Hear from OJA winners; more regional events coming up

By on December 2, 2010

2010 OJA winners tell how — and why — they did it
Watch and listen as this year’s Online Journalism Award winners – and their judges – discuss their innovative work in videos taped by the Newseum staff during October’s Online News Association Conference & Awards Banquet. Hear from Mike Webb of Pro Publica and Tyson Evans of The New York Times on their Innovative Investigative Journalism work; Kinsey Wilson on NPR’s API and mobile applications, which won Outstanding Use of Platforms and Technical Innovation in the Service of Journalism, respectively; Chris Davis on Sarasota Herald Tribune’s “Flipping Fraud,” winner of the Knight Award for Public Service; Stokes Young on MSNBC.com’s General Excellence, Large Site; Angelica Peralta Ramos, SA LA NACION, General Excellence, Non-English, Large Site; and Paula Echevarria on the winning student work in the Online Video Journalism category from the Knight Center for International Media, School of Communication, University of Miami. View the videos at the Newseum website. (While there, also check out the 2009 OJA winners; we’re slowly building the basis for a living archive of best practices for digital journalism.)

NABJ Task Force panel gives thumbs-up to ONA10 on BTR
The National Association for Black Journalists Digital Journalism Task Force hosted a BlogTalkRadio program to review ONA10, with Dr. Sybril Bennett, associate professor of journalism at Belmont University and the newly named Programming Chair for next year’s NABJ annual conference; Sarah Glover, staff photographer at the Philadelphia Daily News and Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists President; and Doug Mitchell, chair of NABJ’s Media Institute, co-director of the Ford Foundation’s New U entrepreneurship program and an adjunct professor instructor at the City College of New York’s Graduate School of Journalism. Listen here.

Coming up

Virtual Summit: Telling Stories of Diversity in the Digital Age
The University of Kansas School of Journalism, in partnership with UNITY — and with some promotional help from ONA — will host a free virtual summit Dec. 4 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. CST. Speakers from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Sweden and all over the U.S. will join in, discussing topics ranging from Twitter reportage on the Mexican drug wards (CNN’s Nick Valencia) to diversity and journalism’s future (Racialicious editor Latoya Peterson); from the use of iPads with non-verbal children (documentarian and advocate Maria Holter), to social media as consciousness-raising for young women (feminist blogger Shelby Knox). The event is open to all, in person and online. If you live in the Lawrence, Kan., area, stop by Stauffer-Flint 100 at the University of Kansas. The event will be streamed live on the UNITY Journalists website and William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications website. For program details and registration, visit the summit’s Facebook page.

ONA UK hosts Gadget Night
ONA UK brings local members a special gadget night, hosted by MSN UK, 100 Victoria Street, London, Dec. 14, 6-8:30 p.m. GMT. The event is free and will star MSN UK’s very own gadget guru Tom Cranstoun, with special appearances by the BBC’s Paul Brannan and MSN’s entertainment editor Steve Wilson-Beales. RSVP for the event at Eventbrite.

ONA LA & Hacks/Hackers visualize the future
ONA LA teams up with Hacks/Hackers LA on Dec. 16 at 7:30 p.m. for a free panel discussion on data journalism and data visualization techniques at the Crawford Family Forum, 474 South Raymond Ave., Pasadena, Calif. Come hear from Border Stylo’s Diego Prat and Casey Reas, professor the Department of Design Media Arts at UCLA and a graduate of the MIT Media Laboratory, among others. RSVP at Meetup.com.

ONA DC ho-ho-hosts networking gathering
Ring in the holidays in Washington, D.C. with some good old-fashioned networking. On Dec. 21, join the ONA DC crew for a free social gathering and celebration. Location and details to come, but these events tend to fill up early, so RSVP at Meetup.com.

ONA parachutes into Honolulu in January
Save the Date: With the demise of the Honolulu Advertiser and 400 jobs, our fifth Gannett Foundation-sponsored Parachute Training — and our first two-day training — will be held in partnership with the Hawaii chapters of the Asian American Journalists Association and the Society for Professional Journalists. The free digital journalism workshops will be held Jan. 21-22 at the East-West Center, 711 East West Rd., Honolulu, HI. Program details to come soon on Journalists.org.

ONA regional wraps
(For more details or links to resources mentioned during these events, head to Journalists.org.)

ONA SF got off to a great start Nov. 17 with a debut meetup uniting more than 70 people, hosted by The Bay Citizen. Another event is in the works for January, so stay tuned.

ONA Seattle‘s Nov. 11 mixer, sponsored by Patch in partnership with ONA Seattle and others, was a sold-out event featuring food from Marination Mobile, and laid the groundwork for future meetups, collaboration and hackathons.

ONA Italy hosted “(Hyper)Local Digital Journalism: Let’s meet and talk about it” on Nov. 13 with more than 100 people in attendance. The event showcased local Italian media presentations and featured virtual presentations from domestic ONA experts. (Also check out ONA Italy’s new Twitter account, @ONAItalia.)

ONA DC gathered media professionals on Nov. 18 to discuss some of the key considerations when proposing a news app. Experts from Intridea — creators of the popular news reader apps Mashable for iPad & Android; and citizen reporting apps Oil Reporter for Android, iPad and iPhone — shared tips on how to sketch out your news app an work with designers and developers to bring it into fruition.


2011 News Entrepreneur Boot Camp
The Knight Digital Media Center at the USC Annenberg is now accepting applications for its 2011 News Entrepreneur Boot Camp, May 15-20 in Los Angeles. This intense event includes one week of on-site classes and interaction, plus a six-week online learning/mentoring program. It’s designed for 20 competitively selected digital entrepreneurs who have great ideas for community news and information initiatives in the public interest. Topics to be covered include: identifying the best business model for sustained success; developing a feasibility plan; audience development and customer acquisition; developing and implementing revenue and advertising strategies; successful social networking models and understanding and using analytics. The cost of lodging, meals and instruction/coaching, plus a subsidy for partial travel are included. Deadline: Jan. 14, 2011. Apply here.

Jane McDonnell

Jane McDonnell

As executive director, Jane oversees and manages the day-to-day operations of the world’s largest membership organization of digital journalists, working closely with the Board of Directors. Her purview includes membership, partnerships, global community outreach, budgeting and revenue generation, fundraising and development, the Online Journalism Awards, and providing vision for ONA’s state-of-the-art annual conference.