Archive — News


WNYC Announces Search for the Next Great Podcast

WNYC’s Podcast Accelerator to Give New Voices A Pathway, a Platform, and a Pilot

Winning Pitch to be Selected at the Online News Association Annual Conference in September 2015 in Los Angeles

June 25, 2015 – New York, NY — WNYC, home to top podcasts including RADIOLAB, FREAKONOMICS RADIO, and HERE’S THE THING with Alec Baldwin, is looking for new talent, new ideas, and new voices for the next wave in what’s been hailed as “a golden age of audio.”

Launching today, the WNYC Podcast Accelerator will give both established talent and up-and-coming storytellers the opportunity to pitch their big podcast idea and potentially win the chance to produce a pilot. Modeled after successful tech accelerators such as Y Combinator, the WNYC Podcast Accelerator is the first of its kind in the dynamic podcasting space, providing production advice, industry connections, mentorship and a platform for creating remarkable audio content.

The application period will run from today until July 15. Five finalists will then be paired with producers from top WNYC podcasts including Freakonomics, Death, Sex & Money, Here’s The Thing, and Studio 360 who will mentor and train the candidates, helping them hone their pitches – including storylines, character development, sound, texture and voice — throughout the summer. On September 25 in Los Angeles, at the 2015 Online News Association (ONA) Conference – the world’s largest gathering of digital journalists — the finalists will make their pitches to a panel of judges. The winner gets the chance to produce a pilot episode with a WNYC producer.

Learn more

ONA opens 2015 MJ Bear Fellowships for under-30 digital journalism stars

WASHINGTON, DC — The Online News Association, the world’s largest membership organization of digital journalists, today opened applications for the 2015 MJ Bear Fellowships for early-career digital journalists, in honor of founding member MJ Bear.

For the fifth year, the search committee will again select three promising, up-and-coming digital journalists — two in the United States or Canada and one internationally, in partnership with MSN International — who are just beginning to make their voices heard in the industry.

Each selected Fellow will receive virtual coaching sessions with a Personal Advisory Board; a free three-year ONA membership and an expense-paid trip to the Online News Association Conference & Awards Banquet, Sept. 24-26, in Los Angeles, where they’ll have a chance to share their fresh perspectives.

Learn more

ONA Weekly #60

 ONA Weekly No. 60

Guidance, ONA15 spotlight, networking: Become a Fellow

We’re now accepting applications for the 2015 MJ Bear Fellowship, which identifies and supports promising digital journalists under 30. Fellows receive virtual group coaching by a personal advisory board, a three-year paid ONA membership, the opportunity to present at this year’s Online News Association Conference and Awards in Los Angeles, feedback on projects and connections to ONA’s robust network. See our current MJ Bear Fellows’ blogs.

A Fellow speaks: How to make the most of digital teamwork

Digital newsrooms are facing new challenges when it comes to organizing teams. Our 2014 MJ Bear Fellow Aaron Williams, data visualization editor at the San Francisco Chronicle, shares three profiles that the best digital teams often have: research and development (R&D), news apps and tech. 

ONA supports SPEAK FREE Act to extend protections

ONA joined a coalition of media organizations in strong support of the SPEAK FREE Act of 2015 (H.R. 2304), introduced by Rep. Blake Farenthold and Rep. Anna Eshoo, which extends First Amendment protections to every citizen on the internet while bolstering the information economy that thrives on open public discourse and civic participation. The legislation will allow federal courts to determine whether a lawsuit targeting speech is a Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation (SLAPP) and dismiss any bogus claims if the defendant can show that the suit would not succeed on its merits.

Upcoming Events

New 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:

Honoring journalists killed on assignment

On June 8, the Newseum launched #WithoutNews, a campaign to honor journalists who lost their lives reporting in 2014. Check out the campaign and the Journalists Memorial, a searchable database of all journalists memorialized at the Newseum.

What We’re Reading

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

Have an outstanding 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.



Learn more

Announcing the First Version of the ONA15 Program

It’s my pleasure to introduce the first version of the ONA15 program! What do we mean by first version? The sessions and speakers you see listed make up only around 70% of the total conference; more topics and presenters will be added until we finalize the schedule in mid-July. For now, here are some highlights.

What’s New

We’re planning to cover a host of new and exciting topics this year. From bots to podcasts, from navigating exclusive sports contracts to creating a more empathetic stylebook, we’ll examine a range of ideas critical to digital journalism.

