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Try our free event scheduling tool for WordPress

Today the Online News Association (ONA) released our free, easy-to-use Event Manager, a scheduling tool for newsrooms planning to host virtual or live events.

The open-source WordPress plugin allows journalists to use Google Docs, specifically Google Sheets, to create and update a schedule for events with the push of a button. In other words, you can make a beautiful schedule that displays event dates, session times, presenter bios and photos and other essential details.

We’ve had many requests to make this tool available, as it powers our annual conference websites. Thanks to generous support from the Ethics & Excellence in Journalism Foundation (EEJF), we refined the plugin, created user-friendly instructions and made it freely available to newsrooms.

Once the ONA Event Manager is installed, anyone can easily make additions or updates to a Google Sheet, and your event schedule can be updated instantaneously.

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ONAs joins with Digital Journalism Forum Tokyo 2016 March 11-12

Digital Journalism Forum Tokyo 2016, to be held in conjunction with the Japan Center of Education for Journalist’s Journalism Innovation Award exhibit, will provide opportunities to discuss and share thoughts about the direction, style and future of the ever-changing media and journalism industry.

The Executive Committee of the Digital Journalism Forum Tokyo 2016 announced it would hold a two-day conference March 11-12 in cooperation with the Online News Association (ONA), the world’s largest association of online journalists. The goal of the conference will be to inspire journalists to innovate and collaborate to produce excellent journalism.

The media environment has been drastically changing. The digitization of media, the penetration of mobile devices, and other innovations have massively transformed the way content is created and delivered on a global scale.

Digital Journalism Forum Tokyo 2016 will allow media professionals from many organizations and at all levels to discuss and share ideas about the direction, style and future of this ever-changing landscape. Speakers will include top journalists, engineers and media-related corporate executives from both within and outside Japan.

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Applications Open for ONA-Poynter Women’s Leadership Academy

Featured Faculty Include Hearken’s Jennifer Brandel, Upworthy’s Amy O’Leary and ProPublica’s Sisi Wei

The Online News Association (ONA) and the Poynter Institute are now accepting applications for the 2016 ONA-Poynter Leadership Academy for Women in Digital Media, a transformative, tuition-free leadership program to train digital media’s best and brightest women.

The week-long program will provide training and networking opportunities to 28 emerging women leaders selected from the applicant pool. Led by prominent women leaders in the startup, tech, media and academic fields, faculty will include Amy O’Leary, editorial director of Upworthy; Jennifer Brandel, founder and CEO of Hearken, and Sisi Wei, investigative journalist and full-stack developer at ProPublica.

The academy, held the week of May 1 at The Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg, Fla., will focus on leadership skills, digital project management strategies and best practices in management. Interactive training sessions will include 1-1 mentoring, outstanding networking and a supportive cohort of talented peers.

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Apply now for ONA-Poynter Women’s Leadership Academy

Applications are now live for the second ONA-Poynter Leadership Academy for Women in Digital Media. The week-long, tuition-free program will provide training and networking opportunities to 28 emerging women leaders, selected from the applicant pool. Led by prominent women leaders in the startup, tech, media and academic fields, faculty will include Amy O’Leary, editorial director of Upworthy; Jenn Brandel, founder and CEO of Hearken; Sisi Wei, investigative journalist and full-stack developer at ProPublica; Kelly McBride, Poynter’s vice president of academic programs; and Katie Hawkins-Gaar, Poynter’s digital innovation faculty member.

The academy, held the week of May 1 at The Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg, Fla., will focus on leadership skills, digital project management strategies and best practices in management. Interactive training sessions will be led by standout experts in technology and media, and will include 1-1 mentoring, outstanding networking opportunities and a supportive cohort of talented peers.

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Designing Ethics in the Digital Age

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Thursday, Nov. 19. 3 p.m.
Newseum, Washington, D.C.

The Online News Association and the Newseum Institute present a discussion about how the rapid proliferation of digital tools has surfaced new ethical issues for journalists and media outlets. ONA recently launched its Build Your Own Ethics Code, at http://ethics.journalists.org/.

