Why Sponsor at ONA13?

The Online News Association’s 2013 Conference & Awards Banquet, Oct. 17-19, at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis Hotel, is the premier gathering of highly engaged digital journalists who are shaping the future of journalism and technology — the perfect venue for your product, services or company.

Interested in an ONA13 sponsorship? Fill out this form or contact Tom Regan at tregan@journalists.org or (571) 246-6283. We’ll contact you to discuss the right opportunity for your company.

View the list of ONA13 sponsorship packages.

Record-breaking numbers of journalists travel to ONA’s conference each year to learn about new tools, techniques and technologies, to discuss advancements and challenges in the industry, take advantage of the rare opportunity to network face-to-face, and share best practices with peers from all over the map. They also come to soak up the vibrant entrepreneurial spirit that distinguishes ONA conferences, epitomized by the  real-time collaboration between journalists and technologists at The Midway, an interactive forum for innovation.

Attendee Profile

In 2012, for the sixth year in a row, our conference sold out, with an all-time high of 1,450 attendees from around the world at the San Francisco Hyatt Regency Hotel. ONA conference attendees are a tech-savvy bunch. They include newsroom decision-makers, producers, content editors, technologists, programmers and designers from major media markets, independent and nonprofit websites and leading academic institutions. They are interested in the latest in software, hardware, content and distribution platforms.

Your Exposure

We don’t have a media list for our conference, and there’s a reason. Everyone you will meet is a member of the media, either hailing from a media technology website or thought leaders in their field with robust social networks. Make an impression on an ONA13 attendee and they’ll blog or tweet about it. ONA12 attendees included representatives of major corporate, independent and nonprofit media companies from around the world, including: AP, Scribble Technologies, NBC News Digital , CNN, ESPN, MSN International, Google, Twitter, Facebook, Google, Knight Digital Media Centers at Berkeley and USC Annenberg, to name a few.

And your chance for exposure doesn’t stop when the last attendee leaves. Talk about the 2012 conference has continued well beyond the event, with the #ONA12 hashtag on Twitter active for months after the conference.


There were 36,975 tweets on the #ONA12 hashtag, an increase of more than 13,000 tweets from #ONA11 hashtag. View the archive here.

Here is a sample of what some attendees said about ONA12:

@Joseiswriting: I cannot think of a better time to be a journalist, nor a more important time to be good at what I do. Golden age of storytelling#ona12

CraigKannally Thank you @ONA for an unforgettable @ONAConf. Thanks @twitter @facebook @google for being so accessible. Thanks #SF for being a great host.

@BrianManzullo My feet kill. My brain is fried. My voice is hoarse. But man, what a weekend. Thank you #ONA12 @ONAConf. You can bet I’ll be back next year.

@venisewagner The student newsroom is buzzing with activity. The last day of coverage. Some good stories shaping up. #ona12.

@moniquebeech So many great takeaways from #ONA12. Need to spend some more time researching and digesting. Thanks to @ONAConf organizers.

@TauhidChappell Goodbye @ONAConf. Words can’t describe how much fun I had (and how much I learned). Till next year everyone :) #ONA12#ONA

@juanmunozCNN Thanks to everybody who made possible@ONAConf. You rocked! Now off to Atlanta for #ONA13!

ONA12 Recap

The following are some highlights from the 2012 Online News Association Conference and Awards Banquet, held Sept. 20-22 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in San Francisco.

#ONA12 by the numbers:
Attendees (total, Thursday–Saturday): 1,450
Sponsors and exhibitors: 19 major sponsors
Midway Participants: 43
Job Fair Recruiters: 19
Sessions: 40
Presenters: 138
Tweets: 34,500+ at the conference; 36,975 overall
Instagram photos: 900+
Foursquare Check-ins: 395 check-ins by 173 people

Twitter CEO Dick Costolo made headlines when he announced during his keynote that Twitter users will be able to download their tweets by the end of the year.

NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab social team impressed social media editors and journalists alike during their Friday night keynote with their engagement strategy for the Mars Curiosity rover.

ONA12’s experimental “The Midway Exposition of Innovation” drew 34 tech firm participants and seeded or launched new tools, products and ideas.

Our day-long Career Summit featured industry-leading recruiters and career counselors, followed by a Job Fair with recruiters from USA TODAY, The Washington Post, NBC News Digital, NPR and Digital First Media, among others.

The Online Journalism Awards, the only annual awards competition recognizing the best and the brightest work in digital news, closed the conference with a banquet hosted by Hari Sreenivasan of “PBS NewsHour.” See the full list of award winners.