ONA Weekly #511: More Time To Submit Your Award-worthy Projects – Enter The OJAs By May 16

By on May 8, 2024

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More time to submit your award-worthy projects

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This past week leading up to the deadline for the 2024 Online Journalism Awards, we’ve heard from a number of you that there’s a lot going on right now — war coverage, protests, Donald Trump’s trials, and more — and that you just need more time to review past work and create award entries.

We get it. So we’ve extended the deadline for this year’s awards to Thursday, May 16, 11:59 p.m. EDT.

The 2024 OJAs will honor digital excellence and innovation across 23 categories. The awards are open to work published between May 26, 2023 and April 30, 2024. Explore the categories to find the best fit for your work and start creating your entries today.

👋 Important note: We’re looking for a few more people to join the group of about 150 volunteer screeners for this year’s awards. Apply by tomorrow Thursday, May 9, 11:59 p.m. EDT.

Workflow for elections coverage

We’re excited for Abbey Gingras, Director of Consulting Services at News Revenue Hub, to lead a webinar Thursday, May 9, from 2–3 p.m. EDT, aimed at improving and streamlining elections reporting. Come to hear about tools and resources to make your work easier, plus catch a sneak peek of related programming at ONA24. Register now.

Our favorite AI tools

The next gathering for the AI Innovator Collaborative is Tuesday, May 14, 3–4 p.m. EDT. For this month’s meetup, AI strategy consultant Paul Cheung will host a conversation about favorite AI tools for work and non-work uses. Bring an idea to share; leave with several more to try out. Join the collaborative and we’ll see you there!


$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.

Celebrating Trevor Knoblich

In ONA staff news, our dear colleague Trevor Knoblich is moving on to a new career opportunity after over 10 years developing programs and resources to support the journalism community as well as our team internally. Trevor will be joining the North Carolina Community Schools Coalition, a new non-profit aimed at providing supplemental funds across 55 public schools in North Carolina as head of finance and operations. His last day with ONA will be Wednesday, May 15.

Trevor has been instrumental in all aspects of ONA throughout his decade-long tenure. He has led the launch of numerous leadership programs, including the ONA-Poynter Leadership Academy for Women in Digital Media, the Journalism Mentorship Collaborative and various trainings for executives and managers. He also made significant contributions to grow ONA’s annual conference, diversify the speaker pool and introduce new learning opportunities that made the experience more interactive and focused on exchanging ideas. If you’ve attended the conference and thought, “Wow, these are my people and I love it here,” chances are it was thanks to Trevor’s deep commitment to the community and his enthusiasm for trying new things.

Within ONA, Trevor has championed the kind of culture that motivates teams to do their best work. He built thoughtful processes and tools that eased the challenges of organization-wide collaborations and increased operational efficiency as the staff doubled in size — no small feat!

Trevor’s ten years at ONA have been an incredible run. It has been an honor to have him on the team. Join us in celebrating Trevor’s achievements at ONA and his exciting new chapter!

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

Also on our radar

P.S. from the ONA team

ONA Director of Programs Meghan Murphy will speak at Slow News’ Artificially Informed event on May 21, held online and free to attend. Meghan will share the view of what we’re learning so far from the AI in Journalism Initiative about what newsrooms are finding useful, what AI isn’t good at and how journalists can keep up with the tools and trends that’s relevant to their roles and communities.

Support ONA

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