ONA Weekly #83

By on November 18, 2015

 ONA Weekly No. 83

ONA & Poynter’s Women’s Leadership Academy returns!

We’re thrilled to announce that the second ONA-Poynter Leadership Academy for Women in Digital Media will take place the week of May 2, 2016, at Poynter’s campus in St. Petersburg, Fla. This tuition-free, collaborative program is designed to develop high-level skills in the industry’s next generation of women leaders. Applications will open in January, 2015. Learn more.

Build Your Own Ethics Code

ONA’s Build Your Own Ethics Code can help you navigate rapidly emerging and potentially sensitive issues around digital news-gathering, including verification and graphic images. The tool is designed to help you think through building a full ethics code, start a conversation in your newsroom or serve as an interactive educational tool.

Livestream our ethics event Thursday

This Thursday, Madeleine Bair from Witness, Mark Memmott from NPR and Tom Kent, AP Standards Editor who leads ONA’s ethics editorial team, will talk with Gene Policinski from the Newseum Institute about how the rapid proliferation of digital tools has surfaced new ethical issues. The event will be at the Newseum from 3-5 p.m. and we’ll be live-streaming the conversation on journalists.org starting at 3:30 p.m. 

Advocating for access for concert photographers

As performers, including Janet Jackson and the Foo Fighters, have become increasingly vocal about protecting their intellectual property rights, far too many are using onerous credentialing restrictions to exploit the photographers and videographers who report on them. ONA joined 10 media organizations in issuing an open letter to performers and management to open up conversation on reasonable credentialing and ownership.

Opposing FBI decision to withhold records

ONA joined a coalition of media groups organized by the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press (RCFP) opposing the FBI’s withholding of documents regarding the United States’ involvement in mistreatment of a U.S. citizen in the United Arab Emirates (Hamdan vs. U.S. Department of Justice). The brief noted particular concern about the proper role of the courts in scrutinizing Executive Branch assertions about classification decisions, and in allowing public access to government information under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). Learn more about ONA’s legal work.

Upcoming Events

Looking to connect with local journalists who are passionate about digital? Find an ONA Local group near you.

Submit your best work for Scripps Howard Awards

$180,000 in prizes is at stake along with being recognized among the best in journalism. New category – “Top Story of the Year” – stories on police-community relations in 2015. Learn more and apply by Feb. 10, 2016.
This content is sponsored by the Scripps Howard Foundation. 

Jobs for digital journalists

Looking for a new job? ONA’s Career Center has hundreds of opportunities for journalists, editors, developers, producers and more. Recent postings include:

Work with ONA to build local communities

Love connecting people and helping them plan great events? Want to learn more about the issues facing local journalists around the country? We’re looking for a Community Manager to join our small team — and it might be you. Send your resume by Nov. 18 for this new position on ONA’s small but mighty team in Washington D.C.

What We’re Reading

Some recent posts we’ve highlighted on the ONA Issues Tumblr:

Have an outstanding article on digital journalism issues to share with us? Tweet it with #ONAissues.

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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.