Friday, Aug. 23, 2013 • Washington, D.C.

ONA dCamp: Digital Security

Join the Online News Association in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, August 23, for ONA dCamp: Digital Security, a day-long training and design camp which will focus on how digital journalists can better protect their work and sources.

Supported by the Gannett Foundation, this facilitated, interactive workshop is for journalists, editors, designers, developers, tech support and those concerned about digital security in the newsroom.

Keeping your work secure is a challenge when digital security is often compromised. This design camp will explore new and emerging security issues and identify tools journalists are using now to help protect themselves and their sources.

The afternoon will focus on hands-on teamwork, taking a human-centered design approach to how journalists and technologists can create better tools and processes for enhanced digital security.

Attendance is limited to 75 people. Applications are due by August 13 and selected participants will be notified by August 15. The training is free but there is a $5 fee to cover the cost of meals.

Working Agenda

Introduction and goals for the day

Exploring digital security issues for journalists with Delphine Halgand, Reporters Without Borders, Shauna Dillavou, CommunityRED and Seamus Tuohy, Internews. Moderated by Chrys Wu, The New York Times.

Threat modeling with Runa Sandvick, Freedom of the Press Foundation.

Tools that journalists use now to keep their work secure with Mike Tigas, Propublica.


Design Challenge: How might we create better tools and processes for enhanced digital security?

Facilitators will guide groups through brainstorming, prototyping and iteration as they design processes and tools to help journalists be more secure online.

Facilitators include:

Maite Fernandez, International Center for Journalists
Tran Ha, Knight Fellow, Stanford
Alex Howard, Tech Republic
Pete Karl, Upstatement
Joey Marburger, Washington Post
Reggie Murphy, Electronic Ink
Jeremy Pennycook, NPR
Daniel Stringer, Stanford
Chrys Wu, The New York Times

This training is brought to you with the generous support of the Gannett Foundation. ONACamps are free, all-day, intensive digital journalism training sessions offered by the Online News Association (ONA), a nonprofit membership organization for digital journalists, connecting journalism, technology and innovation. This special ONACamp is design-focused, enabling you to collaborate with industry peers, drill down on a project and hone your skills.

Find out more about ONACamps.


8 a.m. Registration
Light breakfast will be served
9 a.m. Welcome
Jeanne Brooks, Online News Association
9:30 a.m. What is human-centered design?
Reggie Murphy, Electronic InkWould a person know how to use your product or project? Would they want to? Learn about why human-centered design — the framework for today’s event — matters and how it’s important for both your audience and your business sustainability.Activity: how might we…
10:30 a.m. Learning about the user and defining personas
Kennedy Elliott, Guardian US
Defining your users, all of them, lets you explore what unmet needs those individuals actually have, before you start building for them. Learn how to uncover the range of your possible users, identifying the scope of their abilities and behaviors and determining how to better use that to understand what they want.Activity: who is this for?
11:15 a.m. The rules of brainstorming
Yuri Victor, The Washington PostNumerous solutions may be within reach, but structural or social barriers can exist that stop discovery in a group setting. Learn how to free your meetings and planning sessions to allow for healthy brainstorming towards solving a problem, creating the maximum space for strong ideas.Activity: Get the ideas out!
Activity: Narrow it.
Noon Lunch
1 p.m. Prototyping: Modeling success
Reggie Murphy, Electronic InkExperimenting with your solutions and gaining feedback can be efficient. Learn how to set your project up for forward motion by following suit with guidelines on how to organize your test group’s experience and prompts for feedback.Activity: Build your prototype… like a kid!
Activity: Time to get your first feedback.
2 p.m. Evaluating your prototype and its feedback
Laura Cochran, Digital First MediaYou’ve got a prototype, you’ve got feedback. Now it’s time to figure out what to do next. Learn how to make a use case for your prototype and how to leverage the feedback you’ve received to prep for polishing or improving  your product or project.Activity: Let’s start evaluating that feedback.
3 p.m. Project iteration and implementation
4:30 p.m. Group presentations and analysis
6 p.m. Happy hour!
Everyone is invite to the Post Pub for drinks!


Friday, Aug. 23, 2013
9 am-6 pm