Conference information
Posted: September 13, 2006
Schedule for 2006 ONA Conference

Here is the schedule for the 2006 ONA Conference in Washington Oct. 5-7. Please note times, sessions and participants are subject to change.

THURSDAY, OCT. 5
Conference registration open, 5 - 7 p.m.

Daylong sessions:

J-Lab's Citizen Journalism Summit II, held at the Capital Hilton

ASNE convergence seminar, held at Gannett headquarters, McLean, Va.

Hands-on storytelling workshop, held at washingtonpost.com, Arlington, Va.

Educators summit, held at Gannett headquarters, McLean, Va., and American University, Washington.

6:15-7:15 p.m.: “The future is here: Now what?” held at American University, featuring Craig Newmark of CraigsList.com. Mike Clemente, ABC News, and Susan Defife, Backfence.com. All ONA members are welcome to attend. Admission is free.

7-10 p.m. Opening reception, with welcoming remarks from Ken Paulson, editor of USA TODAY, Capital Hilton, sponsored by USA TODAY and washingtonpost.com

FRIDAY, OCT. 6

7 a.m.-5 p.m.: Tabletop exhibits

7-8:55 a.m.: Continental breakfast: Sponsored by Zap2It

7:30-8:55 a.m.: Breakfast discussion

8:-8:30 a.m.: Best of the Best (BoB): Online Commentary

8:30-8:55 a.m.: BoB: Specialty Journalism

9 a.m.-4 p.m.: Job Fair

9 a.m.: Welcome remarks: Leonard Downie, The Washington Post

9:10 a.m. Keynote introduction: Michael Silberman, ONA president

9:20-10:15 a.m. Opening keynote: Adrian Van Klaveren, BBC

10:40-11:45 a.m. Session 1
• Content: Developing voices: Enriching perspectives from underserved communities
• Convergence: Elections 2006 and 2008
• Commerce: What about WAP? Mobile news is the future

Noon-12:45 p.m.: Lunch

12:40-1:50 p.m.: Keynote: Mark Cuban, HDnet and Dallas Mavericks (blogmaverick.com)

2–3:10 p.m.: Session 2
• Content: Using the Net for good (service journalism)
• Convergence: Staffing and structure
• Commerce: Laying down the law: Internet legalities

3:15-3:30 p.m.: Coffee break: Sponsored by Reuters

3:35–4:45 p.m.: Session 3
• Content: Made for the medium: Best of the Best and others
• Convergence: Developing Web skillsets
• Commerce: Transforming media: Leading in light of bottom-line realities

5-7 p.m. Reception: Sponsored by The Associated Press

Dinner on your own

SATURDAY, OCT. 7

7 a.m.-5 p.m.: Tabletop exhibits

7-8:30 a.m.: Continental breakfast: Sponsored by Agence-France Press

7:30-8:30 a.m.: Breakfast discussion

8-8:30 p.m.: BoB: Student Journalism

8:30-9:20 a.m.: Session 4
• Content: Automated genius and tools
• Convergence: MoJo lessons: Examining skillsets, gear and approaches
• Commerce: Church/state challenge: When content & sponsorship dollars collide

9:30-12:30 GENERAL SESSION
9:30-10:30 a.m. General session: Media futures: How young people consume information

10:45 a.m.-11 a.m.: General session: Exclusive ONA study: Digital usage among journalists and educators
11-11:45 a.m.:: ONA membership and activities meeting
11:45 a.m.-12:30:: Blogger spotlight: Zeyad A., Iraqi blogger

12:30: Box lunch sponsored by Voxant

Join Voxant to learn about the News2020Project, including a video report on what ONA attendees have to say about what’s next in online journalism.


1:45-2:50 p.m.: Session 5
• Content: Energizing storytelling: Taking narrative to new levels
• Convergence: Breaking news: Best of the Best and others
• Commerce: Big stories and the bottom line: Make money on enterprise journalism


2:50-3:10 p.m.: Coffee break" Sponsored by McClatchy

3:15-4:45 p.m.: State of the industry super panel: User-generated content and tools. Mike Arrington (editor, TechCrunch), Mike Davidson (CEO, Newsvine), Herndon Graddick (producer, Current TV) and Jeff Jarvis (blogger/editor, BuzzMachine, Daylife). Moderated by Leslie Walker (Technology editor, Washington Post)
Sponsored by USA TODAY and The Washington Post

6–7 p.m.: Reception: Sponsored by Yahoo! News

7–10 p.m.: Online Journalism Awards banquet


Back to 2006 conference page

Seventh Annual Conference
and Awards Banquet

October 5-7, 2006
Capital Hilton
Washington, D.C.

Conference chair:
Jody Brannon, MSN.com
E-mail your questions or suggestions.

Next year: The 2007 ONA conference is scheduled for Oct. 17-19 in Toronto. The conference chair is Ju-Don Roberts, washingtonpost.com. E-mail your questions or suggestions.

Newsroom: The 2006 conference Web site was produced by the ONA student newsroom, which is supported by the Gannett Foundation and volunteers from media organizations and academia.

Volunteers: Countless volunteer hours went into planning this conference. Thanks to all who gave generously of their time and ideas.

ONA & Flickr: Did you take photos at the conference? Share them with your peers at the ONA Flickr Photo Pool. Upload your photos and see the images from last year.


Don't know the town very well? Consult our ONA visitors guide for journalists, courtesy of washingtonpost.com.

More useful links:

  • Capital Hilton
  • Directions to the hotel
  • Convention and Visitors Bureau
  • Smithsonian
  • Metro map

    The 2006 Online News Association Conference is the premier conference for those who work in, or have an interest in, online media and news. The Online Journalism Awards Banquet honors the very best online journalism produced in the past year.

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