ONA Weekly #68

By on August 5, 2015

 ONA Weekly No. 68

Seeking digital journalism leaders

If you’re a leader in digital media, consider a nomination to join ONA’s Board of Directors, a unique opportunity to help guide the world’s largest organization of digital journalists in shaping the future of media and building a stronger industry. Applications and nominations are due Aug. 14.

News Impact Summit offers ONA ethics firepower

Fergus Bell, Head of Newsroom Partnerships and Innovation, SAM, who co-leads ONA’s UGC Ethics initiatives, and Alan D. Abbey, a member of ONA’s Build Your Own Ethics Code project, will provide dual expertise on ethical issues at the News Impact Summit on Sept. 3 in Warsaw, Poland. Organized by the European Journalism Centre (EJC) and the Google News Lab, this event is free.

Legal Updates

In what appears to be an unprecedented decision, a New York trial court has allowed the New York Police Department to issue a “Glomar” response to a state open records request, meaning the government refuses to confirm or deny whether responsive records exist. The Cold War-era Glomar response has historically been used only with regard to requests made to federal agencies that involve sensitive matters of national security. ONA and a coalition of media organizations have joined a brief arguing that the doctrine not be allowed at the state level.

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New “Law for Media Startups” Guide

CUNY’s Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism and J-Lab have teamed up to create Law for Media Startups, a free resource for digital news startups. The guide tackles “every-day issues news startups confront, ranging from hiring freelancers and establishing organizational structures, to native advertising and marketing, to maintaining privacy policies and dealing with libel accusations.”

What We’re Reading

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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.