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ONA Weekly #74

 ONA Weekly No. 74

ONA, conferences and diversity

As we approach ONA15, our biggest event of the year, we’re proud to say that our speaker roster includes 52 percent women, 36 percent people of color, 25 percent local news and eight percent international representation. Diversity is a key metric for every ONA program and initiative. But it wasn’t always that way. Deputy Director Irving Washington and Executive Director Jane McDonnell share six lessons learned to help journalists and media organizations represent and cover the communities you serve.



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ONA Weekly #73

 ONA Weekly No. 73

ONA names new legal counsel

ONA is committed to tracking and shaping policy and legal issues that impact the digital journalism community. We’re happy to announce our new outside general counsel, Davis Wright Tremaine, experts in media law, who will help us take an even stronger role in advocating for journalists worldwide.

Advocating for access to court records

ONA joined Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press (RCFP), the ACLU of New Jersey and the New Jersey Press Association in a brief to the New Jersey Supreme Court in a case involving access to law enforcement records relating to the fatal shooting of a 23-year-old man by police last September. Our brief emphasizes the importance of access to these types of records generally. We also address the Appellate Division’s conclusion that an agency can discharge its disclosure obligations under OPRA by issuing a press release in lieu of releasing records. Read more.

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Join ONA to vote in 2016 Board elections

A slate of 11 media leaders are vying for six seats on the 2016 ONA Board of Directors. If you’re not an ONA member yet, join ONA now so you can cast your vote. Voting opens Sept. 24. Plus, you’ll get access to great networking, industry discounts and more.

New job listings

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 outstanding article on digital journalism issues to share with us? Tweet it with #ONAissues.

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 #72

 ONA Weekly No. 72

New journalism safety toolkit from IJNet

IJNet’s journalism safety toolkit will help you protect yourself in tough environments — be it physical safety or digital security. Many of the resources are translated into Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic, Russian and Chinese. IJNet has also included a list of helpful handbooks and guides from other organizations.

Protecting journalists and FOIA

ONA joined two actions with the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press critical to media protections. The first objects in the strongest terms to St. Louis County’s recent decision to pursue criminal charges against a number of journalists arrested or detained last summer during the protests in Ferguson, Mo. “The best way for Ferguson to show that it will respect the First Amendment rights of journalists covering the continuing controversy there,” the letter stated, “is to rescind these charges immediately.”

ONA also joined an RFCP brief regarding Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI)‘s appeal of a district court decision that held that emails sent or received by a government employee using his or her personal email account are not covered by FOIA, even if those emails relate to the person’s official duties. Given the widespread use of personal email accounts at all levels of government, we believe the decision as stands would eviscerate FOIA. Learn more about ONA’s legal work.

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Register for ONA15 before it’s sold out

If you’ve been waiting to register for ONA15, now’s the time! We are very close to selling out (which we’ve done for the past eight years, so don’t sleep on this). Your conference pass will get you access to three days of inspiring journalism sessions, workshops, networking and a few outside parties and events that you don’t want to miss. Register now for ONA15.

New job listings

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 outstanding article on digital journalism issues to share with us? Tweet it with #ONAissues.

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 #71

 ONA Weekly No. 71

New deals for you on ONA Resources

ONA gathers deals on tools, programs, technologies and other opportunities for the digital media community and discounts for our members. Check out the special deals from Radix, JPASS, DSTRUX and more.

ONA opportunity! Free tickets to “Conversations” with Twitter

The first 25 ONA members to register using the code ONACOMP6 will receive free admission to the Daily News Innovation Lab “Conversations” event, “Inside Twitter’s News Strategy,” Sept. 9. NYU’s Jay Rosen will sit down with Twitter News team leaders Adam Sharp and Niketa Patel to discuss their strategy. Register here. A limited number of discounted tickets are also available using ONADISCOUNT25.

New job listings

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:

One month until ONA15 in LA!

This year’s Online News Association conference in Los Angeles is almost sold out, so don’t wait to register for ONA15 if you’re planning on joining us for three days of journalism innovation. The discussions, workshops and networking will help you take your reporting work to the next level.

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.

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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Meet ONA’s 2015 MJ Bear Fellows, under-30 digital journalism stand-outs

The Online News Association, the world’s largest membership organization of digital journalists, today announced its fifth 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 59 applications from 23 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.

