Photo by Daniel Petty/Online News Association

Resources from ONA19: session recordings and notes, videos, presentations and more inspiration to discover

By on October 10, 2019

Nearly 2,800 people in digital journalism gathered at the Online News Association Conference (ONA19) in New Orleans this September. Speakers and attendees representing a diverse range of backgrounds and expertise found inspiration in each other’s work and contributed to important conversations on challenges and best practices, from fighting misinformation to navigating difficult conversations in the newsroom.

This year’s conference was especially memorable as our community celebrated ONA’s 20th anniversary. Since 1999, ONA has brought together the innovators and self-identifying newsroom misfits who are enthusiastic about moving the journalism industry forward. In their opening remarks, ONA Executive Director/CEO Irving Washington and Board President Mandy Jenkins shared reflections on 20 years of ONA — what we have accomplished, where we are headed and the values that underpin our work. Learn about ONA’s five focus areas and explore stories from the community on #Happy20thONA.

As always, the learning and connections sparked at the annual conference continue yearlong. We invite you to explore the many resources from our time in New Orleans. Whether you joined us in person or followed from afar, dive in for session recordings, inspiring projects and key takeaways to level up your journalism work.

Resources from learning sessions

Daily newsletter

For the second year, we delivered a handy daily conference newsletter that highlighted conference coverage produced by the ONA19 Social Team, Video Team, Audio Team and Student Newsroom and Innovation Lab. Read the three issues in our archives:

ONA on Air, Season 2

The ONA on Air podcast returned for a second season to bring highlights from both on and beyond the stage at ONA19. Binge-listen eight episodes that capture tips and trends, the New Orleans experience and difficult conversations on newsroom culture and the broader industry.

Coming soon: A special series about ONA’s 20th anniversary. Listen to the trailer.

ONA19 and New Orleans in photos

  • View a gallery of photos captured by our conference photographer Daniel Petty, highlighting opening night at Mardi Gras World, featured speakers and attendees connecting throughout the conference.
  • See more photos from our celebration at the Online Journalism Awards.
  • Thanks to ONA19 Social Team volunteer Mary Willson for serving as our digital host on Instagram. Check out ONA’s Instagram account for her perspective of the conference and explore the #ONA19 hashtag.

Coverage by the Student Newsroom

Each year the Student Newsroom and Innovation Lab immerses undergraduate and graduate students in a digital media environment, providing hands-on experience as they cover the annual conference. Here are some of the stories produced by the ONA19 newsroom:

Winners at the Online Journalism Awards

We celebrated the 2019 Online Journalism Awards in style this year. The winners represent some of the best in digital journalism — which means they’re a great source of inspiration for your next big digital project. Explore the categories and see where you can take their innovative techniques to the next level.

You can also watch the acceptance speeches of every OJA19 winner in a handy YouTube playlist. Here are a few of our favorites:

Join us at ONA20

Let’s keep learning together and save the date for ONA20, Sept. 30-Oct. 3 in Atlanta. Information about hotel room bookings, volunteer positions and our call for session pitches will be available in early 2020. The best way to stay in the loop as we announce opportunities is by subscribing to our newsletter.