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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, Director of Strategic Communications, Univision Network — 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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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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ONA Weekly #27

 ONA Weekly No. 27

OJA winners: See the best in digital journalism

The winners of the 2014 Online Journalism Awards were honored at the Online News Association Conference and Awards Banquet. Check out the 30+ OJA winners and their entries (including NPR, represented here by Brian Boyer). We also announced a new award for 2015, the James Foley Award, honoring work by reporters in conflict zones and named for the Global Post freelancer killed in Syria in August.

Here’s your first wave of ONA14 resources

We were blown away by the response to ONA14 in Chicago last week. With nearly 1,900 attendees, it was by far our biggest conference. You can check out all of the live blogs on the ONA14 session pages, and see all the great coverage by the Student Newsroom. Audio and video of sessions will be available by early next week, as well as resources that presenters share with us.

Upcoming events:

Members, vote for your 2015 ONA Board

Voting is now open for the 2015 Board of Directors! For the 2015-16 Board term, there are seven qualified seats open for election (one seat may be used to appoint a diversity director, if necessary). All ONA members in good standing as of Sept. 24, 2014, are eligible to vote at journalists.org/vote. You can find your password in an email we sent to members only on Sept. 26 with the subject “Voting opens for the ONA 2015 Board of Directors.”



New jobs in the Career Center and #ONA14 leads

We’re always adding new opportunities for journalists, editors and digitally minded professionals to our Career Center, all available for free viewing. Bonus! Lots of jobs were shared on the #ONA14jobs tag this weekend.

Latest Career Center postings include:

What we’re reading:

Some recent posts we’ve highlighted on the ONA Issues Tumblr:



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Seattle Times, ProPublica, NPR take home 2014 Online Journalism Awards

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See video of the Online Journalism Awards ceremony here.

Coverage of natural disasters and health care as well as the making of a T-shirt took top honors Saturday night at the 2014 Online Journalism Awards, which ended the Online News Association Conference.

At the 14th annual awards dinner, ONA also announced a new award for 2015, the James Foley Award, honoring work by reporters in conflict zones and named for the Global Post freelancer killed in Syria in August.

The Seattle Times and Calgary Herald dominated the Breaking News categories with respective coverage of a local landslide and floods in Alberta. The two newest OJA categories, the $7,500 University of Florida Awards in Investigative Data Journalism, were won by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s examination of screening programs for newborns with rare diseases and MPR News for the cover-up of sexual abuse within the Catholic church.

Each winner of the three General Excellence Awards — The Los Angeles Times, ProPublica and the Center for Public Integrity — took home a $5,000 prize, courtesy of the Gannett Foundation. The Knight Award for Public Service, with a $5,000 prize from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, went to The Miami Herald’s I-Team investigation into Florida’s lack of protection for abused children. Northwestern University Knight Lab won the $5,500 Technical Innovation in the Service of Digital Journalism Award for its widely used Publishers’ Toolbox.

Launched in 2000, the OJAs are administered by the Online News Association and are the only comprehensive set of journalism prizes honoring excellence in digital journalism, focusing on independent, community, nonprofit, academic and major media.

Here are the winners in each category, with links to their winning entries:

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