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ONA Weekly #5




 ONA Weekly No. 5


Join the #EdShift chat on jobs and internships

This Friday, May 2, ONA’s Senior Communications Manager Jen Mizgata will host an EdShift Twitter chat on tips for students to find jobs and internships from 1-2 p.m. ET. Send your questions in advance to @jmizgata and join the chat by following #EdShift on Twitter.

ONA’s DIY ethics crowdsourcing launches Friday

ONA is opening up our Build Your Own Ethics Code project this Friday, May 2, at the International Journalism Festival in Perugia. Weigh in on more than 40 digital media issues that will help guide you on starting or rethinking your ethics code. Keep an eye out for links to resource and comments pages.

ONA sessions featured at IJF14

As well as the Ethics Code launch, ONA is hosting seven sessions this week at the International Journalism Festival, touching on social media and verification, data journalism, mapping, mobile and more. Follow on Twitter with #IJF14.

Upcoming Events

Digital Innovation at Europe’s GEN Summit 2014

The GEN Summit 2014 brings together hundreds of editors, hackers, writers and media execs to hear from other industry leaders, exchange ideas, solve problems and be rewarded for their work. This year’s event is in Barcelona, Spain, June 11-13. The theme “Mobile. Video. Data. Challenge the Status Quo” will revolve around the idea that mobile, video and data must be top-of-mind in the modern newsroom. The winners of the Editors Lab Season, Data Journalism Awards and Startups for News will be announced during the conference. GEN is offering 50 percent discount to all ONA members, supporters and fellow media innovators. Register using the code ONAfriend.

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ONA Weekly #4




 ONA Weekly No. 4


Dow Jones Foundation supports Digital Leadership initiative

Thanks to a generous grant from the Dow Jones Foundation, ONA will host four unique networking events for digital media leaders in 2014-15.

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Beyond the numbers: How to find answers with analytics

Analytics are no longer just a way prove how big you are, they’re now a critical part of an editorial feedback loop. Register for this complimentary webinar — to be held Wed. 4/30 at 1:00 pm EST — where panelists will discuss why understanding what your audience reads matters.
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In preparation for the Online News Association conference in Chicago, Sept. 25-27, we’ll be sending monthly updates on programming, special events, discounts and unique content. Tomorrow, we’re announcing the conference chairs and revealing the opening reception location. Update your email preferences to be sure you get ONA14 updates.

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Dow Jones Foundation grant supports ONA Digital Leadership Breakfast series

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WASHINGTON, DC — The Online News Association, the world’s largest membership organization of digital journalists, today announced a grant from the Dow Jones Foundation to support a series of unique networking events for digital media leaders.

The grant will make possible ONA Digital Leadership Breakfasts, four invitation-only events to be held quarterly throughout 2014 and early 2015 in New York, Washington DC, Chicago and San Francisco or Los Angeles.

“As digital media matures, we hear from its leaders a need for the time and space to have candid conversations, network and share strategies,” said ONA Executive Director Jane McDonnell. “While we all agree competition is healthy, sharing successes and failures is also critical to the industry’s economic health.”

“As technology pushes news organizations to evolve the ways we deliver content to readers, expanding digital skills in newsrooms is of critical importance for Dow Jones,” said Paula Keve, Chief Communications Officer for Dow Jones and The Wall Street Journal. “The Dow Jones Foundation is thrilled to support the Online News Association, bringing leaders in digital media together to exchange ideas across the country.”

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ONA Weekly #3




 ONA Weekly No. 3


Last chance to submit ideas to ONA14

Have something to share with journalists at the Online News Association Conference in Chicago? You can submit session proposals through this Friday, April 18. The more creative, the better.

Be an early bird!

Get the lowest rate for ONA14 now and join us for three days of great journalism and technology, Sept. 25-27. As past attendees know, ONA passes sell out quickly, so plan to get yours early. Register now.

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Join us Wednesday, April 30, at 1 p.m. ET for a free webinar with digital editors and writers, including The New Republic’s Director of Digital Labs, Noah Chestnut, who will explain why understanding what your audience reads matters and how digital newsroom staff can use analytics to improve their work.

Arguing for free speech in Abbas v. Foreign Policy

ONA and 30 other news organizations have filed a brief and a motion of leave in the U.S. Court of Appeals to support a DC Circuit Court’s findings that the District of Columbia’s anti-SLAPP statute apply in the case of Abbas v. Foreign Policy.

Brief aims to keep Google court transcript open

ONA and 24 media organizations filed a brief arguing against a motion made by Google to redact portions of a transcript of a public hearing, held Feb. 27, related to a class-action civil suit against the company.

Upcoming Events

The Global Editors Network will hold the GEN Summit 2014 in Barcelona June 11-13. GEN brings together a selection of the most senior media executives to discuss media innovation. From Andy Carvin (First Look/Tow Center) speaking on the future of news to Jim Roberts (Mashable) telling us why the CCO is becoming the new top dog, this is the place to innovate your newsroom.

Free climate change seminars for journalists

Applications are due today, April 16, for free seminars offered by The Metcalf Institute, which focus on political, economic and security issues related to climate change.

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ONA Weekly #2




 ONA Weekly No. 2


ONA14 registration opens April 14

Early-bird registration for the 2014 Online News Association Conference and Awards, Sept. 25-27 in Chicago, will open Monday, April 14. Make sure to register at our lowest rate — and remember that ONA members save over $100 on that rate.

