ONA Weekly 377: Resolve Philly, NYT, Trusting News And More At #ONAInsights

By on September 15, 2021

Resolve Philly, The New York Times, Trusting News and more at ONA Insights

We are just one month away from ONA Insights (Oct. 14–15). Choose your own conference experience: Get the All-Access Pass to reconnect with ONA peers in Philadelphia or the Virtual-Only Pass to stream select sessions remotely. Community members joining the conference so far include leaders from The Philadelphia Inquirer, Dot Connector Studio, Detroit Free Press, Center for Public Integrity, The New York Times and more.

Over the two days, we will dive into new approaches for audience development, product and work culture to inform newsrooms’ 2022 strategy. The conference will feature about 50 speakers and facilitators who will discuss fresh ideas and collaborate on workshops and template building. Speakers include:

  • Resolve Philly’s Aubrey Nagle, Reframe Editor, and John Hernandez, Senior Editorial Associate, on techniques for quick content analyses to assess the story behind your stories—and why it’s an important process
  • Lynn Walsh, Assistant Director, Trusting News, on product solutions to common journalism problems
  • Caroline Bauman, Community Engagement Strategist at Chalkbeat, and Terry Parris, Jr., Director of Engagement for The CITY, on how even tiny newsrooms can create impactful virtual events to grow their audiences

If you’re excited to learn and network at ONA Insights but the cost is prohibitive, we encourage you to apply for a scholarship. Applications are due Sept. 24. We are offering three types of scholarships: Diversity and Inclusion, sponsored by Alley; Students and New Professionals and Caregiver Support. The scholarships can support either in-person or virtual participation (select when you apply).

Please note: All participants in Philadelphia are required to provide proof of vaccination against Covid-19 and to wear face masks indoors. Plus, we’re limiting the number of All Access Passes to facilitate distancing during sessions. Review the FAQs on our health and safety measures and reach out with any questions any time by emailing support@journalists.org.


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Get ready to vote in the 2022–23 Board of Directors election

All active ONA members as of Friday, Sept. 24 will be eligible to cast a vote in the upcoming 2022–23 Board of Directors election. Voting will be open from Sept. 28–Oct. 18. Join ONA or confirm your membership status today.

We are pleased to introduce the slate of 11 candidates running for six open seats:

  • Angela Pacienza, Executive Editor, The Globe and Mail
  • Anita Li, Founder & CEO, The Green Line
  • Charo Henriquez, Editor, Newsroom Development & Support, The New York Times
  • David Smydra, Senior Curation Lead, Twitter
  • Elana Zak, Head of Newsletters, Politico
  • Fergus Bell, Founder & CEO, Fathm
  • Kat Duncan, Director of Innovation, The Reynolds Journalism Institute
  • Kristian Lindquist, Head of digital, Swedish Public Service Broadcaster, SVT
  • Rachel Schwartz, Director, Content Operations, ABC Owned Television Stations
  • Tina Korani, Assistant Professor of Media Design, San Jose State University
  • Versha Sharma, Editor-in-Chief, Teen Vogue

Explore each candidate’s profile to learn about their backgrounds and expertise, history of involvement with ONA and why they are running for the Board. You will also have the opportunity to hear more about each candidate’s vision for ONA and digital journalism during the ONA Board Candidates’ Forum, a virtual event, on Oct. 4.

Create innovative training opportunities for the ONA community

There’s still time to apply to join the ONA team as the Learning Director; we are reviewing applications on a rolling basis. The Learning Director will oversee training and community engagement programs for digital journalists, including ONA’s annual conference, the Women’s Leadership Accelerator and a variety of in-person and virtual learning events throughout the year. Apply now or forward this opportunity to a peer who’d make a great candidate.

Reporting on systemic inequities and social justice

The 2021 Online Journalism Awards include a new category for Excellence in Social Justice Reporting, honoring exceptional digital journalism that highlights systemic inequities encountered by marginalized communities. Our inaugural set of finalists include projects that covered the connection between colonial legacy and environment crisis in Guatemala, the adoption system in Argentina and a small town’s perspective of the racial justice movement in the U.S.

Winners will be announced Oct. 15. We encourage you to explore these inspiring projects!

Portfolio finalistsGeorge Floyd’s America, The Washington Post; Policing and Racial Injustice in the United States, The New York Times; Quiero una familia, Fundación La Nación, La Nacion; Reimagine Safety, The Washington Post

Single story finalistsFlimsy Plastic Knives, a Single Microwave and Empty Popcorn Bags, The Counter; Foster Care Agencies Take Millions of Dollars Owed to Kids, NPR, The Marshall Project; Sound of Judgment, The News & Observer Publishing Company, ProPublica; The Grandmother Lake, International Women’s Media Foundation

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.

P.S. from the ONA team

  • Executive Director/CEO Irving Washington will speak today, Sept. 15, 3:30 p.m. EDT (19:30 UTC) at the 2021 PRPD Conference – Redefining Public Media on addressing burnout from an organizational perspective. Irving will be in conversation with leaders from NPR, Colorado Public Radio and Mercer for the session “Battling Burnout With Your Team, Your Peers, and Yourself.”
  • Meeting Manager Adam Martin has been recognized on Connect magazine’s “40 under 40” list, honoring association professionals who are leading the revival of the events industry during the Covid-19 pandemic. Adam is featured in the Fall 2021 issue: The Reconnecting Issue.
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.