Local ONA events; a fond farewell to Jeanne Brooks; For Journalism courses

By on November 12, 2013

Get involved in ONA Local

Meet local journalists, learn about current trends in digital journalism and share your ideas at an upcoming ONA Local event. Find an ONA Local group near you.

  • ONA Philly will hear takeaways from ONA13 from attendees sent by the Center for Public Interest Journalism Nov. 13.
  • ONA Jerusalem hosts the first international #wjchat on Nov. 13 to discuss sourcing and the responsibility journalists have in the digital age. All are invited to this Twitter chat — follow @wjchat and #wjchat at 7 p.m. in Jerusalem/12 p.m. ET.

And be sure to join us in Chicago for the next Google for Media training Dec. 4 at The James Hotel. This free, full-day event will feature conversation and training to inspire and empower journalists seeking to improve their storytelling abilities. All are welcome to attend. Registration will open soon — if you’d like to be added to the list, let us know by emailing mediasummit@google.com.

Jeanne Brooks to depart ONA

In the sad/happy category: It’s with regret that we announce that Digital Director Jeanne Brooks will be leaving us Dec. 13, but with delight that we announce that it will be to work on a project close to her heart and to pursue other worthy endeavors.

Jeanne, with colleague Sabrina Hersi Issa, will be using a human-centered approach to create an inclusive and diverse history and narrative of the disruption of the industry, as a complement to the recent Nieman Riptide report tracing the trajectory of digital journalism.

For the past three years, Jeanne has had an enormous impact on ONA’s growth and community — growing our strategic partnerships, training, ONA Local, ONACamps, managing our digital properties and guiding and expanding programming for our annual conference, including the innovative Midway. Her creative, collaborative and agile approach has helped bring our journalists into the 21st century, and — often — beyond.

In her next chapter, we know she’ll continue that run, and produce a project that’s important for the journalism and ONA community while pursuing new opportunities. And we know you’ll all join us in wishing her the best in her next adventure.

Meanwhile, she’ll be focused on her valuable work here, and Senior Communications Manager Jen Mizgata will be taking on ONA Local and ONACamp duties.

Hard shoes to fill, but fill them we must, so we’ll be posting the Digital Director opening shortly.

For Journalism courses open for ONA Members

For Journalism coding and data courses are now available free to ONA members. Look for emailed instructions from For Journalism with the subject “Create your account.” Available courses so far include Responsive Design, Django and Charting and Maps. Didn’t get the email? Sign up here. Not a member? Join here.

And the winner is …

Congratulations to Ariella Monti of the Raleigh Public Record, who won a free registration to our 2014 Online News Association Conference in Chicago (Sept. 25-27) for taking our ONA13 survey. Thank you to everyone who filled out the survey — the results will help us build an even better program for ONA14. We’ve also pulled together a roundup of ONA13 resources, and will continue to share more on journalists.org.

Fellowships, reports and training

The Nieman Foundation has a number of fellowships available, including U.S. Fellowships (deadline: Jan. 31), International Fellowships (deadline: Dec. 1), and the Nieman Berkman Fellowship in Journalism Innovation (deadline: Jan. 31).

Applications for the John S. Knight Fellowships at Stanford University are open to journalists and journalism entrepreneurs. The application deadline for international applicants is Dec. 1; for U.S. applicants, Jan. 15, 2014.

The Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University is offering fellowships to investigative journalists in connection with its project on institutional corruption. Deadline to apply is Jan. 1, 2014.

The Knight Foundation recently released Finding a Foothold: How Nonprofit News Ventures Seek Sustainability, which explores how nonprofit news organizations raise and spend money. The report analyzes 18 news organizations and provides downloadable data for analysis.

The United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI) is hosting a specialized two week training for journalists and public relations professionals on Cyber and Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) Threats, Feb. 3-14, 2014, in Turin, Italy. The training consists of two modules and cost is € 1700 for both or € 900 for one. Application deadline is Dec. 15.


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.