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ONA Weekly #30

 ONA Weekly No. 30

Free full-day training on the business of digital news

Join some of the top minds in digital journalism for a special ONACamp focused on the business side on Nov. 8 in Phoenix. Speakers include Southern Methodist University’s Jake Batsell on business models and audience engagement, KQED’s Olivia Allen-Price and the Arizona Republic’s Megan Finnerty on how live events can support your daily journalism, Louisiana State University’s Steve Buttry on community management, NBC4’s Sara Catania on lessons from project management, David Cohn of AJ+ (formerly at Circa) on creating structured content to engage readers and more. Check out more sessions and register now.

Meet ONA’s 2015 Board of Directors

The votes are in! Congratulations to Jose Zamora, Vice President of Strategic Communications, Univision Network News, who will join the ONA Board Jan. 1, 2015, along with re-elected members Mandy Jenkins, Jody Brannon, Robert Hernandez, Greg Linch, Jim Roberts and Bénet Wilson, and appointed member Joshua Hatch. See the full election results.

Green Shoots in Journalism Education

ONA’s own Irving Washington will join a talented group showcasing innovation in j-education at Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute at the Missouri School of Journalism in Columbia on Oct. 29 and 30. The event is free to attend and sessions will be live-streamed as well.

And the ONA15 free pass goes to …

Congratulations to Timothy Reck, Digital Developer at Hartford Courant Media Group, who won a free registration to next year’s Online News Association Conference by taking our ONA14 survey. We’ll see you at ONA15 in Los Angeles, Sept. 24-26!

Upcoming Events

Just posted! New jobs for journalists

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

Game on: Your feedback needed on digital security

CommunityRED, a non-profit that supports the digital security of journalists and activists in conflict places, is looking for your thoughts on digital security for a game it’s building to help journalists create their own security strategies. Please contact

Seeking gaming-savvy applicants for JoLT Fellowships

American University’s School of Communication is pairing game design thinkers with media leaders for the JoLT Fellowships, so they can reconsider how journalism and media can be created, distributed, engaged, discussed and produced. Applications are due by Nov. 10.

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Univision’s Jose Zamora elected to ONA Board; slate of incumbents 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 six incumbents to two-year terms.

The newest director — Jose Zamora, Vice President of Strategic Communications, Univision Network News — will join the Board Jan. 1, 2015.

“Jose brings with him a long history of news, philanthropic and digital media expertise, making him a fantastic addition to the Board,” said ONA President Meredith Artley, Vice President & Managing Editor, CNN Digital, CNN, “and we’re delighted to welcome back our re-elected colleagues to continue the important work of this particularly strong, united Board.”

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ONA Weekly #29

 ONA Weekly No. 28

Free ONACamp Phoenix focuses on business and revenue

Join us for a special free ONACamp in Phoenix Nov. 8 to explore the business side of digital journalism. The full day, funded by the Gannett Foundation, will focus on innovative revenue models that are working for news outlets across the country, as well as how editorial staffs can collaborate on business goals. You’ll hear from leaders at newsrooms large and small about how they’re experimenting with native and mobile ads, handling product management and how user engagement can organically inform revenue strategy. Register now.

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Free webinar: Traffic driving tactics

Join Bloomberg Oct. 21 at 11 a.m. EST for a free webinar on growing your digital audience. A Bloomberg audience development expert share tips for improving traffic from SEO, social media, partnerships and paid channels. Register now!

Just posted! New opportunities for journalists

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

Enter the Shorty Awards

The Shorty Awards, honoring the best news organization and brands on social media, are now accepting entries! Deadline is Nov. 14. Questions? Contact Doreen Naor at

Index on Censorship Freedom of Expression Awards

Know someone involved in tackling free expression threats, either through journalism, campaigning, the arts or using digital techniques? Nominate them for the Index on Censorship Freedom of Expression Awards 2015.

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ONA Weekly #28

 ONA Weekly No. 28

All the ONA14 resources in one place

All the great information from the Online News Association Conference in Chicago is now yours to dive into and share with your newsrooms. You can access audio and video of most sessions, comprehensive Student Newsroom coverage, photos from the event and details about the winners of the Online Journalism Awards at ONA14 resources.

ONA opportunity: free tickets to “Conversations”

Daily News Innovation Lab’s Conversations event on Oct. 15 in New York will feature leaders from Buzzfeed, Vice, Vox and Business Insider discussing how new media players are shaping the industry. The first 25 members of the ONA community to sign up with with discount code FRONA will receive free tickets.

