Get involved: ONA Local events, free webinars and global opportunities

By on October 17, 2012

ONA Local groups meet up around the world to learn valuable skills, network and share new tools. Find a group in your area or learn more about starting a group.

Keep an eye out for Board of Directors election results
Voting for the 2013 Board of Directors closed Thursday, Oct. 11. We’re busy confirming results and contacting the candidates, and election results will be announced Monday, Oct. 22.

Save the Date: ONACamp Minnesota
We're heading to the University of Minnesota Dec. 1 to host ONACamp Minnesota, a full-day of workshops and training. ONACamps are free intensive digital journalism training sessions funded by generous renewed grants from the Gannett Foundation. We'll be announcing the program and opening registration soon. 

Check out the great opportunities friends of ONA are offering around the world and online:

Dive into Data: Free webinar with Lisa Williams
The Knight Digital Media Center offers a free webinar with Lisa Williams, CEO and founder of, who will showcase data visualizations and provide a foundation for working with data. Learn more and register here.

Google Hangout: Reporting the election
The National Press Foundation hosts a Google Hangout from 11 a.m. to noon ET Oct. 30 with Daniel Sieberg, Google’s Manager of Media Outreach, and Olivia Ma, YouTube News Manager. Ma recently presented at ONA12 on election tools, and we know she’ll have lots of tips for you. Register here.

Press Freedom Panel on online security
The National Press Club’s Press Freedom Committee is hosting a free panel to discuss the security risks for journalists working online, Oct. 24 at 6:30 p.m. ET, at the Club’s headquarters in D.C.

Symposium on Student First Amendment Rights
UNC-Chapel Hill is hosting a two-day symposium Nov. 8-9 to examine the impact of Hazelwood School District v. Kuhlmeier, the case that greatly reduced the level of First Amendment protection for journalists in public schools. With the 25-year anniversary of the law approaching, the symposium will address how increased censorship has diminished civic engagement. Registration information is available here.

Portugal conference addresses mobile technology + journalism
If you’re Interested in how media can make the most of mobile and you’re located in Latin America, Spain or Portugal, The University of Beira Interior’s LabCom hosts The International Congress: Journalism and Mobile Devices Nov. 18 and 19 in Covilha, Portugal. Registration is ongoing and free, but subject to confirmation. To register, see the conference website.


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.