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Chicago menu: Food truck rally, discounts and freebies

Chicago is a great place for people who love food. To bring some local flavor right to our door, we’ve organized a food truck rally outside the conference hotel for the two days when you’ll have lunch on your own. And don’t forget to take advantage of the nice discounts at local restaurants. Check out the menu, which includes local restaurants and snacks that you won’t want to miss.


First-time attendee? Help is on the way

If it’s your first time at an ONA conference, you’re in good company. We’ve pulled together tips for you and our 600 other new attendees, highlighting special sessions, including an orientation and a reception sponsored by Twitter. (Conference veterans, you’ll also find very useful pro tips in our first-timer’s guide.)

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ONA Weekly #24

 ONA Weekly No. 24

Make your voice heard on net neutrality

The conversation continues on how net neutrality may be impacted if the FCC enacts new rules to regulate the internet. Submit your comments to the FCC by Monday, Sept. 15. You’ll be in good company – today, Netflix, Etsy, Kickstarter, Meetup, reddit, WordPress and a number of other websites are participating in Internet Slowdown Day to raise awareness about how proposed regulations would impact the web.

Lessons from ONA’s design camp on digital security

Over 50 journalists, security experts, academics and developers brought their skills to the free, all-day ONA dCamp: Digital Security, learning and creating tips and tools for journalists to keep their work secure. Participants used a human-centered design approach to imagine new tools and processes to protect journalists, their sources and the newsroom.

Guidance for freelance journalists

New Avenues in Journalism, Oct. 10-11 in San Francisco, will bring together media innovators to coach freelancers about custom content, new publishing models, crowd, funding, venture capital, grants and fellowships and other sources of income.
The conference, co-hosted by ONA, American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA) and San Francisco State University (SFSU) Journalism Department., will feature Kara Swisher, Re/code Co-Executive Editor, as the keynote. ONA members save $45 off each day they attend if they register before Sept. 23. Get your discount code in the member center.

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The Dart Center Ochberg Fellowship is a unique seminar program for senior and mid-career journalists who want to deepen their knowledge of emotional trauma and psychological injury, and improve reporting on violence, conflict and tragedy. Learn more and apply.
This content is sponsored by the Dart Center.

Help us celebrate 15 years of ONA

Do you have a favorite memory of an ONA event? Share it with us so we can highlight it at this year’s Online News Association Conference and Awards, where we’ll be kicking off our 15th year. You can submit photos, stories and more online and share with #ThatTimeatONA.

New Jobs in the ONA Career Center

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

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ONA Weekly #23

 ONA Weekly No. 23

JOBS: Seeking talented digital journalists

ONA’s new Career Center has dozens of opportunities for journalists, editors and digitally minded professionals, all available for viewing free of charge. Here are two worth checking out:

Meet the candidates for the 2015 Board

Nine new candidates and seven incumbents, representing a wide and diverse range of digital media, are running for the ONA Board of Directors. Learn more about them before voting opens Sept. 26 at the Online News Association Conference and Awards in Chicago.

Story Points feature: An early review

Story Points, Tableau Public 8.2’s new feature, lets users create a sequence of visualizations to tell a “data story.” Since June, journalists worldwide have been using Story Points to convey a wide range of interactive data-driven narratives.

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ONA Weekly #22

 ONA Weekly No. 22

Defining excellence: Online Journalism Awards finalists

Judges sorted through a record-breaking 1,084 Online Journalism Awards entries from a wide range of independent, community, nonprofit, major media, start-up, academic and emerging technology organizations from around the globe. The finalists, representing over 60 organizations, showcase some of the best digital journalism of the past year.

New ONA job board open to all

Looking for a job? Our new Career Center offers free access to any job seeker in the digital journalism community — ONA members and non-members alike. Recruiters benefit from targeted search tools and significant discounts for being ONA members.

Share #ThatTimeAtONA

What connections have you made at ONA? What are your fondest memories of an ONA event, whether it be a meetup, a training or the annual conference? Did it lead to a new job, project or professional advancement? Let us know with #ThatTimeAtONA or by sharing your memories with us here. Yours may make it into our 15th birthday presentation.

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Beyond The Numbers: Answers With Analytics

Analytics no longer just prove how big you are, they’re a critical part of the feedback loop providing answers about your audience. Join Piano Media’s webinar on Sept. 17, where we’ll focus on the question: who should be measuring online and why?

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2014 Online Journalism Awards finalists announced

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Finalists for the 2014 Online Journalism Awards, representing a wide range of nonprofit, public, academic, major media, and emerging technology organizations from around the globe, were announced today by the Online News Association.

This year, the OJA categories were updated to keep up with the rapidly evolving media industry with new data journalism and enhanced investigative awards. Ten of the awards now come with a total of $52,500 in prize money, courtesy of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Gannett Foundation, and The University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications. These awards honor data journalism, visual digital storytelling, investigative journalism, public service, technical innovation, and general excellence.

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Ferguson events spark statement and ‘help kit’

In the wake of the police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., and the unrest that continues, ONA offers the following information and tools for journalists covering this or similar situations.

Hashtag: The RCFP has set up #fmomediahotline (the “fmo” stands for Ferguson, Mo.) as a hashtag for those who want to publicize incidents of interference. RCFP will be monitoring this tag, and we encourage others to as well.

