ONA Weekly #327: Funding For Innovation In Journalism Education

By on September 23, 2020

Apply for the Challenge Fund for Innovation in Journalism Education  

Applications are open for the 2020 Challenge Fund for Innovation in Journalism Education, which aims to support educators “hacking the journalism curriculum” through innovation and partnerships with local news organizations. We know that collaborations may look different right now—and we also know that educators are some of the most innovative people we know. When you apply, talk to us about your local circumstances and how you might adapt your projects to foster collaboration. Applications are due Oct. 28.

Register for ONA20 Everywhere before the price goes up

Today, Sept. 23, is the last day to register for ONA20 Everywhere at the Standard Rate before the price increases—and don’t forget, you can become an ONA member and save 35%. Get your pass by 11:59 p.m. ET tonight.

ONA20 will take place Oct. 1-16, with programming spread out Tuesdays-Fridays for 3-hour blocks, to make it easier to attend. We’re incredibly excited about everything we’ve designed for a 100% digital experience, from our schedule to networking, and we can’t wait to share it with you. Join us for digital journalism’s biggest family reunion!

Last call: Run for the 2021-22 ONA Board of Directors

Declare your candidacy for one of the six seats open on the 2021-22 ONA Board of Directors by 11:59 p.m. ET tonight, Sept. 23. The Board guides ONA’s strategic direction and helps shape the digital journalism industry; participation is a chance to develop skills, experience and connections with a team of other passionate and motivated professionals.

Explore the OJA20 Topical Reporting: Climate Change finalists

The 2020 Online Journalism Awards includes honors for Topical Reporting: Climate Change, recognizing journalism that addresses climate-change’s impact on our daily lives. We’ll announce the winner Oct. 9 at 1 p.m. ET during ONA20 Everywhere. Special thanks to McKinsey Publishing for their financial support of the cash prize for this award. 

  • 2°C: Beyond the limit, The Washington Post: If the entire planet reaches 2 degrees Celsius, scientists say we face devastating consequences. But the world warms very unevenly, meaning key swaths of the planet are already there – and these “hotspots” are growing in number.
  • California against the sea, Los Angeles Times: What do we want the California coast to look like in the future as sea levels rise? What do we care about saving, and what are we willing to let go?
  • How global warming has changed the world since your childhood, ABC News Story Lab: Shifting climate change from an abstract problem to something personal, this series allows readers to select their birth year and generate custom data visualizations.
  • Las mujeres que le ganaron al desierto, GK: The women who beat the desert is a multimedia project focused on four women farmers living in the Ecuador’s Jubones Desert, who unconsciously adapt to climate change in their daily lives. 
  • These 3 supertrees can protect us from climate collapse. But can we protect them?, Vox.com: Tropical forests provide extraordinary services that combat climate change. This story centers on three tree species with “superpowers,” their unique place in a regional and global ecosystem and the deforestation that threatens them.

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