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ONA Weekly #56

 ONA Weekly No. 56

Be recognized for your best work

This year, the Online Journalism Awards come with a record $60,000 in prizes, and the categories of Sports and Student-Professional Collaborations have been added to the mix, along with a selected winner for Conflict Reporting. Submit your work before May 29 in any of the 37 categories that honor excellence in digital journalism.

Challenging hate speech in journalism

The Ethical Journalism Network (EJN) has created a five-point guide for journalists and editors reporting on controversial stories. Based on international standards, it offers a quick checklist for gathering, preparation and dissemination of news to guard against the unintentional use of hate speech.

Video: The aftermath of the Nepal earthquake

In a new video from The New York Times, 2014 MJ Bear Fellow Rajneesh Bhandari movingly shows how the survivors of the devastating April 25 earthquake in Nepal are dealing with loss of loved ones, food insecurity and the destroyed infrastructure in their mountainside village.

Why journalism students don’t learn Computer Science

“Learn to code!” is a frequent refrain in digital journalism circles but it’s not always integrated into journalism education. In her newly published research, AP-Google Scholar Lindsay Cook lays out three reasons why student journalists aren’t learning to code now and offers three recommendations for how to change that.

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Just listed! Jobs for journos

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:

Free! Daily News Innovation Lab ‘Conversations’ event

The first 15 members of the ONA community to register with the code ONACOMP5 will receive free admission to “Next-Gen Revenue for Content Creators,” May 19 in New York City. The event will feature Jason Kint (Digital Content Next), Ashish Patel (Lerer Hippeau Ventures), Chad Smolinski (U.S. News & World Report) and Julie Van Ullen (OpenX). Members of the ONA community can receive 25 percent off registration (until capacity is reached) using the code ONADISCOUNT25.

Free mobile-first conference, Oct. 28-30

Join the discussion of best practices in mobile innovation and entrepreneurship with those who are inventing them at Mobile Me & You conference at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Oct 28-30. Registration is free, thanks to a generous grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Speakers include BillyPenn’s Jim Brady, Al Jazeera’s David Cohn and Univision’s Jose Zamora — ONA Board members, all — The Washington Post’s Cory Haik and more.

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 OJAs: New awards for students, sports

by Joshua Hatch, OJA Chair and ONA Board Vice President

We are excited to announce our 2015 Online Journalism Awards, with 37 categories and $60,000 in prize money. Building on 15 years of digital journalism excellence, this year we’ll honor work in three new categories: Pro-Am Student journalism, Sports journalism and our previously announced James Foley Award for Conflict Reporting.

As we’ve seen with our Challenge Fund for Innovation in Journalism Education, J-schools are finding inventive ways to adapt to the rapid pace of change in our industry. One proven method has been to immerse students in the real-world media environment. For that reason, we’ve created the new Pro-Am grouping for our Student category, designed to honor work done by students in an academic environment who receive compensation from, support from or collaborate with a professional outlet (interns at professional news organizations are not eligible).

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Entries open for 2015 Online Journalism Awards

New: Sports, Student-Professional Collaborations, Conflict Reporting honored

WASHINGTON DC — The Online News Association, the world’s largest membership organization of digital journalists, today opened the call for entries for the 2015 Online Journalism Awards (OJAs), emblematic of the best in digital journalism, with 37 categories and $60,000 in prize money.

As in past years, the 2015 OJAs have been modified to keep up with the rapidly evolving media industry. New developments this year include:

  • The inaugural James Foley Award for Conflict Reporting will honor one of the many journalists reporting under the most challenging conditions. A special committee will select the inaugural recipient, led by Phil Balboni, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Global Post, who worked closely with Foley, and ONA Board member and Past President Jim Brady, CEO of Spirited Media.
  • Because of a significant growth in entries, “Sports” now has its own category, moved from the “Planned News/Events” and “Feature” categories.
  • The new “Pro-Am” category within the Student awards will recognize outstanding work done by students in an academic environment who collaborate with or receive compensation or support from a professional media outlet.
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ONA Weekly #55

 ONA Weekly No. 55

Free ONA training: ONACamp Indianapolis

Save the date! On June 12, we’re offering a free, full day of digital media training at the Indianapolis Star, open to all journalists in the area. Interested in attending? Let us know what you’d like to learn. Registration will open later in May.

