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ONA Weekly #35

 ONA Weekly No. 35

Support digital journalism on Giving Tuesday

Giving Tuesday on Dec. 2 is a great time to help fund ONA’s unique programs that strengthen the digital journalism pipeline. Donate here to support up and coming journalists. You don’t have to wait until Tuesday to support ONA. You can set up your Amazon Smile account to support journalism all year round.

A Thanksgiving project for educators

Are you an educator working on a collaborative local news project? Take some time over Thanksgiving to apply for the Challenge Fund for Innovation in Journalism Education. Applications are due Jan. 15 for this round of $35,000 micro grants.

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New jobs for journalists and developers

Our Career Center has dozens of opportunities for journalists, academics and digitally minded professionals, all available for free viewing. New postings include:

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ONA Weekly #34

 ONA Weekly No. 34

Boosting lady leadership

The new ONA-Poynter Leadership Academy for Women in Digital Media is aimed at women moving up the ladder in digital journalism and technology. Applications will open in January for the tuition-free, week-long program, which will be held in St. Petersburg, Fla., in April.

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New on ONA Resource page: Alley Interactive

Alley Interactive designs and builds large-scale content sites for top digital publishers. Alley was the only digital agency honored in the news category of the 2014 Webby Awards for our work on The New Republic. Get more information on ONA’s Resources page.
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New jobs for journalists and developers

Our Career Center has dozens of opportunities for journalists, academics and digitally minded professionals, all available for free viewing. New postings include:

Masters Mediapreneurs grants

J-Lab: The Institute for Interactive Journalism is seeking to fund four U.S.-based news startups that show promise of journalistic value and creativity and are launched by encore media entrepreneurs, age 50-plus. Proposals are due Dec. 15.

Deadline for Freedom of Expression Awards

Nominations are due Thursday, Nov. 20, for the Index on Censorship Freedom of Expression Awards, which honor free expression champions from around the world, either through journalism, campaigning, the arts or online.

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ONA, Poynter Team Up for Innovative Leadership Academy for Women in Digital Media

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Online News Association (ONA) and The Poynter Institute will partner to create an intensive, tuition-free leadership program that addresses the unique needs of women in digital media.

The ONA-Poynter Leadership Academy for Women in Digital Media, April 12-17, 2015, at Poynter’s campus in St. Petersburg, Fla., will focus on critical skills for women moving up the ladder in digital journalism and technology organizations and the documented challenges they face on the path to leadership.

This partnership will combine the resources of the world’s leading digital media organization, ONA, with the global leader in professional journalism education, The Poynter Institute.

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ONA Weekly #33

 ONA Weekly No. 33

What 100+ Challenge Fund projects taught us

Last week, we opened applications for the second round of the Challenge Fund for Innovation in Journalism Education, which will award $35,000 microgrants to journalism educators. Looking for tips on what makes a great application? ONA’s Director of Operations Irving Washington shares insights on what made the first round of winners stand out from the crowd.

Legal updates

ONA joined briefs drafted by the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, one focused on Fourth Amendment challenges to the federal government’s bulk collection of telephone records; and signed on to a coalition letter to the Department of Justice on including the treatment of journalists in its investigation into police conduct in Ferguson, Mo.

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Fresh jobs!

Our Career Center has dozens of opportunities for journalists, academics and digitally minded professionals, all available for free viewing. New postings include:

ONA opp: free tickets to NYC ‘Conversations’

The first 10 members of the ONA community to register using the code ONAFRIENDCOMP will receive free admission to the second Daily News Innovation Lab “Conversations” on Nov. 19 in New York. The event will feature senior editors and innovation leaders from the AP, New York Daily News, The New York Times, Time Inc. and The Wall Street Journal. Register here. Members of the ONA community can receive 25 percent off registration (until capacity is reached) using the code ONAFRIEND25. 

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What 100+ Challenge Fund experiments taught us

It’s been a full year since we launched the Challenge Fund for Innovation in Journalism Education, a $1 million competition encouraging universities to create teams to experiment with new ways of providing news and information to their communities.

The 2014 Challenge Fund winners are in their first six months of experimentation and we look forward to sharing what they’re learning, but it’s already time to look for the next batch of innovation happening in schools across the country.

