ONA Weekly #147

By on March 8, 2017

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$$$$ for immersive journalism projects!

Virtual, augmented, mixed reality and 360 video are opening new opportunities for journalists to connect with audiences. Knight Foundation, Google News Lab and ONA are teaming up to launch an open call for projects that will encourage experimentation with different immersive storytelling tools and methods. Apply by April 10 to get your share of the $250,000 at knightfoundation.org/j360.

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Laura Hertzfeld, Program Director of Journalism 360

We’re thrilled to welcome Laura Hertzfeld to ONA’s team! In her consultant role, Laura will work closely with ONA and members of the Journalism 360 team to support our work with immersive journalism. She’s also a great person to talk to if you’re interested in funding! Laura is a producer, writer and editor with over a decade of experience helping media brands develop their online content, engagement and distribution strategies. Her recent projects include producing two daily digital shows for NBC’s Rio Olympics and creating video strategy for YouTube beauty star Michelle Phan’s ipsy community. 

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Lessons from ONA DFW’s Storytelling Workshop

Nearly 100 journalists from in and around Dallas-Fort Worth joined us on Saturday, Feb. 25 for the #ONADFW Digital Storytelling Workshop. We’ve got a full download for you, which includes tips on social newsgathering, Facebook Live, chatbots and more. Plus, get insights from Jim Brady about how local startups are changing the game.

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Your SXSW cheat sheet

ONA is headed to Texas this weekend! Here’s our guide to connecting with journalists if you’re in Austin.

  • ONA / Journalism 360 SXSW event
    Come for the immersive journalism, stay for the tacos! Join the Online News Association (ONA) and Journalism 360 for a rapid series of discussions on 360 video, virtual reality and mixed media on Sunday, March 12, at Highland Lounge. Laura Hertzfeld, our new Journalism 360 Program Director, will be onsite to answer any questions you might have about applying for funding for your own immersive storytelling projects.
  • Awesomest. Journalism. Party. Ever. VII.
    ONA is co-hosting the Awesomest. Journalism. Party. Ever. VII. Where Journalism X Technology @ SXSW. This party is the best place to catch up with journalists at SXSW. This year, the party is featuring awesome emoji-inspired menu, awesome craft drinks and an awesome emoji photobooth from SnapFiesta. ONA’s Trevor Knoblich, Laura Hertzfeld, Jen Mizgata and Jess Strelitz will all be there, and we can’t wait to see you.
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Upcoming Events:

Not going to SXSW? We get it. Here are fifteen other places that you can connect with journalists this month.

ONA Local groups regularly host events and meetups for digital journalists all over the world. Find a group near you or get in touch if you’re interested in starting an ONA Local group.

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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:

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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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Jennifer Mizgata

Jennifer Mizgata is Director of Programs at the Online News Association. She focuses on identifying talented digital journalists and innovative journalism projects and providing them with support.