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ONA Weekly #19

 ONA Weekly No. 19

Explore digital security for journalists

In a world where digital security is often compromised, how do you protect your devices, your data and your sources? Come explore tools that journalists are using now and create prototypes for new tools and processes at ONA dCamp: Digital Security, Aug. 23 at NPR in Washington, D.C.

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Seeking digital media leaders for ONA’s Board

Passionate about media and have big ideas about what digital journalists need to succeed? You belong on the ONA Board of Directors. Apply or nominate someone for our 2015 Board of Directors by Aug. 15.



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Google ordered to unseal documents without redacting

In a major victory for press access, on Aug. 6, Google was ordered to unseal the majority of documents sought in a Feb. 19 brief joined by ONA relating to a class-action civil suit against the search engine giant in which users of its gmail service accused the company of violating wiretap laws. The court held that Google, and companies like it, must offer “compelling reasons” for the sealing of documents filed in support of or opposition to class certification, and that the transcript of the class certification hearing held in open court, which Google had sought to redact, cannot be redacted retroactively. Watch for updates on where to access the documents.

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Meet ONA’s MJ Bear Fellows, under-30 journalism stand-outs

The Online News Association, the world’s largest membership organization of digital journalists, today announced its fourth class of MJ Bear Fellows, three journalists under age 30 whose innovative work in independent, community and corporate news represents the best of new media.

The selection committee combed through applications from six countries to choose these up-and-coming digital journalists — two in the United States or Canada and one international, in partnership with MSN International — who are making their voices heard in the industry.

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ONA Weekly #18

 ONA Weekly No. 18

Congratulations to the 2014 MJ Bear Fellows

We’re pleased to introduce you to the latest class of MJ Bear Fellows: Anika Anand, Rajneesh Bhandari and Aaron Williams. Each of these journalism standouts under 30 are creating work that pushes the boundaries of digital journalism. Learn more about them and their winning digital media projects.

Rethink digital security for journalists at ONACamp

Learn about security threats that online journalists face and how your newsroom can address them at ONA dCamp: Digital Security, Aug. 23, at NPR in Washington D.C. This daylong training and design camp — led by experts — is focused on helping journalists find creative ways to keep their work and sources secure.

Upcoming events:

Seeking digital media leaders for ONA’s Board

Passionate about media and have big ideas about what digital journalists need to succeed? You belong on the ONA Board of Directors. Apply or nominate someone for our 2015 Board of Directors by Aug. 15.

What we’re reading:

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ONA Weekly #17

 ONA Weekly No. 17

Writers, find new revenue for journalism projects

Save the date for New Avenues in Journalism, Oct. 10-11 in San Francisco, featuring Kara Swisher, Re/code Co-Executive Editor, as keynote. At the conference, co-hosted by American Society of Journalists and Authors, San Francisco State University Journalism Department and the Online News Association, media innovators will coach freelancers about new sources of income. ONA members save $25 off the rate for Friday, and $20 off the optional Saturday add-on.

A call for motivated digital news leaders

ONA is now accepting nominations and applications for our 2015 Board of Directors. We’re looking for digital visionaries to help guide the future of ONA, the world’s largest association of digital journalists.

Google for Media: New York City

Join us for a free news summit with industry leaders from New York City and beyond, July 28 and 29 in New York. We’re partnering with Google, the Society of Professional Journalists, the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, the National Association of Black Journalists, the Asian American Journalist Association, and the International Center for Journalists to bring you an expanded two-day training with demos and hands-on workshops, so RSVP now.

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ONA Weekly #16

 ONA Weekly No. 16

Community input on ONA’s DIY Ethics Code

Feedback from the ONA community already has been incorporated into our Do It Yourself Ethics Code project, which will allow journalists to create or customize codes that reflect their views of journalism. AP’s Tom Kent, who is leading the project, details the latest updates and how you can get involved. The crowdsourcing phase will be open until the first day of our annual conference, Sept. 25-27 in Chicago.

ONA’s comment to the FCC on open Internet

In case you missed it, we filed a comment with the FCC in support of net neutrality this week, arguing “the right public policy is one that ensures the Internet serves as an unrestricted platform for a rich, diverse and inclusive news media ecosystem.” Because of the flood of comments, the commenting period on Proceeding #14-28, Protecting and Promoting the Open Internet, has been extended to Friday, midnight ET.

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First round of crowdsourcing adds depth to DIY ethics code project

Crowdsourcing for the ONA Build Your Own Ethics Code project has been underway since May. Our thanks to the dozens of journalists and educators who’ve offered us really thoughtful comments. (A few people, by the way, thought that by “crowdsourcing” we were asking for money! No, we’re just looking for your equally valuable comments and critiques at http://bit.ly/onacrowdsourcing.)

To recap briefly, the project is designed to help individual journalists, news startups and even larger organizations create ethics codes that reflect their view of journalism. Think of it as an ethics code construction kit, highly flexible except for some very fundamental principles that we believe all journalists need to accept.

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ONA Weekly #15

 ONA Weekly No. 15

Rita Allen Foundation joins Challenge Fund with $200K grant

The Rita Allen Foundation joins the prestigious funding group behind a $1 million challenge encouraging universities to create teams that will experiment with new ways of providing news and information. The $200,000 grant will expand and strengthen the reach of The Challenge Fund for Innovation in Journalism Education.

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Joint letter calls on Obama for more transparency

In a letter to President Obama, ONA and nearly three dozen other news media organizations urged the administration to be more transparent in how it deals with journalists. Specifically, the letter expressed frustration that “public agencies have increasingly prohibited staff from communicating with journalists unless they go through public affairs offices or through political appointees.”

The letter calls on the administration to reverse these policies and that the president “issue a clear directive telling federal employees they’re not only free to answer questions from reporters and the public, but actually encouraged to do so.”

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ONA Weekly #14

 

 

 ONA Weekly No. 14

 

ONA says goodbye, congrats to our founding general counsel

As ONA grew from an upstart group of web pioneers to more than 2,500 members, our General Counsel Jon Hart was there, advising every Board and three executive directors during a transformative era for media. ONA sends all congratulations to Jon as he joins NPR as its new Chief Legal Officer and General Counsel, and welcomes our new GC, Michael Kovaka, to the fold.

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