ONA Weekly #375: Registration Is Open For ONA Insights! + Hiring A Learning Director

By on September 1, 2021

Choose your conference pass for #ONAInsights

News to shout about: Registration is now open for ONA Insights (Oct. 14–15). Get excited to explore how journalism organizations are reimagining approaches to audience development, product and work culture while planning for 2022. Plus, it’s our first chance to reunite the ONA community for an in-person event since 2019.

We navigated (and continue to solve for!) many dynamic pieces around safety, program design and more to arrive at this exciting point. You’ve waited patiently, and now it’s your turn! Choose from three options to participate in the conference: 

  • All Access Pass ($325 for ONA members; $400 for non-members): Two days of in-person networking and all 20 participatory sessions and workshops in Philadelphia. Plus, online access to virtual sessions in real-time with opportunity for watch parties or as on-demand recordings.
  • All Access Student Pass ($100): Reserved for high school, college and university students, including undergraduate, graduate and associate degree students.
  • Virtual-Only Pass ($100): Featured sessions and sponsored sessions (recorded and aired online) and livestreams of six breakout sessions from Philadelphia, one per session block. Participants get to connect via live chats during all broadcasts.

Please note: We understand the pandemic is top of mind for many of you as you consider meeting with ONA peers in person. To facilitate distancing during sessions, we are limiting the number of conference passes to join in Philadelphia. Plus, all on-site participants will be required to provide proof of vaccination and to wear masks indoors. Review the FAQs on our safety measures and reach out with any questions anytime by emailing support@journalists.org.

Register now for ONA Insights

Expanding access to high-quality professional development

Everyone deserves to boost their career journey with the networking and training that professional conferences offer. That’s why we work with ONA partners to make our events as accessible as possible through scholarships. For ONA Insights, there are three types of opportunities: 

  • Diversity and Inclusion Scholarship: For digital journalists from communities historically underrepresented in journalism—including but not limited to Black, Indigenous, and/or other people of color; people identifying as LGBTQ+; and disabled people. 
  • Students and New Professionals Scholarship: For journalists with five years professional experience or fewer in digital journalism.
  • New this year! Caregiver Support Scholarship: For individuals with caregiving responsibilities who would benefit from additional financial assistance to cover care needs that would enable them to participate in the conference

If you’re excited to participate in ONA Insights but the registration cost is prohibitive, apply for a scholarship by Sept. 24. You can apply to more than one opportunity.

Support digital journalists as the ONA Learning Director

We are looking for an inspiring Learning Director with significant project management experience to join the ONA team. This role involves designing training and community engagement programs for digital journalism leaders throughout the year, including our industry-leading annual conference and the Women’s Leadership Accelerator.

Here’s more information to answer some frequently asked questions: 

  • Salary: $80,000–$93,700
  • Location: Fully remote anywhere in the U.S. or hybrid setup in the Washington, D.C., area when we return to our office
  • Comprehensive benefits including medical, dental and vision insurance; opportunities for professional development; paid parental leave; partial gym/fitness reimbursement; and more
  • Work culture: Check out our staff values to understand the kind of environment we’re cultivating

Apply now to be the Learning Director or forward this opportunity to a friend.

Members-only: Help determine ONA’s board leadership

There are six open seats on the 2022–23 Board of Directors. ONA members help determine new leaders on the Board, and the first step is to submit a candidacy or nomination. The deadline is Sept. 9.

We are looking for a diverse group of forward-thinking people who are passionate about digital innovation to join other leaders like Andrew Fitzgerald, Chief Digital Content Officer at Hearst Television; Rubina Madan Fillion, Director of Audience for The New York Times Opinion; and Susan Gonzalez, Social Media Strategist at Chalkbeat.

Note: Voting will open in late September. Active ONA members as of Sept. 24 will be eligible to cast a ballot. Check your membership status.

Important dates

Career opportunities

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

On our radar

The radar is now open for suggestions. Have you written or read a piece lately that would benefit others in journalism? We’re interested in sharing insights on trends, how-to guides, lessons from a project and other inspiration for innovation in digital journalism.

Join as an ONA member or make a donation to help sustain ONA’s mission to inspire and support innovation in digital journalism. If you’re looking to promote an event, product, job opening or other opportunity, explore options to reach the ONA community.

We also rely on philanthropic and corporate support. Contact Chief Strategic Partnerships Officer Jessica Strelitz at jessica@journalists.org to learn about the many ways to invest in our mission.