ONA Weekly #76

By on September 30, 2015

 ONA Weekly No. 76

Video and live blogs from #ONA15

We were blown away by the response to the Online News Association Conference in Los Angeles! With over 2,100 journalists, this was our largest conference yet and we’re still processing all the great takeaways. Find video, live blogs and resources by clicking through the ONA15 schedule page. We’re continuing to upload audio as it’s edited. Our full roundup of speaker resources, tip sheets, photos and more all will be available next week.

2015 Online Journalism Awards Winners announced

ICYMI, the best in online journalism was honored at ONA15 at the Online Journalism Awards Banquet. The Washington Post, Quartz and KBIA News received General Excellence Awards and dozens of other outlets were recognized for their outstanding work. Cengiz Yar, documentary photographer and freelance photojournalist, was named the first recipient of the James Foley Award, honoring work by reporters in conflict zones. The late journalist Dori J. Maynard also was honored with the Rich Jaroslovsky Founder Award for her tireless work in promoting diversity in media. See the full list of winners and check out the video and live blog from the emotional night honoring the hard work of our colleagues around the world.

Build Your Own Ethics Code

We’ve launched the Build Your Own Ethics Code, a fully crowd-sourced tool that allows journalists and educators to easily customize and publish a digital ethics code, and find guidance on digital news issues. You can review and select statements from a menu of more than 40 ethical issues, including user-generated content, verification, data journalism, social networks and more. Create and post your own code or use the tool to spark conversations.

Helping local journalists lead in their communities

We’re very excited about the Knight Foundation’s generous grant of $828K to support ONA Local, a unique program that’s grown to over 10,000 journalists in 50 cities worldwide. ONA’s Executive Director Jane McDonnell reflects on what this means for current and new U.S. communities and how local journalists can help save local journalism. See the ONA Local FAQ to learn more about the grant.

Two Challenge Fund Grand Prize winners named at ONA15

Congratulations to Georgia News Lab and New Mexico News Port, named the Grand Prize winners of the Challenge Fund for Innovation in Journalism Education. They will receive $65,000 and $10,000, respectively, to further support their innovative, collaborative projects. Over the past two years, we’ve chosen 23 winning projects in our $1M contest to encourage educators to hack the journalism curriculum.

New jobs from #ONA15

Whether you joined us in LA for ONA15 or you were watching from afar, you might have noticed that a LOT of great organizations were looking for talent. Check out ONA’s Career Center to see the latest posts and #ONA15jobs on Twitter to find even more opportunities. Recent posts include:

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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.