ONA Weekly #302

By on April 1, 2020

Community spotlight: Noticias en español

El Tímpano Founder Madeleine Bair recently gave a shout out to some innovative approaches from local news organizations to ensure their coronavirus-related reporting reaches Spanish-speaking communities. Here are a few she noted:

  • Mission Local is offering opt-in text updates
  • Documented is holding Facebook Live Q&As with experts
  • VailDaily has a Spanish-language section on its site
  • KUOW is running a liveblog with timestamped updates
Do you have new work you’re proud of? Tweet at us @ONA and let us know. 

Engaging hard-to-reach communities

For more techniques on reaching diverse communities, listen to leaders from Jambalaya News, Sahan Journal and La Gordiloca discuss how they connected with audiences local news had been unable to reach. The popular ONA19 session covered viral live video, SMS, internet radio, and diaspora social media techniques—but most importantly, encouraged establishing yourself as a trusted new source

Legal resources for student journalists

The Student Press Law Center has developed a toolkit for student journalists reporting on coronavirus-related issues, including guidelines to ward off censorship, an attorney hotline and letters stating why reporting is an essential service.


COVID-19: Taking Care of Journalists and Journalism

On April 8 at 1 p.m. ET, the Power Shift Project will host a webinar with Freedom Forum fellow Jill Geisler debriefing leaders of top professional journalism organizations, including ONA Executive Director/CEO Irving Washington, on covering coronavirus while caring for dedicated teams. Register now.

Upcoming events

ONA Local groups host networking and training events for journalism and technology communities around the world. All events are currently happening online. Find a group near you.

Career opportunities

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

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