Online Journalism Awards entries open May 7

Show us your best digital journalism work. Starting Thursday, we’ll be accepting entries for the Online Journalism Awards until May 29. This year, we’ve added a new Sports category, an additional award for student-professional (Pro-Am) collaborations, and we’ll be selecting the first recipient of the 2015 James Foley Award for Conflict Reporting.

Protecting confidential sources

ONA joined a brief that challenges gag orders in an FBI National Security Letter compelling an ISP to produce records of customer communications and forbid the recipient from revealing even the types of records being collected. ONA contends that the gag orders endanger confidential news sources and prevent reporting on constitutional violations. Learn more about ONA’s legal work.

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New job opportunities

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:

Gannett’s Online Career Fair

Today, May 6, explore job opportunities and chat with representatives from Gannett about open positions. Gannett is looking for journalists who are multi-platform storytellers. The online fair runs from 2 to 5 p.m ET. Register here.

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 #54

 ONA Weekly No. 54

Congrats to 2015-16 Challenge Fund winners!

Eleven projects from 13 U.S. universities each won $35,000 though the Challenge Fund for Innovation in Journalism Education to help seed collaborative news projects in their communities. Six more projects received honorable mentions. Check out their experiments, in partnership with local media outlets.

Give your graduate the gift of ONA

If you’ve got a friend or loved one graduating from J-school this year, we’ve got a gift to start them off on their chosen career — a discounted ONA membership. Connect them to our more than 2,300 members and digital journalism community of 60,000 worldwide, plus jobs, resources, collaborators and inspiration for their next projects. Get $25 off membership for a graduate now.

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Journalism 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:

Knight-VICE Innovators Fund seeks applications

The Knight Foundation and Vice Media have partnered with the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism on a new $500,000 fund. Applicants are encouraged to explore “new forms of storytelling, create new tools and curricula, and take the tools of journalism to new places and to the next generation of news consumers.” Learn more and apply by June 1.

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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11 projects win second round of $1M challenge to hack journalism education

WASHINGTON, DC — Eleven projects from 13 U.S. universities each won a $35,000 micro-grant to seed collaborative news experiments in living labs — their communities, the Online News Association (ONA) announced today.

The competitive Challenge Fund for Innovation in Journalism Education was created in 2014 to encourage journalism programs to experiment with new ways of providing news and information. This year’s winning projects cover issues ranging from poverty to juvenile justice, and food truck lines to logging.

The fund is the brainchild of a collaborative that includes the Excellence and Ethics in Journalism Foundation, the Robert R. McCormick Foundation, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Democracy Fund and the Rita Allen Foundation, and is managed by ONA, the world’s largest membership group of digital journalists.

The 53 entries competing for $385K for the 2015-16 academic year were judged on their ability to create collaborative, student-produced local news coverage, bridge the professor-professional gap, use innovative techniques and technologies and learn from digital-age news experiments. Winning teams included some combination of students, researchers, media professionals, educators, developers and designers.

“This year’s winners were finely focused on partnerships and impact, using creative but realistic tools and ideas that will move local journalism forward in their communities, “ said Irving Washington, ONA Deputy Director, who administered the selection process.

Winning schools and their experiments, announced Friday at the 2015 Journalism Interactive Conference for journalism educators and digital media, include:

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Challenge Fund: Ready for round two

The best experiments start with an intriguing question. When we launched the Challenge Fund for Innovation in Journalism Education last year, we hoped to spur a fresh, collaborative mindset around journalism education. Our experiment: Can we encourage more U.S. journalism schools to be thought leaders, innovators and change agents?

With our partners — the Excellence and Ethics in Journalism Foundation, the Robert R. McCormick Foundation, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Democracy Fund and the Rita Allen Foundation — we awarded $420K in grants last year to 12 schools that came up with original ideas on how to collaborate with local newsrooms on innovative projects.

