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Why ONA sees 2015 as a year of growth and optimism for journalists

When the ONA Board and staff met in January, we kept coming back to two themes — growth and optimism.

As digital journalists and media veterans, we know how quickly coverage, staff, tools, budgets and jobs move in this vibrant and crazy business. We’re happy to say that with healthy finances, a stable staff, expanding programs and 15 years of shepherding transformative growth under its belt, ONA is deepening its role in helping our community take advantage of all the opportunities that emerge from the changes — micro to seismic — in our industry.

I’m delighted to be part of that conversation as I return as ONA’s Board President, and honored to serve with newly elected Vice President Joshua Hatch and Treasurer David Cohn, and re-elected Secretary Mandy Jenkins.

We recently welcomed new Board member Jose Zamora of Univision, who joined us for a two-year term. And we extend our appreciation to Jennifer Preston, who left the Board mid-term after taking on new duties as Vice President for Journalism at the Knight Foundation, a generous ONA funder and partner. We wish her the best in a crucial role and a huge thanks for her energy, ideas and support. Appointed to fill out her term is Google’s David Smydra, who garnered the next level of votes in the October 2014 election, bringing our board to the full 15 members.

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Announcing sessions, speakers and keynotes for ONA London: Mobile!

We’re delighted to release the complete schedule for ONA London: Mobile, our full-day conference on March 6 at Reuters UK. With news organizations seeing over half their traffic from mobile, now is a perfect time to learn more about how news is created, packaged, shared and discussed on mobile devices.

Experts from around the globe will provide insight into all aspects of mobile news, from prototyping the news to engaging with your community.

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ONA Weekly #43

 ONA Weekly No. 43

Wanted: women in digital media leadership

Applications are due Feb. 20 for the ONA-Poynter Leadership Academy for Women in Digital Media. This tuition-free seminar for 25 talented women will focus on the business of journalism, individual leadership style, navigating newsroom culture, entrepreneurship and more. Follow #digitalwomenleaders for updates.

Attorney General guidelines on news media subpoenas revised

When the Department of Justice (DOJ) modified guidelines on subpoenas issued to news media in January 2014, a coalition of media organizations, including ONA, pushed back on aspects that were unclear or harmful. The DOJ recently released new guidelines that provide clarity and strengthen protections. See a summary of key changes from the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press.

ONA London: Mobile program coming

We’ve been hard at work on the session for our first all-mobile conference, March 6 at Reuters UK. Experts from around the globe will provide insight into all aspects of mobile news, from prototyping the news to engaging with your community. Look for full sessions and speakers tomorrow, Feb. 12.

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Jobs for journalists

ONA’s Career Center has hundreds of opportunities for journalists, editors and digital-minded professionals. It’s free to browse and job-seekers can upload their resumes for free. Recent postings include:

What we’re reading:

Some recent posts we’ve highlighted on the ONA Issues Tumblr:

Have an interesting article on digital journalism issues to share with us? Tweet it with #ONAissues.

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ONA Weekly #42

 ONA Weekly No. 42

Make your voice heard for an open net

On Feb. 26, after receiving a record number of comments, the FCC will meet to discuss regulating the internet as a utility. We ask our digital journalism community to support an internet open to all; read ONA’s comments to the FCC to find out why.
Photo by Flickr user Duncan C.

Connect with ONA’s international community

Calling all of our global colleagues! We’ve created a new Facebook group just for you. Share information on coverage, awards, conferences, breaking news and tools and technology. Join the ongoing conversation with a great group of journalists in ONA International.

Tickets going fast for ONA London: Mobile

Our all-mobile conference March 6 in London is a hot ticket. Learn best practices for creating mobile news experiences from Malachy Browne, Reported.ly; Etan Horowitz, CNN; Sarah Marshall, The Wall Street Journal UK; Joanna Webster, Reuters and many more. Register now.

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Apply Now for the 2015 Al Nakkula Award

This award for outstanding accomplishment in police reporting includes a $2,000 prize and will be awarded to a reporter for work produced in print and/or online platforms in 2014. Entry deadline is March 1. More information.
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ONA’s Career Center is an excellent place to find a new opportunity. It’s free to look and if you’re ready to make a move, job-seekers can upload their resumes for free. Recent postings include:

What we’re reading:

Some recent posts we’ve highlighted on the ONA Issues Tumblr:

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 #41

 ONA Weekly No. 41

Tickets going fast for ONA London: Mobile!

Don’t miss your chance to join us March 6 in London for a full-day conference on mobile news. Experts from Buzzfeed, BBC, CNN, The Guardian, Reuters, Reported.ly and more will dive into mobile design, content and distribution. This event has limited capacity so register now.

Video: Mobile technology & field reporting

ONA UK, ONA’s local group based in London, recently hosted an event at the Associated Press focused on mobile tools and platforms. Learn how news organizations and journalists are using these platforms to break news in this video.

Team up for women in tech in D.C.

ONA DC welcomes Katharine Zaleski, co-founder of PowerToFly, on Feb. 3 for a conversation on creating tech teams that are breaking gender barriers and changing the conversation around work-life balance for women and men. RSVP now.

