ONA Weekly #503: Great Work Deserves Recognition

By on March 13, 2024

Presenting at ONA24

We’re finalizing details for submitting your ideas to this year’s annual conference, ONA24, hosted in Atlanta, Sept. 18-21. Artificial intelligence, nurturing leadership and culture, and other critical topics will be central to this year’s conversations. We are changing up the training format for the conference, so whether you are new or a seasoned participant, check out our FAQ for some inspiration, and start thinking about what you might want to submit for 2024.

The Suggestion Box, our process for collecting both suggestions and presenter applications, will open on March 21.

Tips for submitting to the Online Journalism Awards

Applications to the Online Journalism Awards (OJAs), one of the premier awards in journalism and the most comprehensive to showcase innovative media work, open on April 4. We’ve pulled together tips from staff and past reviewers for a boost over the competition.

Members get a discount on submissions, and it’s especially worthwhile to join ONA if you are submitting more than one piece. If you have colleagues who have done amazing and innovative work in the past year, this is a good opportunity to encourage them to apply.

Also, in our run-up to the 2024 OJAs, we are highlighting a series of incredible past projects for inspiration. This week’s example is below, or you can explore the fuller list here.

OJA Q&A: ProPublica’s project on collecting receipts communities can use

ProPublica, in partnership with Oregon Public Broadcasting and NBC News, published several reports on institutions failing to uphold agreements with indigenous communities. Some focused on museums and universities failing to return Native American remains; and others focused on the US Government failing to screen for toxins in salmon.

The journalists approached Indigenous communities at the outset of their coverage, who in turn pressed the reporters to turn up new information that could be taken to the institutions in an effort to provoke change, as well as for coverage to be more empowering on the whole than other news coverage focusing on Native American populations.

Through patience and empathy, this community-centered work added a unique depth and framing to the stories. Our Q&A with Asia Fields and Maya Miller details how the projects came together.

The call for entries for the 2024 Online Journalism Awards will open April 4. Revisit the 2023 finalists and winners for inspiration as you consider the projects you might submit this year.

Reminder: Applications are open for the 2024 Women’s Leadership Accelerator

Applications are now open for the 2024 Women’s Leadership Accelerator, a six-month intensive program that supercharges the leadership and management skills of women in digital media. Cohort members will connect through several virtual learning and networking sessions from May to November and an in-person workshop Sept. 20-22, alongside the ONA24 conference in Atlanta.

The 2024 Women’s Leadership Accelerator is supported by lead funder Dow Jones Foundation with additional funding from the Tiffany Shackelford Foundation and Ballard Spahr LLP.

If you are interested in applying, or want to prompt a colleague who deserves more recognition to consider applying themselves, learn more about the program and apply by March 22. Recommendation letters are part of the application process, so don’t delay!

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