ONA Weekly #268

By on July 24, 2019

Celebrating 20 years

ONA was founded in 1999 by intrepid digital journalists committed to inspiring and upholding excellence in online news. Today ONA serves a diverse, global community and provides essential support to the industry through training and fellowship programs, community building, grant challenges and more.

We’re continuing our 20th anniversary celebration with a program showcase in New York City this week. Events include the Journalism 360 Unconference, an intimate breakfast conversation inspired by our work on the Women’s Leadership Accelerator and a summer mixer with ONA NYC. You can also celebrate with your community by joining an ONA Local event near you.

Photo: ONA Board President Mandy Jenkins and founder Rich Jaroslovsky celebrated ONA’s 20th anniversary at the ONA SF/Bay Area event July 23. Mandy shared her latest research on disinformation and experiments in local news.

Community stories

How has ONA impacted your work and career? As we mark 20 years, we asked community members to reflect on their experience with ONA. Join others sharing their impact story — or stories — by tweeting yours with the hashtag #Happy20thONA. Recent shares include inspiration from a mentorship program, Challenge Fund projects that are now flourishing and that time Cookie Monster attended the annual conference.

Craig Newmark Philanthropies invests in WLA

Craig Newmark Philanthropies has donated $75,000 to ONA’s Women’s Leadership Accelerator, a year-long, intensive program that supercharges the leadership and management skills of women who are pushing digital innovation across news. This support ensures that the program will continue to offer a tuition-free training and mentoring experience. The investment will also aid ONA’s efforts to connect with a wider group of women outside of the annual cohort through programming and events — including this week’s sold-out breakfast event in New York City.

Deadline tonight: ONA Community Award!

Today is the deadline to nominate someone for the ONA Community Award! This is an opportunity to lift up those behind-the-scenes colleagues who have had an extraordinary impact on our field and the public at large. Do you know an individual or small team that has been creating tools or work environments that enable digital journalists to do their best work? Submit your nominations by 11:59 p.m. PDT.

Discounted ONA19 registration ends Aug. 2

The “Getting Closer” rate for ONA19 ends on Aug. 2. Register now for the discounted price. Happening Sept. 12-14 in New Orleans, this year’s schedule includes masterclasses to help you level-up your skills, conversations that bring together some of the brightest minds in digital journalism and more. Non-members will get $120 off their registration, or become an ONA member and get $440 off.

From the archives: Conference or family reunion?

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

Sara Catania, who has supported the Women’s Leadership Accelerator as a mentor and speaker, resurfaced this incredible image Executive Director Irving Washington shared from the #ONA15 diversity reception. “If you didn’t have any context, you’d think the below pic was from a family reunion,” he wrote at the time.

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:

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