Upcoming Events

Increase your online traffic!

Join Bloomberg Oct. 21 at 11 a.m. EST for a free webinar to learn how to grow your online audience. A Bloomberg audience development expert will discuss how to attract audience and answer your questions. Register now!

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Society of Business Editors and Writers Fall Conference

SABEW’s Fall Conference features solid business journalism sessions as well as those focused on U.S. monetary policy, high-frequency trading, mergers and acquisitions, corporate fraud, and an update on the Affordable Care Act. Learn more and register.

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ONA14 resources: Session videos, photos, tips and takeaways

As we pulled together our annual post-conference resources, we were again blown away by all of the inspiring sessions and great energy from this year’s Online News Association Conference, where over 1,900 journalists and technologists joined us in Chicago. We saw a whopping 936 new attendees and were thrilled with how our community welcomed them into the fold.

This was our largest conference to date and we’re proud to say that as we’ve grown, our community has maintained a commitment to networking and helping each other by exploring and sharing the newest technology and practical advice to bring back to their newsrooms. Whether you come from a large organization or a small newsroom, whether your interest is in breaking news or producing news for mobile, whether you identify as a digital journalist, journalism-coder, journo-entrepreneur or media diversity advocate, we have something for you.

Please enjoy these ONA14 resources — and let us know how we can help foster more training, networking and professional development in the next year and at ONA15.

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2015 James Foley Award to honor unsung heroes: conflict reporters

Video produced by Matthew Geer

All too often, it takes a searing, unthinkable image to make the public aware of the dangers a unique breed of journalists face daily. On Aug. 19, one hit particularly close to home with the brutal murder of freelance photographer Jim Foley in Syria at the hands of ISIS, after being held captive for nearly two years.

Jim’s work, like that of his colleagues’, appeared across the globe, as photos, videos or dispatches, describing the horrors of combat, the broken lives of civilians, the legacy of political decisions made far away. It’s crucial work, and, now more than ever, life-threatening. According to the Committee to Protect Journalists, 40 journalists have died doing their jobs in 2014 so far, covering war, corruption, crime, culture and politics in far-flung countries around the world.

The 2015 James Foley Award for Conflict Reporting, announced at the Online Journalism Awards Banquet on Sept. 27 during the Online News Association Conference in Chicago, is a step toward recognizing that work, and honoring the men and women who see it as their mission. It will be awarded next year to a digital journalist doing excellent reporting in the most challenging conditions and we’ll be formulating the criteria and selection process for the award over the next months.

When Phil Balboni, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Global Post, came to ONA with the idea of honoring Jim and his colleagues — with blessings from his parents, Diane and John Foley — we knew immediately the answer would be yes. Phil worked closely with Jim until his abduction and worked with his family to try to secure his release, and knew firsthand Jim’s dedication to his craft.

As ONA Board member and former ONA President Jim Brady said in announcing the honor, “We hope this award will keep Jim’s spirit and memory alive, and help highlight the brave and dangerous work our colleagues do so that we all may benefit.”

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ONA Weekly #27

 ONA Weekly No. 27

OJA winners: See the best in digital journalism

The winners of the 2014 Online Journalism Awards were honored at the Online News Association Conference and Awards Banquet. Check out the 30+ OJA winners and their entries (including NPR, represented here by Brian Boyer). We also announced a new award for 2015, the James Foley Award, honoring work by reporters in conflict zones and named for the Global Post freelancer killed in Syria in August.

Here’s your first wave of ONA14 resources

We were blown away by the response to ONA14 in Chicago last week. With nearly 1,900 attendees, it was by far our biggest conference. You can check out all of the live blogs on the ONA14 session pages, and see all the great coverage by the Student Newsroom. Audio and video of sessions will be available by early next week, as well as resources that presenters share with us.

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Members, vote for your 2015 ONA Board

Voting is now open for the 2015 Board of Directors! For the 2015-16 Board term, there are seven qualified seats open for election (one seat may be used to appoint a diversity director, if necessary). All ONA members in good standing as of Sept. 24, 2014, are eligible to vote at You can find your password in an email we sent to members only on Sept. 26 with the subject “Voting opens for the ONA 2015 Board of Directors.”

New jobs in the Career Center and #ONA14 leads

We’re always adding new opportunities for journalists, editors and digitally minded professionals to our Career Center, all available for free viewing. Bonus! Lots of jobs were shared on the #ONA14jobs tag this weekend.

