ONA Weekly #460: New OJA Category: Race, Ethnicity, Gender And Identity

By on May 10, 2023

Honoring the best race, ethnicity, gender and identity journalism

We’re seeking outstanding digital reporting on race, ethnicity, gender and identity for the 2023 Online Journalism Awards (#OJA23). Entries can address all aspects of the topic, including politics, the workplace, health, safety, lifestyle and economic impact.

The award for Topical Reporting: Race, Ethnicity, Gender and Identity is one of two awards making their debut at this year’s OJAs. Explore this and 22 more award categories and submit your entries by May 25.


The 19th Fellowship for HBCU Alumni

The 19th is accepting applications for its new cohort of Frances Ellen Watkins Harper Fellows! The fellowships give HBCU alums yearlong, salaried and benefit-laden fellowships in editorial, audience engagement, and product. Learn more and apply here.

Advocating for journalists’ rights

ONA has joined the Freedom of the Press Foundation, the Committee to Protect Journalists and a coalition of more than 45 organizations that called for overturning the convictions of journalists Matilda Bliss and Veronica Coit. The two were arrested for trespassing while documenting a police sweep of a homeless encampment in December 2021. 

“A government interested in transparency should not want to set a precedent that journalists cannot cover newsworthy events, in plain sight and on public land, at night,” the Freedom of the Press Foundation wrote in a letter to Asheville and Buncombe County officials. Read the full letter.

Last call: Pitch us your ONA23 Midway programming

Don’t miss your chance to contribute to programming in the ONA23 Midway, the futures lab for journalism at the 2023 Online News Association Conference (#ONA23). Conference attendees visit the Midway to learn about emerging and established tools and products. Midway programming typically includes one-hour sessions that highlight topics of importance to the ONA community and feature at least one expert from the proposing group. Pitch a Midway session by May 12.

Plus: If you are leading a company that has been operating for fewer than 24 months, apply to join the Start-Up Alley. Let us introduce you — and your fresh ideas and innovative tools — to our global community of digital journalists

On the calendar

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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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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