Speakers
Madeleine Bair, Witness
Tom Kent, Associated Press
Mark Memmott, NPR

Moderator
Gene Policinski, Newseum Institute

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ONA and Poynter Team Up for Second Women’s Leadership Academy

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WASHINGTON, DC — The Online News Association (ONA) and The Poynter Institute are collaborating again to offer a transformative, tuition-free leadership program to train digital media’s best and brightest women in Spring 2016.

The second ONA-Poynter Leadership Academy for Women in Digital Media, offered to 28 U.S.-based participants, will take place the week of May 2, 2016, at Poynter’s campus in St. Petersburg, Florida. The interactive, five-day program will focus on critical leadership skills specific to digital media for the industry’s next generation of women leaders.

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The Wall Street Journal, reported.ly, Baltimore Sun and BBC News take home 2015 Online Journalism Awards

LOS ANGELES — Coverage of the Charlie Hebdo attacks, the Baltimore riots in the wake of Freddie Gray’s death and the shootings in Canadian Parliament took top honors Saturday night at the 2015 Online Journalism Awards, which ended the Online News Association Conference.

At the 15th annual awards dinner, ONA also announced Cengiz Yar, a documentary photographer and freelance photojournalist who is founding Board member of the Frontline Freelance Registry, as the first recipient of the James Foley Award, honoring work by reporters in conflict zones and named for the Global Post freelancer killed in Syria in August. The late journalist Dori J. Maynard also was honored with the Rich Jaroslovsky Founder Award for her tireless work in promoting diversity in media.

New start-up reported.ly, the Baltimore Sun and The Globe and Mail dominated the Breaking News categories. The $15,000 University of Florida Awards in Investigative Data Journalism were won by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s deep data dive into tax assessments and the Austin American-Statesman for “Missed Signs, Fatal Consequences,” a look at Texas’ failure to help protect vulnerable children. The newest category, sports, was won by Taffy Brodesser-Akner for Matter on the first all-female cast of ultimate fighters, and The New York Times for its “web-native storytelling” around the World Cup.

Each winner of the three General Excellence Awards — The Washington Post, Quartz (qz.com) and KBIA News (kbia.org) — took home a $6,166 prize, courtesy of the Gannett Foundation. The Knight Award for Public Service, with a $5,000 prize from the Knight Foundation, went to BBC World Service, BBC News for its use of WhatsApp in response to the Ebola crisis. The New York Times won the $5,500 Technical Innovation in the Service of Digital Journalism Award for its open-source graphics tool, ai2html.

Here are the winners in each category, with links to their winning entries:

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Why local journalists can help save local journalism

By Jane McDonnell, Executive Director

Never underestimate the power of connections. In 2008, the Online News Association launched ONA Local, groups of like-minded journalists in cities large and small who organized themselves — meeting up in bars, swapping war stories, sharing the excitement and fears they felt about the potential of this digital journalism thing.

Seven years later, there are 50 unique groups around the world representing 10,000 participants, ranging from the largest (2,000-plus in Washington, D.C., and New York) to the smallest (29 and growing in Detroit) to the newest (ONA Singapore). Events range from simple get-togethers to sophisticated monthly meetups with high-end speakers and trainers. They all share ideas for innovative ways to cover news, spark collaborations, use the latest tools, and job openings.

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ONA Local FAQ

We recently announced a generous grant from the Knight Foundation to expand and strengthen ONA Local groups across the U.S. We know you might have questions about the program and how it will work. If you don’t see an answer to your question below, just let us know at local@journalists.org.

If you’re interested in starting or leading an ONA Local group in your town, city or state, please fill out this form, and we’ll follow up with you as we plan for 2016.

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Online News Association launches free Build Your Own Ethics Code at 2015 conference

LOS ANGELESThe Online News Association today launched a fully crowd-sourced tool that allows journalists to easily customize and publish a digital ethics code.

The Build Your Own Ethics Code platform, supported by a $40K grant from the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation, addresses the intense interest and concern in the digital journalism community around the growing ethical issues unique to social media, technology and the viral nature and speed of breaking news.

Using the tool, journalists can review and easily select statements from a menu addressing more than 40 ethical issues, including user-generated content, verification, data journalism, social networks, suicide, graphic visuals, hostage situations, privacy, gender and ethnicity and hate speech. They then can tailor a code and export it for publication and internal use.

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