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ONA13: The Online News Association Conference and Awards

Event date: Oct. 17, 2013
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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 media.

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. ONA conference attendees are a tech-savvy bunch. They include producers, content editors, technologists, programmers, designers and newsroom decision-makers from major media markets, independent websites and leading academic institutions interested in emerging practices in news gathering, software, hardware, content and distribution platforms.

In 2012, for the sixth year in a row, our conference sold out, with an all-time high of more than 1,400 attendees traveling to San Francisco from around the world.

On the final night of ONA13, we celebrate excellence in digital journalism around the world at the Online Journalism Awards Banquet, in partnership with the University of Miami School of Communication.

The OJAs, launched in May 2000, are administered by the Online News Association. Over the past decade, the OJAs have recognized major media, international and independent sites and individuals producing innovative work in multimedia storytelling. The OJA Committee and judges place special emphasis on entries that demonstrate mastery of the special characteristics and emerging technology of digital journalism. Nine of the 29 awards come with a total of $37,500 in prize money, courtesy of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the Gannett Foundation, including a new $5,000 award honoring the best in Watchdog Journalism.

Register today for the 2013 Online News Association Conference and Awards Banquet, the premier gathering for digital journalists.

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International Journalism Festival

Event date: Apr. 24, 2013
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The International Journalism Festival gathers together leading journalists, aspiring journalists and those interested in the role of media for a sprawling 10-venue, 217 event conference in Italy’s region of Umbria. It’s a five-day, open—and free—invitation to network, learn and converse with some of the best of world journalism.

ONA has pulled together six pieces of discussion and training for the conference. See what we’re bringing to Italy below:

In Times of Transition: A Vision For Moving Forward

With the pressure to break stories first on Twitter getting more intense and traditional ladders and mentorship structures less vital, what do new paths to the top look like? As media institutions and markets change, how might we re-envision news structures of the future?


  • Eric Carvin, AP (as moderator)
  • Greg Galant, Muck Rack
  • TBD

What’s the ROI of Your Reporting?

The importance of social media in the newsroom is unprecedented. With a breadth of analytics and a stronger understanding of user behavior on social and the web, determining the impact and social value of your reporting has never been easier or more important. Explore the best tools and strategies to measure the impact of every story.

Presenter: Anthony De Rosa, Reuters

Ethical Aggregation

With the drive for more content, aggregation reigns. But when are you aggregating too fast, too much or too close to the original story? Join a discussion on the art of ethical aggregation.

Presenter: Steve Buttry, Digital First Media


Free (or cheap) tools for digital journalists

You are a selfstanding web journalist, or you work in a cash strapped newsroom: we will bring you on a tour of free or almost free tools that will let you stream live video, edit digital photos, become a social media power user, create HTML charts, analyze search keywords, embed polls and create interactive slideshows.


  • Carlo Felice Dalla Pasqua, Editor, Il Gazzettino Online, Venice
  • Mario Tedeschini Lalli, Deputy Director, Innovation and Development Gruppo Editoriale L’Espresso

Mobile tools for the multimedia journalist

Your smartphone goes beyond point and click recording. Your tablet may be all you need to produce great video, audio and picture projects, both on deadline or at a leisure pace. Come and discuss the apps and equipment that will make your mobile device your number one tool.

Instructor: Rosa Maria Di Natale, freelance multimedia journalist, Journalism teacher University of Catania

Twitter masterclass: advanced tools and tricks for journalists

You are a journalist with a Twitter account, you follow a number of people, you actually tweet each day, but you don’t really know how to go to “the next level”. Come and learn how to best use “lists”, and “hastags”, how to filter sources: all the hints you need to gather and validate information, to actively take part in the conversation without drowning the web under links to your own stories.

Instructor: Barbara Sgarzi, freelance journalist, blogger and author; social media trainer.

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ONA12 Opening Reception

ONA12 Opening Reception

Welcome to ONA12! Join us for a dim sum feast, drinks and the usual amazing networking.
Attendance is included with your ONA12 General Pass; make sure to bring your badge. Enter Spear Street, between Mission and Howard.

Sponsored by NPR and Digital First Media.

Twitter hashtags: #ONA12, #ONA12opens

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#JAWSmeetup at ONA12

#JAWSmeetup at ONA12

Are you a female journalist? Then come join the fun. Have a drink and meet other female journalists before the ONA12 opening reception.

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Visit Twitter HQ

Visit Twitter HQ
Twitter would like to invite you to their headquarters for the debut of the latest, never-before-seen best practices for journalists and newsrooms. The Journalism and News team will also be on hand to answer any Twitter-related questions you may have. You don’t want to miss it!

RSVP here and follow us at @TwitterforNews. We’ll see you soon and happy tweeting!

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ONA Canadians Meetup

Chartbeat Happy Hour at ONA12
Join the Canadians attending ONA12 in the hotel bar for drinks. All are welcome.

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Chartbeat Happy Hour at ONA12

Chartbeat Happy Hour at ONA12

Meet up with other data nerds before the ONA12 opening reception. Chartbeat is buying margaritas at Mijita, across the street in the Ferry Building. You need a Chartbeat tattoo to get free drinks.

Questions? Hit up Juliana.

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Google-ONA Party

Google-ONA Party
Join Google and ONA for a party at Google Headquarters. Come by the Google SF office and enjoy a view of the San Francisco Bay from their 6th floor cafe, while you mingle with other attendees from ONA12 and Google staff.

The 10th Anniversary of Google News is the next day, on Sept 22., so come raise a glass to Krishna Bharat’s 20 percent project from a decade ago!

A limited number of tickets will be available at the door.

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ONA12 Epic Karaoke 2012: Return of the Sing

ONA12 Epic Karaoke 2012: Return of the Sing
It’s time to rev up those pipes for some song stylings, San Fran style. Yes, ONA karaoke is back!

Hashtag: #ONA12karaoke

DISCLAIMER: Time and location details subject to change. This outing is not an official ONA12 event. You alone are liable for your song choice. Some purchase probably necessary (a private karaoke room costs money!).

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RSVP on Facebook at the link below.

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