ONA Weekly #281

By on October 23, 2019

Apply to be ONA’s Board Student Representative

We’re looking for a Student Representative to be a voice for students on our Board of Directors, ensuring that ONA’s initiatives serve the interests and needs of student journalists. The two-year, non-voting role will begin on Jan. 1, 2020, and bring with it real-world, media industry leadership experience, as well as an appreciation for how nonprofit boards function. Apply by Nov. 14

ONA on Air: If you could rename ONA, what would it be?

Spoiler alert: ONA’s name is here to stay. Nonetheless, when co-founder Rich Jaroslovsky mentioned that “Online News Association” started out as a placeholder, ONA on Air Producer Ben Ellman wanted to ask our community: If you could rename ONA, would would it be? “Twenty years ago, the focus might have been on the word ‘online,’ and now that’s sort of a given,” said community member Nick DeSantis. Listen to the episode

WLA applications due Oct. 31

There’s just a little more than a week left to apply for the Women’s Leadership Accelerator. Explore our FAQ for helpful tips on filling out your application and more information about the program, including what we’re looking for in a digital project and how to think about your challenge. Reminder: This application requires a letter of recommendation, so reach out to the person you’d like to write it soon.

Free website accessibility training

What are you doing tomorrow, Oct. 24? How about spending an hour with Alley to learn how to allow your content to be seen and engaged with by people of all abilities! Whatever your technical acumen, there are adjustments you can make to improve your audience’s experience — some with little or no coding. Sign up for the free webinar.


Job openings at American Press Institute

Come work at API as our new 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: The first Student Representative

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 applications opening for the Board Student Representative seat, we’re looking back at Michelle Baruchman, who was the first to hold that position in 2016. Then a junior at the University of Georgia, Michelle’s plans for her term included increasing access to resources for students and promoting ONA Local groups. Today, she’s an engagement editor at The Seattle Times and moderated a session on digital forensics at ONA19.

Community stories

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

These are tough times for journalism, but anytime I attend an @ONA event, I feel re-energized and more hopeful. I haven’t met a more committed group of journalists, or people more dedicated to lifting each other up instead of tearing each other down. #Happy20thONA — Versha Sharma
I’m grateful to @ONA for introducing me to some of the smartest people working in digital journalism, many of whom have become my close friends and advisors. Thank you and #Happy20thONA — Rubina Madan Fillion

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