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ONA Weekly: Get ready for ONA London; networking in NY, DC and Boston

 ONA Weekly No. 40

ONA London: Mobile 2015

We’ll be opening registration on Jan. 27 for our first conference in London, where we’ll rethink how media approaches mobile news, including mobile design, content and distribution. Meanwhile, you can book your hotel now.

Extended deadline for Challenge Fund: Friday

Educators, your have two more days to submit projects to the Challenge Fund for Innovation in Journalism Education. If you have a project that blends journalism and local news, don’t miss your chance to apply for a $35,000 grant by Friday, Jan. 23.

Apply for ONA-Poynter Women’s Leadership Academy

The ONA-Poynter Leadership Academy for Women in Digital Media is a groundbreaking, tuition-free seminar that will help women gain and polish the skills and knowledge needed to rise to the highest levels of media leadership. Only 25 promising women leaders will be selected for the program, held April 12-17. Apply by Feb. 20.

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Check out ONA’s Career Center for new opportunities for journalists, editors, producers and developers. Job seekers can browse the latest openings and upload their resumes for free. Recently added jobs include:

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24 hours to apply for Challenge Fund grants; advancing women in digital media leadership

 ONA Weekly No. 39

Last chance for $35,000 micro-grants for educators

Applications are due tomorrow, Jan. 15, for the second round of applications for the Challenge Fund for Innovation in Journalism Education, academic/local news experiments that highlight collaboration and invention.

Advancing women in digital media leadership

We’re now accepting applications for the ONA-Poynter Leadership Academy for Women in Digital Media. Twenty-five women will be guided through the tuition-free program by prominent women leaders in the start-up, tech, media and academic fields. Follow #digitalwomenleaders for updates. Applications due Feb. 20.

Why ‘Je Suis Charlie’

Last week, ONA released a statement on the terrorist attacks on Charlie Hebdo, emphasizing that “the only way to keep free speech alive is to stand up for it — and use it.” We also joined 39 other journalism organizations standing in solidarity with the Parisian satire magazine.
Photo: AP Photo/Thibault Camus

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New job openings

Want to make a career move this year? Check out ONA’s Career Center. Job seekers can browse the latest openings and upload their resumes for free. Recently added jobs 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.



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Applications Open for ONA-Poynter Women’s Leadership Academy

The Online News Association (ONA) and the Poynter Institute are now accepting applications for the ONA-Poynter Leadership Academy for Women in Digital Media. Led by prominent women leaders in the startup, tech, media and academic fields, faculty will include S. Mitra Kalita, current Executive Editor (at large) for Quartz and adjunct faculty at Poynter; Kelly McBride, Poynter’s Vice President of Academic Programs; and Liz Heron, Facebook’s Manager of News Partnerships.

Only 25 promising women leaders will be selected for the program, held April 12-17 at Poynter’s campus in St. Petersburg, Fla. This groundbreaking, tuition-free seminar will help women gain and polish the skills and knowledge needed to rise to the highest levels of media leadership. The classes will be structured to encourage open, candid discussion and networking, and participants will walk away with not only strong skills, but a built-in support system for the future.

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ONA statement on Charlie Hebdo: Why ‘Je Suis Charlie’

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Yesterday’s murders at the magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris were not just an attack on journalism, they were yet another declaration of open warfare on free speech.

(AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

Journalists who take on extremism and report on the abuses of power are a flash point for violence, and the past year has been an extraordinarily brutal reminder.

The list of journalists’ deaths across the globe grew every day, including the murders of freelance reporter Aung Kyaw Naing, “Par Gyi,” in Burma; 21-year-old intern Facely Camara in Womé, Guinea; blogger Marcos de Barros Leopoldo Guerra in Ubatuba, Brazil; reporter Vyacheslav Veremiy, 32, in Kiev, Ukraine and freelance photographer James Foley in Syria.

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ONA Weekly #38

 ONA Weekly No. 38

Irving Washington, ONA’s new Deputy Director

It’s with great pleasure that we announce Irving Washington has been promoted to Deputy Director. In his new role, Irving will act as ONA’s second-in-command, be a key contributor to short- and long-term strategy, and will be responsible for all operations, academic programs and professional awards. Read more.

One week left to apply for the Challenge Fund!

If you’re working on a project that pushes the boundaries of education and local news, apply for a Challenge Fund for Innovation in Journalism Education grant! Applications are due next Thursday, Jan. 15. Get inspired by the excellent projects created by the first round of winners and apply here.

