ONA Weekly #507: Less-told Stories Of China’s “Run” Movement

By on April 10, 2024

We’re headed to Atlanta for ONA24 this Sept. 18-21 to celebrate 25 years of connecting the leading thinkers and innovators in digital journalism. Register for Early Bird passes to access the conference at the most discounted rate.

Less-told stories of China’s “Run” movement

With the 2024 Online Journalism Awards now open for submissions, we’re continuing our series of behind-the-scenes highlights from recent winners. This week’s spotlight is on the Digital Video Storytelling category and 2023 winner “The Young People Who “Ran” out of China, Are Their Dreams Coming True?” The documentary profiles several people who left China during Xi Jinping’s zero-COVID policy. Read more from Alex Zhang, Director at 歪脑 | WHYNOT by Radio Free Asia.

Your turn: We’re excited to discover and celebrate more great journalism from around the world. The 2024 OJAs are open to work published between May 26, 2023 and April 30, 2024 and feature 23 categories—including honors for AI innovation, social media engagement, newsletters, science reporting and online commentary. Submit your work by May 12. 

ONA members only: Log into the submission portal with your ONA membership credentials to enjoy $75 off per entry.

Join the selection process for 2024 OJA winners

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Online Journalism Awards honorees set the benchmark for digital excellence and inspire innovation across the industry. We invite you to join the review process for the 2024 awards by volunteering as screener or judge.

  • Screeners are mid-career journalism and journalism-adjacent professionals representing a diverse range of expertise. They are the first to get a look at submissions, committing 15-20 hours from May 16–June 6 to review entries and determine the semi-finalists.
  • Judges, senior-level professionals working in journalism or in an adjacent field, deliberate as a panel to select finalists and winners. Judges contribute 15-25 hours from June 18–July 16 reviewing entries, plus a three-hour deliberation call the week of July 22.

Why we’re optimistic about journalism innovation

Headshot for LaSharah BuntingONA CEO and Executive Director LaSharah S. Bunting recently joined a conversation on BBC News The Real Story to discuss business models in journalism, how people consume the news and tech platforms’ role in ensuring a thriving information ecosystem. LaSharah pointed to the interesting pockets of entrepreneurship and innovation—including opportunities to leverage AI to support journalists in doing their jobs, especially at the local level—and emphasized why the ONA community is still optimistic about what’s next. The discussion also included perspectives from Emily Bell, Director of the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia Journalism School, and Benjamin Toff, Assistant Professor of Journalism at the University of Minnesota and Research Associate at the Reuters Institute. LISTEN NOW: Is the future of journalism in crisis?

Last call: ONA24 pitches due Friday

ONA24 logoWhat conversations do you want to see at ONA24 in Atlanta? What perspectives are being overlooked? We’re seeking creative, practical and solutions-focused ideas that tackle trends at the intersections of journalism, emerging tech, AI and leadership. Submit session proposals and/or meetup ideas to the ONA24 Suggestion Box by this Friday, April 12, 11:59 p.m. EDT.

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