ONA Weekly #169

By on August 9, 2017

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 ONA Weekly No. 169
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Apply for the CNN Diversity Fellowship!

The CNN Diversity Fellowship at ONA17 is for digital journalists with diverse backgrounds and a passion for creative storytelling on mobile and social platforms. Four journalists will receive an all-expenses paid trip to ONA17, including complimentary registration, airfare and lodging. Applications are open to journalists of diverse backgrounds, inclusive of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age and gender. Apply by Aug. 21.

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Pitching Dos and Don’ts

Editors at major publications might receive hundreds of pitches in a week, so you need to make yours stand out from the deluge. MJ Bear fellow Sohara Mehroze Shachi outlines her tips for success, including ensuring clarity, using bullets for complex topics and stating why you have the experience for an assignment.

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ONA is coming to Northeast Ohio!

We’re launching an ONA Local group in Akron, Ohio, on Aug. 30. ONA Local is at the heart of what we do, connecting journalists, innovators and technologists for peer-to-peer learning, digital training and networking. The free, half-day kickoff meetup will feature talks from Storyful’s Mandy Jenkins on social newsgathering tools and ethics, as well as Cincinnati TV station WCPO’s Tasha Stewart and Kevin Necessary on cross-platform storytelling. Tell your friends!

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Upcoming events

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

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The Online News Association is a nonprofit membership organization for digital journalists, connecting journalism, technology & innovation. Learn why you should become a member.

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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.