ONA Weekly #434: Digital Safety Tips For The Approaching U.S. Midterm Elections

By on November 2, 2022

Digital safety for journalists as the U.S. midterm elections approach

While reporting on the U.S. midterm elections, we suggest tightening your privacy and security settings to protect against online abuse from trolls and extremists.

Find step-by-step guidance in the Digital Safety Snacks series, produced in partnership with IWMF and PEN America. These short videos were designed to quickly help you understand the risks and what to do.

Exploring organizational leadership and culture

When we talk about inclusive and equitable workspaces, pay equity and humanness, management framework and operating principles, the common denominator is a need for strong leadership and organizational culture. 

Sessions in ONA22’s leadership and culture track explored these issues and more. Here are some key takeaways:

When it comes to management, how do we change things when we don’t agree with the how and the why? Building the Newsroom Management Framework of the Future, Right Now explored these questions in an interactive session that also tackled common tension points like skill vs. will, motivation, team dynamics and growth. 

When products are inaccessible and communities are marginalized, building trust and building community isn’t easy. In order to create a safe space, Sisi Wei, Editor-in-Chief of The Markup has three helpful hints: tell people what you’re going to do; follow through; and let people check your work. This makes room for sources to become co-reporters, and accessibility an expectation. Watch Inclusive and Equitable News Spaces are the Future: Four Methods To Get You Started Now to learn how four leaders have been putting methods of inclusion into practice. 

Trust, a powerful vision and metrics make for a strong team. Strong operating principles can strengthen an organization by anchoring its leadership and helping to navigate change. In More Than Words on the Wall: Drafting and Implementing Strong Operating Principles, panelists discussed the difference between values and operating principles and the importance of operationalizing your values to effectively guide your team. 

Listen to your audience. We hear it every day in our industry. But how often do we take the time to listen to our internal audience? When we need buy-in and strong alignment for a new initiative or policy, time taken to better understand your team’s thoughts and insights could prove be invaluable. Interviewing Your Own Newsroom: How an Internal Listening Tour Can Help You Craft a Roadmap for Change shares how interviewing your own newsroom can help foster alignment and create a more effective roadmap for change.

Women leaders: this program is for you

The Women’s Leadership Accelerator is a year-long cohort experience that offers an intensive program of mentoring, discussion and learning from some of the top minds in digital media. Participants work closely with mentors on challenges unique to their careers and also receive support and coaching from ONA throughout the year. Submit your applications by Nov. 10.

To learn more about supporting the program, contact Jessica Strelitz, Chief Strategic Partnerships Officer, at jessica@journalists.org.

Career opportunities

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

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P.S. From the ONA team

  • ONA Chief Strategic Partnerships Officer Jessica Strelitz and CEO Irving Washington joined the Media Impact Funders’ annual gathering in Philadelphia and contributed to expert dialogue on what’s working and why in journalism funding. Irving was featured in a conversation on ways to meet the challenges of local news. Watch Replanting Local News: A Few Significant Initiatives

  • Irving Washington also moderated a conversation for the American Journalism Project about the steps local news leaders can take to advance newsroom inclusion and better reflect the communities they serve. The event was part of a virtual series featuring leading researchers and local news practitioners. View takeaways and a recording.

Directory spotlight


Reddit is a community of millions of users engaging in the creation of content and the sharing of conversation across tens of thousands of topics.

Dozens of technology companies, foundations, consultants and journalism organizations contribute to ONA’s mission throughout the year. Explore our Industry Directory to discover new tools and potential partners, or learn how to get listed.

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