ONA Weekly #275

By on September 11, 2019

University of Maryland wins $50,000 for collaborative journalism

The University of Maryland has been awarded the $50,000 Grand Prize for the Challenge Fund for Innovation in Journalism Education. The prize recognizes the university’s impressive data journalism collaboration with local media partners, a project for which it received an initial $35,000 through the 2018 Challenge Fund competition. The project examined what it’s like to live in homes that are too hot or too cold, considering laws designed to regulate temperature in homes, and the effect of temperature on the health of people with chronic conditions, in light of climate change. The project eventually expanded, attracting additional reporting partners.

Apply to start an ONA Local group

Applications are now open to start an ONA Local group in your area. ONA Local is a global network of volunteer organizers hosting networking and training events for local journalism communities. Organizers are community innovators motivated to see local journalism thrive where they live. As part of a new cohort-based leadership development program, they receive training on key skills to lead change in their own newsrooms and beyond. Learn more and apply.

If you’re attending ONA19, don’t miss the ONA Local Office Hours on Friday, Sept. 13.

Livestream the Online Journalism Awards

You don’t have to be in New Orleans to celebrate the most innovative work in journalism. RSVP to the OJAs livestream to get a notification when the ceremony begins on Saturday, Sept. 14, 7 p.m. CDT — then sit back, pour yourself a beverage and toast the 2019 winners as they accept their awards.

Listen to the ONA on Air season two trailer

The ONA on Air podcast is back for a second season! Check out the trailer, where the ONA19 Audio Team shares their grand plans to bring stories from ONA19 and beyond, including a special series focused on ONA’s 20th anniversary. Subscribe now on SoundcloudGoogle PlayApple Podcasts or Stitcher to start receiving episodes during ONA19, and look for more coming out through October. 

Vote for your Board of Directors!

Voting is now open for the nine candidates running for five open seats on the 2020-21 ONA Board of Directors. ONA’s Board plays a critical role in guiding our mission to inspire innovation and excellence in journalism. Get to know the candidates and cast your ballot.

Those attending ONA19 can hear insights from candidates during a special interactive session on Thursday, Sept. 12.

TAPinto: Making local news work

TAPinto is making local news work through an innovative model that puts the power of scale in the hands of local owner/publishers. TAPinto provides the infrastructure so publishers can focus on providing objective local reporting while growing their businesses. 

From the archives: Rich Jaroslovsky’s 2001 opening remarks

ONA hosted our second annual conference in October 2001, just a few weeks after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. In ONA Founder Rich Jaroslovsky’s opening remarks, he noted that unprecedented numbers of readers were seeking news online in the aftermath. He encouraged the community to rise to the challenge: “People need us to have high standards. They need us to bring them information with accuracy and integrity — with credibility. They need to be able to believe what we tell them. We can’t let them down. And we won’t.”

Community stories

How has your ONA experience impacted your work and career? Contribute your story to #Happy20thONA.

I come back every year to my favorite newsroom because of these folks. ⁦ #Happy20thONA @IrvWashington3, ⁩@mitrakalita,⁩ @jeremybowers, @lshont and more! @ONAConf, @ONANewsroom. — Katia Hetter, ONA19 Student Newsroom Chair
As @ONA staff hits New Orleans and #ONA19 folks begin travel, here’s 1st thread of <3 to journalists, journalism and the greatest of all work fams. Starting in 2011, when the conference was small enough that @ONA13Tom could herd attendees to sessions with chimes. #Happy20thONA — Jane McDonnell, former ONA Executive Director
@ONA is the most wonderful time of the year! I couldn’t do it without my always and forever work wife @kelly_metz and all of our fantastical volunteers. — Meghan Combs, ONA19 Volunteer Co-Chair

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

Remembering Sept. 11

Eighteen years later, the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, remain fixed in our memories. We take a moment today to honor those who lost their lives and reflect on how the tragedy changed and continues to impact the U.S. and the world.