Crowdsourcing for the ONA Build Your Own Ethics Code project has been underway since May. Our thanks to the dozens of journalists and educators who’ve offered us really thoughtful comments. (A few people, by the way, thought that by “crowdsourcing” we were asking for money! No, we’re just looking for your equally valuable comments and critiques at http://bit.ly/onacrowdsourcing.)
To recap briefly, the project is designed to help individual journalists, news startups and even larger organizations create ethics codes that reflect their view of journalism. Think of it as an ethics code construction kit, highly flexible except for some very fundamental principles that we believe all journalists need to accept.
It’s with great pride and not-quite dry eyes that we say goodbye — but not farewell — to Jonathan Hart, who helped found and organize ONA, and served as our trusted General Counsel for the past 15 years. Jon joined NPR as its new Chief Legal Officer and General Counsel on July 1.
As ONA has grown from an upstart group of web pioneers to more than 2,500 members, Jon was there, advising each Board and three executive directors during a transformative era for media.
ONA founder Rich Jaroslovsky put Jon’s service in perspective, recalling how integral he was to the start-up of the first home for digital journalists: “Jon was quite literally the first person I turned to (in 1999) when I had the idea for ONA. It’s fair to say no one — and I include myself — was more important in getting the organization up, running and pointed in the right direction. Without him, I’m not sure there would have been an ONA.”
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Online News Association, the world’s largest membership organization of digital journalists, is pleased to announce the members of the ONA14 Student Newsroom, chosen from over 100 applicants across the globe, who will provide intensive coverage of the Online News Association Conference & Awards Banquet, Sept. 25-27, in Chicago.
ONA's Jessica Strelitz and Executive Director Jane McDonnell explore the GEN Expo in Barcelona.
GEN Summit 2014 wrapped last week in Barcelona, after three days of conversations, keynotes, a startup challenge and a spirited end to the 2013-14 Editors Lab Hackdays — winner-survivor of 16 final teams was The Times.
Keynotes ranged from culinary innovator Ferran Adrià to media tech guru Amy Webb, who was joined by ONA Executive Director Jane McDonnell and ONA Board member Steve Herrmann from the BBC.
Over the past 13 years, the Online Journalism Awards have honored excellence in digital journalism from organizations as disparate as Salon and Fine Woodworking magazine to the New York Times and the Tiziano Project. We’ve seen winners from the biggest newsrooms to the sole blogger and from all corners of the globe. Throughout the years and across all winners, though, two things remain constant: superior journalism and dedication to maximizing the power of digital platforms.
Each year, as judges prepare to comb through the 1,000 or more entries to pick the winners, we remind them that the awards are not simply about great journalism that is “on” digital platforms, but that is truly “of” those platforms. Likewise, to receive the judges’ nods, entries that embrace new developments in community engagement, multimedia and technical innovations must do so in the service of the journalism that is at the heart of our work.
Invariably during the judging process, the same questions come up. “What impact did this story have?” “How does this entry really take advantage of the web?” “Would this piece be any different if it appeared solely in print?”
And as I look through my notes from judges on past entries, I’m struck anew by their focus and the precision of their comments in seeking to answer those questions.
- “A really interesting effort to make longform and investigative journalism work in an era of mobile devices.”
- “They took a fairly complex story and used digital tools to make it understandable. This is better than it would have been just in print.”
- “This wackadoo approach to something we all know is going to happen is worthwhile and of notice. This kind of work is tough to do, and they pulled it off extremely well. No other way to have done this story.”
- “Here’s story that had massive impact, and the smart way it was presented online only multiplied its effect, giving it reach and resonance beyond what it could have gotten otherwise.”
As you prepare your entries, keep in mind that the more you can help judges better understand how your stories best embrace the fundamentals of great journalism — impact, relevance, newsworthiness — and do so by best leveraging the power of digital platforms, the better your chances of hearing your name called out on Sept. 27 in Chicago.
By Joshua Hatch, ONA Treasurer and Chair, Online Journalism Awards
The deadline for entries for the 2014 Online Journalism Awards has been extended to Friday, June 20, at 11:59 p.m. ET.
Now that you have more time, here is what you need to know to enter:
Enter the Online Journalism Awards
Entry fees are $100 per entry for ONA members, $175 for non-members. Fees for student members are $15 per entry; $50 for non-members. Not an ONA member? Join here.
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