ONA Weekly #350: Meet The 2021 Women’s Leadership Accelerator Cohort, Speakers And Mentors

By on March 10, 2021


Meet the 2021 Women’s Leadership Accelerator cohort, speakers and mentors

Today we are thrilled to announce the 2021 cohort of the Women’s Leadership Accelerator, plus 14 phenomenal digital media leaders confirmed to serve as speakers and mentors during the program’s kickoff week. The Accelerator provides yearlong leadership training, coaching and practical guidance aimed at advancing women in digital journalism, and is a key part of ONA’s broader commitment to boost diversity and inclusion in journalism. The program is tuition-free thanks to the support of lead funder Dow Jones Foundation, with additional support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

The 26 women in this year’s cohort represent six countries and serve audiences from Anchorage, Alaska, to Cairo, Egypt. The majority of this inspiring group identify as women of color, and they bring to the cohort a range of journalism backgrounds. We are thrilled to welcome editors, managers, producers, entrepreneurs and journalists with expertise in local news, product development, audience, digital strategy and visual and audio production.

Get to know the 2021 Women’s Leadership Accelerator

We are always looking for partners to join us in strengthening the leadership pipeline for women in digital journalism. Learn about ways to support the Accelerator and contact Jessica Strelitz, Chief Strategic Partnerships Officer, at jessica@journalists.org.

Photogrammetry 101

Have a camera, objects lying around and a desire to virtually render them in 3D?

Photographs may be flat, but photogrammetry—a technique that involves taking multiple photos of an object and using software to stitch them together—gets around this problem and enables immersive stories, like this exploration of an Antarctic whaling boomtown (produced by PBS NewsHour, a 2018 Journalism 360 winner).

Photogrammetry can be done with any camera (even a mobile one!) but not all subjects are equal. Difficult materials include anything shiny or transparent or reflective, so your coffee mug may be out. But most other non-moving objects are fair game. The trick is to take three layers of images: context shots that cover almost all of the subject, midrange shots and then closeup shots for detail. Then combine and overlap the photos using one of the many free software programs available. This step-by-step guide starts with the basics and then, for the more advanced and ambitious, gets into the weeds, covering everything from why Plexiglass can be helpful to how to do large-scale, drone-based projects.

Dig deeper: A Guide to Photogrammetry Photography (2020)

  • Featured expert: Ben Kreimer
  • Quick tip: Take photographs of your subject object, landscape or structure with about 70-80% overlap from photo to photo.


Power Shift Project’s Workplace Integrity Training

The Freedom Forum’s Power Shift Project has updated its Workplace Integrity curriculum with new content, to be delivered online. The goal is to produce workplaces free of harassment, discrimination and incivility, especially for those who have traditionally been vulnerable. Sign up here.

ICYMI: Read the latest from Journalism 360

Journalism 360 is our community of digital journalists telling stories using virtual reality, augmented reality, 360 video and other immersive tools. Join the Facebook group to connect with innovators working in these mediums, and subscribe to our newsletter to get the latest industry news, updates about the program and examples of impressive immersive storytelling. Our latest issue features a Journalism 360-supported film that will premiere at SXSW this month and a first look at a project exploring the impact of an overpass on a community in Syracuse, New York.

Recruiters: Use this ONA Career Center tool

Streamline your candidate search! When you post a job opening on the ONA Career Center, you have access to over 400 resumes and a customizable search engine to hone in on the best prospects even before new resumes start coming in.

Important dates

Note: All ONA Local events are currently happening online, and open to all regardless of where you’re located.

Career opportunities

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

On our radar