ONA Weekly #276

By on September 18, 2019

Preferred futures for journalism

Futurist Amy Webb delivered her 12th and final Tech Trends in Journalism talk at ONA19. This year’s discussion provided insights on synthetic media, digital subscriptions and the prevalence of social scoring. With a nod to ONA’s 20th anniversary, Amy challenged attendees to think much longer-term — to consider how today’s trends might shape the world in the next 20 years — and offered a vision of “preferred futures” for journalism to aim for. Check out the video recording and notes from the talk.

Vote for ONA’s leadership

Nine digital journalism leaders are vying for five open seats on ONA’s Board of Directors. Candidates shared their approach to digital journalism innovation, engagement and revenue during a lightning talks session at ONA19. ICYMI, listen to their insights and vote by Sept. 26.

Explore OJA19 winners

We celebrated the best in digital journalism at the 2019 Online Journalism Awards in a ceremony emceed by NPR’s Sam Sanders. The General Excellence in Online Journalism awards went to The Wall Street Journal, ProPublica, Honolulu Civil Beat and The Pudding. Southern California Public Radio and City Bureau won the inaugural Gather Awards in Engaged Journalism in recognition of how they worked with communities as part of a story or reporting process. See the full list of winners and watch the ceremony.

New episodes of ONA on Air

Season two of ONA on Air captured important conversations both during and beyond sessions at ONA19. Producers explored topics such as covering immigration as an immigrant, navigating difficult conversations at work and reporting on gender non-conforming people. Binge listen to the eight episodes.

TAPinto: Making local news work

TAPinto.net 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. Read more.

From the archives: Resources portal

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.

This week, we’re shouting out our archive itself. If you followed along with ONA19, you can keep learning by exploring the resources from some of our previous conferences. You’ll find session recordings, notes from social conversations and presentations from ONA18, ONA Insights, Dublin17 and others — and we’re adding materials all the time.

Community stories

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

Am so happy. My first grant at @knightfdn was inspired by ⁦@freerangejane who wanted to start an @ONA Women’s Leadership Accelerator. That was almost 5 years ago. It’s still going. Here’s the alums at a Knight #ONA19 lunch today. #ONAWLA — Jennifer Preston
In 2004 I lost my very first digital job. I spent my last $1,000 on a ticket to LA, a hotel room and three nice shirts to attend the ONA conference. @benestes was there and gave me my next job. One of the best bosses I’ve had, thrilled to see him at #ONA19. #Happy20thONA — Melisa Goh
Mustn’t let this @ONAConf go by without wishing #Happy20thONA! For me ONA remains a great way to connect with a diverse, expert network and get re-inspired. And it was a privilege to serve on the board with such a stellar team. Party settings are memorable as ever too! #ONA19 — Steve Hermann

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. Wish there was an event happening near you? Applications are open to start an ONA Local group in your community

Jobs in journalism

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

On our radar