ONA Weekly #289

By on December 18, 2019

Meet the Student Representative

We’re thrilled to announce that Florida A&M University Junior Aiyana Ishmael has been selected to serve as the Student Representative on ONA’s Board of Directors, where she’ll advocate for the needs of student journalists in ONA’s initiatives. Her two-year term begins Jan. 1, 2020. Aiyana was one of five students awarded our HBCU Digital Media Fellowship earlier this year. Through the fellowship, she received training and mentorship at ONA19 and contributed to the Student Newsroom and Innovation Lab. She is currently completing her Bachelor of Science in Broadcast Journalism and serving as Editor-in-Chief of FAMU’s magazine, Journey. Get to know the Student Representative

Why focus on leadership skills in 2020

“Newsrooms will need to find future leadership replacements collectively across the field and give those individuals training, resources and support now — not later.” Nieman Lab invited ONA Executive Director/CEO Irving Washington to contribute to their series of journalism predictions for 2020. Read his thoughts on why leadership isn’t learned on the job — and how the news industry can invest in it.

Maria Ressa on press freedom

During the course of her investigative work in the Philippines, Rappler CEO Maria Ressa has been arrested and accused of libel, and her organization has faced extensive government scrutiny. Head into 2020 by listening to her inspirational words from ONA19 on continuing to report in the face of political threats.


Save the date!

Applications for the Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism open Feb. 5! Think about a mental health topic you’d like to dig into and get ready to apply for $10,000, training on mental health reporting and more. Details

From the archives: An “almost-true” history of ONA’s origins

We’ve been sharing resources and stories from the ONA archives throughout 2019 to celebrate 20 years of inspiring innovation and excellence in digital journalism. As we close out this anniversary year, we’d like to leave you with a great account of ONA’s origin story from co-founder Rich Jaroslovsky. “The Online News Association was founded in the most appropriate way imaginable for a journalistic organization: as the result of a couple of newsies sitting around complaining to each other,” he writes. Read more about the early days of ONA.

Community stories

As part of our 20th anniversary celebration, community members shared stories about ONA’s impact on their work and careers. See what they contributed on #Happy20thONA — plus, it’s not too late to add your own story.

In those early days, ONA gave me a network of journalists and technologists driving the first wave of innovation in newsrooms. We shared tips on storytelling, building digital teams + skills, and how to deal with “integration.” — Meredith Artley
>5 years ago, three friends that don’t know one another sent a job description my way they felt would be perfect. I applied, and found myself (an outsider) embraced by a core community of news innovators changing the face of how we create, find and experience news. #Happy20thONA — Trevor Knoblich, ONA Chief Knowledge Officer

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