Last year, we saw so many promising ideas that our partners — the Excellence and Ethics in Journalism Foundation, the Robert R. McCormick Foundation, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Democracy Fund and the Rita Allen Foundation — expanded the fund to support two additional winners, bringing the total to 12, and recognizing 13 honorable mentions.

And, as with any experiment, we learned things along the way, including what makes a great application. Here are some tips:

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ONA Weekly #32

 ONA Weekly No. 32

Apply for $35K micro-grants to hack journalism education

Applications are open for the 2015 Challenge Fund for Innovation in Journalism Education, which seeds local news experiments in journalism education with $35,000 micro-grants. We’re looking for creative projects that highlight collaboration, innovation and solid planning. Deadline to apply is Jan. 15, 2015. Take a look at our 2014 winners and their projects, learn more and apply.

A collection of resources for journalists

Check out ONA’s resource page to find tools, programs and technologies for the digital journalism community, including free access to a digital security tool and discounted access to scholarly articles. Like to be featured? Contact Jessica Strelitz at jessica@journalists.org.

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Enter Your Best Work for 2014 Now

Call for Entries: Scripps Howard Awards program
17 Categories
$180,000 In Prizes
Enter by Feb. 10, 2015
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Jobs

Our Career Center has dozens of opportunities for journalists, academics and digitally minded professionals, all available for free viewing. New postings include:

Survey helps assess journalists’ stress points

The Dart Research Lab at the University of Tulsa is looking for your input into an anonymous online survey to assess the various forms of occupational risks and stresses encountered by working journalists. Share your experience.

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What makes a winning Challenge Fund entry? Imagination

Music, maps and mold. That may not entirely sum up what we were shooting for when we opened applications last year for the first Challenge Fund for Innovation in Journalism Education, but it comes close.

The $1+ million competitive fund, aimed at seeding experiments in J-schools, received 125 entries in its first year from schools hoping for the resources to reinvent their curriculum and local news. The dozen schools selected each won $35,000 micro-grants by highlighting collaboration, innovation and solid planning. Winning teams included some combination of students, researchers, media professionals, educators, developers and designers, all focused on community engagement.

The Challenge Fund is the brainchild of a collaborative that includes the Excellence and Ethics in Journalism Foundation, the Robert R. McCormick Foundation, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, and the Democracy Fund, This year, the Challenge Fund is expanding with additional support from the Rita Allen Foundation.

Applications for 2015 opened November 5, and for this year’s launch, we’re highlighting just a few of our 2014-15 winners below to illustrate the diversity of focus and approaches.

Texas State University: Can journalism about music break out of routine story forms, uncover unheard voices and untold tales, and provide more useful formats to the community? Texas State University partners with Texas Music Magazine, KUT Austin, Texas Music Office, Cox Media Group, consultants from NPR, Twitter and MakerSquare to find out with “TexasMusicViz.”

University of Illinois: “Intersections” is tackling the idea that openly mapping a city’s often invisible social media conversations will change the nature of journalism in that community, working with its media partner CU-CitizenAccess.org.

CUNY Graduate School of Journalism: With “Hack the Mold,” CUNY Graduate School of Journalism and its partner, The New York Daily News, is experimenting with both in-person and online engagement with tenants when reporting on a low-income community’s experiences with mold in New York City public housing.

You can hear more details about the work and progress of many of our winners by watching them present at ONA14 in Chicago in September.

The deadline for this year’s applications is Jan. 15, 2015. Make sure to check out these very helpful resources as you’re deciding what project to pursue or applying to the Challenge Fund. In addition to the micro-grants, the competition will culminate in at least one grand prize for the project most likely to change either local newsgathering, journalism education or both. A second overall prize will be given for the best project evaluation, regardless of the experiment’s outcome.

We plan to support up to 23 projects by the end of this round. We hope yours is one of them.

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ONA Weekly #31

 ONA Weekly No. 31

Remembering Jim Foley: a video tribute

This week, The New York Times detailed the abuse and inhumane conditions that kidnapped journalists and aid workers have faced in Syria. To honor journalist Jim Foley and the work of freelancers reporting from conflict zones, ONA announced the 2015 James Foley Award for Conflict Reporting at the 2014 Online Journalism Awards, featuring this beautiful video, which reminds us why this work matters.

