DOJ revised guidelines on records; new contacts for ONA and ONA Local

By on July 30, 2013

DOJ revises guidelines around journalists’ investigations

In June, ONA and 38 other media organizations joined a letter drafted by Reporters’ Committee for Freedom of the Press which called for revising the guidelines governing investigations and other law enforcement matters that involve journalists, offering specific recommendations. In July, the Justice Department revised those guidelines. As our colleagues at the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press said: “The proposal … adopts several improvements to the existing guidelines, and would provide additional protections to working journalists. We continue to believe that an impartial judge should be involved when there is a demand for a reporter’s records, because so many important rights hinge on the ability to test the government’s need for records before they are seized.” Read more and watch for updates from ONA’s Legal Affairs Committee on Interested in more legal questions and ethcial issues that affect journalists? Follow ONA Issues on Tumblr.

Highlights from ONA Local

Jennifer Mizgata, ONA’s Senior Communications Manager, is now managing the ONA Local program. If you’re interested in getting involved with a local group, starting a new group or want inspiration for an upcoming event, drop her a line at
  • ONA Jerusalem launched July 24, bringing together more than 30 local and international journalists and members of the tech community for the first ONA Local meetup in the Middle East.
  • ONA DC hosted over 150 journalists at NPR July 24, giving tours of the new NPR headquarters and ONA offices, and highlighting the work of NPR’s new CodeSwitch team. Thanks to all of the ONA members and friends who stopped by ONA’s new space.
  • ONA Pittsburgh brought together journalists from three daily newspapers on July 25 to talk about plans for future professional development training sessions and the challenges of being socially savvy and digitally-minded in print-centric newsrooms.
  • ONA Edmonton, our second ONA Local group in Canada, is planning its first event this fall. If you’re in the area, join the Meetup group for more updates.

ONA’s new home

It’s official: ONA is all set up in our new offices at NPR and we had the open house to prove it (thanks ONA DC!). Please send all mail for ONA (including all donations by check to support opportunities for journalists) to our new address:
Online News Association c/o NPR 1111 North Capitol Street, NE, Sixth Floor Washington, DC 20002

Welcome to Membership Coordinator LaToya Ligonde

LaToya joined the ONA team last week to coordinate membership issues. If you have questions about becoming a member or renewing your membership, or questions about the conference, she’s happy to help at

Win a reporting trip from IJ Net

IJ Net is awarding international reporting trips worth up to $10,000 to reporters who are covering infectious diseases. The deadline to apply has been extended until Sept. 1, 2013. For more details and to submit work, visit IJ Net.

AAJA’s Wednesday Workshops

The Asian American Journalists Association is offering a series of workshops on Wednesday, Aug. 21, just before its annual conference, that are open to all (no conference registration required). Learn about the business side of journalism, how to cover your local economy, HTML and more.

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.