Welcome to ONA's new Digital Director; ONA at SXSW; and more

By on February 26, 2014

ONA welcomes our new Digital Director

We’re delighted to introduce Trevor Knoblich, who joined us this week in the role of Digital Director. Trevor comes to us from FrontlineSMS, a Knight News Challenge winner, where as Media Project Director he built relationships with journalists and media companies seeking text-based mobile solutions worldwide and developed training and media-specific products for use in developing countries. His prior experience saw him traveling around the globe to coordinate emergency response for Lutheran World Relief, and doing investigative reporting as Associate Editor for the Risk Policy Report, Inside Washington Publishers. He holds a BS in Journalism, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Ohio State University. His wide-ranging background in journalism, international development and project coordination and his work in information and communication technology make him a great fit for ONA. Trevor will be responsible for programming for our annual conference, as well as working closely with our Digital Manager on developing our web properties, and with our Senior Communications Manager and Strategic Partnerships Manager in growing our community and seeking out relationships that help build digital journalists’ skills.

ONA joins brief in Google wiretap case

Along with 24 other media organizations, ONA joined a brief arguing that Google not be allowed to seal all court documents relating to a class-action civil suit against the search engine giant. Users of Google’s gmail service are accusing the company of violating wiretap laws. In responding to the suit, Google has asked the U.S. District Court for Northern California to seal all documents. The lawyers bringing the suit did not argue against the motion, so ONA and our media colleagues are doing so. Learn more about recent actions by ONA’s Legal Committee.

Come party with ONA at SXSW

Headed to SXSW Interactive? Join us at the The Awesomest Journalism Party. Ever. IV. Where Journalism X Technology @ SXSW on Saturday, March 8, at the Palm Door. We’ll be there from 5 to 8 p.m. and you’ll want to get there early, since this party hits capacity every year.

Upcoming ONA Local events

More Opportunities for Journalists

  • The John S. Knight Fellows at Stanford are seeking feedback on their journalism challenges, which are currently in the refinement stage. Check out the Knight Fellows’ work and comment.
  • The deadline for the $5,000 Ancil Payne Awards for Ethics in Journalism is March 3. Apply now.
  • The Freedom of Expression Awards will be held March 20 in London. Get your ticket now.

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.