ONA14 news: A taste of Chicago; newcomers guide; Midway highlights and program updates

By on September 12, 2014

Chicago menu: Food truck rally, discounts and freebies

Chicago is a great place for people who love food. To bring some local flavor right to our door, we’ve organized a food truck rally outside the conference hotel for the two days when you’ll have lunch on your own. And don’t forget to take advantage of the nice discounts at local restaurants. Check out the menu, which includes local restaurants and snacks that you won’t want to miss.

First-time attendee? Help is on the way

If it’s your first time at an ONA conference, you’re in good company. We’ve pulled together tips for you and our 600 other new attendees, highlighting special sessions, including an orientation and a reception sponsored by Twitter. (Conference veterans, you’ll also find very useful pro tips in our first-timer’s guide.)

The New York Times Innovation report, the sequel

Our Friday night keynote will feature three key New York Times staffers working on the next phase of the hotly debated Innovation report. Read about why the report and how it’s implemented is relevant to journalists from any size news outlet.

The Midway: 80 trainings, pitch sessions + demos

In its third year, the Midway is growing into an exciting place for journalists to experiment and collaborate. This year’s iteration features virtual reality, audio experiments, the Guardian’s 24-hour hack for real-time analytics, civic engagement strategies, tracking campaign finances and more. Midway Producer Erin Polgreen pulls out some highlights from the packed Midway program.

Program updates: New speakers added!

  • You spoke, we listened: David Carson, Staff Photographer at St. Louis Post-Dispatch, joins the All Eyes on Ferguson, Mo. opening keynote panel.
  • Cory Haik, Executive Producer and Senior Editor for Digital News at the Washington Post, will join #failfair: Learning the Hard Way on Saturday morning.

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One more important reason to be an ONA member

Voting for ONA’s Board of Directors will open Friday, Sept. 26, at ONA14. Make sure your membership is up to date so you can vote on the leadership for the largest organization of digital journalists. Learn more about the candidates in advance and hear from them at the conference during Decision 2015:ONA Board Lightning Round.

Looking for more reasons to become a member or renew? We’ve got a full list.

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.