ONA Weekly #89

By on January 13, 2016

Focus on your professional development this year
 ONA Weekly No. 89

Apply for the Women’s Leadership Academy

Applications open today for the second ONA-Poynter Leadership Academy for Women in Digital Media. This transformative tuition-free program will provide leading-edge training and networking to 28 emerging leaders. The week-long program will start May 1 at The Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg, Fla. Featured faculty include Hearken’s Jennifer Brandel, Upworthy’s Amy O’Leary and ProPublica’s Sisi Wei. Applications are due Feb. 3.

ONA heads to Japan!

Digital Journalism Forum Tokyo 2016 will be held March 11-12 in cooperation with ONA to support digital innovation among Japanese journalists and newsrooms. ONA staffers Jane McDonnell, Irving Washington and Jess Strelitz will be there to speak and lay the foundation for an ONA Tokyo Local group. The conference will feature English interpretation for all major sessions. Keep an eye out for registration and speaker information.

Applauding the House vote on FOIA

Last week, ONA joined the Sunshine in Government Coalition in requesting the U.S. Congress approve the FOIA Oversight and Implementation Act of 2015 (H.R. 653), which strengthens the crucial Freedom of Information Act. This bipartisan legislation was approved Monday and takes significant steps to address many challenges that requesters, including the media, face when using FOIA. Learn more.

Upcoming Events

A warm welcome to ONA Ireland, our newest ONA Local group. If you’re in Dublin or know someone who is, check out its first event, featuring a panel of experts discussing the upcoming election.

ONA Portland talks VR

On Saturday, Jan. 23, ONA Portland hosts a panel on Virtual Reality for journalists as part of the Build a Better Journalist conference hosted by SPJ Oregon Territory Chapters. Donna Davis, University of Oregon professor, Thomas Hayden of 360 Labs, and Leslye Davis of The New York Times (via Skype) will discuss the roles and pitfalls of VR in journalism.

Jobs for journalists

Whether you’re focused on getting a new job right now or just interested in seeing what opportunities are out there, ONA’s Career Center is an excellent resource for journalism jobs. It’s free for job seekers to browse. Recent postings include:

Livingston Awards Judges Invite Entries

The Livingston Awards for Young Journalists and the University of Michigan honor outstanding achievement by professionals under the age of 35 with $10,000 prizes in local, national and international reporting. Online, print and broadcast entries accepted. Submit your entry online by February 1.
This content is sponsored by the Livingston Awards for Young Journalists.

ONA opportunity! ‘Conversation’ with digital natives tonight!

The first 25 ONA members to register using the code ONACOMP8 will receive free admission to the next Daily News Innovation Lab “Conversations” event, “Conversations With Digital Natives: Teens Talk,” tonight! Moderator David Polinchock (Director, PwC Experience Center) will talk with teenage speakers about their relationship with tech and media. Register now. A limited number of discounted tickets are also available using the code ONADISCOUNT25.

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.