“Once again, applicants were leading, not following, in their newsrooms,” said Amy Eisman, MJ Bear Fellowship Committee Chair. “The breadth of their entries was stunning — from deep data work and creative crowdsourcing to building tools to help news organizations in the future. In the end, we are struck by their deep devotion to news and information, to including diverse voices, and to serving their readers, listeners and viewers.”

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ONA Weekly #70

 ONA Weekly No. 70

MJ Bear Fellows: journalists under 30 to watch

We’re thrilled to introduce the 2015 MJ Bear Fellows: Keron Bascombe, a founder of Tech4agri; Nadia Tamez-Robledo, an education reporter for the Caller-Times; and Ariana Tobin, assistant producer at Note to Self at WNYC. Learn more about the three Fellows and the five journalists who received honorable mentions.

Honoring James Foley, one year later

To mark the anniversary of James Foley’s death at the hands of Islamic militants, the GlobalPost has put together a touching memorial video that features Foley’s reporting. To further acknowledge his work, and the work of all conflict journalists, ONA will give the first James Foley Award for Conflict Reporting at the Online Journalism Awards Banquet on September 26 at ONA15 in Los Angeles.

Educators, find some j-school inspiration

Connect with other journalism educators in the ONA Educators Facebook group before the semester gets going. Get tips from other teachers, discuss new tools and share great projects. With over 1,000 members, there’s always great conversation and lots of inspiration for j-school projects.

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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:

ONA Career Center Summer Discount

Recruiters: Have an amazing digital journalism opportunity? The ONA Career Center averages 500+ views per jobs, fellowship and freelance opportunity. Use code XK96YU28 for 20 percent off your next 30-day listing, including multiple job packages. Good until Aug. 31.

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.

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 #69

 ONA Weekly No. 69

Get inspired by 100+ digital journalism award finalists

Make sure to explore the amazing work of the finalists for the Online Journalism Awards (#OJA15), representing a breadth of digital-first, legacy, academic and non-profit news organizations around the globe. Winners will be announced Sept. 26 at the Online News Association Conference and Awards in Los Angeles.

Dow Jones Foundation renews $50K leadership grant

We’re delighted to announce a renewed grant from the Dow Jones Foundation to support a second series of unique networking events for digital media leaders. The grant allows us to continue ONA’s Digital Leadership Breakfasts, four invitation-only, off-the-record conversations to be held quarterly in 2015-16 in Los Angeles, in conjunction with ONA15, as well as Denver, Miami and Boston or Austin.

Calling for White House transparency

In July of last year, ONA was part of a media coalition that urged the Obama administration to change policies that restrict federal agencies from providing critical information to journalists and, ultimately, the public. With no response, this week 52 journalism and open government groups reiterated that request, with ONA saying, “Transparency … has to be a commitment from the highest levels to every hall of government.”

Last chance to help lead ONA

Applications and nominations for ONA’s Board of Directors are due this Friday, Aug. 14. If you’re interested in working with other esteemed leaders in the digital journalism space to advance the industry, apply now. (Note that nominees and nominators must be active ONA members.)

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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:

ONA Career Center Summer Discount

Recruiters: Have an amazing digital journalism opportunity? The ONA Career Center averages 500+ views per jobs, fellowship and freelance opportunity. Use code XK96YU28 for 20 percent off your next 30-day listing, including multiple job packages. Good until Aug. 31.

Wear your support for imprisoned journalists on your sleeve

Proceeds from Press Uncuffed bracelets will benefit the Committee to Protect Journalists’ efforts to free journalists around the world. The bracelets were created by students at the University of Maryland and cost $10.

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.

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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2015 Online Journalism Awards finalists announced

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Finalists for the 2015 Online Journalism Awards, representing a wide range of nonprofit, public, academic, major media, and emerging technology organizations from around the globe, were announced today by the Online News Association.

Ten of the awards now come with $60,000 in prize money, courtesy of Knight Foundation, the Gannett Foundation and the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications. These awards honor data journalism, visual digital storytelling, investigative journalism, public service, technical innovation and general excellence.