Changes coming to ONA’s member center

ONA members, our member center will be offline later today for roughly 24 hours. You’ll notice a new log-in in the renovated ONA member center before ONA14 registration opens. Be on the look-out for an email soon about password updates.

Learn about the winning #hackcurriculum projects

Check out 12 inspiring experiments that connect journalism education and local communities, each of which won $35,000 in the first round of Challenge Fund for Innovation in Journalism.

CPIJ offers ONA14 Scholarships to Philly Journos

Philadelphia-areas journalists, the Center for Public Interest Journalism is once again generously offering scholarships and $1,500 grants to offset lodging and per diem costs to ONA14. Apply by April 25.

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American Press Institute seeking Fellow

API is accepting applications for a Summer Fellow who will be involved in Press Institute programs while also completing a specific fellowship project that would help news organizations solve problems they face. Applications are due April 21.

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ONA Weekly #1




 ONA Weekly No. 1


ONACamp Indianapolis

Learn how to protect yourself and your newsroom from digital security threats at ONACamp at the Indianapolis Star on April 26. This ONACamp is a daylong training and design camp which will offer practical help in keeping journalists and their work secure.

Students, mentors and volunteers wanted for ONA14

Get involved at ONA14. Apply to report in the Student Newsroom or mentor student reporters, or volunteer for the video team, social team or as a general volunteer. Bonus: all attend the conference in Chicago for free.

Human-Centered Journalism

Check out tips for designing news for engagement from ONA Boston’s March meetup with Laura Amico of Homicide Watch and WBUR; Alvin Chang, data editor at the Connecticut Mirror; and Ken Bailey from the Design Studio for Social Intervention.

Help make ONA14 awesome. Pitch an idea.

Tell us what you’d like to see at this year’s Online News Association Conference. We’d love to see more session pitches from women and people who have never pitched the conference before, and more interactive ideas.

Job Fair in D.C.

The National Association of Hispanic Journalists, the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association, the Society of Professional Journalists, the Washington Association of Black Journalists and the AAJA D.C. chapter will hold a joint job fair April 12 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Entry is $10.

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ONADC hosts the BBC

Join the team from the U.S. edition of BBC Online on April 29 to learn more about the cross-platform successes — and challenges — the venerable broadcaster has been finding in the digital space. Register here.

Welcome to the revamped ONA newsletter, which will now be coming to you on Wednesdays. These short weekly emails feature the latest opportunities for journalists from ONA and updates on the digital journalism community. Let us know if you have an opportunity to share, or are interested in sponsorship opportunities in the newsletter.

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Get ready for ONA’s DIY Ethics Code, because one size does not fit all

Most journalists understand the importance of an ethics code. But in our fast-changing profession, not everyone agrees on exactly what the code should say.

In an effort to bridge this gap, ONA is hard at work on a “Build Your Own Ethics Code” project, an outgrowth of the new News Ethics Committee. We’re curating a toolkit to help news outlets, as well as individual bloggers/journalists, create guidelines that respond to their own concepts of journalism.

An international group of about 25 contributors from news outlets, academia and social networks volunteered to write or review parts of the project, each taking a different topic. The first draft is nearly ready, and we’ll be opening it up for virtual crowdsourcing for comments in May at the International Journalism Festival in Perugia, Italy.

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Welcome to ONA’s new Digital Director; ONA at SXSW; and more

ONA welcomes our new Digital Director

We’re delighted to introduce Trevor Knoblich, who joined us this week in the role of Digital Director.

Trevor comes to us from FrontlineSMS, a Knight News Challenge winner, where as Media Project Director he built relationships with journalists and media companies seeking text-based mobile solutions worldwide and developed training and media-specific products for use in developing countries.

His prior experience saw him traveling around the globe to coordinate emergency response for Lutheran World Relief, and doing investigative reporting as Associate Editor for the Risk Policy Report, Inside Washington Publishers. He holds a BS in Journalism, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Ohio State University.

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ONA Opps: Win a grant. Score a scholarship. Learn data journalism.

Last chance! Apply for $1M Challenge Fund

If you haven’t submitted your great, collaborative idea for the first round of grants from the Challenge Fund for Innovation in Journalism Education, make sure to to get it in by this Thursday, Feb. 13. The challenge: Hack the journalism curriculum using customized versions of the teaching hospital model. Up to $1 million in funding will support universities in partnering with news organizations to explore new ways of providing information to their local communities. Micro-grants of up to $35,000 each will be awarded to 15 to 25 projects during the 2014-2015 academic year.

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President’s Letter: Celebrating 15 years of ONA — and you

A lot has happened in journalism since 1999, the year ONA’s founders met at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport and decided to build an organization dedicated to digital journalists and the work we do.

Since then, ONA has grown along with you, the media community, facing challenges and grabbing opportunities amid so much change and disruption. Digital journalists once in the corner are now found at all levels in newsrooms small and large, doing innovative work, attracting audiences and supporting journalism as a whole.

And the future looks so bright. I’m delighted to be part of what’s ahead as ONA’s new president. I’m honored to serve with Jody Brannon, newly elected Vice President at our January board meeting; Josh Hatch, continuing as Treasurer, and Mandy Jenkins, new to the executive committee, as Secretary.

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