ONA Weekly #387: Mixed Reality Meets Journalism

By on November 24, 2021

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Mixed reality meets journalism

Our next event is for XR professionals in journalism and other people curious about experimenting with XR technologies for news. Join us online for the ONA XR Community Meetup on Dec. 9, 2–3:30 p.m. EST (19:00–20:30 UTC). The meetup will be an energetic gathering with facilitated networking and idea-sharing. It’s a participatory event, not a webinar, so come ready to contribute ideas alongside peers, new mentors and potential collaborators. Register now for the XR meetup.

Plus: We’re always on the lookout for helpful resources. If you have inspiring examples of XR in journalism or a recent guide that’s informing your work, reply directly to this email. We can share with the community in a future issue of this newsletter.

Project Veritas v. New York Times Company

On Nov. 22, ONA joined 50 other journalism organizations in an amicus brief arguing against the prior restraint imposed by the New York court against The New York Times at the behest of Project Veritas. The position argues that the restrictions on publication and newsgathering violate the First Amendment and would greatly harm journalists’ ability to do their job—reporting newsworthy information in the public interest. Organizations joining this filing, led by the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, include The Associated Press, New England First Amendment Coalition, The Philadelphia Inquirer and Society of Environmental Journalists. Read more.

Apply by Nov. 30 to join the Women’s Leadership Accelerator

ONA’s Women’s Leadership Accelerator is a yearlong, tuition-free program that supercharges the leadership skills of women in digital journalism. Through in-person and virtual workshops, women in the cohort enjoy many opportunities to expand their skills, receive one-on-one mentoring with industry leaders and nurture a career-long support system alongside their peers.

We are looking for 26 women to join the 2022 program, and there’s just under one week left to apply. Learn more and submit an application by Tuesday, Nov. 30, or forward this opportunity to a peer who should join the cohort.

Replay: Leadership conversations with women in journalism  

A few of you have asked and the answer is yes! Recordings are available for the three learning sessions in this year’s Women’s Leadership Accelerator speaker series, part of our work to bring inspiring, high-quality training to more women in journalism and other leaders motivated to support the women on their teams.

The three sessions explore strategies and opportunities to advocate for yourself, your ideas and your team. Attendees have described the conversations as a “really great experience” and “outstanding.” Name your own price to register for access to one session or the full series:

  • Making the Case for your Ideas and Team with Amy King, Creative Director and Managing Editor, Los Angeles Times; Irene McKisson, Co-Founder of AZ Luminaria; and moderator Nadine Ajaka, Senior Producer, Visual Forensics, The Washington Post
  • Challenging the System on Imposter Syndrome with Evette Dionne, Editorial and Publishing Manager, Netflix; Federica Cherubini, Head of Leadership Development, Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism; Lilah Raptopoulos, US Head of Audience Engagement, Financial Times; Kate Lesniak, Senior Manager, HubSpot for Nonprofits, Hubspot; and moderator Imaeyen Ibanga, Presenter, AJ+, and ONA board member
  • Building the Career you Want with Millie Tran, Vice President, Content Strategy and Growth, Condé Nast; Rubina Fillion, Director of Strategy, New York Times Opinion, and ONA board member; Versha Sharma, Editor-in-Chief, Teen Vogue, and ONA board member; and moderator Kim Fox, Vice President, Product Strategy, CalMatters

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.