ONA Weekly #326: Honoring Conflict Reporting And Community Building

By on September 16, 2020

Honoring conflict reporting and community building

We’re announcing recipients of the special Online Journalism Awards categories every Tuesday this month at 1 p.m. ET, complete with acceptance speeches and lots of fanfare. Join us on our YouTube channel as we celebrate this year’s honorees:

  • Sept. 22: James Foley Award for Conflict Reporting – This award recognizes a digital journalist who produces excellent reporting under the most challenging conditions, covering war, corruption, crime, culture and politics in countries around the world.
  • Sept. 29: ONA Community Award – This award honors a person or small team in online journalism that has made outsize contributions to the field, particularly those who create tools or work environments that allow digital journalists to do their best work

Women entrepreneurs on energizing the industry

We’re closing out our Women’s Leadership Accelerator: Summer Series with a final talk on Women in Entrepreneurship this Thursday, Sept. 17. Our speakers are women who know a thing or two about launching a business and making an impact: 

  • Áine Kerr, Co-Founder and COO, Kinzen
  • Candice Fortman, Chief of Engagement and Operations, Outlier Media
  • Carolina Guerrero, CEO & Co-founder, Radio Ambulante
  • Roxann Stafford, Managing Director, Knight-Lenfest Local News Transformation Fund.
We’ll conclude with networking in Shindig. If you missed a Summer Series discussion, the recordings are up! Just register for access. Registration for this series is free, with a suggested donation of $29 per discussion.

Declare your candidacy for the 2021-22 ONA Board of Directors

We’re looking for digital leaders with past involvement with ONA and diversity reflective of the communities that journalism serves to run for six open seats on the 2021-22 ONA Board of Directors. Participation is a chance to grow personally and professionally while you shape the future of media. Declare your candidacy by Sept. 23.

OJA inspiration: Excellence in Newsletters

We added Excellence in Newsletters as a category to the Online Journalism Awards this year to reflect continued evolution in our industry. Explore the finalists for inspiration:

  • Axios AM: Covers the top stories of the day, by journalist Mike Allen.
  • Lily Lines from The Washington Post: Stories about the everyday lives of women, paired with beautiful visuals.
  • Popular Information: Independent accountability journalism from reporter Judd Legum.
  • Race/Related from The Marshall Project & The New York Times: Explores how families keep in touch with their incarcerated loved ones during the holidays.
  • THE CITY Scoop: “A daily dialogue with a friend” on New York City. 

Learn about AI applications in journalism

The robots are here! During ONA Insights: Emerging Tech, we heard about how some of the largest news organizations in the world are using AI to expand their coverage and perform reporting tasks. Marina Walker Guevara of The Pulitzer Center led the discussion between John Keefe of Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY, Alyssa Zeisler of The Wall Street Journal and Lisa Gibbs of The Associated Press. Register or log in to your Insights account to watch the recording and learn about the future of reporter-editor relationships, hiring decisions and workflow management.

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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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