LIVE__Sessions___ONA15We’re also introducing an entirely new component to ONA15, based on your feedback. We’ve heard clearly that networking is your favorite part of our annual conferences, but that as we’ve grown to a 2,000+ person event, it can be overwhelming to find colleagues who share the same passions and interests that you do. So, this year we are introducing Table Talks – a series of open conversations focused on issues you care about that will take place Friday morning. These discussions  will give you an opportunity to collaborate with top minds in the field to find solutions and explore new ideas. We think these discussions will serve as some of the most exciting activities at ONA15. Watch this space for more details through the coming weeks.

This is the first year we’ve launched with an interactive schedule with speaker bios and photos, as well as session filters. Typically at this time of year, we only have a “static” schedule – essentially a list of session titles, descriptions and presenters. We’re hoping this more robust schedule will make it easier for you to navigate to the ideas that excite you the most. For instance, you can sort by area of expertise — our conference tracks — and we’ve even added a new category this year, “Audio, Photo + Video.”

You can also sort by what you hope to get out of each session:

  • Inspiring - insights from leaders in journalism, media and technology
  • Practical Tips - ideas and best practices to take back to your newsroom
  • Hands-on – experience with a tool in a lab or workshop setting

Coming Soon

As we mentioned at the top, more sessions and speakers will be announced through mid-July. We’ll also have our keynotes, networking events, Midway programming and a surprise or two between now and our official opening. Want to stay in the know? Be sure to sign up for ONA Conference email updates!

We’re also committed to making you feel at home in our host city of Los Angeles. Expect more blog posts about navigating the city, finding cool places to visit and of course, ideas for experiencing the many culinary delights.

And don’t forget: early bird registration ends June 18. We wanted to get you as many details as we could confirm so you can take advantage of this special rate. Register here!

A Huge Thanks

We can’t thank the community enough for the more than 270 ideas submitted to our Suggestion Box. Combined with ideas from staff, board members and our conference committees, we had more than 350 topics to sift through in crafting ONA15.

And speaking of our conference committees … a HUGE shout out to our conference chairs: Google’s David Smydra, USC Annenberg’s Robert Hernandez and the Los Angeles Times’ Megan Garvey, who have been a tremendous guiding force in giving the conference its shape and helping us engage with keynote speakers. Thanks to the Los Angeles Times’ Julie Westfall and the Institute for Nonprofit News’ Luis Gomez, our program chairs, for having level heads and guiding our educational programming. And finally, thank you to the the Program Team and Review Committee who help us select ideas, generate new ones and reach out to presenters from around the globe.

We can’t wait to see all of you in L.A. this fall – it’s going to be a blast!

 


Knoblich_TrevorTrevor Knoblich is Digital Director with the Online News Association, and is responsible for organizing the educational programming for ONA15.

Learn more

ONA Weekly #59

 ONA Weekly No. 59

Very last chance to enter the OJAs

We’re looking to you to send us this year’s best digital journalism projects. Submit your work to the Online Journalism Awards in any of the 37 categories by this Friday, June 5. This year, 10 of the awards come with $60,000 in prize money and we’ve added two new categories.

Implementing the NY Times Innovation Report

On Tuesday, The New York Times company chairman Arthur O. Sulzberger, Jr. announced at the World News Media Congress that all of the recommendations in the Innovation Report have been implemented. Check out the ONA14 keynote with the team charged with innovating from within for a behind-the-scenes look at how they made the changes and the challenges they faced.

Who’s listening? Tips to engage your readers

Anika Anand, MJ Bear Fellow and Director of Audience Engagement at Chalkbeat, shares tips for better understanding who your audience is and how you can tailor what you’re producing for better engagement from existing users. She shares takeaways from Chalkbeat’s audience research study and examples of new outreach strategies that they used to reach new readers after getting feedback.

Be the first to hear about ONA15 in L.A.

Tomorrow, we’re announcing the majority of the schedule for ONA15, the Online News Association Conference and Awards in Los Angeles, September 24-26. Make sure you’re signed up to get ONA15 updates (just be sure that the “ONA Conference Updates” box is checked on your email preferences) so you can be the first to hear about what we’ve got planned and all the great networking to come on the West Coast.

Upcoming Events

New 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:

New grants from IWMF’s Fund for Women Journalists

Congrats to the nine inaugural grantees of the Howard G. Buffett Fund for Women Journalists! ONA’s Deputy Director Irving Washington served on the selection committee, helping to choose the winners from a pool of 650 applicants representing media projects based in over 100 countries. The next funding round opens June 15.

What We’re Reading

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

Have an outstanding 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.



Learn more

Why students should enter the Online Journalism Awards

The Online Journalism Awards recognize excellence in digital journalism … and that extends to student achievements. The awards represent an opportunity to show that those late nights of coding and infinite pizza runs are not in vain. They highlight the best work of digital junkies, new pioneers and social media addicts — which includes students!

