ONA Weekly #72

By on September 2, 2015

 ONA Weekly No. 72

New journalism safety toolkit from IJNet

IJNet’s journalism safety toolkit will help you protect yourself in tough environments — be it physical safety or digital security. Many of the resources are translated into Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic, Russian and Chinese. IJNet has also included a list of helpful handbooks and guides from other organizations.

Protecting journalists and FOIA

ONA joined two actions with the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press critical to media protections. The first objects in the strongest terms to St. Louis County’s recent decision to pursue criminal charges against a number of journalists arrested or detained last summer during the protests in Ferguson, Mo. “The best way for Ferguson to show that it will respect the First Amendment rights of journalists covering the continuing controversy there,” the letter stated, “is to rescind these charges immediately.”

ONA also joined an RFCP brief regarding Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI)‘s appeal of a district court decision that held that emails sent or received by a government employee using his or her personal email account are not covered by FOIA, even if those emails relate to the person’s official duties. Given the widespread use of personal email accounts at all levels of government, we believe the decision as stands would eviscerate FOIA. Learn more about ONA’s legal work.

Upcoming Events

Register for ONA15 before it’s sold out

If you’ve been waiting to register for ONA15, now’s the time! We are very close to selling out (which we’ve done for the past eight years, so don’t sleep on this). Your conference pass will get you access to three days of inspiring journalism sessions, workshops, networking and a few outside parties and events that you don’t want to miss. Register now for ONA15.

New job listings

ONA’s Career Center has hundreds of opportunities for journalists, editors and digital-minded professionals. It’s free to browse and job-seekers can upload their resumes for free. Recent postings include:

What We’re Reading

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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.