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Super-mega ONA12 wrap-up: slides, photos, videos and more

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If you couldn’t make it to San Francisco for the 2012 Online News Association Conference and Awards Banquet, we’re bringing the conference to you, thanks to a ton of great media generated over the three days. We’ve pulled together a mega-post including links to presentation slides, videos, illustrations and more.

Session slides: We’ve gathered available slides and links to wrap-ups and resource pages from presenters and posted to each session page on the ONA12 site.

Session videos: Unedited videos of all of the keynotes, most of the Friday and Saturday general sessions (in four tracks) and the Online Journalism Awards dinner are available on each session page. We’re in post-production now and will be posting high-quality videos on our Vimeo account, so follow @ONA on Twitter for updates.

Session audio: Sound recordings of all of the keynotes, the all-day Law School for Digital Journalists on Thursday and selected sessions are available on ONA’s Soundcloud page.

Livenotes: Some participants chose to compile their notes in collaborative documents, including Reuter’s Anthony De Rosa, Newsweek’s Brian Ries and USC Annenberg’s Robert Hernandez.
All ONA live blogs, posted by an excellent volunteer curation team, are on session pages (along with session videos).

Keynotes: Jose Antonio Vargas opened ONA12 with a request to media organizations — specifically noting the New York Times and Associated Press —to discontinue the use of the word “illegal immigrant.” Politico, ABC, and Poynter covered the speech, and the New York Times Public Editor, Margaret Sullivan, responded. Twitter CEO Dick Costolo made headlines when he announced during his keynote that Twitter users will be able to download their tweets by the end of the year. Reuters, TechCrunch, and GigaOm were just a few that filed stories. NASA’s JPL social team impressed social media editors and journalists alike during their Friday night keynote with their engagement strategy for the Mars Curiosity rover.

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Welcome, Jeremiah Patterson; watch ONA12 on

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Meet our new Digital Manager
A warm welcome to Jeremiah Patterson,  ONA’s new Digital Manager, who is responsible for all of our websites and our e-commerce system. As Digital Manager, Jeremiah is responsible for all of our websites and our e-commerce system. Before joining ONA, he served as a web producer and content developer at The Wildlife Society, maintaining the organization’s website, email marketing and other online services.

An Ohio native and media enthusiast, Jeremiah grew up with a deep interest in video production and graphic design. He attended Westminster College in New Wilmington, Pa., where he earned a bachelor’s in broadcast communication with a minor in media art in 2010. He then completed a master’s program in journalism and public policy at American University.

Watch the ONA12 and OJA festivities with
You don’t have to be in San Francisco to join us for the Online News Association Conference and Awards Saturday, Sept. 22, at 7 p.m. PST, sponsored by NBC Digital News. Tune in, hear our emcee @Hari in action and winners announced on the Awards livestream.

And you can live-stream ONA12 to your heart’s content all day Friday and Saturday, Sept. 21-22 — all keynote sessions and all four tracks will be available as they happen. Select sessions will also have audio recordings available immediately. Keep an eye on individual sessions on

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From the President: ONA12 and Hyatt hotel chain labor dispute

Dear ONA12 attendees,

We’re glad you’ll be joining us for the 2012 Online News Association Conference and Awards (ONA12) in San Francisco next month. As we’ve been getting ready for the conference, it’s come to our attention that some attendees and speakers are receiving messages from representatives from a labor union, Unite Here, about an ongoing labor dispute between the union and the Hyatt hotel chain. We wanted to give you some background, clear up any misunderstandings, and let you know, to the best of our ability, what to expect in San Francisco.

Unite Here and the Hyatt Corporation have been in negotiations for two years over a range of issues. While tentative agreements have been made regarding wages and benefits, policies regarding union-membership voting rules and broader Hyatt chain worker safety history remain unresolved. (More details can be found at The Hyatt Corporation website and the Unite Here website and

Because of these unresolved issues, Unite Here has waged a campaign to urge travelers and meeting planners to boycott Hyatt Hotels. We were not made aware of the dispute by Unite Here or the hotel until 2012, a year after we signed our contract with the Hyatt Regency. Pulling out of a binding contract at that point would have been a six-figure cost — a non-starter for a nonprofit organization such as ours. As you know, we rely on the registration and sponsorships that come from our annual conference to provide member benefits and serve our journalism community. So while ONA is supportive of the ongoing negotiations process and has urged both parties to resolve their issues in a timely manner that is fair to all, we will hold our meeting as planned at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco from Sept. 20-22.

Demonstrations ramped up in July, when a group of unions supported a global boycott of the Hyatt hotel chain. The Hyatt Regency staff is not on strike, nor — as far as we can know — are they expected to be, so ONA12 attendees will not be crossing a picket line, although there may be demonstrations. If that changes, we will let you know and offer conference refunds to anyone who feels uncomfortable with the situation by Sept. 12, according to our standard refund policy. At the conference itself, we will urge our media attendees and student newsroom to cover all sides of the issue as they see fit.

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Last chance before price goes up for ONA12

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The second phase of ONA12 registration ends tomorrow — July 31 — at midnight ET, so register now before the price goes up for the 2012 Online News Association Conference and Awards.

