ONA Weekly #38

By on January 7, 2015

 ONA Weekly No. 38

Irving Washington, ONA’s new Deputy Director

It’s with great pleasure that we announce Irving Washington has been promoted to Deputy Director. In his new role, Irving will act as ONA’s second-in-command, be a key contributor to short- and long-term strategy, and will be responsible for all operations, academic programs and professional awards. Read more.

One week left to apply for the Challenge Fund!

If you’re working on a project that pushes the boundaries of education and local news, apply for a Challenge Fund for Innovation in Journalism Education grant! Applications are due next Thursday, Jan. 15. Get inspired by the excellent projects created by the first round of winners and apply here.

Save the date for ONA London: Mobile

On March 6, join us at Reuters UK for our first international conference, ONA London: Mobile, where we’ll discuss mobile design, content and distribution, and provide practical tips and inspiration to rethink how media approaches mobile news. Registration will be £130 and opens later in January.

In memory of Jeanette Bear

Our hearts go out to the Bear and Carpenter families on the loss of Jeanette Bear, who passed away Dec. 16 at age 85. Jeanette was the mother of ONA founding member MJ Bear, whose legacy lives on through her MJ Bear Fellowships. The family’s legacy of generosity has resulted in $100,000 in funds to identify and support promising young journalists, and over $800 in memorial contributions. We thank them for thinking of our community during this difficult time.

Upcoming events

Legal updates

Our Legal Affairs Committee joined four briefs in December, ranging from protesting the use of potentially harmful warrants in a Microsoft case to supporting Washington State’s anti-SLAPP law and refining photo and filming permissions for the U.S. Forest Service. Read more here.

New year, new jobs for journos

Looking to start the new year off with a new gig? Check out ONA’s Career Center. Job seekers can browse the latest openings and upload their resumes for free. Recently added jobs include:

Applications due for 2015 Reynolds Fellowships

People and institutions are invited to submit applications to collaborate with RJI on innovative ideas and projects to improve the practice or understanding of journalism. RJI is giving special consideration to ideas focused on mobile engagement and monetization. Deadline to apply is Feb. 1.

Students, apply for SPJ’s MOE Awards

Annually, the Society of Professional Journalists presents the Mark of Excellence Awards, honoring the best in student journalism. The MOE awards are open to U.S. college students studying for an academic degree in 2014 and international SPJ students. Deadline is Jan. 23.

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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.