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ONA Weekly #10




 ONA Weekly No. 10


Six things you can learn from your comments section

Don’t be paralyzed by your fear of trolls. MJ Bear Fellow Kyle Stokes takes an unvarnished look at comments sections and what you can learn from your audience.

How to use livestreaming to cross the globe

News organizations put a lot of work into covering major events and video can help you reach new — and dispersed — audiences. MJ Bear Fellow Armie Garde chronicles how Sun.Star Publishing in the Philippines connects with Filipinos abroad with real-time video reports.

Get your first look at the ONA14 program

Today, we released the first schedule and sessions for the Online News Association Conference and Awards in Chicago, September 25-27. Expect discussions on new and exciting developments in digital journalism, practical workshops, great networking and inspirational keynotes.

Last chance to apply for MJ Bear Fellowship

Get connected to the ONA community and have your work highlighted at ONA14. Our MJ Bear Fellowship is open to digital journalists under 30 and applications are due this Friday. There will be no deadline extensions this year. The Fellowship includes travel, registration and accommodations for our conference.

It’s All Journalism: Why you should submit to the OJAs

ONA Treasurer and Online Journalism Awards Chair Josh Hatch discussed #OJA14 with the It’s All Journalism podcast. Learn more about the Online Journalism Award’s newest categories and why you should submit your work.

In defense of SCOTUSblog

On May 22, ONA joined a letter drafted by the Reporters Committee in defense of SCOTUSblog’s application for Senate credentials, urging the U.S. Senate Daily Press Gallery to reconsider its denial. Learn more.

Upcoming Events

Important ONA deadlines in June:

Apply for the Paul Miller Washington Reporting Fellowship

Applications are due June 23 for the National Press Foundation’s education program for DC-based journalists. With nine daylong seminars – once a month, from September through June – this program provides a primer on Washington agencies, institutions and organizations.

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ONA Weekly #9




 ONA Weekly No. 9


The case for videos that break down complex content

MJ Bear Fellow Kyle Stokes demonstrates how to connect with your audience by distilling complex information into digestible bites, providing three tips to help you make clear and interesting explainer videos.

Crowdsourcing, community building and content

Looking for contributors to your website? MJ Bear Fellow Ashley Lohmann discusses how to build and nurture a community that will add valuable perspectives.

Apply for the MJ Bear Fellowship

We’re looking for the 2014 MJ Bear Fellows now. The Fellowship showcases digital journalists under 30, providing a personal adviser, ONA membership, superior digital networking and registration to our annual conference in Chicago.
Pictured: 2011 Fellow Lucas Timmons

New Online Journalism Awards honor data and visualization

Like the digital journalism industry, the Online Journalism Awards are constantly evolving. This year, we’ve added two new categories and tweaked others to address the impact of mobile. ONA’s Executive Director Jane McDonnell outlines what’s new and how to apply.

Upcoming Events

Storytelling with Data

Learn to locate, analyze, visualize and tell powerful data stories at Boston University’s Summer Workshop.
Session I: July 7 – 11, 2014
Session II: July 14 – 19, 2014
This content is sponsored by Boston University.

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OJAs now honor storytelling with data and visualization

What makes the Online Journalism Awards unique — besides being the only comprehensive honors for digital journalism — is that, like our industry, they’re constantly evolving.

Each year, the committee tasked with bringing the OJAs to journalists around the world revisits the awards categories to see if 1) they still hold up, and 2) they’re missing any truly innovative developments. That’s been the drill since ONA’s founders launched the awards in 2000 with the full understanding that technology would not only upend reporting, storytelling and distribution, but strengthen the role and power of the community.

This year is no different. Under the direction of Chair Josh Hatch, the OJAs have undergone the annual fine-tuning that has made them the standard bearer for our industry. The awards open with 33 categories, and 10 now come with a total of $52,500 in prize money, honoring data journalism, visual digital storytelling, investigative journalism, technical innovation in the service of journalism, public service and general excellence.

Three new or modified categories are worth noting as perfect examples of the need to keep pace with the creative work journalists are undertaking:

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How the OJAs mirror the digital revolution

The 2014 Online Journalism Awards — the only comprehensive set of prizes honoring excellence in digital journalism around the world — open today, marking their 14th anniversary. It’s worth taking a spin through their short but distinguished history, since they collectively mirror the stratospheric arc of digital journalism.

The OJAs were launched in May 2000 by ONA’s pioneering founders. As you might suspect, there weren’t a ton of entries that year, in part because there weren’t a ton of “online” journalists. There were only 11 categories to choose from, with titles like “GENERAL EXCELLENCE IN ONLINE JOURNALISM, ORIGINAL TO THE WEB” and “CREATIVE USE OF THE MEDIUM, ORIGINAL.” In hindsight, these categories look like baby steps, but they signify the commitment, excitement and sense of possibility surrounding journalism and the brave new world of the ‘net.

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Entries open for 2014 Online Journalism Awards

New: Data Journalism and Visual Storytelling honored

The Online News Association, the world’s largest membership organization of digital journalists, today opened the call for entries for the 2014 Online Journalism Awards (OJAs), emblematic of the best in digital journalism, featuring $15,000 for two new awards for excellence in data journalism.

Enter here. The deadline for entries is June 13.

Ten of the awards now come with a total of $52,500 in prize money, courtesy of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Gannett Foundation and the University of Florida. These awards honor data journalism, visual digital storytelling, investigative journalism, public service, technical innovation and general excellence.

