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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.

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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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.

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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.



Jobs!

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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Help us create an inspiring and inclusive conference for digital journalists

Pitch a session idea to ONA15, the Online News Association’s annual conference, this year in Los Angeles, Sept. 24-26.

Each year, we bring together journalists, technologists, academics and others passionate about the news to share the most exciting trends in digital journalism.We’re looking for pitches that are inspiring, instructional or both.

  • Did you create an amazing digital project this year? Tell us what you learned from building it and any challenges along the way that others can learn from.
  • Want to tackle a tough newsroom issue? Tell us your proposed solutions.
  • What can you share with others to inspire them?

Submit your idea to the ONA15 Suggestion Box and it could be part of the program.

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Online News Association receives $40K EEJF grant to create digital J-tools

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WASHINGTON DC — The Online News Association, the world’s largest membership organization of digital journalists, today announced a $40,000 grant from the Excellence & Ethics in Journalism Foundation (EEJF) to fund the first phase of a digital toolkit that will offer journalists access to ethics and live scheduling tools.

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ONA Weekly #45

 ONA Weekly No. 45

Coming soon: new digital toolkit for journalists

We’re happy to announce that we’ve received a $40,000 grant from the Excellence & Ethics in Journalism Foundation (EEJF) to fund a digital toolkit. At start-up, the kit will include two tools: One will allow journalists to customize and publish a digital ethics code based on a guide ONA built and recently crowd-sourced; the other will facilitate easy set-up of online schedules for revenue-generating live events.

Welcome to our first local group in Asia!

Our newest Local group, ONA Singapore, is also our first group in the region. The group, committed to connecting like-minded professionals working in digital journalism across the country, is coordinated by Alan Soon, Asha Phillips and Janie Octia. The first ONA Singapore networking event will be March 9.

Get your pitch ready for ONA15

Starting tomorrow, we’ll begin accepting session ideas for ONA15, our annual digital journalism conference. What can you teach those who are most passionate about digital media? We’re looking for pitches that are inspiring, instructional or both. Check out our top 10 tips for creating a session pitch before you submit your ideas.

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Picture Freedom scholarship contest ends Feb. 28

Share images in the Picture Freedom scholarship contest by 11:59 p.m. PST Saturday. Win a $1,000 scholarship by posting an original image that depicts freedom of expression to Facebook, Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #PictureFreedom. For more information, visit 1ForAll.us.
This content is sponsored by Picture Freedom.

Hello, Knight News Challenge on Elections

Today, the Knight Foundation began accepting entries for its latest News Challenge, focused on “ideas and projects that better inform and inspire voters, as well as make the election process more fun and accessible for individuals.” You can submit ideas until March 19 for a chance to win a share of $3 million.

Workshop on police and community relations for journalists

Applications are due by March 9 for Keeping the Peace, Peacefully, a McCormick Specialized Reporting Institute. This two-day workshop will cover issues from race and community relations and police strategies to control violence.

Jobs in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago and more

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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ONA Weekly #44

 ONA Weekly No. 44

David Smydra joins ONA Board

Google’s David Smydra, who garnered the next level of votes in the October 2014 election, has been appointed to the ONA board, filling the seat left vacant by Jennifer Preston, who left the Board mid-term after taking on new duties as Vice President for Journalism at the Knight Foundation, a generous ONA funder and partner. Read more about David.

ONA-Poynter Leadership applications due Friday!

Don’t forget to submit your applications to the ONA-Poynter Leadership Academy for Women in Digital Media. This free seminar is aimed at women working in the digital space who are focused on advancing their careers in journalism and technology. Applications are due this Friday, Feb. 20.

How to create a great conference pitch

Have a great idea you’d like to share with 2,000 journalists? We want to hear it. Check out our top ten tips for creating a great session pitch. We’ll begin accepting proposals for ONA15, our annual digital journalism conference, in late February.

What do you want to see at #ONA15?

Help us shape our annual conference! Before we begin accepting session pitches later this month, weigh in on #ONA15 on our Facebook page. Open questions include: What tools and tech should be at ONA15? What topics can we skip? What trends are emerging in your newsroom?

What to expect at ONA’s mobile conference

Check out the keynotes, sessions and speakers for ONA London: Mobile. Experts from around the globe will provide insight into all aspects of mobile news, from prototyping the news to engaging with your community.

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Picture Freedom scholarship contest Feb. 22-28

From Feb. 22-28, Picture Freedom encourages students to share original photos and artwork that illustrate freedom of expression on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter with #PictureFreedom. Twenty-five winners will each receive a $1,000 scholarship. For more information, visit 1ForAll.us.
This content is sponsored by Picture Freedom.

J O B S:

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:

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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Why ONA sees 2015 as a year of growth and optimism for journalists

When the ONA Board and staff met in January, we kept coming back to two themes — growth and optimism.

As digital journalists and media veterans, we know how quickly coverage, staff, tools, budgets and jobs move in this vibrant and crazy business. We’re happy to say that with healthy finances, a stable staff, expanding programs and 15 years of shepherding transformative growth under its belt, ONA is deepening its role in helping our community take advantage of all the opportunities that emerge from the changes — micro to seismic — in our industry.

I’m delighted to be part of that conversation as I return as ONA’s Board President, and honored to serve with newly elected Vice President Joshua Hatch and Treasurer David Cohn, and re-elected Secretary Mandy Jenkins.

We recently welcomed new Board member Jose Zamora of Univision, who joined us for a two-year term. And we extend our appreciation to Jennifer Preston, who left the Board mid-term after taking on new duties as Vice President for Journalism at the Knight Foundation, a generous ONA funder and partner. We wish her the best in a crucial role and a huge thanks for her energy, ideas and support. Appointed to fill out her term is Google’s David Smydra, who garnered the next level of votes in the October 2014 election, bringing our board to the full 15 members.

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Announcing sessions, speakers and keynotes for ONA London: Mobile!

We’re delighted to release the complete schedule for ONA London: Mobile, our full-day conference on March 6 at Reuters UK. With news organizations seeing over half their traffic from mobile, now is a perfect time to learn more about how news is created, packaged, shared and discussed on mobile devices.

Experts from around the globe will provide insight into all aspects of mobile news, from prototyping the news to engaging with your community.

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