Mixing editorial and business with integrity

Join us at ONACamp Phoenix on Nov. 8 to learn how your day-to-day work can advance your news organization’s business goals. Experts from The Arizona Republic, AJ+, Chartbeat, NBC4 Southern California, KQED, Foreign Policy and Voice of San Diego will share practical advice on what metrics you should be tracking, how social media engagement can tie in with business strategy, balancing sponsored content with editorial integrity and more. RSVP now. This full-day training is free, thanks to a generous grant from the Gannett Foundation.

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New job opportunities in the ONA Career Center

Our Career Center has dozens of opportunities for journalists, academics and digitally minded professionals, all available for free viewing. New postings include:

Investigative Reporting Fellowship encourages media diversity

Applications are due Nov. 1 for the BuzzFeed News/Columbia Journalism School Investigative Reporting Fellowship for journalists of color and other diverse backgrounds. Candidates should have at least five years of professional journalism experience and present a well-formed proposal for an investigative story or series. Fellows will receive a stipend of $85,000, plus benefits. Apply now.

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ONA Weekly #30

 ONA Weekly No. 30

Free full-day training on the business of digital news

Join some of the top minds in digital journalism for a special ONACamp focused on the business side on Nov. 8 in Phoenix. Speakers include Southern Methodist University’s Jake Batsell on business models and audience engagement, KQED’s Olivia Allen-Price and the Arizona Republic’s Megan Finnerty on how live events can support your daily journalism, Louisiana State University’s Steve Buttry on community management, NBC4’s Sara Catania on lessons from project management, David Cohn of AJ+ (formerly at Circa) on creating structured content to engage readers and more. Check out more sessions and register now.

Meet ONA’s 2015 Board of Directors

The votes are in! Congratulations to Jose Zamora, Vice President of Strategic Communications, Univision Network News, who will join the ONA Board Jan. 1, 2015, along with re-elected members Mandy Jenkins, Jody Brannon, Robert Hernandez, Greg Linch, Jim Roberts and Bénet Wilson, and appointed member Joshua Hatch. See the full election results.

Green Shoots in Journalism Education

ONA’s own Irving Washington will join a talented group showcasing innovation in j-education at Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute at the Missouri School of Journalism in Columbia on Oct. 29 and 30. The event is free to attend and sessions will be live-streamed as well.

And the ONA15 free pass goes to …

Congratulations to Timothy Reck, Digital Developer at Hartford Courant Media Group, who won a free registration to next year’s Online News Association Conference by taking our ONA14 survey. We’ll see you at ONA15 in Los Angeles, Sept. 24-26!

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Just posted! New jobs for journalists

Our Career Center has dozens of opportunities for journalists, editors and digitally minded professionals, all available for free viewing. New postings include:

Game on: Your feedback needed on digital security

CommunityRED, a non-profit that supports the digital security of journalists and activists in conflict places, is looking for your thoughts on digital security for a game it’s building to help journalists create their own security strategies. Please contact shauna@communityred.org.

Seeking gaming-savvy applicants for JoLT Fellowships

American University’s School of Communication is pairing game design thinkers with media leaders for the JoLT Fellowships, so they can reconsider how journalism and media can be created, distributed, engaged, discussed and produced. Applications are due by Nov. 10.

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Univision’s Jose Zamora elected to ONA Board; slate of incumbents re-elected

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — Members of the Online News Association (ONA), the world’s largest membership organization of digital journalists, elected one new member to its Board of Directors and reelected six incumbents to two-year terms.

The newest director — Jose Zamora, Vice President of Strategic Communications, Univision Network News — will join the Board Jan. 1, 2015.

“Jose brings with him a long history of news, philanthropic and digital media expertise, making him a fantastic addition to the Board,” said ONA President Meredith Artley, Vice President & Managing Editor, CNN Digital, CNN, “and we’re delighted to welcome back our re-elected colleagues to continue the important work of this particularly strong, united Board.”

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