ONA Weekly #278

By on October 2, 2019

Apply for the Women’s Leadership Accelerator

ONA is now accepting applications for the 2020 cohort of the Women’s Leadership Accelerator — a tuition-free, yearlong program aimed at advancing women in digital journalism. The program kicks off with a week of immersive programming in March 2020 in California. Throughout the year, cohort members will receive support and coaching as they focus on a challenge specific to their careers, culminating in a workshop at ONA’s annual conference. Learn more and apply.

Thanks to lead funders Dow Jones Foundation, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and Microsoft News for helping to keep the accelerator tuition-free.

Welcome Hollie Schultz!

We’re excited to introduce Hollie Schultz as ONA’s new Program Manager for Awards and Grant-making. She’ll oversee the Online Journalism Awards, as well as several key grant programs that involve making a call for public submissions and distributing micro grants to successful applicants. Hollie comes to us from the Association of American Medical Colleges where she managed, evaluated and grew their Awards for Excellence program. Please join us in welcoming Hollie to ONA!

Julia B. Chan on communities of support and diversity

The administrators of the Journalists of Color Slack won this year’s ONA Community Award for their behind-the-scenes efforts to create a unique support network that advances digital journalism. Watch Julia B. Chan’s incredible acceptance speech from the Online Journalism Awards ceremony, in which she inspired the audience to keep making improvements in their newsrooms that encourage diversity: “At this stage, it’s not enough to just hire people of color — equity and inclusion are the next frontiers in ensuring we serve our audiences well,” she said.

Workplace Integrity: Train the Trainers

Discover what 100 media organizations have already learned. Join world-class trainer Jill Geisler for our next “Workplace Integrity: Train the Trainers” workshops Oct. 16-17 in Chicago and Nov. 12-13 in Washington, D.C.
Qualified applicants receive free tuition and travel subsidy.

From the archives: The first cohort

ONA’s Women’s Leadership Accelerator grew out of a collaboration between ONA and Poynter. It began as a weeklong program launched in 2015 called the Leadership Academy for Women in Digital Media. Participant Kari Cobham recently shared this photo of some of the cohort members at ONA15. “I’m grateful every day for the incredible experience, these women and everyone who brought us together,” she said. Applications for ONA’s 2020 Women’s Leadership Accelerator open today.

Community stories

How has your ONA experience impacted your work and career? Here are a couple of stories from WLA alumnae. Contribute your own stories using #Happy20thONA.

Over these past ten years, my ONA family have helped me: Find five amazing new jobs, adjust to live in the US (secretly Canadian, shhhh!), meet and hire talented people and participate in the first #ONAWLA cohort (AKA ‘my personal board of directors.) — Kim Fox
#Happy20thONA! You’ve encouraged a better, brighter media future. Forever thankful for the opportunity to be a part of #ONAWLA + the cohort of women who are transforming news. #digitalwomenleaders @ONA — Joni Deutsch

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

In honor of applications opening for the Women’s Leadership Accelerator, all resources featured in this week’s radar were written by women.