ONA Weekly #176

By on September 27, 2017

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 ONA Weekly No. 176
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Introducing the CNN Diversity fellows 

Congratulations to the CNN Diversity Fellows at ONA17Corvaya Jeffries, The Palm Beach Post; Jamal Jordan, NBC News; Arielle Ray, Quartz; Melissa Fajardo Krasovsky, NowThis; Nikita Mandhani, The Washington Post; and Beena Raghavendran, Star Tribune. These six journalists with experience in mobile and social storytelling will receive an all-expenses paid trip to ONA17 as well as career mentorship, thanks to CNN. 

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How to tell a good story

When MJ Bear fellow Rose Eveleth switched from science to sports reporting, she realized that certain storytelling questions still applied: “Why should anybody care about this story? What are the real consequences here? Who are the characters that the audience can actually connect with?” See the lessons she learned on how to tell a good story.

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Revenue recipes for newsrooms

“It’s not about being good with numbers and math; it’s understanding your strengths and your audience.” ProPublica Vice President of Business Development and ONA Board Member Celeste LeCompte held a virtual session on revenue for news organizations last week, focusing on innovative thinking. Read the recap and watch the recording for her tips on how to use techniques from other industries to create revenue streams

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ICYMI: ONA17 keynotes announced! 

The ONA17 keynotes will tackle trust, misinformation, entrepreneurship and the role of political satire. In our opening keynote, Brian Stelter will moderate a spirited conversation on covering the remarkable current political climate. On Friday, Medium CEO Ev Williams will talk about strategy, revenue and thoughtful reading in a fireside chat with WNYC’s Manoush Zomorodi. On Saturday, writers and producers from The Daily Show, Full Frontal with Samantha Bee and Newsbroke will discuss when satire is the most effective political coverage.

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How to follow along with ONA17

Can’t make it to D.C. next week for ONA’s annual conference? You’re in luck! We’ll be live-streaming keynote conversations and many other sessions so you can tune in from the comfort of your own desk. We’ll also be recording audio that will be available after the conference. Look for these icons on the ONA17 schedule to see what’ll be available. 

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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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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.