ONA Weekly 459: Early Birds, It’s Your #ONA23 Moment!

By on May 3, 2023

Early bird registration is open for ONA23

We are thrilled to announce Early Bird registration is open for the 2023 Online News Association Conference (#ONA23), Aug. 23-26 in Philadelphia, and ONA: Onward, Sept. 28-29 (virtual)! ONA CEO and Executive Director LaSharah S. Bunting lays out what you can expect at each event in a new video.

Now is your opportunity to get the lowest rate on ONA23 registration. We also offer hundreds of scholarships and volunteer opportunities that provide complimentary passes.

Members only: ONA members save at least 30% on registration. Learn more about joining the membership to help sustain our work year-round, or log in to the member center to access your ONA23 coupon code.

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Los Angeles Times wins 2023 Collier Prize

Congratulations to the Los Angeles Times, winner of the 2023 Collier Prize for State Government Accountability. Second prize was awarded to the Miami Herald and third place went to The Marshall Project/NBC News/ProPublica.

Strategies and resilience against misinformation

Join us on May 18 for Resilience in Combating Misinformation, a virtual convening about journalists’ multifaceted efforts to provide clear and trustworthy information and how to stay resilient in the face of mounting challenges.

We’ll start the event with a conversation moderated by digital strategy consultant and journalist Meena Thiruvengadam and featuring Joy Mayer, Director of Trusting News; Dr. Norbert Schwarz, Provost Professor, Department of Psychology & Marshall School of Business and Co-Director, USC Dornsife Mind & Society Center; and Gabriella Stern, Director of Media Relations at the World Health Organization. Then, attendees will join concurrent breakout sessions with the speaker of their choice. Register now.

Your best reporting on sports, health and wellness

Who’s producing the most exciting journalism on sports, health and wellness? Is that you? For the 2023 Online Journalism Awards (#OJA23), we are looking to celebrate innovative work that covers topics such as professional and amateur sporting events, wellness trends, profiles and investigations.

Recent honorees include A pickle(ball) in paradise, NJ Advance Media’s vibrant story about the fastest growing sport in the U.S.; The New York Times’ portfolio of work covering sports and the pandemic; and The Auschwitz boxers, a touching report by MARCA on the prisoners who saved their lives by boxing.

Entries to the 2023 OJAs are due May 25. Explore this and 22 more award categories

World Press Freedom Day

Today, the 30th anniversary of World Press Freedom Day, is a reminder to highlight the importance of a free press as a cornerstone of democracy and just societies. We’re sharing a few resources to help safeguard journalists’ safety and celebrate successes: 

  • Digital Safety Snacks: Journalists around the world face targeted abuse online each day. We collaborated with the International Women’s Media Foundation and PEN America to produce an eight-part video series with concrete steps to fight back. Each short video delivers essential tips from the experts, including on securing social media accounts, password hygiene and navigating data brokers.
  • U.S. Press Freedom Tracker: This news site and database documents and provides context about press freedom violations in the U.S. Incidents include everything from arrests to equipment damage to prior restraint. If you’ve been targeted for your journalism work, submit a report.
  • Online Journalism Awards: With press freedom increasingly under attack, we are even more determined to showcase the impact of great journalism. Our awards program honors the best of the best in digital media.

ONA is committed to strengthening the journalism community and driving innovation in the field. Consider joining as a member to support our mission.

On the calendar

Career opportunities 

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

On our radar

Directory spotlight

Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute 

The Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute (RJI) engages journalism professionals, organizations, scholars and communities in programs, tools, resources and workshops aimed at strengthening community-centered and local journalism through practical innovation.

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.

Support ONA

There are many ways to help sustain ONA’s mission to inspire and support innovation in digital journalism.