ONA Local events; Workshops across the country; Fellowship opportunity

By on April 24, 2012

ONA Local meet-ups abound this week, including a first — ONA Pittsburgh. Don’t see one in your area? Check out the ONA Local Locator or think about starting your own group.

ONA MIA: This South Florida group is meeting April 25 for drinks with NAHJ South Florida and NABJ South Florida.
ONA NYC hosts a discussion April 25 on media and civic engagement with Steve Waldman, author of the FCC Report “Information Needs of Communities”; Sarah Barlett, Director, CUNY J-School Urban Reporting Program; and Mattathias Schwartz, Contributor, New Yorker and the London Review of Books.
ONA PDX hosts a tweetup to accompany Secretary of the Treasury Timothy Geithner speaking in Portland.
ONA Gainesville talks tips on improving your job prospects, April 26.
ONA Pittsburgh meets up for the first time on April 26. Show up and help shape the group.
ONA LA co-hosts Tinker and Talk Thursday on April 26. Ariel Levi Simons will talk about citizen science, makerspaces, and research partnerships and Melissa Loudon will present her work on a local bike commuting website.
ONA Toronto hosts a pub night April 27. Mingle with folks in for the Canadian Association of Journalists Conference.
ONA Philly heads to BarCamp NewsInnovation on April 28, taking part in the day-long national unconference focused on creative approaches to the media.

Journey to JournCamp with ONA and SPJ
Join us in Phoenix May 18 for a day of digital training. We’re partnering with the Society of Professional Journalists for this one-day workshop to help journalists learn to access public records on the fly and dive into entrepreneurial journalism. Cost is $20 for SPJ or ONA members, $40 for non-members. Registration fee includes breakfast and lunch.

Register for ONA12 at early-bird rate
Registration is now open for the Online News Association Conference and Awards Banquet, September 20-22, in San Francisco. The earlier you register, the more money you save, so book your trip now. Come early for the Career Summit & Job Fair and one-on-one workshops and stay for sessions from the top thought leaders in digital journalism. Reminder: We’ve sold out early for the past five years.

MJ Bear Fellowships open for digital journalists under 30
We’re now accepting applications for the MJ Bear Fellowship, which supports up-and-coming journalists. If you are a young journalist doing innovative digital journalism work, you should apply. Learn more about how to qualify for the fellowship and get great tips on how to apply from current MJ Bear Fellows Laura Amico and Lucas Timmons.

Transparency Camp in DC
This weekend, journalists, developers, technologists, policy-makers, government officials, students, academics, and more will gather in DC for Transparency Camp, an unconference on opengov hosted by the SInshine Foundation. What do you have to say about openness and accountability in government? Join the conversation and register for the sessions and workshops.

Discounted leadership training at the Yale Publishing Course
ONA members get a 5% discount to a timely Yale Publishing Course, Leadership Strategies in Magazine & Digital Publishing, from July 15-20. Held on the campus of Yale University in New Haven, Conn., the intensive program focuses on forward-looking approaches to publishing as a global enterprise and the latest advances in technology. Its speakers include leading publishing executives and industry experts, as well as distinguished faculty from the Yale School of Management. Limited to 80 participants, its collegial and informal atmosphere allows participants to receive personal attention from speakers at meals and receptions as well as in small group discussions and one-on-one counseling sessions. Find the promo code here. Register and find more information here. (Note that applicants will still need to pay the application fee; the discount won’t appear until you are accepted and receive the tuition bill.)


Jennifer Mizgata

Jennifer Mizgata is Director of Programs at the Online News Association, where she leads the Women's Leadership Accelerator. At ONA, Jennifer focuses on identifying talented digital journalists and innovative journalism projects and providing them with support. Jennifer is a business and design strategist with over a decade of experience creating industry-changing training programs, investing in award-winning projects, and managing key relationships with journalism partners and tech stakeholders. She regularly coaches managers, senior leaders and entrepreneurs on challenges related to their careers and launching new ventures. Jennifer shares advice for navigating tough work challenges in Work Space, a monthly column for Fortune.