Registration opens for Thursday Workshops at ONA12

By on July 3, 2012

Should you need more reasons to join us at ONA12 in San Francisco, Sept. 20-22, we’ve got plenty.

The ONA12 Thursday Workshops, Sept. 20, form the unofficial third day of the conference, packed with hands-on trainings, a full day of expert legal classes, an all-day hackathon, and professional development via our Career Summit & Job Fair, sponsored by the Gannett Foundation.

The day ends with the Opening Night Reception at the Rincon Center, sponsored by NPR and Digital First Media. Entry to the Opening Night Reception is included with the ONA12 General Pass. 

Registration for the Thursday Workshops is separate from the general conference; costs for each event are below. (ONA members get a nice discount on Workshop registration and $300 off a full-conference pass. Not a member? Join now.)

Register for all the Thursday Workshops here and check out the full conference schedule.

Thursday Workshops

These full- and half-day workshops, all held at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco, provide expert, hands-on development and multimedia training, exploring development, entrepreneurship, technology and digital innovation.

Law School for Digital Journalists
8:30 a.m.- 6:30 p.m.
Location: Grand Ballroom
Cost: $75 for members; $100 for non-members; includes lunch

A full day of practical training, taught by leading experts on digital media law, presented in conjunction with the UNC Center for Media Law & Policy, the Stanford Law School Center for Internet & Society and the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. This is a course, not a series of panels. Classes will cover the full range of legal issues that impact the professional lives of digital journalists: copyright, newsroom law, international media law, access and FOIA, and the legal issues involved in launching and running a digital news operation. The day will end with a plenary panel featuring heavyweight legal experts and educators. 
Register for Law School for Digital Journalists

Introduction to Practical Programming
Time: 9 a.m.- 5 p.m.
Cost: $100 for ONA members; $125 for non-members
Suitable for: Intermediate
Capacity: 40

Learn how to start programming, including how to run your first program, basic programming concepts, and how to write some simple routines to help you do whatever you already do (copying-pasting, downloading, analyzing social media, web-scraping, etc.), but on a much faster, more powerful scale. Don’t expect to be an expert programmer after this introductory course, but you’ll get an idea of how programming can help you in more ways than you’ve imagined.
Trainer: Dan Nguyen, News Application Developer at ProPublica
Register for Introduction to Practical Programming

Agile Product Design and Project Management
9 a.m.- 12 p.m.
Cost: $50 for ONA members; $60 for non-members
Suitable for: Intermediate; Web producers, managers
Bring: Laptops
Capacity: 40

It’s becoming one of the most important skills in a modern newsroom. This session will teach attendees an agile-inspired, iterative-driven project management style. From idea to scoping to scheduling to execution, you’ll walk away with the skills to effectively develop most projects. 
Trainer: Valentina Powers, Director of Web Operations at WNYC
Register for Agile Product Design and Project Management

Intro to Data Viz
9 a.m.- 12 p.m.
Cost: $50 for ONA members; $60 for non-members
Suitable for: Beginners, Intermediates
Bring: Laptops
Capacity: 70

Telling stories with online maps and charts is easier, technically, than it ever has been. We’ll show you how, and give you the power to make your own. We’ll also help you wield that power responsibly — even to the point of knowing when not to make a map.
Trainer: John Keefe, Senior Editor for Data News & Journalism Technology, WNYC
Register for Intro to Data Viz

Longshot Radio @ ONA
9 a.m. Thursday- 12 p.m. Friday
Cost: Free
Suitable for: All levels
Bring: Laptop
Capacity: 25

Longshot Radio is coming to ONA to produce, in about 48 hours, as much audio and interactive content as possible. We’ll use digital tools to tell new stories and connect with people around the country — and give you a chance to show off and learn new skills. Get ready to collaborate.
Register for Longshot Radio @ ONA

News Entrepreneuring 4.0
Time: 1- 5 p.m.
Cost: $50 for ONA members; $60 for non-members
Suitable for: Intermediate
Capacity: 120

For the fourth year in a row, J-Lab: The Institute for Interactive Journalism, presents a half-day of conference workshop that focuses on the specific challenges confronting entrepreneurial news start-ups. This year’s session examines the nitty-gritty of how to sell ads, audience-engagement strategies, collaboration models and university-news entrepreneurship models.
Register for News Entrepreneuring 4.0

Intro to Mobile
1- 5 p.m.
Cost: $50 for ONA members; $60 for non-members
Suitable for: Beginner
Bring: Laptops and mobile devices
Capacity: 50

Mobile devices have truly brought the age of “personal” to personal computing with new interfaces, personalization and interaction within the content experience. This workshop will focus on how news organizations can leverage the new technologies to embrace, optimize and innovate in the space.
Trainer: Will Sullivan, Mobile Product Manager, US Federal Government
Register for Intro to Mobile 

Election Tools & Data
1- 5 p.m.
Cost: $50 for ONA members; $60 for non-members
Suitable for: Beginners, Intermediates
Bring: Laptop
Capacity: 70

Election night will be just around the corner — but it won’t be too late to learn ways to bring election information to your audience. We’ll walk through free and cheap tools you can use to provide information on where to vote, who’s running and even who’s winning local races on election night.
Trainer: Jesse Friedman, Product Marketing Manager at Google
Register for Election Tools and Data

Career Summit & Job Fair

Sponsored by the Gannett Foundation.
Cost for both: $25 for members, $50 for non-members; free for student members

Job Fair
10 a.m.- 4 p.m.
Bring: Resumes and portfolios

Skilled digital journalists, meet recruiters who can make your day. ONA’s full-day Job Fair showcases novice, budding and veteran new journalists, providing one-on-one meetings with recruiters from major media and technology companies, independent news organizations and academia.
Register for the Job Fair

Career Summit
1 p.m.- 4 p.m.
Whether you’re looking to get, keep or move up in a job in the fields of journalism, technology or both, join us for an afternoon of workshops that showcase career development, featuring top recruiters, up-and-comers and executives from digital media. This year, we’ll focus on Generation Flux in the new media marketplace.
Register for the Career Summit

Interested in recruiting? Register here


Hacks/Hackers Hacking @ ONA12
9 a.m.- 6 p.m.
Location: Storify HQ,149 9th St., Suite 404, San Francisco, CA 94103
Cost: $30, includes meals, snacks and beverages
Bring: Laptops, power bricks and ideas for projects and hacks you want to make real
Capacity: 100

Journalists, developers and designers, come join this third annual event, this year at Storify’s SF headquarters. Meet new people, make new friends and work on those projects you’ve been thinking about. What we produce together at the all-day hack day will help shape the future of news and civic information. Hacks/Hackers will provide food, snacks and beverages from great local establishments to keep you going as you collaborate and prototype your ideas. For more details, and to register, visit

Opening Night Reception, sponsored by NPR and Digital First Media
7:30- 9 p.m.
Location: Rincon Center

Cost: Included in general conference registration
A dim sum feast, drinks and the usual amazing networking. Entry to the Opening Night Reception is included with the ONA12 General Pass. 


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.