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Advocating for transparency in the Manning trial; new AP-Google Scholars; OJA deadline nears

Meet the 2013 AP-Google Scholars
Congratulations to the six new AP-Google Scholars: Adam Allevato, Lindsey Cook, Nonny de la Peña, Tyler Fisher, Nilkanth Patel and Erik Reyna. Each student will recieve $20,000 for the 2013-14 academic year to help them build projects that will advance digital journalism. Scholars are working to make better tech for journalists, incorporate virtual reality software into storytelling, make interactive news easier to build, and encourage more women to get involved in computer science.

Entries for Online Journalism Awards due next week
We’re accepting entries until June 21 for the 2013 Online Journalism Awards, honoring excellence in digital journalism around the world. This year, we’ll be awarding $37,500 in prize money, more than in any previous year, courtesy of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the Gannett Foundation, including a new $5,000 award honoring the best in Watchdog Journalism. Non-English entries now are included in all categories, including the prestigious General Excellence Award.
Enter the Online Journalism Awards now.

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Online News Association receives $100,000 EEJF grant to create virtual training

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WASHINGTON D.C. — The Online News Association, the world’s largest membership organization of digital journalists, today announced a $100,000 grant from the Excellence & Ethics in Journalism Foundation (EEJF) to create and aggregate a series of virtual training elements on

The grant will seed ONA’s efforts to develop and disseminate a web-based, searchable resource library that will give journalists around the world access to cutting-edge digital tools, training and strategies and expand benefits for its 2,000-plus members and the journalism community.

By 2014-15, ONA envisions a sophisticated library focused on digital journalism resources easily searchable by topic, synthesizing the tremendous knowledge and innovation cropping up daily in the industry. Training modules can take any format — text, socially curated content, Storify posts, embeddable presentations, audio and video — with an emphasis on interactive and innovative presentation.

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Associated Press, Google award six $20,000 scholarships to digital journalism stand-outs

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Associated Press and Google today announced the second recipients of a national scholarship program targeted at college students whose innovative projects exemplify the new journalist in the digital media age. The Online News Association, the world’s largest membership organization of digital journalists, administers the program.

The AP-Google Journalism and Technology Scholarship provides $20,000 scholarships for the 2013-14 academic year to six promising undergraduate or graduate students pursuing or planning to pursue degrees at the intersection of journalism, computer science and new media. A key goal is to promote geographic, gender and ethnic diversity and identify and support creative new talent and work in the field.

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Deadline extended! One more week to apply for MJ Bear Fellowship

We’re extending the deadline to June 7 for applications for the 2013 MJ Bear Fellowships for early-career digital journalists, in honor of founding member MJ Bear.

Apply for the MJ Bear Fellowship

The search committee will select three promising, up-and-coming digital journalists — two in the United States or Canada and one internationally, in partnership with MSN International — who are just beginning to make their voices heard in the industry.

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Entries open for 2013 Online Journalism Awards

The Online News Association, the world’s largest membership organization of digital journalists, and the University of Miami’s School of Communication today opened the call for entries for the 2013 Online Journalism Awards, emblematic of the best in digital journalism.

Enter the Online Journalism Awards

The deadline for entries is June 21.

Nine of the 29 awards come with a total of $37,500 in prize money, courtesy of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the Gannett Foundation, including a new $5,000 award honoring the best in Watchdog Journalism.

As in past years, the 2013 Online Journalism Awards have been slightly modified to keep up with the our rapidly evolving industry. This year, non-English entries will be considered in all categories.

“Some say journalism is in trouble, but we think these awards show the opposite is true,” said Joshua Hatch, OJA chair and Senior Editor for Data and Interactives at The Chronicle of Higher Education. “When we look at what’s happening on digital platforms — from the creation of new user experiences to the power small organizations have in reaching large audiences through their important work — we’re thrilled by what we see. And now that all of our awards are open to entrants of all languages, we can’t wait to discover even more innovative work and share it with our community.”

