ONA Weekly #264

By on June 26, 2019


Make FOIA work

With support from the Challenge Fund for Innovation in Journalism Education, Emerson College students collaborated with faculty and nonprofit media organizations to investigate weapons sales and use in Massachusetts. The project seeks to encourage more use of FOIA requests in local reporting and provide transparency to the process. Visit MakeFOIA.work to explore the reporting, data user guides and syllabi for courses in participatory design and data visualization.

Scholarships to attend ONA19

Applications for the ONA/Google News Initiative Local Community Leader Scholarship are due July 8. We are looking to award 13 scholarships honoring people who are creating positive change in local news communities. Recipients will receive an expenses-paid trip to access training at the ONA Local Summit and many learning and networking opportunities throughout the conference.

Honoring rising stars in journalism

With support from Microsoft News, the 2019 MJ Bear Fellowship will honor six rising stars who are leading digital journalism projects. Projects by previous fellows have included a database of underrepresented scientists; a community-driven local reporting project covering homicides and a community dedicated to conversations about the gender wage gap. Fellows get support to further develop a project as well as opportunities to showcase their work to the industry, including at ONA19. Apply for the MJ Bear Fellowship by July 11.

From the archives: Lessons from game designers

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

At ONA London in 2016, Lindsay Grace, then the founding director of the American University Game Lab and Studio, outlined how game designers’ approach to engagement can inform journalists’ connections with communities. His inspiring keynote concluded a daylong deep dive into audience engagement that gathered more than 200 people in digital journalism. Watch or listen to the session for tips and examples that focus on empathy, experiences and creating a thirst for knowledge.

IWMF opens applications for security training in U.S.

The four-day HEFAT course will take place in Slidell, La., Sept. 8–11, 2019, in advance of ONA19 in New Orleans. The International Women’s Media Foundation will select up to 20 journalists, focused on professionals from underrepresented backgrounds, and all travel and lodging will be included. Learn more about HEFAT courses and apply by July 18.

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.


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

On our radar