ONA Weekly #510: Introducing AI Mini Labs

By on May 1, 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.

Introducing AI Mini Labs

Nikita Roy, AI futurist and host of the Newsroom Robots podcast, will facilitate the first session in our series of Mini Labs to experiment with AI tools. These interactive 45-minute sessions are open to everyone, and they’re all about supporting journalists to play with these technologies and see where they could plug into day-to-day work. Nikita’s Mini Lab session on Tuesday, May 7, will guide us through an exercise to show how to use AI tools for research.

Other upcoming Mini Labs include sessions on image creation with Mike Reilley and audio innovations with Davar Ardalan.

Register now for one or more Mini Labs and AI training sessions. To learn about supporting ONA’s AI in Journalism Initiative, contact Hanaa Rifaey, Head of Strategic Partnerships, at hanaa@journalists.org.

Volunteer with the OJAs

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We’re looking for another 100 people to volunteer as screeners for the 2024 Online Journalism Awards, and the application closes Thursday, May 9. From Los Angeles to Berlin, discovering and honoring the past year’s most noteworthy journalism is a community-wide effort with a couple hundred volunteers, ONA staff and board members. Screeners represent a wide array of expertise and backgrounds and contribute 15-20 hours from May 16–June 6 to review entries and make recommendations  for semifinalists. Apply today!

Improve your workflow for elections reporting

Coming up Thursday, May 9, join News Revenue Hub’s Abbey Gingras for a look at tools and resources to support your coverage of this year’s U.S. elections — all with the approach of “work smarter, not harder.” Register now.


$25,000 Collier Prize for State Government Accountability

Congratulations to the Texas Tribune, ProPublica and FRONTLINE, winners of the 2024 prize for their reporting on the tragic mishandling of the active-shooter situation at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, on May 24, 2022.

Mark your calendar

Career opportunities

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

For ONA members: If you are looking for a new opportunity, complete this form for a chance to be featured in an upcoming edition of Office Hours, ONA’s new monthly Linkedin newsletter about careers in journalism.

What we’re watching in AI tech

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Support ONA

There are many ways to help sustain ONA’s mission to drive innovation in digital journalism: