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ONA Weekly #29

 ONA Weekly No. 28

Free ONACamp Phoenix focuses on business and revenue

Join us for a special free ONACamp in Phoenix Nov. 8 to explore the business side of digital journalism. The full day, funded by the Gannett Foundation, will focus on innovative revenue models that are working for news outlets across the country, as well as how editorial staffs can collaborate on business goals. You’ll hear from leaders at newsrooms large and small about how they’re experimenting with native and mobile ads, handling product management and how user engagement can organically inform revenue strategy. Register now.

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Free webinar: Traffic driving tactics

Join Bloomberg Oct. 21 at 11 a.m. EST for a free webinar on growing your digital audience. A Bloomberg audience development expert share tips for improving traffic from SEO, social media, partnerships and paid channels. Register now!

Just posted! New opportunities for journalists

Our Career Center has dozens of opportunities for journalists, editors and digitally minded professionals, all available for free viewing. New postings include:

Enter the Shorty Awards

The Shorty Awards, honoring the best news organization and brands on social media, are now accepting entries! Deadline is Nov. 14. Questions? Contact Doreen Naor at

Index on Censorship Freedom of Expression Awards

Know someone involved in tackling free expression threats, either through journalism, campaigning, the arts or using digital techniques? Nominate them for the Index on Censorship Freedom of Expression Awards 2015.

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ONA Weekly #28

 ONA Weekly No. 28

All the ONA14 resources in one place

All the great information from the Online News Association Conference in Chicago is now yours to dive into and share with your newsrooms. You can access audio and video of most sessions, comprehensive Student Newsroom coverage, photos from the event and details about the winners of the Online Journalism Awards at ONA14 resources.

ONA opportunity: free tickets to “Conversations”

Daily News Innovation Lab’s Conversations event on Oct. 15 in New York will feature leaders from Buzzfeed, Vice, Vox and Business Insider discussing how new media players are shaping the industry. The first 25 members of the ONA community to sign up with with discount code FRONA will receive free tickets.

Upcoming Events

Increase your online traffic!

Join Bloomberg Oct. 21 at 11 a.m. EST for a free webinar to learn how to grow your online audience. A Bloomberg audience development expert will discuss how to attract audience and answer your questions. Register now!

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Society of Business Editors and Writers Fall Conference

SABEW’s Fall Conference features solid business journalism sessions as well as those focused on U.S. monetary policy, high-frequency trading, mergers and acquisitions, corporate fraud, and an update on the Affordable Care Act. Learn more and register.

What we’re reading:

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ONA14 resources: Session videos, photos, tips and takeaways

As we pulled together our annual post-conference resources, we were again blown away by all of the inspiring sessions and great energy from this year’s Online News Association Conference, where over 1,900 journalists and technologists joined us in Chicago. We saw a whopping 936 new attendees and were thrilled with how our community welcomed them into the fold.

This was our largest conference to date and we’re proud to say that as we’ve grown, our community has maintained a commitment to networking and helping each other by exploring and sharing the newest technology and practical advice to bring back to their newsrooms. Whether you come from a large organization or a small newsroom, whether your interest is in breaking news or producing news for mobile, whether you identify as a digital journalist, journalism-coder, journo-entrepreneur or media diversity advocate, we have something for you.

Please enjoy these ONA14 resources — and let us know how we can help foster more training, networking and professional development in the next year and at ONA15.

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2015 James Foley Award to honor unsung heroes: conflict reporters

Video produced by Matthew Geer

All too often, it takes a searing, unthinkable image to make the public aware of the dangers a unique breed of journalists face daily. On Aug. 19, one hit particularly close to home with the brutal murder of freelance photographer Jim Foley in Syria at the hands of ISIS, after being held captive for nearly two years.

Jim’s work, like that of his colleagues’, appeared across the globe, as photos, videos or dispatches, describing the horrors of combat, the broken lives of civilians, the legacy of political decisions made far away. It’s crucial work, and, now more than ever, life-threatening. According to the Committee to Protect Journalists, 40 journalists have died doing their jobs in 2014 so far, covering war, corruption, crime, culture and politics in far-flung countries around the world.

The 2015 James Foley Award for Conflict Reporting, announced at the Online Journalism Awards Banquet on Sept. 27 during the Online News Association Conference in Chicago, is a step toward recognizing that work, and honoring the men and women who see it as their mission. It will be awarded next year to a digital journalist doing excellent reporting in the most challenging conditions and we’ll be formulating the criteria and selection process for the award over the next months.

When Phil Balboni, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Global Post, came to ONA with the idea of honoring Jim and his colleagues — with blessings from his parents, Diane and John Foley — we knew immediately the answer would be yes. Phil worked closely with Jim until his abduction and worked with his family to try to secure his release, and knew firsthand Jim’s dedication to his craft.

As ONA Board member and former ONA President Jim Brady said in announcing the honor, “We hope this award will keep Jim’s spirit and memory alive, and help highlight the brave and dangerous work our colleagues do so that we all may benefit.”

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Seattle Times, ProPublica, NPR take home 2014 Online Journalism Awards

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See video of the Online Journalism Awards ceremony here.

Coverage of natural disasters and health care as well as the making of a T-shirt took top honors Saturday night at the 2014 Online Journalism Awards, which ended the Online News Association Conference.

At the 14th annual awards dinner, ONA also announced a new award for 2015, the James Foley Award, honoring work by reporters in conflict zones and named for the Global Post freelancer killed in Syria in August.

The Seattle Times and Calgary Herald dominated the Breaking News categories with respective coverage of a local landslide and floods in Alberta. The two newest OJA categories, the $7,500 University of Florida Awards in Investigative Data Journalism, were won by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s examination of screening programs for newborns with rare diseases and MPR News for the cover-up of sexual abuse within the Catholic church.

Each winner of the three General Excellence Awards — The Los Angeles Times, ProPublica and the Center for Public Integrity — took home a $5,000 prize, courtesy of the Gannett Foundation. The Knight Award for Public Service, with a $5,000 prize from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, went to The Miami Herald’s I-Team investigation into Florida’s lack of protection for abused children. Northwestern University Knight Lab won the $5,500 Technical Innovation in the Service of Digital Journalism Award for its widely used Publishers’ Toolbox.

Launched in 2000, the OJAs are administered by the Online News Association and are the only comprehensive set of journalism prizes honoring excellence in digital journalism, focusing on independent, community, nonprofit, academic and major media.

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

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Slate announced for 2015 ONA Board of Directors election

We’re happy to announce the slate of nominees for the 2015 Board of Directors for the Online News Association.

Under the bylaws, the board may be comprised of up to 15 voting members. For the 2015-16 Board term, there are six qualified seats open for election. Terms are for two years and begin Jan. 1, 2015.

Nine new candidates and seven incumbents, representing a wide and diverse range of digital media, are running.

To be sure to give all candidates time to present their vision for ONA, elections will once again open during the 2014 Online News Association Conference & Awards Banquet in Chicago, Friday, Sept. 26, when candidates also will be introduced at a Lightning Round session to present their visions for ONA and answer questions from members.

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Meet ONA’s MJ Bear Fellows, under-30 journalism stand-outs

The Online News Association, the world’s largest membership organization of digital journalists, today announced its fourth class of MJ Bear Fellows, three journalists under age 30 whose innovative work in independent, community and corporate news represents the best of new media.

The selection committee combed through applications from six countries to choose these up-and-coming digital journalists — two in the United States or Canada and one international, in partnership with MSN International — who are making their voices heard in the industry.

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Call for Board Nominations

Online News Association opens call for 2015 Board of Director nominations

The Online News Association is pleased to call for nominations for the six seats open for the 2015-16 Board of Directors.

Participation on the ONA Board of Directors is a unique opportunity for digital professionals to help guide the world’s largest organization of digital journalists in shaping the future of media and building a stronger industry. Board participation is a chance to grow personally and professionally, and to develop skills, experience and connections with a team of other passionate and motivated professionals.

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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 comment to FCC outlines core principles for open Internet

As it considers rules governing the relationships between content creators and service providers, the FCC asks, “What is the right public policy to ensure that the Internet remains open?”

As the leading organization representing thousands of digital journalists worldwide, we’d like to respond to that question: The right public policy is one that ensures the Internet serves as an unrestricted platform for a rich, diverse and inclusive news media ecosystem.

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