Receiving two Online Journalism Awards in 2013 was an unexpected honor for the BU News Service, a team I was part of at the time. I delivered a thank you for those awards before hundreds of veteran journalists. It was a cathartic moment for our newsroom after covering the Boston Marathon bombings. All of our hard work came full circle, and we were able to demonstrate that young people can have an impact on a topic of national importance.

Boston University Professor Michelle Johnson, who oversees the student-run newsroom, noted how quickly students were able to react to the bombings. Standing at the epicenter of the chaos, students used their phones, digital cameras, scrap paper and pens to jot down names, descriptions and describe to the world the story of terror and triumph.

This is what we do; this is our passion as journalists. To student journalists, I challenge you to embrace this opportunity and enter your work to be recognized for an Online Journalism Award. I promise you will not regret it.


Taylor Walker is an Associate Producer at WMUR and recently graduated from Boston University. In 2013, the Boston University News Service won two Online Journalism Awards in the Breaking News and Student Projects category for their work reporting on the Boston Marathon Bombings.

Learn more

Understanding your audience … then growing it Pt. 1/2

This is one in a series of blog posts from the fourth ONA class of MJ Bear Fellows, three journalists under 30 who are expanding the boundaries of digital news. Fellow Anika Anand is Director of Product at Chalkbeat, an education news network based in New York City. Apply for the 2015 fellowship here.

Note: This blog is the first in a two-part series. The second post was published on Thursday, June 11.


Photo by Flickr user Robin Hutton

In the premier season of the new podcast “StartUp,” host Alex Blumberg briefly discussed the success of “Serial,” the other extremely successful podcast startup launched at the same time. “If you’re listening to the sound of my voice right now and you have not heard of ‘Serial,’” Blumberg said, “you occupy a very strange niche in culture, and I’d like to hear more about you, frankly.”

As a journalist, it was incredible for me to think that anyone listening to “StartUp” hadn’t followed “Serial.” But assumptions about our audience often turn out not to be true. Blumberg learned this lesson after he received a stream of tweets from people who said they had never heard about “Serial” until it was mentioned on his podcast.

Learn more

More time to enter your best digital journalism

The deadline for entries for the 2015 Online Journalism Awards has been extended to Friday, June 5, at 11:59 p.m. ET.

Now that you have more time, here is what you need to know to enter:

  • Ten of the 37 awards come with $60,000 in prize money, courtesy of John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Gannett Foundation and The University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications.

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.

If your question is not answered above, contact us at awards@journalists.org.

Learn more

ONA Weekly #58

 ONA Weekly No. 58

Online Journalism Awards entries deadline: May 29

Make sure you get recognized for the great digital projects you created last year. Send in your entries for the Online Journalism Awards by this Friday for your chance to be honored in one of 37 categories, with $60K in cash awards.

Register now for ONACamp: Indianapolis

Midwest journos, join us for a free day of digital journalism training June 12 at the Indianapolis Star. Learn how to engage your community online and on mobile, use analytics to inform editorial decisions, create video for the web and more in this full day of sessions, supported by the Gannett Foundation.

Upcoming Events



New 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:

Journalism trends, tips and trainings in your inbox

In its weekly bulletin, the International Journalists’ Network (IJNet) features the latest media news and journalism resources, along with 20 new training opportunities. Ranging from award competitions to internships, they include all the details you’ll need to apply. Subscribe here.

What We’re Reading

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

Have an outstanding 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.



Learn more

ONA Weekly #57

 ONA Weekly No. 57

How to create collaborative graphics

There are effective ways for developers, reporters and editors to work together on creating digital graphics. In the first in a series of blogs by our 2014 MJ Bear Fellows, Aaron Williams, news applications developer with the Center for Investigative Reporting, shares tips on using open-source tools.

An important appeal in the Eric Garner decision

ONA recently joined the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press and 27 media organizations in supporting an appeal of a court decision refusing any access to the grand jury materials into the investigation of the death of Eric Garner in Long Island, N.Y. The brief argues that the trial judge erred by failing to recognize the public interest in the investigation of allegations of lethal police misconduct, dismissing that interest as “[j]ournalistic curiosity.” Read more.

What makes a winning OJA entry?

Getting ready to fill out your Online Journalism Awards entry in one of 37 categories? How great would it be get insight into how to make your work stand out? Done. ONA’s Executive Director and our OJA Chair put the trends aside and outline what judges are really looking for.

Upcoming Events

Your chance to join the American Press Institute

API is hiring a research associate to work on groundbreaking efforts to advance journalism innovation. The position contributes to our content strategy program, Metrics for News, which helps organizations re-imagine their coverage strategies through new journalism-based analytics and custom audience research.
This content is sponsored by the American Press Institute.

New 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:

What We’re Reading

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

Have an outstanding 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.



Learn more