ONA Weekly #384: Apply For The Women’s Leadership Accelerator Program

By on November 3, 2021

Apply for the 2022 Women’s Leadership Accelerator  

Exciting update: Applications are now open for the 2022 cohort of the Women’s Leadership Accelerator. The tuition-free, year-long program supercharges the leadership and management skills of women pushing digital innovation. Throughout the program, participants enjoy many opportunities to build a support system alongside their peers. Together, the cohort engages in honest dialogue about leadership, work-life balance and thinking critically through common and unique challenges. They also receive one-on-one mentoring from industry leaders, coaching on individual challenges and additional sessions targeting group needs. The accelerator culminates with a half-day workshop in September 2022, during ONA’s annual conference in Los Angeles. Learn more about the program’s requirements and get started on your application or forward this opportunity to a colleague who’d be a great fit. Applications are due Nov. 30.


Are you looking to expose injustice?

The O’Brien Fellowship gives reporters nine months, $70,000, funding for travel and research and a team of student journalists to do just that. Applications open in less than a month on December 1, 2021. Learn more

Get buy-in for your ideas 

Join us online Nov. 4, 12 p.m. EDT (16:00 UTC), for Making the Case for your Ideas and Team, the first of a three-part conversation series from the Women’s Leadership Accelerator focused on advocating for yourself and your team’s vision. Guests will hear from Irene McKisson, Co-Founder of AZ Luminaria, a new nonprofit news organization in Arizona; Amy King, Deputy Managing Editor of the Los Angeles Times and moderator Nadine Ajaka, Senior Producer of Visual Forensics at the Washington Post. They will discuss their shared experience creating local and national nonprofit newsrooms and redefining workflows within their organizations. Name your own price to register now.

More resources to demonstrate your impact 

Following up on last week’s newsletter, we are happy to share more resources on tracking and communicating the impact of your journalism. ONA community member Anjanette Delgado, a journalist who began tracking the impact of local journalism in 2015, wrote in to share how she led the Detroit Free Press to document their first community report in 2019 and seven things to keep in mind during the process. Anjanette also recommends zooming out to consider a systems approach, digging into how individual events you’re reporting on relate to larger patterns and impact. Check out this toolkit on systems thinking with journalists.

Exposing the secret world of police dogs

A yearlong investigation into violence involving police dogs across U.S. cities won Excellence in Collaboration and Partnerships at the 2021 Online Journalism Awards. The project Mauled: When Police Dogs Are Weapons started out as a local reporting endeavor by AL.com and soon expanded into a joint effort after they reached out to The Marshall Project for national research and reporting on this issue. Partnerships were also forming in other parts of the country. The IndyStar and Invisible Institute were focusing their efforts on dog violence in Indianapolis and The Advocate was examining the use of dogs on teenagers in Baton Rouge, La. Together, the newsrooms uncovered individual cases of police dog violence — many that were life-altering, even deadly — from court documentation and built a nationwide database of more than 150 severe incidents. Their investigation also brought to light a higher incidence among men, particularly Black men.

Explore more inspiring finalists in the collaboration category, including projects from Al Jazeera English, Mongabay, The Gecko Project, Chicago Tribune, Better Government Association, BuzzFeed News and the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists.

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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:

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.
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