ONA Weekly 404: ONA At The International Journalism Festival (#IJF22)

By on March 30, 2022

ONA at #IJF22

Europe’s largest annual media event is back! ONA is thrilled to contribute programming to the International Journalism Festival, which returns to Perugia, Italy, on April 6–10. We are organizing two sessions for journalists and media leaders interested in local news innovation, organizational culture and addressing systemic racism.

How North American newsrooms are operationalizing diversity, equity, and inclusion
Thursday, April 7, 12:00 – 13:00 

  • Featured speakers: ONA board members Ashley AlvaradoVice President of Community Engagement & Strategic Initiatives at KPCC, and Anita Li, Founder and CEO of The Green Line, a newly launched outlet serving Toronto
  • What to expect: Grounding and inspiration from two leaders who have managed Diversity, Equity and Inclusion initiatives in their organizations; practical tools and resources to apply in your newsrooms; and frameworks for engaging underrepresented communities
How local news can empower civic engagement and the fight against misinformation
Friday, April 8, 17:00–18:00
  • Featured speakers: Marianna Bruschi, journalist at GEDI Gruppo Editoriale and ONA Italia member; Candice Fortman, Executive Editor of Outlier Media; Anita Li, Founder and CEO of The Green Line and ONA board member; Tassos MorfisFounder of Project Epsilon and Co-Founder and Editor-in-Chief of AthensLive
  • What to expect: Perspectives from Canada, Greece, Italy and the United States on engaging audiences from news consumption to local action
Also speaking in Perugia are ONA board members Angela Pacienza, Executive Editor at The Globe and Mail; Anita Zielina, Director of Strategic Initiatives at CUNY’s Newmark J-School; and Fergus Bell, Founder and CEO of Fathm. If you are joining the festival, make plans to connect with them at their sessions: 


Deadline coming up!

The deadline to apply for the Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism is April 6!
Get a $10k grant to report on a mental health issue, intensive training on mental health reporting and join a global network of top journalists. Apply now.

ONA Career Day is here!

ONA Career Day is happening tomorrow, Thursday, March 31! Whether you’re actively applying for journalism jobs, looking for resources to navigate careers or in the mood for networking, there is a spot for you. Register now to join nearly 500 community members, hiring managers and recruiters looking to boost journalism careers.

Who should be ONA’s Early Career Board Officer?

The application is closing soon to join ONA’s Board of Directors as the Early Career Board Officer. This influential role contributes perspective to inform ONA’s programs, from the annual conference to fellowships, local trainings and new partnerships. It’s a unique leadership opportunity for journalists who are just getting started in the industry. Apply by Thursday, April 7, or share this opportunity with someone who would be a great candidate.

Pitch session ideas to the #ONA22 Suggestion Box

Community input drives how the ONA annual conference takes shape. Now is the best chance to tell us about the conversations and learning you want to see at ONA22, Sept. 21–24, in Los Angeles and online. You can use the ONA22 Suggestion Box to pitch two types of ideas:

  • A session you want to lead or facilitate, including case studies, best practices in digital innovation and workshops on a specific skill
  • A topic you think is critical for us to find an expert to address, plus any suggestions you have for speakers

The Suggestion Box is open now through April 21. Learn how to craft and submit your ONA22 pitches.

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