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Dateline Miami: 6 Notes from a Masterclass in Digital Leadership

ONA Executive Director Jane McDonnell introduces speakers for the morning.

The following take-aways are from an off-the-record conversation hosted as part of ONA’s Digital Leadership Breakfast series, sponsored by the Dow Jones Foundation, held Jan. 20 in Miami. These events are designed as a forum for senior digital media leaders to exchange ideas, challenges and solutions.

Speakers:

  • Mark López, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Univision Digital
  • Jim McKelvey, Co-Founder, Square and LaunchCode
  • Alexandra Villoch, President and Publisher, Miami Herald Media Co.
  • Moderator: Alberto Ibargüen, President, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

Here is a quick list of insights that emerged during our great conversation:

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ONAs joins with Digital Journalism Forum Tokyo 2016 March 11-12

Digital Journalism Forum Tokyo 2016, to be held in conjunction with the Japan Center of Education for Journalist’s Journalism Innovation Award exhibit, will provide opportunities to discuss and share thoughts about the direction, style and future of the ever-changing media and journalism industry.

The Executive Committee of the Digital Journalism Forum Tokyo 2016 announced it would hold a two-day conference March 11-12 in cooperation with the Online News Association (ONA), the world’s largest association of online journalists. The goal of the conference will be to inspire journalists to innovate and collaborate to produce excellent journalism.

The media environment has been drastically changing. The digitization of media, the penetration of mobile devices, and other innovations have massively transformed the way content is created and delivered on a global scale.

Digital Journalism Forum Tokyo 2016 will allow media professionals from many organizations and at all levels to discuss and share ideas about the direction, style and future of this ever-changing landscape. Speakers will include top journalists, engineers and media-related corporate executives from both within and outside Japan.

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Applications Open for ONA-Poynter Women’s Leadership Academy

Featured Faculty Include Hearken’s Jennifer Brandel, Upworthy’s Amy O’Leary and ProPublica’s Sisi Wei

The Online News Association (ONA) and the Poynter Institute are now accepting applications for the 2016 ONA-Poynter Leadership Academy for Women in Digital Media, a transformative, tuition-free leadership program to train digital media’s best and brightest women.

The week-long program will provide training and networking opportunities to 28 emerging women leaders selected from the applicant pool. Led by prominent women leaders in the startup, tech, media and academic fields, faculty will include Amy O’Leary, editorial director of Upworthy; Jennifer Brandel, founder and CEO of Hearken, and Sisi Wei, investigative journalist and full-stack developer at ProPublica.

The academy, held the week of May 1 at The Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg, Fla., will focus on leadership skills, digital project management strategies and best practices in management. Interactive training sessions will include 1-1 mentoring, outstanding networking and a supportive cohort of talented peers.

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Apply now for ONA-Poynter Women’s Leadership Academy

Applications are now live for the second ONA-Poynter Leadership Academy for Women in Digital Media. The week-long, tuition-free program will provide training and networking opportunities to 28 emerging women leaders, selected from the applicant pool. Led by prominent women leaders in the startup, tech, media and academic fields, faculty will include Amy O’Leary, editorial director of Upworthy; Jenn Brandel, founder and CEO of Hearken; Sisi Wei, investigative journalist and full-stack developer at ProPublica; Kelly McBride, Poynter’s vice president of academic programs; and Katie Hawkins-Gaar, Poynter’s digital innovation faculty member.

The academy, held the week of May 1 at The Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg, Fla., will focus on leadership skills, digital project management strategies and best practices in management. Interactive training sessions will be led by standout experts in technology and media, and will include 1-1 mentoring, outstanding networking opportunities and a supportive cohort of talented peers.

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Introducing ONA’s first Student Board Representative

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We’re delighted to introduce Michelle Baruchman, who will serve as ONA’s first Student Representative to the Board of Directors. In this appointed role, Michelle will be a voice for our student members, advising the Board and staff on how to better serve student journalists. Her two-year, nonvoting appointment will begin Jan. 1, 2016.

