ONA Weekly #240

By on January 9, 2019

Build leadership skills with ONA Local

Apply by Feb. 1 to join the Spring 2019 cohort of ONA Local organizers. ONA Local is a global network of volunteer-led groups hosting networking and training events for journalism and technology communities. Organizers receive a toolkit for launching a group and participate in a leadership training designed to develop skills needed to lead innovation in journalism.

New year, new Board members

We are pleased to welcome the four digital journalism leaders who joined ONA’s Board of Directors on Jan. 1, 2019: Ebony Reed, Director of Innovation and Futures Lab at the Reynolds Journalism Institute, Niketa Patel, News Partnership Manager at Twitter, Rodney Gibbs, Chief Product Officer for the Texas Tribune, and Rubina Madan Fillion, Director of Audience Engagement at The Intercept. They bring to the Board new perspectives, a wealth of leadership experience and expertise leading innovation in both the editorial and business sides of digital journalism.

From the archives

This new section of the newsletter will share stories and resources from our archives throughout 2019, as we celebrate 20 years of supporting digital journalism.

Let’s flashback to 2001 when the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation awarded funding for ONA to study the credibility and values of digital journalism. Online news was a new medium, and there were growing concerns about misinformation on the internet and conflicts of interest between editorial content, advertising and commerce. Media consultants Howard Finberg and Martha Stone spent a year interviewing and surveying journalists, academics, lawyers, marketers, technologists and online consumers for the study. Read highlights from their takeaways: Online News Widely Accepted as Credible.

JSK Fellows add AI component

Two members of the next class of John S. Knight Journalism Fellows will help pioneer a new partnership with the Stanford Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence Initiative to help AI serve humanity in ethical ways. Complete the regular JSK Fellowships application by Jan. 31 and note in your project proposal why you believe you would make an ideal JSK-HAI Fellow.

Upcoming events

Jobs for journalists

ONA’s Career Center is an excellent resource for jobs in digital journalism. Recent postings include:

What we’re reading

Each year, Nieman Lab asks the smartest people in journalism about their predictions for journalism. This week’s reading section is a special roundup of predictions for 2019 by outgoing and new ONA Board members.