ONA Weekly #188

By on December 20, 2017

 ONA Weekly No. 188

Join the Journalism Mentorship Collaborative

Apply to join the Journalism Mentorship Collaborative, a program supporting news professionals seeking to develop or expand inclusive mentorship opportunities in newsrooms. Members of the collaborative will join a peer network where they will share ideas, learn best practices for mentorship programs and — best of all — be eligible to apply for funding for their mentorship initiatives from a pool of $125,000.

David Smydra and Justina Sharp appointed to ONA Board

ONA confirmed two appointments to the Board of Directors: David Smydra, Editorial Director at Google Play Newsstand, and Justina Sharp of American River College as Student Representative. David has been an active contributor to the Board of Directors, the ONA annual conference and the Online Journalism Awards for many years. Justina is an alumna of the ONA16 Student Newsroom. As Student Representative, she aims to ensure ONA offers practical opportunities for students pursuing careers in digital journalism, especially aspiring journalists from community colleges and other underrepresented backgrounds. Their two-year terms begin Jan. 1, 2018.

Creating local data visualizations in VR 

Is there a simple way to create local data visualizations in VR so that a neighborhood does not come out looking like the map in Pokémon Go? Journalism 360 grantee Retha Hill reflects on previous work and what she’s using to address this issue in her latest project at ASU’s Cronkite School. 

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.

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:

What we’re reading

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Jennifer Mizgata

Jennifer Mizgata

Jennifer is a digital strategist dedicated to public service who has spent her career building communities online and offline. Jennifer leads communications and social media strategy for the Online News Association (ONA), the world’s largest association of digital journalists. She also designs training programs and industry-leading conferences for journalists, with a focus on bringing digital tools to underserved communities and developing female leadership in newsrooms.