Jess oversees ONA’s business development strategy, including opportunities around the annual conference and member events. She’s focused on connecting leaders in digital journalism with professionals in the tech and entrepreneurial spaces – and beyond. Read more on Jess here.
We bid a fond farewell to Digital Coordinator Kevin Loker, who leaves us today to join the American Press Institute as Program Coordinator. Kevin helped maintained ONA’s web presence and assisted the community in managing membership. He was an invaluable help during ONA12.
One week left to apply for the MJ Bear Fellowship
We’re looking for talented digital journalists under 30 for the MJ Bear Fellowship, which pairs mentors with early-career journalists and supports their innovative projects. Fellows receive a free three-year ONA membership, registration, travel and accommodations for the 2013 Online News Association Conference and Awards Banquet, and recognition at the conference. Applications are due May 31.
Tips from ONA dCamp,
our design-focused training
We held our first all-day workshop on design thinking at The Washington Post on May 11 and we’ve pulled together valuable tips, Vines, gifs, and more to help you understand the process and how you can apply it when building products in your newsroom.
Learn to code with For Journalism and ONA
ONA is partnering with For Journalism, which is creating coding resources for journalists. All ONA members will have free access to FJ’s full series of courses, which will debut this fall. Not a member yet? Sign up now.
We joined with the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press and 50 other media organizations in issuing a letter to the Department of Justice May 18 regarding its subpoenaing of telephone records belonging to The Associated Press. ONA Board President Jim Brady called the DOJ’s actions — gathering two months of records for more than 20 telephone lines, both from major AP bureaus and the home and cell phones of individual AP journalists — a “startling and potentially dangerous overreach of its powers.” In April, ONA joined a friend-of-the-court brief written by RCFP that addresses a U.S. Court of Appeals case concerning the role of the court in reviewing national security exemptions to FOIA requests. Read more about ONA’s Legal Affairs Committee work on behalf of our members.
Upcoming ONA Local events
- ONA SF will visit LinkedIn May 29 to learn how to use the networking site to find story ideas, contact sources and more.
- ONA NYC will explore the opportunities and challenges of independent documentary storytelling on the web and in theaters May 30.
- ONA NC Triangle will tour the Raleigh Public Record’s new office and meet the staff June 5.
- ONA DC will explore how journalists at the Chronicle of Higher Education and the New York Times are using algorithms in their reporting on June 10.
Put up your hand to get involved at ONA13
Early-bird registration is open for the Online News Association Conference and Awards, in Atlanta, October 17-19. We’re looking for general volunteers and videographers to help organize and document the conference in exchange for free admission. Want to reach journalists and technologists attending the conference? There are sponsorship opportunities available and space for creative innovators in the Midway.
Disaster training for journalists
The Boston Marathon bombing, the Oklahoma tornado — covering devastating breaking news challenges even the most seasoned editors, producers and executives. The Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma at Columbia Journalism School has launched the Dart Center Newsroom Leadership Academy, a training program aimed at newsroom managers, senior journalists and news executives responsible for leading coverage of trauma, crisis and disaster. This week-long program — open to print, broadcast and online news organizations alike — will take place July 9-14 at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in New York City.