It’s been an exciting journey to see these projects unfold. In the first year, our winners used new tools, relationships and processes to — just as a sampling — successfully cover the issues emerging from sea level rise; break investigative stories on the New York City Housing Authority and mold in tenements, and launch a student-run digital news portal in New Mexico. They’ve shared their learning along the way at ONA14, the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute, AEJMC, Journalism/Interactive, the International Symposium on Online Journalism and on MediaShift’s EducationShift.

Although these projects are ongoing, our early, independent evaluations already show local newsrooms strongly believe they’re providing valuable partnerships, news and information.

Now it’s time to build on this groundbreaking work with our second round of winning projects. The 11 selected projects from 13 schools, each of which will receive $35,000 to test their hypotheses, cover a wide range of ambitious experiments:

  • Can virtual reality tell the stories of marginalized youth in the Georgia juvenile system?

  • Can events journalism engage a local Hispanic community to follow government news affecting Latinos?

  • Can a project tracking food truck lines show news organizations how to develop commercially valuable data?

  • Can students create a digital network for fact-checking and investigating claims about the African-American community?

With this round, the Challenge Fund now supports 25 schools in their attempts to commit journalism differently. Just as important, simply applying to the fund has pushed educators to think through their innovative ideas to bring them to life — five of the schools that originally applied or were recognized as honorable mentions actually have pursued their projects, even in the absence of funds.

Where does our experiment go from here? We’ll continue to encourage journalism educators to lead innovation within their local communities as we watch and share the work of our Challenge Fund winners in this space.

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ONA Weekly #53

 ONA Weekly No. 53

Why ONA membership is perfect for grads

J-school grads can tap into innovative resources and connect with the best minds in their field among our nearly 2,300 members and digital journalism community of 60,000 worldwide. Membership also offers a chance to find jobs, collaborators and inspiration for projects. Give your graduate the gift of ONA; get a professional membership for only $50 — a $25 discount.

2015 Challenge Fund winners unveiled at J/i

Educators, sign up to stream Journalism/Interactive sessions April 24-25 and tune in Friday to hear Deputy Director Irving Washington announce the 11 winners of the $1M Challenge Fund for Innovation in Journalism Education. ONA is delighted to be a sponsor of this event for journalism educators and digital media.

‘Lead yourself first’

Laura Amico, 2011 MJ Bear Fellow, shared tips at last week’s inaugural ONA-Poynter Leadership Academy for Women in Digital Media. Be sure to check out all of Poynter’s coverage and stay tuned for more resources from the Academy.

Upcoming Events



Journalism 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:

ESPN: The Fellowship now open

ESPN: The Fellowship, for college graduates with less than five years of experience, is now seeking diverse applicants. The fellowship will feature individualized training within a common-core development plan of writing, interviewing, anchoring and production as well as opportunities in Digital Media, Radio, International/Deportes and Studio Production. Apply now.

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 #52

 ONA Weekly No. 52

Fostering leadership with women in media

What happens when you get 25 women who care passionately about digital media together to talk about leadership? Real issues come up. Here’s what the ONA-Poynter Leadership Academy for Women in Digital Media is focusing on this week. ‪Follow #digitalwomenleaders‬ for takeaways.

Volunteer at ONA15, attend free

We’re looking for volunteers to work at ONA15, our annual conference for digital journalists and technologists. This year, we’ll be in L.A. Sept. 24-26. Our video and social teams are looking for volunteers to report on the conference and we’re looking for general volunteers to help us keep things running smoothly. Get involved.

Thanks for your ONA15 session ideas!

The Suggestion Box is now closed and the program team — a diverse volunteer group of professionals and students — will review each and every idea. Check out the 279 suggestions sent in by the ONA community to see the micro to macro ideas your digital journalism colleagues are most interested in.

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Journalism 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.



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Launching the Women’s Digital Leadership Academy

Our bags are packed and we’re ready to go! The ONA-Poynter Leadership Academy for Women in Digital Media will be held next week, April 12-17. Make sure to meet the 25 participants, selected from a pool of nearly 500 applicants, who will attend the tuition-free seminar. You can also read more about the amazing faculty leading conversations throughout the week.

You can join in the conversation at #digitalwomenleaders, and stay tuned for more updates!


We’re also thankful to our sponsor, the Ford Foundation, for its tremendous support in making this dream a reality.

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