ONA Weekly #271

By on August 14, 2019

Two weeks left to register for ONA19

The deadline to register for ONA19 is Aug. 31! Join us in New Orleans, Sept. 12-14 as we celebrate our 20th anniversary with more masterclasses and workshops than ever before. ONA members save $400 on registration, and discounted rates are also available for students

Ethics guidelines for recent news

 With multiple mass shootings in recent weeks and as reporting on topics such as immigration becoming ever more complex, the journalism industry needs codes that meet the needs of a wide range of newsrooms. As a reminder, ONA’s Build Your Own Ethics Code tool can help your team develop guidelines to follow when faced with ethical issues. The chapters on accuracycovering children as well as hate speech and actions are especially relevant to recent news.

RSVP-only workshops and tours at ONA19

ONA19 features a number of sessions that have limited capacity and require you to claim your seat in advance. Sign-ups open Wednesday, Aug. 21 at 11 a.m. ET. You will find the links to RSVP on the sessions pages, including for workshops on scenario mapping with Amy Webbparenting as journalism professionals and optimizing newsletters. New this year, we are also excited to offer pre-conference sessions open to both registered attendees and non-attendees as well as guided walking tours of New Orleans. 

Pro Tip: Search for “RSVP” on the schedule page to see the current lineup and check back often for the latest additions.

Explore the 2019 OJA finalists

We recently announced the finalists for the 2019 Online Journalism Awards. The OJAs are the only comprehensive set of awards honoring excellence in digital journalism around the world. This year’s competition features 37 awards, including the new Gather Award for Engaged Journalism this year to honor people and projects that work with a community as part of a story or reporting process. Explore the inspiring work from the OJA19 finalists.

Board nominations close Aug. 20

A few days remain to nominate an ONA member for the 2020 Board of Directors. We’re looking for passionate 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. Submit your nominations by Aug. 20.

Job openings at American Press Institute

Come work at the American Press Institute in one of several new jobs: Director of Local News Transformation, Marketing Manager or Program Associate. API is a nonprofit that leads and inspires innovation in the news industry. Learn more and apply.

From the archives: OJAs in 2004

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

In honor of this week’s finalists announcement, we’re looking back to 2004, when there were just seven categories in the Online Journalism Awards. The newest categories that year included Specialty Journalism, which honored “Web sites and subsites that focus on a specific area of content, such as entertainment and the arts, sports, business, lifestyle and so on,” as well as two student categories to recognize journalism produced at universities. Today, the OJAs feature 37 categories, reflecting innovation and growth in the digital journalism industry.

Community stories

How has your ONA experience impacted your work and career? Contribute your story to #Happy20thONA.
My #happy20thONA story is ALL because of @amywebb. Followed her on Twitter in 2009 & joined @ONA for Webb Media Training discount. Went to #ONA10 in DC & met Amy as she was leaving. I was nervous. She was wonderful. She inspired me to run for the board. The rest is history! – Benét  Wilson
#ONA has been instrumental in our success. The #ChallengeFund got us off the ground and the #GrandPrize gave us the recognition and the resources to flourish. @ONA backed us when we were nothing more than an idea and they’ve assisted us ever since. #Happy20thONA And Many Thanks! – Georgia News Lab
For #Happy20thONA my first ONA conference was in 2003 in Evanston, and I moderated a panel on blogging with @jeffjarvis & @robcurley. I remember suggesting to @nytimes they should get Kurt Vonnegut to blog doodles for them. They just laughed, as if they’d EVER have a blog. – Ken Sands

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