Michelle is a junior at the University of Georgia, double majoring in Digital Broadcast Journalism and International Affairs. She is also pursuing a certificate in New Media. She currently reports, produces and anchors for her class broadcast program, Grady FiveSeventy, and will continue refining her video production and editing skills for Grady Newsource, WUGA-TV, a live news show broadcast on local television.

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An open letter to performers

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The following is an open letter, supported by ONA and 10 media organizations, calling for discussion with performers and their management on reasonable credentialing and ownership of photos and videos for concerts: 

Dear Performing Artists,

The associations and organizations listed below represent and assist thousands of photographers, reporters, editors, publishers, media entities and others dedicated to informing the public about issues that matter to their communities and personal interests.

Our members have long enjoyed a strong working relationship with the athletes and entertainers they cover, but lately that relationship is becoming strained as more and more performers (from the Foo Fighters to Janet Jackson and others in between) are making unreasonable demands for the “privilege” of covering your concerts. Sadly, the people we both are trying to serve are the ones who end up losing as a result.

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ONA Weekly #81

 ONA Weekly No. 81

RSVP now to explore digital ethics in D.C.

Experts Madeleine Bair from Witness, Mark Memmott from NPR and Tom Kent of the Associated Press, who leads ONA’s ethics editorial team, will discuss how the rapid proliferation of digital tools has surfaced new ethical issues for journalists and media outlets in a critical conversation hosted by ONA and the Newseum Institute on Nov. 19. Space is limited, so register now for this free event.

We’re hiring a community manager!

Passionate about journalism, media and tech? Love connecting people, building communities and making an impact? Want to travel? Apply to be ONA’s new Community Manager and help us expand our ONA Local program, a hub for networking and training local journalists around the world. You’ll join our small but mighty team, based in Washington, D.C. Apply now.

Student leaders, apply for ONA’s Board

We’re looking for an active student member who is passionate about digital journalism to join ONA’s Board of Directors as our first nonvoting Student Representative. You’ll be a voice for students, highlighting their interests and concerns to ONA’s leadership. Learn more and apply.

Covering politics in a new way

Find inspiration as you gear up for election season: ONA DC hosts a conversation with Rare.us Politics Editor Jack Hunter and Deputy Editor Matt Purple Thursday, Nov. 12, in Washington D.C. Learn how Rare.us is reporting the 2016 presidential election with a focus on millennial engagement. RSVP now.
(Photo by Flickr user Phil Roeder, used with Creative Commons liscence.)

ONA joins amicus brief in NYPD public records case

ONA joined a coalition of media organizations and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press (RCFP) in an amicus effort opposing the New York Police Department’s appeal of a decision ordering it to release records on the use of backscatter X-ray vans to ProPublica reporter Michael Grabell. The brief emphasizes the public interest in access to law enforcement records around technology use.

Upcoming Events

Welcome to ONA Montreal, our newest international ONA Local group, which hosts its first event this week! Find an ONA Local group near you.



ONA opportunity! Free tickets to Daily News ‘Conversations’

The first 25 ONA members to register using the code ONACOMP7 will receive free admission to the next Daily News Innovation Lab “Conversations” event, “How Data is Changing Media Companies,” Nov. 18. Brian Abelson (NewsLynx), John Keefe (WNYC), Sisi Wei (ProPublica) and Chris Wiggins (The New York Times) join moderator Stephanie Salmon (U.S. News). Register now. Some ONA members can receive discounted tickets using the code ONADISCOUNT25.

New digital journalism jobs

Looking for a new job? ONA’s Career Center has hundreds of opportunities for journalists, editors, developers, producers and more. Recent postings include:

  • Digital Producer, Pew Research Center
  • Assistant Professor in Audio, Digital and Video Media,
    E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, Ohio University
  • Morning Digital Editor, WBEZ / Chicago Public Media
  • TechRaking DC: Meeting the Challenge

    This Friday (Nov. 6), the Center for Investigative Reporting and Google News Lab host the first TechRaking D.C.: Meeting the Challenge, focusing on “what it means to integrate innovation into newsrooms to expand the opportunities for great reporting.” RSVP now for this free event.

    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.



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    ONA Weekly #80

     ONA Weekly No. 80

    Work with ONA to strengthen local journalism communities!

