ONAs joins with Digital Journalism Forum Tokyo 2016 March 11-12

By on January 13, 2016

Digital Journalism Forum Tokyo 2016, to be held in conjunction with the Japan Center of Education for Journalist’s Journalism Innovation Award exhibit, will provide opportunities to discuss and share thoughts about the direction, style and future of the ever-changing media and journalism industry.

The Executive Committee of the Digital Journalism Forum Tokyo 2016 announced it would hold a two-day conference March 11-12 in cooperation with the Online News Association (ONA), the world’s largest association of online journalists. The goal of the conference will be to inspire journalists to innovate and collaborate to produce excellent journalism.

The media environment has been drastically changing. The digitization of media, the penetration of mobile devices, and other innovations have massively transformed the way content is created and delivered on a global scale.

Digital Journalism Forum Tokyo 2016 will allow media professionals from many organizations and at all levels to discuss and share ideas about the direction, style and future of this ever-changing landscape. Speakers will include top journalists, engineers and media-related corporate executives from both within and outside Japan.

The Forum’s hosting body, the Executive Committee of the Digital Journalism Forum Tokyo 2016, is a non-profit organization representing media-journalism organizations, technology companies, individual journalists, academics and volunteers, all committed to planning and executing a successful forum.

“The most important aspect of the forum, to be held in the midst of a turning point of the media industry, is that various types of professionals around journalism — reporters who are normally running around the field chasing stories, engineers and analysts who tackle cutting-edge technology issues and massive amounts of data, and executives of media companies and startups — could actually meet,” said Masaru Seo of Kodansha, an Executive Committee member. “We aim to create a communication space where we can not only share information on technology, trends and skills, but also discuss ethics and the societal role of journalism.”

Jane McDonnell, ONA Executive Director, said, “ONA is delighted to work with the Executive Committee members to support media innovation at its upcoming Forum. And we’re looking forward to helping build and support a community of like-minded colleagues in Tokyo.”

All the members of the Forum’s executive committee strongly believe that it will help the healthy development of modern society in an age of rapid global digitalization.


Highlights and Mission
To discuss and share thoughts about the direction, style, and future of the ever-changing media and journalism industry.

Date: March 11 (Friday) and 12 (Saturday)
Venue: Kodansha Company, Ltd.

Media professionals will cover a wide range of topics, from cutting-edge technology and platform trends to the practical challenges facing the practice of journalism.

A strong emphasis will be put on broad audience participation. Event organizers, speakers and participants will be able to talk with, share with and inspire each other in a borderless environment.

The Journalism Innovation Award event, which was held successfully in January 2015 by Japan Center of Education for Journalist (JCEJ), will be held concurrently, exhibiting and honoring excellent work.

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.