ONA brought ONACamp, a full day of digital training, to the Association of Alternative Newsmedia’s 2013 Digital Conference on January 26. Presenters from Tumblr, Google, NPR, the Center for Investigative Reporting, the San Jose Mercury News, and the Knight News Fellowship worked with more than 130 editors and journalists to improve their digital approach to news.
Keeping in mind the range of work produced by Alternative Newsweeklies, ONACamp focused on new tools and solutions to make their work more awesome. We’ve collected resources so you too can learn how to build better maps with Fusion Tables, reach new audiences with Tumblr, get out of your traditional mindset and think more like a startup, and build better networking strategies.
Simran Sethi is associate professor at the University of Kansas School of Journalism and Mass Communications, where she teaches courses on diversity, sustainability and environmental communications, and uses social media as exclusive reporting platforms.
As a journalist and journalism educator, I, like many of you, am trying to redefine my role and identify the essential skills my students need to be fully prepared for today’s dynamic newsroom. That’s why, as part of my journalism course on diversity in media, I created a summit on Telling Stories of Diversity in the Digital Age. The virtual event was co-sponsored by ONA and attracted viewers from North America, Africa and Europe.
Curent Location: Washington, D.C.
Current Gig: Project Editor for “What Went Wrong: The Betrayal of the American Dream,” at the Investigative Reporting Workshop
Member Since: September 2010
Six-word memoir: Never for money, always for love
Favorite Tech Tool: Twitter + Instapaper are my power combo, especially when using Twitter on my phone.
Favorite fictional character: Lauren Olamina, “Parable of the Sower” (maybe not favorite in that I love her best, but I think about her a lot)
The ONA Issues Tumblr is your platform to define and explore the pressing issues in digital media and get a better fix on how they impact your work. Here are the top five posts from last week.