ONA Weekly #270

By on August 7, 2019

Register for the ONA Local Summit

Calling all ONA Local organizers — and anyone who is working to build communities of media innovators! The ONA Local Summit is a free leadership training happening Sept. 11 in New Orleans, prior to our annual conference. You’ll learn how to create a culture of learning and experimentation, connect with peers and hear their ideas on solving tough newsroom issues. Register now.

Welcome Sam Stewart, Journalism 360 Program Manager!

We’re thrilled to share Sam Stewart is consulting with ONA as the Journalism 360 Program Manager, focused on planning events, building community and fostering connections between immersive storytellers. Formerly the program manager for the Society of Professional Journalists Training Program, Sam also leads journalism and verification trainings for the State Department, is a previous John S. Knight Fellow and has won a Knight prototype grant for a tool to combat misinformation. Give him a warm hello at the Journalism 360 Immersive Storytelling Festival at ONA19.

Learn your reporters’ rights

The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press’ First Amendment handbook provides a basic primer on the laws affecting reporters’ rights to gather and disseminate news. Refresh your knowledge of libel laws, where you can record, access to courts and places, freedom of information acts and more. Have further questions? Contact the Reporters Committee’s free legal hotline — available seven days a week.

ONA Board nominations are open

We’re now accepting nominations for five seats open for election to the 2020 ONA Board of Directors. Participation is a unique opportunity for digital leaders to help guide the strategic direction of the world’s largest organization of digital journalists, shape the future of media and build a stronger industry. To be considered, an ONA member must be nominated by another ONA member by Aug. 20.

Is your newsroom starting a podcast?

Get practical advice on building stories for audio, digital strategy for podcasts, and how to grow audience numbers, all at Werk It: A Women’s Podcast Festival, Oct. 3 and 4, 2019, in Los Angeles. See the full schedule here.

From the archives: Establishing the James Foley Award

ONA established the James Foley Award for Conflict Reporting in 2014, after the kidnapping and murder of freelance photographer Jim Foley. The award recognizes digital journalists who work under the most challenging conditions, telling stories from combat zones and bringing to light people struggling under political discord. Watch Jim’s friends and colleagues remember his legacy.


Community Stories

How has your ONA experience impacted your work and career? Contribute your story to #Happy20thONA.
One of (many) favorite #ONA moments: @SimaDiabs speech at the 2016 OJAs upon receiving the James Foley Award. A well-deserved celebration of astonishing work, followed by a moving expression of what journalism means. #Happy20thONA! David Smydra
Last year, I attended the first @ONA Journalism Mentorship Collaborative. Without it, I couldn’t have kickstarted a mentorship program at my organization or connected with a community of journalists striving for mentorship in their own workplaces. Thanks and #Happy20thONA — Anjuli Sastry
I love ONA. I’ve volunteered (Back on the Reg desk this year!), and I’m leading a session. But ONA is about community for me. As evidenced by the time @emourelo jokingly (he was def. making fun of me) said, “Thank goodness Stephanie is here so we know people.” #Happy20thONA — Stephanie Backus

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 in journalism

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

On our radar