Save the date for ONA London: Mobile

On March 6, join us at Reuters UK for our first international conference, ONA London: Mobile, where we’ll discuss mobile design, content and distribution, and provide practical tips and inspiration to rethink how media approaches mobile news. Registration will be £130 and opens later in January.

In memory of Jeanette Bear

Our hearts go out to the Bear and Carpenter families on the loss of Jeanette Bear, who passed away Dec. 16 at age 85. Jeanette was the mother of ONA founding member MJ Bear, whose legacy lives on through her MJ Bear Fellowships. The family’s legacy of generosity has resulted in $100,000 in funds to identify and support promising young journalists, and over $800 in memorial contributions. We thank them for thinking of our community during this difficult time.



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Legal updates

Our Legal Affairs Committee joined four briefs in December, ranging from protesting the use of potentially harmful warrants in a Microsoft case to supporting Washington State’s anti-SLAPP law and refining photo and filming permissions for the U.S. Forest Service. Read more here.

New year, new jobs for journos

Looking to start the new year off with a new gig? Check out ONA’s Career Center. Job seekers can browse the latest openings and upload their resumes for free. Recently added jobs include:

Applications due for 2015 Reynolds Fellowships

People and institutions are invited to submit applications to collaborate with RJI on innovative ideas and projects to improve the practice or understanding of journalism. RJI is giving special consideration to ideas focused on mobile engagement and monetization. Deadline to apply is Feb. 1.

Students, apply for SPJ’s MOE Awards

Annually, the Society of Professional Journalists presents the Mark of Excellence Awards, honoring the best in student journalism. The MOE awards are open to U.S. college students studying for an academic degree in 2014 and international SPJ students. Deadline is Jan. 23.

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.



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Irving Washington promoted to ONA Deputy Director

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Irving WashingtonIt’s with great pleasure that we announce Irving Washington has been promoted to Deputy Director. In his new role, Irving will act as ONA’s second-in-command and a key contributor to short- and long-term planning and strategy, responsible for all operations, academic programs and professional awards.

In his role as Operations Director over the past two years, Irving has helped oversee administration, HR, budgeting and all conference and event logistics and platforms. He has also been responsible for the administration — and success — of our scholarship programs, including the $1M Challenge Fund for Innovation in Journalism Education, the MJ Bear Fellowships, the Knight HBCU Scholarships and the AP-Google Scholarships.

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Save the Date for ONA’s 1st international conference: ONA London, Mobile

ONA London: Mobile

Join us for our first international conference, ONA London: Mobile, March 6, 2015, at Reuters UK headquarters. This one-day event will bring together top minds in the industry to discuss mobile design, content and distribution, providing practical tips and inspiration to rethink how media approaches mobile news.

Look for registration to open in January 2015.

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A Holiday Thanks: ONA’s Top Resources of 2014

Happy holidays from ONA! In fine ONA tradition, our gift to you is a round-up of our most useful resources from 2014, drawing on our annual conference, events and training throughout the year. With everything we do, we focus on making sure working journalists have strong, practical takeaways and we know you’ll find something here to inspire and motivate you in 2015.

We hope that you have had a productive year and wish you have a peaceful holiday season.

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ONA Weekly #37

 ONA Weekly No. 37

Sensors, public data and politics in Miami

As sea levels continue to rise, the impact on coastal cities like Miami may be devastating. Eyes on the Rise, a Florida International University project funded in the first round of ONA’s Challenge Fund for Innovation in Journalism Education, is digging into the under-reported issues. In an Education Shift post, learn how FIU is working with multiple partners to change how the local press tells stories on the issue through innovative student work using sensors, public data and community engagement.

Dream up your own Challenge Fund project

Inspired by FIU’s work? If you have your own innovative, collaborative project that bridges education and local news, apply for a $35,000 grant from the Challenge Fund for Innovation in Journalism Education by Jan. 15.

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Happy holidays! ONA Local groups are getting together to celebrate the season. It’s the perfect time to attend a meetup or learn how you can start a local group near you.

Enter Your Best Work for 2014 Now

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

This content is sponsored by Scripps Howard Awards.

Act now to support open data

ONA today joined a coalition of media organizations in urging the U.S. House of Representatives to vote on the FOIA Improvements Act of 2014, passed unanimously by the Senate. We urge our community to let their voices of support be heard today as the House is considering adjournment before voting on S.2520, which takes key steps to strengthen federal agencies’ efforts to implement their obligations under the Freedom of Information Act.

Just posted! New job openings

Looking for a new job or just want to see what’s out there? Check out ONA’s Career Center. Job seekers can browse the latest openings and upload their resumes for free.

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.



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