    We’re hiring a Community Manager for the ONA Local program, which connects journalists through networking and training, thanks to a significant grant from the Knight Foundation. You’ll work with our 50+ groups and lead the expansion of the program, helping to get new groups started and assessing how to better support journalists organizing in their communities. Learn more and apply by Nov. 18.

    Designing ethics in the digital age

    Join ONA and the Newseum Institute on Nov. 19, 3-5 p.m., for a discussion about how the rapid proliferation of digital tools has surfaced new ethical issues for journalists and media outlets. ONA recently launched its Build Your Own Ethics Code beta to help journalists address these issues. Madeleine Bair from Witness, Mark Memmott from NPR and Tom Kent of the Associated Press, who leads ONA’s ethics editorial team, will talk with Gene Policinski from the Newseum Institute. RSVP now.

    Seeking an ONA Student Board Representative

    For the first time, ONA will welcome a Student Representative to our Board of Directors in January 2016. We’re looking for an active student member who is passionate about digital journalism and available to travel to two Board meetings a year during 2016 and 2017. The Student Representative will serve as a liaison between the Board and active student members of ONA, bringing to light issues, concerns and needs that may inform initiatives and programs. Learn more and apply.

    Welcome to new ONA Local groups in Montreal and Tucson

    A warm welcome to our two newest Local groups, both hitting the ground running. ONA Montreal will host its first event Nov. 5 at Midway Tavern and is our first group planning events for both English- and French-speaking journalists in Canada. ONA at the University of Arizona has already funded a project to use 360 video to cover the All Souls Procession in Tucson and is diving into reporting projects. Also, welcome back to ONA South Florida, which hosted its first event in 2015 and just started a new Facebook group to stay connected.

    Upcoming Events

    Meet local journalists, learn about current trends in digital journalism and share your ideas at upcoming ONA Local events. Find an ONA Local group near you.

    Become a JSK Journalism Fellow at Stanford University

    Each year, we help 20 outstanding individuals pursue their ideas for improving journalism amid the amazing creativity and entrepreneurial spirit synonymous with Stanford and Silicon Valley. Be one of them! Deadline is Dec. 1 for the 2016-17 class.

    This content is sponsored by the John S. Knight Journalism Fellowships at Stanford.

    New digital journalism jobs

    Looking for a new job? ONA’s Career Center has hundreds of opportunities for journalists, editors, developers, producers and more. 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.



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    ONA Weekly #79

     ONA Weekly No. 79

    Introducing ONA’s 2016 Board

    A warm welcome to the Boston Globe’s David Skok, who has been elected to the ONA Board of Directors. We’re thrilled to welcome back re-elected incumbents P. Kim Bui, Eric Carvin, David Cohn, Steve Herrmann and Meredith Artley, as well as David Smydra, who was reappointed and will continue to represent the technology sector on the Board. See the full election results and learn more about the directors.

    Upcoming Events

    Meet local journalists, learn about current trends in digital journalism and share your ideas at upcoming ONA Local events. Find an ONA Local group near you.



    New digital journalism jobs

    Looking for a new job? ONA’s Career Center has hundreds of opportunities for journalists, editors, developers, producers and more. Recent postings include:

    Covering the migration crisis

    The 19 Million Project will bring together  “a cadre of journalists, designers, digital strategists, coders, and humanitarians, from around the world, to explore the causes and effects of the Mediterranean refugee crisis in Europe, to identify the issues, to define the problem and to articulate possible solutions,” Nov. 2-13 in Rome. Learn more about the 19 Million Project and how you can follow along.

    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.



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    Boston Globe’s David Skok elected to ONA Board; Artley, Bui, Cohn, Carvin, Herrmann 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 five incumbents to two-year terms.

    The newest director, David Skok, Managing Editor and Vice President, Digital, The Boston Globe, will join the Board Jan. 1, 2015.

    “David brings with him invaluable experience and perspective from the worlds of digital and print,” said Meredith Artley, current Board president and Editor-in-Chief, CNN Digital. “And we’re delighted to welcome back our re-elected colleagues to continue our important work.”

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