ONA Weekly #248

By on March 6, 2019

Thanks to all of you who participated in the ONA Weekly survey in February! You will notice a couple of tweaks in today’s issue in response to your feedback. Our events were listed in order of upcoming dates, but that wasn’t immediately evident if you were skimming the list, so we’ve re-arranged the information to share the date upfront. We also heard that many of you love the “What we’re reading” section and want us to keep the resources coming. We’ve renamed the section to “On our radar” to experiment with broadening what we curate beyond articles to read.

Look for more updates as we continue to follow up on your feedback. Now let’s dive into this week’s news!

Framework: ONA has an updated logo!

We’ve rolled out a number of updates the past few months to strengthen the ONA brand and website, from refreshed colors and typography to content structure that showcases the community members involved in our various programs. Now we’re excited to share the latest changes to the ONA logo and new branding for ONA Local.

Meet up with Journalism 360 in Austin

Headed to SXSW? If you’re interested in immersive storytelling, join ONA staff and Journalism 360 ambassadors, grantees and friends for an informal meetup March 11, 5–7 p.m., in the Four Seasons Lobby Lounge. Send a note to j360@journalists.org if you plan to attend.

Submit your ideas for the ONA19 program

Tell us about practical sessions or inspiring talks you want to see at ONA19, Sept. 12-14, in New Orleans. We are looking for three types of ideas: a topic you think is critical for us to find an expert to address, a topic you want to speak about yourself or a suggestion for an under-the-hood session about a project you made to share lessons with others. See our tips for pitching to the Suggestion Box, now through March 21.

Growing our investment in local journalism

ONA Local, our global network of volunteer-led meetup groups, has always been a key way we pursue our mission of inspiring innovation and excellence among digital journalists. ICYMI: Last week, we announced an exciting new direction for the program that focuses on cohort-based leadership training for ONA Local organizers.

From the archives: The internet and the 2004 U.S. elections

We are sharing resources from the ONA archives throughout 2019, as we celebrate 20 years of inspiring innovation in journalism.

In 2004, a “super panel” at the ONA Conference gathered then syndicated columnist Arianna Huffington, bloggers Mickey Kaus and Dave Winer, former Howard Dean campaign manager Joe Trippi and Rock the Vote President Jehmu Greene to discuss the role the internet played in the 2004 election. Winer considered the idea of an online community influencing a presidential candidate a “pure fantasy” did suggest bloggers would replace community journalism’s role in local politics. How times have changed! If you’ve produced innovative elections coverage — in the U.S. or elsewhere — or have best practices to share, consider pitching a session idea to the ONA19 Suggestion Box.

Upcoming events

ONA Local groups regularly host events for digital journalists all over the world. Find a group near you or learn how to start a new one.

Jobs for journalists

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

On our radar