping 936 new attendees and were thrilled with how our community welcomed them into the fold.

This was our largest conference to date and we’re proud to say that as we’ve grown, our community has maintained a commitment to networking and helping each other by exploring and sharing the newest technology and practical advice to bring back to their newsrooms. Whether you come from a large organization or a small newsroom, whether your interest is in breaking news or producing news for mobile, whether you identify as a digital journalist, journalism-coder, journo-entrepreneur or media diversity advocate, we have something for you.

Please enjoy these ONA14 resources — and let us know how we can help foster more training, networking and professional development in the next year and at ONA15.

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2015 James Foley Award to honor unsung heroes: conflict reporters

All too often, it takes a searing, unthinkable image to make the public aware of the dangers a unique breed of journalists face daily. On Aug. 19, one hit particularly close to home with the brutal murder of freelance photographer Jim Foley in Syria at the hands of ISIS, after being held captive for nearly two years.

Jim’s work, like that of his colleagues’, appeared across the globe, as photos, videos or dispatches, describing the horrors of combat, the broken lives of civilians, the legacy of political decisions made far away. It’s crucial work, and, now more than ever, life-threatening. According to the Committee to Protect Journalists, 40 journalists have died doing their jobs in 2014 so far, covering war, corruption, crime, culture and politics in far-flung countries around the world.

The 2015 James Foley Award for Conflict Reporting, announced at the Online Journalism Awards Banquet on Sept. 27 during the Online News Association Conference in Chicago, is a step toward recognizing that work, and honoring the men and women who see it as their mission. It will be awarded next year to a digital journalist doing excellent reporting in the most challenging conditions and we’ll be formulating the criteria and selection process for the award over the next months.

When Phil Balboni, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Global Post, came to ONA with the idea of honoring Jim and his colleagues — with blessings from his parents, Diane and John Foley — we knew immediately the answer would be yes. Phil worked closely with Jim until his abduction and worked with his family to try to secure his release, and knew firsthand Jim’s dedication to his craft.

As ONA Board member and former ONA President Jim Brady said in announcing the honor, “We hope this award will keep Jim’s spirit and memory alive, and help highlight the brave and dangerous work our colleagues do so that we all may benefit.”

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