“This year’s awards are easier than ever to enter, and feature new categories highlighting the critical and innovative work being done in digital journalism,” said Joshua Hatch, OJA chair and Senior Editor for Data and Interactives at The Chronicle of Higher Education. “We’re excited to see what our colleagues from around the world will be putting forward.”

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ONA Weekly #8




 ONA Weekly No. 8


Free tools to make your online content sing

Looking for ways to make your content more visual? MJ Bear Fellow Armie Garde recommends three tools that add design and interactivity.

Lessons learned from salsa dancing in Istanbul

MJ Bear Fellow Ashley Lohmann reflects on how digital media can foster cross-cultural communication and break down stereotypes. Photo: WiggDogg Productions/ Creative Commons

ONA joins anti-SLAPP-related case

ONA joined a brief urging the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit to affirm a lower court’s ruling dismissing a lawsuit under anti-SLAPP (Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation) provisions. The decision, in part, affirms hyperlinks as an integral part of context for online content.

Online Journalism Awards now accepting entries

Submit your work to the 2014 Online Journalism Awards. Ten of the 33 awards come with $52,500 in prize money. Winners will be recognized at the Online News Association Conference and Banquet in Chicago. Entry deadline is June 13.

Upcoming Events

Give your grad an ONA membership

Last-minute gift idea! Connect your J-school, tech, communications or business graduate with the ONA community with an ONA membership. As our gift to 2014 grads, we’re offering our Professional membership at $50 for one full year — a savings of $25.

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ONA Weekly #7




 ONA Weekly No. 7


Starting a new blog? Read this one

MJ Bear Fellow Kyle Stokes of KPLU Seattle gives pointers for journalists and news organizations diving into blogging. This is the first in a series of posts from the 2014 Fellows.

Upcoming Events

Deadline extended for RTDNA Scholarships and Fellowships

You have until May 31 to apply for 10 scholarships and four fellowships offered by the Radio Television Digital News Association.

Scholarships for LGBT coverage

The National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association offers the Leroy F. Aarons and the Kay Longcope scholarships “to students who demonstrate a commitment to providing fair and accurate coverage of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.” Applications are due May 23.

Paid Internships at Wickr

Wickr is hiring interns to take part in its Summer 2014 social media campaigns. Interns will work at least 15 hours a week from home. Email with your résumé.

Give your grad an ONA membership

Last-minute gift idea! Connect your J-school, tech, communications or business graduate with the ONA community with an ONA membership. As our gift to 2014 grads, we’re offering our Professional membership at $50 for one full year — a savings of $25.

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ONA Weekly #6




 ONA Weekly No. 6


Crowd: Add your wisdom to DIY Ethics Code project

Now that we’re at the crowdsourcing stage of our Build Your Own Ethics Code initiative, we need your perspective and input. We’ve laid out some fundamental ethical issues in the digital age that we believe apply to all journalists to create a set of “building blocks” — feel free to comment and share your thoughts.

Journalists under 30, apply for 2014 MJ Bear Fellowship

Apply now for the MJ Bear Fellowship, a proven path to professional development in digital media. Three fellows will get a personal advisor for one year, a three-year paid ONA membership and the opportunity to present at the 2014 Online News Association Conference and Awards in Chicago.

Journalism jobs and internship search tips

Check out the tips from EdShift’s Twitter chat on finding jobs and internships, hosted by ONA’s Senior Communications Manager Jen Mizgata. Photo: Scott Kellum/ Creative Commons

ONA member discount: Personal Democracy Forum

ONA members, get $300 off the cost of registration for the Personal Democracy Forum, June 5-6 in New York. For more information about the program and to access the discount code, log in to the member center and go to the discounts tab.

Upcoming Events

The Global Editors Network will hold the GEN Summit 2014 in Barcelona June 11-13. Every year, GEN brings together a selection of the most senior media executives to discuss media innovation. From Andy Carvin (First Look Media) 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.

Getty Images: Grants for Editorial Photography

Getty Images will award five grants of $10,000 each to photojournalists “pursuing projects of personal and journalistic significance.” Applications are due May 15.

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MJ Bear Fellowship opens

We’re now accepting applications for the 2014 MJ Bear Fellowship, which identifies and supports promising digital journalists under 30.

Fellows are early-career journalists selected for their potential to expand the boundaries of digital news through professional experimentation, research or specific projects. The fellowship provides a personal advisor for one year, a three-year paid ONA membership and the opportunity to present at the 2014 Online News Association Conference and Awards in Chicago.

Looking for inspiration? You can chart the professional progress of our nine past Fellows in their blog and video posts.

Application deadline: June 6, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. ET

Here are three more reasons to apply:

  • Feedback from peers on your projects
  • Connections to ONA’s robust digital media network
  • Career advancement and recognition

The Fellowship is a legacy of altruistic digital visionary MJ Bear, a leader in the online journalism industry and a founding member of ONA, who passed away in 2010.

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ONA launches crowdsourcing for DIY Ethics Code

The Online News Association has opened up crowdsourcing for our “do-it-yourself” ethics code project, aimed at helping news organizations, startups and individual bloggers and journalists create their own codes. The project’s operating principle: no single ethics code can reflect the needs of everyone in our widely varied profession.

The team developing the Build Your Own Ethics Code project has completed its first draft, covering more than 40 ethical issues. Now we’re hoping to get comments from working journalists on what we’ve missed – especially international and multimedia angles. Start by visiting our DIY Ethics Code resource page.

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