We’re taking over San Francisco Sept. 20-22, with three packed days of workshops, panel talks, and networking events, with keynotes from Dick Costolo, Emily Bell and Jose Antonio Vargas lined up.

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Check out the full schedule, the Thursday workshops, including the all-star legal minds on hand at the Law School for Digital Journalists, and some of the hot sessions.

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Registration opens for Thursday Workshops at ONA12

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Should you need more reasons to join us at ONA12 in San Francisco, Sept. 20-22, we’ve got plenty.

The ONA12 Thursday Workshops, Sept. 20, form the unofficial third day of the conference, packed with hands-on trainings, a full day of expert legal classes, an all-day hackathon, and professional development via our Career Summit & Job Fair, sponsored by the Gannett Foundation.

The day ends with the Opening Night Reception at the Rincon Center, sponsored by NPR and Digital First Media. Entry to the Opening Night Reception is included with the ONA12 General Pass

Registration for the Thursday Workshops is separate from the general conference; costs for each event are below. (ONA members get a nice discount on Workshop registration and $300 off a full-conference pass. Not a member? Join now.)

Register for all the Thursday Workshops here and check out the full conference schedule.

Thursday Workshops

These full- and half-day workshops, all held at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco, provide expert, hands-on development and multimedia training, exploring development, entrepreneurship, technology and digital innovation.

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Jose Antonio Vargas opens ONA12 in San Francisco

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Online News Association, the world’s largest membership organization of digital journalists, announces that Jose Antonio Vargas, an award-winning multimedia journalist, will be the opening keynote at its 2012 conference in San Francisco.

Vargas will open the Online News Association Conference & Awards Banquet Friday, Sept. 21.

Born in the Philippines, Vargas immigrated to the United States at age 12. Stunning the media and political circles, Vargas wrote the essay, “My Life as an Undocumented Immigrant,” for the New York Times Magazine in the summer of 2011. He is the founder of Define American, a new campaign that seeks to elevate the conversation around immigration, and the author — and subject — of a June cover story in Time.

“The theme of our conference this year is Digital Storytelling,” said Jane McDonnell, ONA Executive Director, “and Jose is a journalist who is using all platforms in new ways to cover, crowd-source and interpret a crucially important debate.”

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If you’re trying to register for ONA12 early-bird …

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If you’re trying to register for today’s early-bird deadline for the Online News Association Conference & Awards Banquet and are encountering any issues, rest easy.

Your enthusiasm, which we greatly appreciate, has overtaken our capacity, but we have your requests and emails, we will respond to each one, and you will be registered at the early-bird rate. We promise.

A couple of tips as you register:

  • Be sure you’re logged in to and that your membership is current. (You can find your membership type, along with your expiration date, in the top right corner of the screen. If you don’t see a membership type and expiration date, you’ll need to renew your membership here.)
  • If your membership is current, but you’re not seeing the member rate, check to see if there’s a partially-completed registration in your cart.

Thanks for your support, and see you in San Francisco!

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ONA12 schedule drops: Three days of journalism, tech and togetherness in San Francisco

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The ONA12 Program and Conference Chairs have been hard at work on the 2012 Online News Association Conference & Awards Banquet, building sessions and identifying speakers who will turn emerging technology into news gold, take deep dives into digital storytelling and help you evolve in your digital media career. Once again, we had an amazing response to the Session Selector, and your subsequent votes gave us more than enough ideas for four solid tracks of news immersion.

Here’s the program for the conference general sessions so far. Note that more keynotes and panelists will be announced in the coming weeks and registration for the Pre-conference program will open June 28. We hope you’ll join us to share our excitement over the future, meet with old friends and make lots of new ones.

An ONA12 registration tip: We’ve extended the early-bird registration deadline to give you time to check out the programming below. Register by June 20 to get the early-bird rate (and a guaranteed spot — we’ve sold out the past five years running). Also make sure to reserve your rooms at the Hyatt Regency in San Francisco. They’re also going fast.

ONA12 general sessions

Friday and Saturday, Sept. 21-22
Check out the full schedule, with times and descriptions.

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Twitter CEO, Emily Bell to keynote at 2012 Online News Association Conference in San Francisco

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Online News Association, the world’s largest membership organization of digital journalists, announces that Dick Costolo, Chief Executive Officer of Twitter, will keynote at its 2012 conference in San Francisco.

Dick Costolo

Emily Bell

Costolo will be joined at the Online News Association Conference and Awards Banquet Friday, Sept. 21, by Emily Bell, Professor of Professional Practice at Columbia Journalism School and Director of the Tow Center for Digital Journalism, in a luncheon conversation exploring the social media giant’s financial and cultural impact on digital media and plans for the 2012 Presidential election in November.

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Registration opens for ONA12; be an early bird and save

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San Francisco Skyline Sunset by Curtis Fry

Registration is officially open for the 2012 Online News Association Conference & Awards Banquet, Sept. 20-22, San Francisco. Tip: The earlier you register, the lower your fee.

Starting today, members and non-members will have eight weeks to sign up for the conference at early-bird prices. Then the cost goes up incrementally to avoid that last-minute crunch. There are 1,000 registrations available for ONA12. Once they’re sold out, they really are sold out.

Register now.

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