ONA Weekly #319: Announcing The 2020 Journalism 360 Challenge

By on July 29, 2020

Announcing the 2020 Journalism 360 Challenge

We’re excited to announce the 2020 Journalism 360 Challenge: an open call for early-stage projects that experiment with immersive storytelling and advance best practices in the field, generously supported by John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Winning projects will receive a share of $100,000. The challenge is open, but not limited to projects that utilize 360 video, spatial audio, augmented reality, virtuality reality and mixed reality. Submit your application by Aug. 20

Welcome Robert Hernandez, new Journalism 360 Program Manager

We’re thrilled to share that Robert Hernandez is consulting with ONA as the new Journalism 360 Program Manager. He’ll help produce events and training (including at ONA20 Everywhere), administer grants and foster connections among the Journalism 360 community. Give him a warm hello during ONA Insights: Emerging Tech this week and subscribe to the Journalism 360 newsletter for resources from the program.

Tomorrow: Join a fireside chat with Alex Wallace

ONA Insights: Emerging Tech is in full swing with lively discussions on how innovators are experimenting with the latest storytelling technology. Join us tomorrow, July 30, for our second day of programming, kicking off at 12 p.m. ET/4 p.m. UTC with a conversation between Alex Wallace, Verizon Media’s Head of Media and Content, and Paul Cheung, Knight Foundation’s Director/Journalism + Technology Innovation on experiments and tech trends to watch in journalism.

Also on tomorrow’s schedule: cutting-edge technology for protecting sourceshow to design inclusive gaming experiencesAI solutions from Microsoft News Lab and a virtual reality tour and meetup in Mozilla Hubs. Registration is name-your-own-price and registered attendees will have access to all session recordings. Join us!

Last call for Community Award nominations

Thursday, July 30 is the last day to submit your nominations for the ONA Community Award, which honors those making outsize contributions to digital journalism. Who are the leaders who have gone above and beyond to champion others’ work, develop future leaders, support teams on trailblazing projects and transform newsrooms. Nominate someone by 11:59 p.m ET tomorrow.


Let the MIND games begin

Microsoft Research has shared MIND, a mammoth anonymized data set of user behavior logs. Dig in & find out how to join a competition with $20K in prizes by creating ways to rank news articles aligning with user interests. 

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