Drones and news: understanding the rules

Join ONA San Diego on Feb. 12 for a conversation with the journalism, drone and legal communities on the ever-growing interest and availability of drones for reporting and what’s in-bounds legally, ethically and technically. RSVP now.
Photo by Flickr user David Rodriguez Martin.

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Apply now to be API’s paid Summer Fellow

The American Press Institute offers a *paid* 12-week program for ambitious students or recent grads who want to advance innovation in news organizations. API Fellows contribute to research and work their own project. Apply by Feb. 1.
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Jobs for journalists, editors and more

Job-seekers can check out jobs and upload their resume for free in ONA’s Career Center, which has many opportunities for professionals in the digital space.

What we’re reading:

Some recent posts we’ve highlighted on the ONA Issues Tumblr:

Have an interesting article on digital journalism issues to share with us? Tweet it with #ONAissues.



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ONA Weekly #40

 

 ONA Weekly No. 40

 

ONA London: Mobile 2015

We’ll be opening registration on Jan. 27 for our first conference in London, where we’ll rethink how media approaches mobile news, including mobile design, content and distribution. Meanwhile, you can book your hotel now.

Extended deadline for Challenge Fund: Friday

Educators, your have two more days to submit projects to the Challenge Fund for Innovation in Journalism Education. If you have a project that blends journalism and local news, don’t miss your chance to apply for a $35,000 grant by Friday, Jan. 23.

Apply for ONA-Poynter Women’s Leadership Academy

The ONA-Poynter Leadership Academy for Women in Digital Media is a groundbreaking, tuition-free seminar that will help women gain and polish the skills and knowledge needed to rise to the highest levels of media leadership. Only 25 promising women leaders will be selected for the program, held April 12-17. Apply by Feb. 20.

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J O B S

Check out ONA’s Career Center for new opportunities for journalists, editors, producers and developers. Job seekers can browse the latest openings and upload their resumes for free. Recently added jobs include:

What we’re reading:

Some recent posts we’ve highlighted on the ONA Issues Tumblr:

Have an interesting article on digital journalism issues to share with us? Tweet it with #ONAissues.

 

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ONA Weekly #39

 

 ONA Weekly No. 39

 

Last chance for $35,000 micro-grants for educators

Applications are due tomorrow, Jan. 15, for the second round of applications for the Challenge Fund for Innovation in Journalism Education, academic/local news experiments that highlight collaboration and invention.

Advancing women in digital media leadership

We’re now accepting applications for the ONA-Poynter Leadership Academy for Women in Digital Media. Twenty-five women will be guided through the tuition-free program by prominent women leaders in the start-up, tech, media and academic fields. Follow #digitalwomenleaders for updates. Applications due Feb. 20.

Why ‘Je Suis Charlie’

Last week, ONA released a statement on the terrorist attacks on Charlie Hebdo, emphasizing that “the only way to keep free speech alive is to stand up for it — and use it.” We also joined 39 other journalism organizations standing in solidarity with the Parisian satire magazine.
Photo: AP Photo/Thibault Camus

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New job openings

Want to make a career move this year? Check out ONA’s Career Center. Job seekers can browse the latest openings and upload their resumes for free. Recently added jobs include:

What we’re reading:

Some recent posts we’ve highlighted on the ONA Issues Tumblr:

Have an interesting article on digital journalism issues to share with us? Tweet it with #ONAissues.

 

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Applications Open for ONA-Poynter Women’s Leadership Academy

The Online News Association (ONA) and the Poynter Institute are now accepting applications for the ONA-Poynter Leadership Academy for Women in Digital Media. Led by prominent women leaders in the startup, tech, media and academic fields, faculty will include S. Mitra Kalita, current Executive Editor (at large) for Quartz and adjunct faculty at Poynter; Kelly McBride, Poynter’s Vice President of Academic Programs; and Liz Heron, Facebook’s Manager of News Partnerships.

Only 25 promising women leaders will be selected for the program, held April 12-17 at Poynter’s campus in St. Petersburg, Fla. This groundbreaking, tuition-free seminar will help women gain and polish the skills and knowledge needed to rise to the highest levels of media leadership. The classes will be structured to encourage open, candid discussion and networking, and participants will walk away with not only strong skills, but a built-in support system for the future.

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ONA statement on Charlie Hebdo: Why ‘Je Suis Charlie’

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Yesterday’s murders at the magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris were not just an attack on journalism, they were yet another declaration of open warfare on free speech.

(AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

Journalists who take on extremism and report on the abuses of power are a flash point for violence, and the past year has been an extraordinarily brutal reminder.

The list of journalists’ deaths across the globe grew every day, including the murders of freelance reporter Aung Kyaw Naing, “Par Gyi,” in Burma; 21-year-old intern Facely Camara in Womé, Guinea; blogger Marcos de Barros Leopoldo Guerra in Ubatuba, Brazil; reporter Vyacheslav Veremiy, 32, in Kiev, Ukraine and freelance photographer James Foley in Syria.

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