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Help us create an inspiring and inclusive conference for digital journalists

Pitch a session idea to ONA15, the Online News Association’s annual conference, this year in Los Angeles, Sept. 24-26.

Each year, we bring together journalists, technologists, academics and others passionate about the news to share the most exciting trends in digital journalism.We’re looking for pitches that are inspiring, instructional or both.

  • Did you create an amazing digital project this year? Tell us what you learned from building it and any challenges along the way that others can learn from.
  • Want to tackle a tough newsroom issue? Tell us your proposed solutions.
  • What can you share with others to inspire them?

Submit your idea to the ONA15 Suggestion Box and it could be part of the program.

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Online News Association receives $40K EEJF grant to create digital J-tools

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WASHINGTON DC — The Online News Association, the world’s largest membership organization of digital journalists, today announced a $40,000 grant from the Excellence & Ethics in Journalism Foundation (EEJF) to fund the first phase of a digital toolkit that will offer journalists access to ethics and live scheduling tools.

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ONA Weekly #45

 ONA Weekly No. 45

Coming soon: new digital toolkit for journalists

We’re happy to announce that we’ve received a $40,000 grant from the Excellence & Ethics in Journalism Foundation (EEJF) to fund a digital toolkit. At start-up, the kit will include two tools: One will allow journalists to customize and publish a digital ethics code based on a guide ONA built and recently crowd-sourced; the other will facilitate easy set-up of online schedules for revenue-generating live events.

Welcome to our first local group in Asia!

Our newest Local group, ONA Singapore, is also our first group in the region. The group, committed to connecting like-minded professionals working in digital journalism across the country, is coordinated by Alan Soon, Asha Phillips and Janie Octia. The first ONA Singapore networking event will be March 9.

Get your pitch ready for ONA15

Starting tomorrow, we’ll begin accepting session ideas for ONA15, our annual digital journalism conference. What can you teach those who are most passionate about digital media? We’re looking for pitches that are inspiring, instructional or both. Check out our top 10 tips for creating a session pitch before you submit your ideas.

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Picture Freedom scholarship contest ends Feb. 28

Share images in the Picture Freedom scholarship contest by 11:59 p.m. PST Saturday. Win a $1,000 scholarship by posting an original image that depicts freedom of expression to Facebook, Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #PictureFreedom. For more information, visit 1ForAll.us.
This content is sponsored by Picture Freedom.

Hello, Knight News Challenge on Elections

Today, the Knight Foundation began accepting entries for its latest News Challenge, focused on “ideas and projects that better inform and inspire voters, as well as make the election process more fun and accessible for individuals.” You can submit ideas until March 19 for a chance to win a share of $3 million.

Workshop on police and community relations for journalists

Applications are due by March 9 for Keeping the Peace, Peacefully, a McCormick Specialized Reporting Institute. This two-day workshop will cover issues from race and community relations and police strategies to control violence.

Jobs in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago and more

Browsing jobs in ONA’s Career Center is always free for job seekers. Looking to reach digital journalists with a job opening? We have a targeted approach for recruiters.

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.

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 #44

 ONA Weekly No. 44

David Smydra joins ONA Board

Google’s David Smydra, who garnered the next level of votes in the October 2014 election, has been appointed to the ONA board, filling the seat left vacant by 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. Read more about David.

ONA-Poynter Leadership applications due Friday!

Don’t forget to submit your applications to the ONA-Poynter Leadership Academy for Women in Digital Media. This free seminar is aimed at women working in the digital space who are focused on advancing their careers in journalism and technology. Applications are due this Friday, Feb. 20.

How to create a great conference pitch

Have a great idea you’d like to share with 2,000 journalists? We want to hear it. Check out our top ten tips for creating a great session pitch. We’ll begin accepting proposals for ONA15, our annual digital journalism conference, in late February.

What do you want to see at #ONA15?

Help us shape our annual conference! Before we begin accepting session pitches later this month, weigh in on #ONA15 on our Facebook page. Open questions include: What tools and tech should be at ONA15? What topics can we skip? What trends are emerging in your newsroom?

What to expect at ONA’s mobile conference

Check out the keynotes, sessions and speakers for ONA London: Mobile. 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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Picture Freedom scholarship contest Feb. 22-28

From Feb. 22-28, Picture Freedom encourages students to share original photos and artwork that illustrate freedom of expression on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter with #PictureFreedom. Twenty-five winners will each receive a $1,000 scholarship. For more information, visit 1ForAll.us.
This content is sponsored by Picture Freedom.

J O B S:

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.

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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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.

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 #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.
This content is sponsored by University of Colorado Boulder.

J O B S

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.

Upcoming events

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.
This content is sponsored by the American Press Institute.

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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