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Applications Open for ONA-Poynter Women’s Leadership Academy

The Online News Association (ONA) and the Poynter Institute are now accepting applications for the ONA-Poynter Leadership Academy for Women in Digital Media. Led by prominent women leaders in the startup, tech, media and academic fields, faculty will include S. Mitra Kalita, current Executive Editor (at large) for Quartz and adjunct faculty at Poynter; Kelly McBride, Poynter’s Vice President of Academic Programs; and Liz Heron, Facebook’s Manager of News Partnerships.

Only 25 promising women leaders will be selected for the program, held April 12-17 at Poynter’s campus in St. Petersburg, Fla. This groundbreaking, tuition-free seminar will help women gain and polish the skills and knowledge needed to rise to the highest levels of media leadership. The classes will be structured to encourage open, candid discussion and networking, and participants will walk away with not only strong skills, but a built-in support system for the future.

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ONA statement on Charlie Hebdo: Why ‘Je Suis Charlie’

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Yesterday’s murders at the magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris were not just an attack on journalism, they were yet another declaration of open warfare on free speech.

(AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

Journalists who take on extremism and report on the abuses of power are a flash point for violence, and the past year has been an extraordinarily brutal reminder.

The list of journalists’ deaths across the globe grew every day, including the murders of freelance reporter Aung Kyaw Naing, “Par Gyi,” in Burma; 21-year-old intern Facely Camara in Womé, Guinea; blogger Marcos de Barros Leopoldo Guerra in Ubatuba, Brazil; reporter Vyacheslav Veremiy, 32, in Kiev, Ukraine and freelance photographer James Foley in Syria.

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ONA Weekly #38

 ONA Weekly No. 38

Irving Washington, ONA’s new Deputy Director

It’s with great pleasure that we announce Irving Washington has been promoted to Deputy Director. In his new role, Irving will act as ONA’s second-in-command, be a key contributor to short- and long-term strategy, and will be responsible for all operations, academic programs and professional awards. Read more.

One week left to apply for the Challenge Fund!

If you’re working on a project that pushes the boundaries of education and local news, apply for a Challenge Fund for Innovation in Journalism Education grant! Applications are due next Thursday, Jan. 15. Get inspired by the excellent projects created by the first round of winners and apply here.

Save the date for ONA London: Mobile

On March 6, join us at Reuters UK for our first international conference, ONA London: Mobile, where we’ll discuss mobile design, content and distribution, and provide practical tips and inspiration to rethink how media approaches mobile news. Registration will be £130 and opens later in January.

In memory of Jeanette Bear

Our hearts go out to the Bear and Carpenter families on the loss of Jeanette Bear, who passed away Dec. 16 at age 85. Jeanette was the mother of ONA founding member MJ Bear, whose legacy lives on through her MJ Bear Fellowships. The family’s legacy of generosity has resulted in $100,000 in funds to identify and support promising young journalists, and over $800 in memorial contributions. We thank them for thinking of our community during this difficult time.



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Legal updates

Our Legal Affairs Committee joined four briefs in December, ranging from protesting the use of potentially harmful warrants in a Microsoft case to supporting Washington State’s anti-SLAPP law and refining photo and filming permissions for the U.S. Forest Service. Read more here.

New year, new jobs for journos

Looking to start the new year off with a new gig? Check out ONA’s Career Center. Job seekers can browse the latest openings and upload their resumes for free. Recently added jobs include:

Applications due for 2015 Reynolds Fellowships

People and institutions are invited to submit applications to collaborate with RJI on innovative ideas and projects to improve the practice or understanding of journalism. RJI is giving special consideration to ideas focused on mobile engagement and monetization. Deadline to apply is Feb. 1.

Students, apply for SPJ’s MOE Awards

Annually, the Society of Professional Journalists presents the Mark of Excellence Awards, honoring the best in student journalism. The MOE awards are open to U.S. college students studying for an academic degree in 2014 and international SPJ students. Deadline is Jan. 23.

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Irving Washington promoted to ONA Deputy Director

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Irving WashingtonIt’s with great pleasure that we announce Irving Washington has been promoted to Deputy Director. In his new role, Irving will act as ONA’s second-in-command and a key contributor to short- and long-term planning and strategy, responsible for all operations, academic programs and professional awards.

In his role as Operations Director over the past two years, Irving has helped oversee administration, HR, budgeting and all conference and event logistics and platforms. He has also been responsible for the administration — and success — of our scholarship programs, including the $1M Challenge Fund for Innovation in Journalism Education, the MJ Bear Fellowships, the Knight HBCU Scholarships and the AP-Google Scholarships.

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