Hotline: Any journalist can call (800) 336-4243 if they’ve been arrested or need other legal assistance.

If you’re a journalist in need of specific legal help, here are some attorneys who can (not that news organizations will need to negotiate fees directly):

  • Benjamin Lipman (blipman@lewisrice.com; 314-444-7886) of Lewis, Rice & Fingersh, L.C., is involved in these issues and has been in contact with police.
  • Anthony Rothert (ARothert@aclu-mo.org) of the Missouri ACLU has been working with police, and has a signed agreement with the heads of the state, county and local police over allowing the press and public to not be stopped when photographing events.

On Aug. 15, ONA joined The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press (RCFP) and a coalition of 47 national media organizations that sent a protest letter objecting to the treatment of reporters during the recent events. The letter was sent to the heads of the city and county police, as well as the state highway patrol.

“Officers on the ground must understand that gathering news and recording police activities are not crimes,” the letter states. “The actions in Ferguson demonstrate a lack of training among local law enforcement in the protections required by the First Amendment as well as the absence of respect for the role of news-gatherers. We implore police leadership to rectify this failing to ensure that these incidents do not occur again.” The letter pointed out that the Department of Justice and several federal courts have all made clear that photographing police officers who are performing their duites is protected by the First Amendment. This right applies equally to the news media and the general public.

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ONA Weekly #21

 ONA Weekly No. 21

Ferguson, Mo., events spark statement, journalist ‘help kit’

ONA joined The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press (RCFP) and a coalition of 47 national media organizations in a letter to state officials objecting to the treatment of reporters during the recent events in Ferguson, Mo., that followed the police shooting of Michael Brown. RCFP is also using the Twitter handle #fmomediahotline to publicize other incidents of interference; it will be monitoring this tag, and we encourage others to, as well. More help is available through a hotline for journalists, and a short list of attorneys who can offer legal assistance.

Google ordered to unseal documents without redacting

In a major victory for press access, on Aug. 6, Google was ordered to unseal the majority of documents sought in a Feb. 19 brief joined by ONA relating to a class-action civil suit against the search engine giant in which users of its gmail service accused the company of violating wiretap laws. The court held that Google, and companies like it, must offer “compelling reasons” for the sealing of documents filed in support of or opposition to class certification, and that the transcript of the class certification hearing held in open court, which Google had sought to redact, cannot be redacted retroactively. Watch for updates on where to access the documents.

Joint letter calls on Obama for more transparency

In a July 8 letter to President Obama, ONA joined the Society for Professional Journalists and nearly three dozen other news media organizations to urge the administration to be more transparent in how it deals with journalists. Specifically, the letter expressed frustration that “public agencies have increasingly prohibited staff from communicating with journalists unless they go through public affairs offices or through political appointees.” The letter calls on the administration to reverse these policies.

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ONA Weekly #20

 ONA Weekly No. 20

Help lead ONA. Nominations due Friday

Are you passionate about digital media and interested in helping to lead the world’s largest association of digital journalists? Apply for the ONA Board of Directors by this Friday, Aug. 15. Know an amazing media leader? Nominate them for the Board.

ONA joins World Editors Forum for training (and discounts!)

ONA is teaming up with the World Editors Forum (WEF) for its 13th International Newsroom Summit in Amsterdam Oct.13-14, which will showcase strategies, case studies and insights into how successful editors are syncing print and digital in their newsrooms. And ONA members can attend at a 25% discount. Visit the Discounts page of ONA’s member center to get your discount code and register.

Deadline today! Explore digital security for journalists

Join digital security experts Saturday, Aug. 23, at ONA dCamp: Digital Security at NPR in Washington, D.C. to explore tools journalists are using to protect themselves and their sources. You will also create prototypes for new tools and processes to help keep your work secure. Applications are due today (Aug. 13).



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Grants available for investigative reporters

The Fund for Investigative Journalism is now accepting grant proposals to investigate stories in the United States and abroad. A typical grant is $5,000 and covers the cost of reporting, such as travel, document fees and equipment rental.

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ONA Weekly #19

 ONA Weekly No. 19

Explore digital security for journalists

In a world where digital security is often compromised, how do you protect your devices, your data and your sources? Come explore tools that journalists are using now and create prototypes for new tools and processes at ONA dCamp: Digital Security, Aug. 23 at NPR in Washington, D.C.

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Seeking digital media leaders for ONA’s Board

Passionate about media and have big ideas about what digital journalists need to succeed? You belong on the ONA Board of Directors. Apply or nominate someone for our 2015 Board of Directors by Aug. 15.



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Google ordered to unseal documents without redacting

In a major victory for press access, on Aug. 6, Google was ordered to unseal the majority of documents sought in a Feb. 19 brief joined by ONA relating to a class-action civil suit against the search engine giant in which users of its gmail service accused the company of violating wiretap laws. The court held that Google, and companies like it, must offer “compelling reasons” for the sealing of documents filed in support of or opposition to class certification, and that the transcript of the class certification hearing held in open court, which Google had sought to redact, cannot be redacted retroactively. Watch for updates on where to access the documents.

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