New categories for 2015 include “Sports” and “Pro-Am” within the Student awards. ONA also debuts the James Foley Award for Conflict Reporting, which will honor one of the many journalists reporting under the most challenging conditions. A special committee will select the first recipient later in the year.

“This year, judges were swayed less by bells and whistles that didn’t add to the content, and instead zeroed in on high-quality journalism that was able to take flight on digital platforms,” said Joshua Hatch, ONA Board member and Online Journalism Awards Committee Chair. “It goes to show what a democratic force technology has become to journalists around the world.”

A group of 134 industry-leading journalists and new media professionals teamed up to screen 994 entries and select semi-finalists. Fifteen judges representing a diverse cross-section of the industry then conferred to determine finalists and winners.

The winners will be announced at the 2015 ONA Conference and Online Journalism Awards Banquet on Saturday, Sept. 26, in Los Angeles.

The finalists, many pushing the envelope of innovation and excellence in digital storytelling and distribution, are:

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ONA Weekly #68

 ONA Weekly No. 68

Seeking digital journalism leaders

If you’re a leader in digital media, consider a nomination to join ONA’s Board of Directors, a unique opportunity to help guide the world’s largest organization of digital journalists in shaping the future of media and building a stronger industry. Applications and nominations are due Aug. 14.

News Impact Summit offers ONA ethics firepower

Fergus Bell, Head of Newsroom Partnerships and Innovation, SAM, who co-leads ONA’s UGC Ethics initiatives, and Alan D. Abbey, a member of ONA’s Build Your Own Ethics Code project, will provide dual expertise on ethical issues at the News Impact Summit on Sept. 3 in Warsaw, Poland. Organized by the European Journalism Centre (EJC) and the Google News Lab, this event is free.

Legal Updates

In what appears to be an unprecedented decision, a New York trial court has allowed the New York Police Department to issue a “Glomar” response to a state open records request, meaning the government refuses to confirm or deny whether responsive records exist. The Cold War-era Glomar response has historically been used only with regard to requests made to federal agencies that involve sensitive matters of national security. ONA and a coalition of media organizations have joined a brief arguing that the doctrine not be allowed at the state level.

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ONA Career Center Summer Discount

Recruiters: Have an amazing digital journalism opportunity? The ONA Career Center averages 500+ views per jobs, fellowship and freelance opportunity. Use code XK96YU28 for 20 percent off your next 30-day listing, including multiple job packages. Good until Aug. 31.

Jobs!

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:

New “Law for Media Startups” Guide

CUNY’s Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism and J-Lab have teamed up to create Law for Media Startups, a free resource for digital news startups. The guide tackles “every-day issues news startups confront, ranging from hiring freelancers and establishing organizational structures, to native advertising and marketing, to maintaining privacy policies and dealing with libel accusations.”

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.

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 #67

 ONA Weekly No. 67

Tips for designing usable interactives for mobile

2014 MJ Bear Fellow Aaron Williams, data visualization editor at the San Francisco Chronicle, and a team at SRCCON dug into the accessibility and usability of interactive graphics on mobile. He shares great tips for dealing with graphics displays on varying screen sizes and making maps and graphics readable on small screens.

Resources for re-imagining mobile news

Earlier this month, Breaking News and ONA hosted over 50 journalists, designers, developers and others passionate about changing the way people experience news on their mobile devices. After working through two quick design sprints, groups created prototypes to help solve common problems. Check out the eight that emerged from ONA Mobile dCamp: Seattle.

Save $100+ by registering for ONA15 by Friday

We want to see you at the Online News Association Conference and Awards in Los Angeles, September 24-26! And we want you to get the best deal available, so register by 11:59 PT, Friday, July 31 to get our discounted second-phase pricing. ONA members save over $300 on top of that rate. Registration price significantly increases Aug. 1.

ONA Career Center Summer Discount

Recruiters: Have an amazing digital journalism opportunity? The ONA Career Center averages 500+ views per jobs, fellowship and freelance opportunity. Use code XK96YU28 for 20 percent off your next 30-day listing, including multiple job packages. Good until 8/31.

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Jobs!

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 outstanding article on digital journalism issues to share with us? Tweet it with #ONAissues.

The Online News Association is a nonprofit membership organization for digital journalists, connecting journalism, technology & innovation. Learn why you should become a member.



Learn more