The 2023 Online News Association Conference gathered over 1,800 digital journalists, technologists, entrepreneurs, journalism funders, educators and other changemakers in digital media from over 32 countries.
Based on community feedback, we experimented with presenting this year’s conference in two parts: ONA23: Philadelphia as an energetic four days in person, followed by ONA23: Onward, a virtual mini-conference held one month later. Featured speakers included Nikole Hannah-Jones, creator of the 1619 project; Versha Sharma, Editor-in-chief of Teen Vogue; Hillary Frey, Editor-in-chief of Slate; and Katie Drummond, WIRED’s new Global Editorial Director.
Take a look back at the resources and highlights from ONA23.
Philadelphia in photos
From plenaries to parties, Philadelphia was good to us! View galleries of photo highlights from ONA23: Philadelphia and the 2023 Online Journalism Awards Ceremony to relive some of the best moments from the in-person gathering. All official ONA23 photos were captured by Joe Mac Creative.
Featured sessions in Philadelphia
We gathered experts from a range of disciplines to the main stage to offer insights on navigating the shared challenges and key trends impacting newsrooms now. Watch the video recordings.
- The Promise and Peril of Artificial Intelligence
- Every Voice, Every Vote: Lessons On Collaborative Elections Coverage From Philadelphia
- From Streaming to Space to South Philly: What Can News Leaders Learn From Leaders in Other Fields?
- Real Talk About The Status Of DEI In Journalism
- In Conversation: Nikole Hannah-Jones
- In a Post-Platform Media World, Destinations Matter Most
- The Humans Who Power(ed) Your Algorithm: The Untold Story of Big Tech’s Curation, Content, & Editorial Teams
- Recognizing Inequities in Artificial Intelligence with Meredith Broussard
- ChatGPT, Seriously: Real, (Mostly) Non-Cringey Uses That Make Journalism Better
Highlights from the ONA23 Midway
At each ONA conference, The Midway is the destination to discover tools, products and services that can measurably improve how newsrooms deliver on their mission. We complement this playground for exploration with curated educational programming. Check out some of the groups who participated in this year’s Midway, and learn new ways to approach your work from these session highlights:
- How to Think Like a Change Agent: Building Your Skills to Spur Innovation with a Journalism Fellowship, presented by the Knight-Wallace Fellowships for Journalists at the University of Michigan, with lessons from Maria Arce, Jarrad Henderson and Meg Martin
- A Roundtable Discussion on the Latest in AI Innovation, presented by Microsoft, featuring Matt Masterson, Evan Young and Liz Danzico
- Extract Structured Data with Google Pinpoint, presented by Google News Initiative, with expert tips from Etan Horowitz
- YouTube News Shorts Workshop, presented by YouTube and Google News Initiative, led by Nicolette Scott
- The Transformative Impact of BIPOC Media Collaborations: How to Build True Power and Sustainability for Black and Brown Communities, presented by Knight Foundation, with perspectives from S. Mitra Kalita, Sara Lomax-Reese and Karen Rundlet
- From Statehouse to Newsroom: The Role Public Policy Can Play in Rebuilding Local News, presented by Microsoft, featuring Graciela Mochkovsky, Bruce Putterman and Steve Waldman
- Powering Trusted News with AI: Navigating the Present and Shaping the Future, presented by Reuters, with speakers Haris Agha, Jane Barrett, Leela Maryam de Kretser and Mahesh Ramachandran
- State of Affairs: The Impact of State-Level Investigative Journalism, presented by the College of Journalism and Communications at the University of Florida, with panelists Sarah Blaskey, Erin Einhorn, Harriet Ryan and Randy Bennett
We’re actively shaping what the Midway space will look like at the ONA24 conference (Sept. 18-21, 2024, in Atlanta). If your organization is interested in ways to join, now is a great time to contact Jessica Strelitz, ONA Chief Strategic Partnerships Officer, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Resources from ONA23: Onward
Catch up on the conversations from ONA23: Onward, the virtual component of this year’s conference. All attendees who registered for a pass to ONA23: Philadelphia or Onward have access to the Onward session archive.
Access the event platform using the unique login credentials we shared in the “Know Before You Login” email, sent Sept. 22 from email@example.com. Plus, view this step-by-step guide to displaying the interactive transcripts for each video recording.
- A Keynote Conversation With Katie Drummond, WIRED’s New Global Editorial Director
- Approaches In AI Innovation From Two of Europe’s Public Broadcasters
- Mastering Data Storytelling for Impactful Reporting
- Caption This: News, Captions, Accessibility, and Keeping Humans in the Loop
- Learn How To Use Google Analytics 4
- Reporting, Staffing and Using Generative AI in Newsrooms
- Transforming Local Journalism: A Discussion of Next-Generation Approaches to Rebuilding Capacity
- Encore: YouTube News Shorts Workshop
- Taylor Lorenz: Looking Back to Look Forward While We’re All Extremely Online
- Misinformation, AI, and Elections: The Role of the News Industry in Safeguarding Democracy in the AI Era
Coverage from the Student Newsroom
Each year ONA selects a group of students and journalism mentors for an immersive digital training experience as they cover the annual conference. Peg Achterman, Associate Professor of Communication & Journalism at Seattle Pacific University, and Jaya Franklin, Interim Director of Communications at Georgia State University College of Law, led the 20 members and 10 mentors in the ONA23 Student Newsroom and Innovation Lab.
Many thanks to Microsoft Start and Democracy Forward, the TEGNA Foundation and Canva for supporting this year’s program.
Here are some of the student stories:
- Philly celebrates hip-hop’s 50th anniversary, Taylor Marie Contarino
- Online safety: A forgotten priority in the newsroom, Bryn Borzillo
- ‘Don’t get analysis paralysis’: A Q&A with data visualization specialist María Fernanda Callejón, Olivia Capriotti
- Audio: exploring gender in journalism, Aubrey Rhoadarmer
- Four things to keep in mind when covering tribal elections, Allison Mawn
- How News Organizations Navigate Language Barriers to Enhance Coverage, Ellie Blanchard
- Going beyond the basics: A new generation of journalists is changing the way reporters cover the transgender community, Isabelle Kravis
- DEI in the Newsroom: Meeting People Where They Are, Nakya Carter
- How the Associated Press is bridging the gap between local and national newsrooms through AI, Jabari Gibbs
- Elimination of copy desks signals industry reprioritization, Noah Lyons
- A conversation with Diane Foley on journalist safety, Yukthi Sangoi
- How newsrooms are using native platforms to engage with readers, Emily Hood
- How breaking news coverage can be a tool to engage audiences, Jillian Smith
- A Guide Of Places to Eat Around ONA, Guadalupe Perez
- Is the digital media workspace toxic?, Abigail Scott
- How the Women’s Leadership Accelerator fosters empowerment and community, Victoria Valenzuela
- Philadelphia newsrooms, nonprofits talk funding as local resources diminish, Olivia Cohen
- Time management and how it benefits journalists, Casey Chan-Smutko
- Meet ONA’s new Executive Director: LaSharah S. Bunting, Amber X. Chen
- Snapshots of Excellence: the 2023 Online Journalism Awards, Liz Rymarev
Special thanks to ONA members
Save the dates: ONA24 is Sept. 18-21, 2024
We also created a dedicated channel in the ONA Slack Community to connect Atlanta locals leading up to and during the conference; start a conversation on #local-atlanta once you join the Slack.