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ONA Weekly #17

 ONA Weekly No. 17

Writers, find new revenue for journalism projects

Save the date for New Avenues in Journalism, Oct. 10-11 in San Francisco, featuring Kara Swisher, Re/code Co-Executive Editor, as keynote. At the conference, co-hosted by American Society of Journalists and Authors, San Francisco State University Journalism Department and the Online News Association, media innovators will coach freelancers about new sources of income. ONA members save $25 off the rate for Friday, and $20 off the optional Saturday add-on.

A call for motivated digital news leaders

ONA is now accepting nominations and applications for our 2015 Board of Directors. We’re looking for digital visionaries to help guide the future of ONA, the world’s largest association of digital journalists.

Google for Media: New York City

Join us for a free news summit with industry leaders from New York City and beyond, July 28 and 29 in New York. We’re partnering with Google, the Society of Professional Journalists, the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, the National Association of Black Journalists, the Asian American Journalist Association, and the International Center for Journalists to bring you an expanded two-day training with demos and hands-on workshops, so RSVP now.

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ONA Weekly #16

 ONA Weekly No. 16

Community input on ONA’s DIY Ethics Code

Feedback from the ONA community already has been incorporated into our Do It Yourself Ethics Code project, which will allow journalists to create or customize codes that reflect their views of journalism. AP’s Tom Kent, who is leading the project, details the latest updates and how you can get involved. The crowdsourcing phase will be open until the first day of our annual conference, Sept. 25-27 in Chicago.

ONA’s comment to the FCC on open Internet

In case you missed it, we filed a comment with the FCC in support of net neutrality this week, arguing “the right public policy is one that ensures the Internet serves as an unrestricted platform for a rich, diverse and inclusive news media ecosystem.” Because of the flood of comments, the commenting period on Proceeding #14-28, Protecting and Promoting the Open Internet, has been extended to Friday, midnight ET.

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First round of crowdsourcing adds depth to DIY ethics code project

Crowdsourcing for the ONA Build Your Own Ethics Code project has been underway since May. Our thanks to the dozens of journalists and educators who’ve offered us really thoughtful comments. (A few people, by the way, thought that by “crowdsourcing” we were asking for money! No, we’re just looking for your equally valuable comments and critiques at

To recap briefly, the project is designed to help individual journalists, news startups and even larger organizations create ethics codes that reflect their view of journalism. Think of it as an ethics code construction kit, highly flexible except for some very fundamental principles that we believe all journalists need to accept.

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ONA Weekly #15

 ONA Weekly No. 15

Rita Allen Foundation joins Challenge Fund with $200K grant

The Rita Allen Foundation joins the prestigious funding group behind a $1 million challenge encouraging universities to create teams that will experiment with new ways of providing news and information. The $200,000 grant will expand and strengthen the reach of The Challenge Fund for Innovation in Journalism Education.

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Joint letter calls on Obama for more transparency

In a letter to President Obama, ONA and nearly three dozen other news media organizations urged the administration to be more transparent in how it deals with journalists. Specifically, the letter expressed frustration that “public agencies have increasingly prohibited staff from communicating with journalists unless they go through public affairs offices or through political appointees.”

The letter calls on the administration to reverse these policies and that the president “issue a clear directive telling federal employees they’re not only free to answer questions from reporters and the public, but actually encouraged to do so.”

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ONA Weekly #14



 ONA Weekly No. 14


ONA says goodbye, congrats to our founding general counsel

As ONA grew from an upstart group of web pioneers to more than 2,500 members, our General Counsel Jon Hart was there, advising every Board and three executive directors during a transformative era for media. ONA sends all congratulations to Jon as he joins NPR as its new Chief Legal Officer and General Counsel, and welcomes our new GC, Michael Kovaka, to the fold.

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ONA says fond goodbye to founding General Counsel

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It’s with great pride and not-quite dry eyes that we say goodbye — but not farewell — to Jonathan Hart, who helped found and organize ONA, and served as our trusted General Counsel for the past 15 years. Jon joined NPR as its new Chief Legal Officer and General Counsel on July 1.

As ONA has grown from an upstart group of web pioneers to more than 2,500 members, Jon was there, advising each Board and three executive directors during a transformative era for media.

ONA founder Rich Jaroslovsky put Jon’s service in perspective, recalling how integral he was to the start-up of the first home for digital journalists: “Jon was quite literally the first person I turned to (in 1999) when I had the idea for ONA. It’s fair to say no one — and I include myself — was more important in getting the organization up, running and pointed in the right direction. Without him, I’m not sure there would have been an ONA.”

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ONA Weekly #13



 ONA Weekly No. 13


Introducing the 2014 AP-Google Scholarship winners

Congratulations to our 2014 (and final) AP-Google Journalism and Technology Scholars: Allison McCartney, Stanford University, whose project will create graphics and visualizations to allow users to find stories hidden in public data; and Beatice Katcher, University of California, Berkeley, whose application will deliver news using a visual-centric and mobile-friendly platform combining text and multimedia.

Special thanks to the Associated Press, Google and our selection committee for their support over the past three years.

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ONA Weekly #12




 ONA Weekly No. 12


Why young journalists care about the ethics of editorializing

“The journalism that makes a difference today goes beyond stenography. It contextualizes. It questions. It reveals the underlying power structures of the institutions we cover,” MJ Bear Fellow Kyle Stokes navigates the line between editorializing and reporting.

Getting funded: resources and creative advertising approaches

When MJ Bear Fellow Ashley Lohmann launched a new multimedia platform, she went looking for business advice. She shares the best tips for revenue generation and her short list of places to look for funding for media projects and start-ups.

Science, start-ups and wearable tech: the ONA14 program

Recently, we released the ONA14 program and this week, Digital Director Trevor Knoblich dives deeper into the program in his latest ONA14 blog post. He highlights the shift of talent to new and innovative properties, how digital journalism collides with the physical world and more.

GEN Summit digs into video, robot journalism and Hackdays

GEN Summit 2014 wrapped last week in Barcelona, after three days of conversations, keynotes, a startup challenge and a spirited end to the 2013-14 Editors Lab Hackdays. Senior Strategic Partnerships Manager Jessica Strelitz talks about the content (and fun!) in this blog post.

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ONA14 early-bird rate expires Thursday, June 19

Speaking of our annual conference, this is your last chance to get the most affordable registration rate! Rates increase Friday, so be sure to register for ONA14 now to join us in Chicago, Sept. 25-27.

Final entry deadline for Online Journalism Awards, June 20

Submit your work to be recognized for an Online Journalism Award. We’ve already extended the deadline, so Friday, June 20 is the last day to enter. This year, we’re awarding $52,500 in prize money, more than in any previous year.

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