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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.
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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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ONA Weekly #32

 ONA Weekly No. 32

Apply for $35K micro-grants to hack journalism education

Applications are open for the 2015 Challenge Fund for Innovation in Journalism Education, which seeds local news experiments in journalism education with $35,000 micro-grants. We’re looking for creative projects that highlight collaboration, innovation and solid planning. Deadline to apply is Jan. 15, 2015. Take a look at our 2014 winners and their projects, learn more and apply.

A collection of resources for journalists

Check out ONA’s resource page to find tools, programs and technologies for the digital journalism community, including free access to a digital security tool and discounted access to scholarly articles. Like to be featured? Contact Jessica Strelitz at jessica@journalists.org.

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Enter Your Best Work for 2014 Now

Call for Entries: Scripps Howard Awards program
17 Categories
$180,000 In Prizes
Enter by Feb. 10, 2015
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Jobs

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

Survey helps assess journalists’ stress points

The Dart Research Lab at the University of Tulsa is looking for your input into an anonymous online survey to assess the various forms of occupational risks and stresses encountered by working journalists. Share your experience.

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ONA Weekly #31

 ONA Weekly No. 31

Remembering Jim Foley: a video tribute

This week, The New York Times detailed the abuse and inhumane conditions that kidnapped journalists and aid workers have faced in Syria. To honor journalist Jim Foley and the work of freelancers reporting from conflict zones, ONA announced the 2015 James Foley Award for Conflict Reporting at the 2014 Online Journalism Awards, featuring this beautiful video, which reminds us why this work matters.

Mixing editorial and business with integrity

Join us at ONACamp Phoenix on Nov. 8 to learn how your day-to-day work can advance your news organization’s business goals. Experts from The Arizona Republic, AJ+, Chartbeat, NBC4 Southern California, KQED, Foreign Policy and Voice of San Diego will share practical advice on what metrics you should be tracking, how social media engagement can tie in with business strategy, balancing sponsored content with editorial integrity and more. RSVP now. This full-day training is free, thanks to a generous grant from the Gannett Foundation.

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New job opportunities in the ONA Career Center

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

Investigative Reporting Fellowship encourages media diversity

Applications are due Nov. 1 for the BuzzFeed News/Columbia Journalism School Investigative Reporting Fellowship for journalists of color and other diverse backgrounds. Candidates should have at least five years of professional journalism experience and present a well-formed proposal for an investigative story or series. Fellows will receive a stipend of $85,000, plus benefits. Apply now.

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ONA Weekly #30

 ONA Weekly No. 30

Free full-day training on the business of digital news

Join some of the top minds in digital journalism for a special ONACamp focused on the business side on Nov. 8 in Phoenix. Speakers include Southern Methodist University’s Jake Batsell on business models and audience engagement, KQED’s Olivia Allen-Price and the Arizona Republic’s Megan Finnerty on how live events can support your daily journalism, Louisiana State University’s Steve Buttry on community management, NBC4’s Sara Catania on lessons from project management, David Cohn of AJ+ (formerly at Circa) on creating structured content to engage readers and more. Check out more sessions and register now.

Meet ONA’s 2015 Board of Directors

The votes are in! Congratulations to Jose Zamora, Vice President of Strategic Communications, Univision Network News, who will join the ONA Board Jan. 1, 2015, along with re-elected members Mandy Jenkins, Jody Brannon, Robert Hernandez, Greg Linch, Jim Roberts and Bénet Wilson, and appointed member Joshua Hatch. See the full election results.

Green Shoots in Journalism Education

ONA’s own Irving Washington will join a talented group showcasing innovation in j-education at Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute at the Missouri School of Journalism in Columbia on Oct. 29 and 30. The event is free to attend and sessions will be live-streamed as well.

And the ONA15 free pass goes to …

Congratulations to Timothy Reck, Digital Developer at Hartford Courant Media Group, who won a free registration to next year’s Online News Association Conference by taking our ONA14 survey. We’ll see you at ONA15 in Los Angeles, Sept. 24-26!

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Just posted! New jobs for journalists

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

Game on: Your feedback needed on digital security

CommunityRED, a non-profit that supports the digital security of journalists and activists in conflict places, is looking for your thoughts on digital security for a game it’s building to help journalists create their own security strategies. Please contact shauna@communityred.org.

Seeking gaming-savvy applicants for JoLT Fellowships

American University’s School of Communication is pairing game design thinkers with media leaders for the JoLT Fellowships, so they can reconsider how journalism and media can be created, distributed, engaged, discussed and produced. Applications are due by Nov. 10.

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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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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


Video produced by Matthew Geer

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.

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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.

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