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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.

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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
17 Categories
$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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A look at the business of journalism at ONACamp Phoenix

At our final ONACamp of 2014, a range of journalism and business experts convened at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication in Phoenix to share tips about the business of digital journalism. Funded by a generous grant by the Gannett Foundation, this full-day training featured eight sessions that provided tips on how to align journalism and business goals into strategy and news projects.


Capturing Value

Jake Batsell, Assistant Professor at Southern Methodist University’s Division of Journalism in Dallas, kicked off the day with a keynote conversation on audience engagement and the business of digital news. In preparation for his forthcoming book, Jake visited over 25 newsrooms in the United States and United Kingdom and did over 100 interviews investigating engagement, loyalty and revenue. He found newsrooms are trying to engage readers in five main ways: face-to-face engagement, news as conversation, serving the “passionate vertical,” search, explore and play, and measuring and monetizing the audience relationship.

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ONA Weekly #36

 ONA Weekly No. 36

Tips on working with the business side

We bring you great resources from our recent ONACamp Phoenix, a free, full-day training at Arizona State University focused on how to better understand the business side of journalism and work more seamlessly toward the bottom line. Get your mini-MBA with audio recordings and presentations from experts from The Arizona Republic, AJ+, Chartbeat, Foreign Policy, Voice of San Diego, Southern Methodist University and more.

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Job opportunities for the digitally minded

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

Happy holidays! Take 25 percent off your December job buy

Have a job opening? We have a gift for you! Use code “F4HUBAKA” for a 25 percent discount off any single, three- or five- job package until Dec. 31. This is a one-time use code, and the discounted rate will be reflected after applying the code during check-out. You can post your open positions in the ONA Career Center at any time.

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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ONA Weekly #35

 ONA Weekly No. 35

Support digital journalism on Giving Tuesday

Giving Tuesday on Dec. 2 is a great time to help fund ONA’s unique programs that strengthen the digital journalism pipeline. Donate here to support up and coming journalists. You don’t have to wait until Tuesday to support ONA. You can set up your Amazon Smile account to support journalism all year round.

A Thanksgiving project for educators

Are you an educator working on a collaborative local news project? Take some time over Thanksgiving to apply for the Challenge Fund for Innovation in Journalism Education. Applications are due Jan. 15 for this round of $35,000 micro grants.

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New jobs for journalists and developers

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

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ONA Weekly #34

 ONA Weekly No. 34

Boosting lady leadership

The new ONA-Poynter Leadership Academy for Women in Digital Media is aimed at women moving up the ladder in digital journalism and technology. Applications will open in January for the tuition-free, week-long program, which will be held in St. Petersburg, Fla., in April.

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New on ONA Resource page: Alley Interactive

Alley Interactive designs and builds large-scale content sites for top digital publishers. Alley was the only digital agency honored in the news category of the 2014 Webby Awards for our work on The New Republic. Get more information on ONA’s Resources page.
This content is sponsored by Alley Interactive.

New jobs for journalists and developers

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

Masters Mediapreneurs grants

J-Lab: The Institute for Interactive Journalism is seeking to fund four U.S.-based news startups that show promise of journalistic value and creativity and are launched by encore media entrepreneurs, age 50-plus. Proposals are due Dec. 15.

Deadline for Freedom of Expression Awards

Nominations are due Thursday, Nov. 20, for the Index on Censorship Freedom of Expression Awards, which honor free expression champions from around the world, either through journalism, campaigning, the arts or online.

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