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Meet new staff; MJ Bear Fellowship deadline; new member benefits

Meet Jessica Strelitz, our new Strategic Partnerships and Sales Manager
Jess oversees ONA’s business development strategy, including opportunities around the annual conference and member events. She’s focused on connecting leaders in digital journalism with professionals in the tech and entrepreneurial spaces – and beyond. Read more on Jess here.

Goodbye, Kevin
We bid a fond farewell to Digital Coordinator Kevin Loker, who leaves us today to join the American Press Institute as Program Coordinator. Kevin helped maintained ONA’s web presence and assisted the community in managing membership. He was an invaluable help during ONA12.

One week left to apply for the MJ Bear Fellowship
We’re looking for talented digital journalists under 30 for the MJ Bear Fellowship, which pairs mentors with early-career journalists and supports their innovative projects. Fellows receive a free three-year ONA membership, registration, travel and accommodations for the 2013 Online News Association Conference and Awards Banquet, and recognition at the conference. Applications are due May 31.

Tips from ONA dCamp,
our design-focused training

We held our first all-day workshop on design thinking at The Washington Post on May 11 and we’ve pulled together valuable tips, Vines, gifs, and more to help you understand the process and how you can apply it when building products in your newsroom.

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Learn to build news apps with For Journalism and ONA

We’re delighted to announce a new partnership between the Online News Association and For Journalism that brings a valuable benefit to our members — free step-by-step courses in coding taught by industry experts.

As a result of our partnership, funded by the Ethics & Excellence in Journalism Foundation, ONA members will have free access to all course material in this series. (Not an ONA member yet? Sign up now.)

For Journalism (FJ), which recently completed a successful Kickstarter campaign, is creating a series of nine courses and educational materials for students, journalists and professors, taking a comprehensive approach to teaching how to build news applications.

“There is so much to learn, and we want people to tackle projects that are useful, fun and challenging,” said Dave Stanton, ring leader at For Journalism. “We’ve asked a lot of people where they get stuck learning to code, and the overwhelming response is they need projects that are practical and immediately useful to keep motivation high.”

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Letter from ONA President: DOJ overstepped bounds in AP subpoena

Today we joined with the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press and 50 other media organizations in issuing a letter to the Department of Justice (DOJ) regarding its subpoenaing of telephone records belonging to The Associated Press.

The DOJ’s actions — gathering two months of records for more than 20 telephone lines, both from major AP bureaus and the home and cell phones of individual AP journalists — is a startling and potentially dangerous overreach of its powers, powers that are strictly limited under the DOJ’s own guidelines for issuing subpoenas to the news media for testimony and evidence.

The range of media organizations that have signed on to the letter and the speed with which we have reacted gives some sense of how strongly ONA — and the journalism community at large — feels about the DOJ’s intrusion and its potential impact on our work in the service of the public. As outlined in the letter, we have requested a swift response from the DOJ on a variety of related issues, and we’ll keep you updated.

Jim Brady, President
Josh Hatch, Chair, Legal Affairs Committee

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Nate Silver to keynote at 2013 Online News Association Conference in Atlanta

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Photo by Randy Stewart

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Online News Association, the world’s largest membership organization of digital journalists, announces that Nate Silver, best-selling author and expert data forecaster at, will keynote at its 2013 conference in Atlanta.

Silver will be featured at the Online News Association Conference and Awards Banquet Friday, Oct. 18, in a conversation exploring data journalism.

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Deadline extended: Submit your session ideas for ONA13

With three full days of workshops, discussions, creative presentations and more expected at ONA13, we want to collect as many ideas as possible and know more about what you’d like to see and talk about when you come to Atlanta this October.

To give you more time to weigh in on the conference design, we’ve extended the deadline for the ONA13 Suggestion Box for one full week! You now have until May 8 at 11:59 p.m. E.T. to tell us what you can teach digital journalists.

Help us disrupt newsrooms around the world and train a modern workforce of journalists. You can check out all the great ideas
submitted so far at the ONA13 Suggestion Box.

We are especially interested in ideas aimed at beginners and intermediate level training.

Have an idea for the conference, but don’t want to present? We want to hear that, too. Submit today!

Don’t forget, registration for ONA13 is now open. Register now and get the discounted early-bird rate.

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