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Seattle Times, ProPublica, NPR take home 2014 Online Journalism Awards

See video of the Online Journalism Awards ceremony here.

Coverage of natural disasters and health care as well as the making of a T-shirt took top honors Saturday night at the 2014 Online Journalism Awards, which ended the Online News Association Conference.

At the 14th annual awards dinner, ONA also announced a new award for 2015, the James Foley Award, honoring work by reporters in conflict zones and named for the Global Post freelancer killed in Syria in August.

The Seattle Times and Calgary Herald dominated the Breaking News categories with respective coverage of a local landslide and floods in Alberta. The two newest OJA categories, the $7,500 University of Florida Awards in Investigative Data Journalism, were won by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s examination of screening programs for newborns with rare diseases and MPR News for the cover-up of sexual abuse within the Catholic church.

Each winner of the three General Excellence Awards — The Los Angeles Times, ProPublica and the Center for Public Integrity — took home a $5,000 prize, courtesy of the Gannett Foundation. The Knight Award for Public Service, with a $5,000 prize from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, went to The Miami Herald’s I-Team investigation into Florida’s lack of protection for abused children. Northwestern University Knight Lab won the $5,500 Technical Innovation in the Service of Digital Journalism Award for its widely used Publishers’ Toolbox.

Launched in 2000, the OJAs are administered by the Online News Association and are the only comprehensive set of journalism prizes honoring excellence in digital journalism, focusing on independent, community, nonprofit, academic and major media.

Here are the winners in each category, with links to their winning entries:

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ONA Weekly #26

 ONA Weekly No. 26

Voting for 2015 ONA Board opens Friday

Get ready to vote for the 2015 Board of Directors Friday, Sept. 26. Learn more about the candidates and their goals for ONA. All members can vote online; check your inbox Friday morning for instructions. Not a member yet? If you become a member today, Sept. 24, you’ll be able to vote in this election.

Live-streams, session updates and resources from ONA14

Even if you can’t join us in Chicago for our annual conference, you can still access great resources. We’re doing live curation on session pages, live-steaming keynotes and larger sessions and producing video takeaways. Follow #ONA14 for updates and check out our Twitter lists of speakers, attendees and more. After the conference, we’ll upload presentations and notes from speakers.

2014 Online Journalism Awards winners announced Sept. 27

A number of these 2014 OJA finalists will pick up an OJA trophy Saturday, as we celebrate the best in digital journalism. We’ll be tweeting out the winners on the @ONA account with #OJA14 and you can watch the annual awards ceremony live at 7 p.m. CT.

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Free Hootsuite upgrades for ONA members

Hootsuite is providing 60 days free access to Hootsuite Pro + Hootsuite University to ONA members. Get your discount code in the ONA Member Center. You must sign up by Sept. 30.

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  • Since it’s conference week, we only have time to read ONA14 things. We’ll be back with recommended links next week.

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ONA Weekly #25

 ONA Weekly No. 25

Can’t come to ONA14? ONA14 will come to you

If you can’t join us for the Sept. 25-27 Online News Association Conference and Awards, never fear, because we’ll be live-streaming keynotes and larger sessions, producing two-minute takeaway videos and live-blogging sessions. Sessions displaying a screen icon on the interactive schedule will be live-streamed and some sessions will have audio available afterward. (If you are attending, we’ve pulled together lots of tips, discounts and guides for navigating the conference.)

New jobs in the ONA Career Center

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

Media, tech and best practices at ONA Jerusalem

In the midst of conflict in the region, ONA Jerusalem recently hosted Hani Alami, co-founder of the first tech hub in East Jerusalem; Lahav Harkov, Knesset reporter at The Jerusalem Post; Dan Williams, Senior Reuters Correspondent, and Alan Abbey, Director of Media Relations at the Shalom Hartman Institute in a conversation on digital media and journalism ethics.
Photo: Amy Spiro

Coalition letter focuses on national security news data

ONA and 24 other organizations signed a Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press letter to the members of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB), calling for the board to examine the ways national security surveillance programs are collecting and using news-gathering and meta-data materials. See full list of ONA Legal Affairs Committee action.

During August, ONA also joined the RCFP and other media organizations in filing four separate briefs focusing on: the Washington DC anti-SLAPP statute; how New Jersey police are responding to public records requests; disclosure of the identities of anonymous online review posters, and the NSA’s wholesale surveillance of AT&T’s customer communications. Summaries of these cases are available here.

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