Happy Holidays from ONA

By on December 19, 2013

Thanks to everyone who helped keep the ONA community vibrant and innovative in 2013, encouraging us to push boundaries in our thinking, programming and events. Our gift to you is this roundup of invaluable resources created throughout the year.

Enjoy, and have a wonderful, peaceful holiday season.

Happy Holidays from ONA


Our annual conference brought a record number of journalists, technologists, professionals and students to Atlanta to explore mobile, video, security, transparency, collaboration and innovation. Check out the full list of ONA13 resources, including session and keynote coverage, audio and video takeaways.


Get inspired by the full list of Online Journalism Awards winners and finalists, with links to their ground-breaking projects.


We’re happy to share resources from our 2013 ONACamps, free full days of digital training, thanks to the generosity of the Gannett Foundation: ONACamp at AAN and ONA dCamp, Washington DC. We also partnered with Google for Media (G4M) to co-host events in Atlanta and Chicago. Keep an eye out for more ONACamps and G4M events in 2014.

ONA Local

Around the globe, connecting with digital journalists and technicians has gotten easier as ONALocal groups expanded, extending into the Middle East and Africa. This year, we welcomed to the family ONA Jerusalem, ONA Nairobi, ONA Atlanta, ONA Edmonton, ONA Phoenix, ONA at UGA and ONA/SPJ DePaul. We send a holiday hug to our ONA Local leaders, members and friends for their hard work. Connect with a local group near you.

For Journalism courses for ONA members

Our partnership with For Journalism means free coding and data courses from experts for ONA members. Courses available so far include Responsive Design, Django and Charting and Maps, and more are on the way. Not an ONA member? Join here to access the courses.

Challenge Fund for Innovation in Journalism Education

We’re now accepting applications for the $1 million Challenge Fund, which will award micro-grants of up to $35,000 to support live, local news experiments. We’re looking for teams that will hack the journalism curriculum with a diverse set of skills, members and creative approaches.

MJ Bear Fellows

Armie Gard, a multimedia journalist at Sun.Star Publishing in the Philippines, Ashley Lohmann, founder of Beyond the Bombs, and Kyle Stokes, a reporter at StateImpact Indiana, were welcomed as ONA’s third class of MJ Bear Fellows. These talented journalists under 30 received a six-month mentorship, a three-year ONA membership and an expense-paid trip to ONA’s annual conference. Look for the MJ Bear Fellow blogs in 2014 and check out the must-read posts from our previous Fellows. And don’t forget to apply in 2014.

AP-Google Scholarship

We awarded $20,000 scholarships to six promising students who are working on innovative projects that further the ideals of digital journalism.

Tips for Interns

About to start a winter internship? Check out ONA’s blog series featuring advice from students finishing their summer internships.

Legal Affairs Work

We’re proud that we helped shape the federal shield law, known in Congress as the Free Flow of Information Act (S. 987), and joined dozens of legal briefs that supported access, privacy and protections for all journalists.

ONA Issues

We’ve been following important issues for journalists all year on the ONA Issues tumblr. Have an issue? Let us know. You can also connect with ONA on TwitterFacebookLinked In, and Google+.

Jane McDonnell, Executive Director, and Jim Brady, ONA Board President
ONA Board
ONA Staff

Jeremiah Patterson

Jeremiah Patterson

Jeremiah was ONA's Digital Manager from 2012 to the fall of 2016 and was responsible for ONA's collection of websites, including journalists.org, conference websites, the membership center, awards platforms and more. Before joining ONA, he served as a web producer and content developer at The Wildlife Society, maintaining the organization’s website, email marketing and other online services. An Ohio native and media enthusiast, Jeremiah grew up with a deep interest in video production and graphic design. He now focuses in user experience and human-centered design.