ONA at SXSWi // Awesomest Journalism Party. Ever. III. Are you headed down to Austin for SXSW Interactive next week? Join us at the Awesomest Journalism Party. Ever. III. from 5 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, March 9. We’re getting together with journalists and tech folks at Palm Door, 401 Sabine St., just two blocks from the Convention Center and featuring awesome Austin food, awesome Texas beer and an awesome photobooth from SnapFiesta. Say hi to ONA’s Jeanne Brooks and Jen Mizgata at the party and while you’re at SXSWi. RSVP for the Awesomest Journalism Party. Ever. III. We’re hiring! We’re taking applications now for Manager, Sponsorship Sales and Partnerships. We’re looking for a full-time, creative and tech-minded sales manager with an entrepreneurial edge to drive revenue and relationships for ONA. If you are a sales expert with deep ties to and understanding of new technology and the potential it has for digital media — or know someone who is — we’re interested in talking to you. Check out the full job posting and submit your application on LinkedIn. ONA joins letter to NCAA on media restrictions ONA joined nine media organizations, including the American Society of News Editors, in sending a letter to NCAA President Mark Emmert raising concerns about the actions NCAA member institutions have taken to restrict journalists from fully covering local teams, including issues regarding access to facilities, players and coaches, as well as restrictions on the publication of blog posts and use of social media, including Twitter and Facebook. As Tim Franklin and Andy Alexander of ASNE wrote, “the letter reiterates our view that the NCAA and the media should be partners in sports coverage with an eye toward producing stories of maximum interest and information to the public. We have used strong language that we feel is absolutely necessary to get the NCAA’s attention.” Discounts for ONA members ONA members can get a 10 percent discount on registration for the National Conference on Media Reform until March 1. NCMR will bring together thousands of journalists, students, policy experts, media makers and activists to Denver April 5-7. ONA members can sign up until March 31 for a 12-month subscription to Spundge PRO and lock in the beta price of $9 per month. Spundge is a tool to collect content, letting you search news, blogs and social media and organize your material by topic, event, date and more. Join ONA and Spundge’s Craig Silverman on March 6 at 3 p.m. EST for a live demo and Q&A. RSVP here. Log into the member center on journalists.org to learn more and get discount codes for NCMR and Spundge PRO or become a member today to get the discount. ONA13 in Atlanta Save the date for the 2013 Online News Association Conference and Awards, October 17-19 in Atlanta. Registration will open in April, but make sure to reserve your hotel room at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis today. Rooms go fast. Read more about our plans for ONA13 on journalists.org. Opportunities for journalists Unity and Loop 21 invite you to a conversation on “Race and the Media”, Friday, March 8, at the Association of National Broadcasters in Washington, DC. kdmcBerkeley continues to offer free online data training for journalists. Courses are offered Feb. 27, March 13 and 18. Columbia Journalism School is accepting nominations until April 5 for the Chancellor Award, which will award $25,000 to a journalist who has “shown courage and integrity for cumulative professional accomplishments.” The National Press Foundation and the Anschutz Health and Wellness Center at the University of Colorado are offering an all-expenses-paid Obesity Issues Program to a select number of journalists.