Friday, Jun. 8, 2018 • Detroit, MI

ONA Local Summit 2018

The ONA Local Summit is a free leadership workshop for people who build communities of innovators in news. We’re opening up our flagship workshop for ONA Local group organizers to anyone who wants to learn how to lead innovation in their newsroom and in their city’s journalism community.

Expect to walk away with:

  • Skills to lead your news organization in digital evolution and create a culture of innovation, with a special focus on working in smaller newsrooms and news markets
  • Skills to build a community of learning and networking for digital journalists in your city or region
  • Ideas from your peers on issues you’ll face in leading your newsroom in better serving the public, such as building trust, connecting with marginalized communities, and more
  • Connections with other community leaders who are just as passionate about serving their local communities as you are.

What you’ll find:

The two-day schedule will be packed with hands-on workshops, discussion groups and practical training on growing your position as a leader in your newsroom, as well as lots of new connections who care as much about strengthening journalism in their city as you do. Our friends at ONA Detroit will help us get a flavor for the city, too.

New this year, we will also offer an optional half day of deep-dive workshops addressing aspects of community leadership, including career development, entrepreneurship and community building in local news. Space will be limited in all workshops, so to make sure we have room for everyone, please only pick ONE workshop when you register. We know all these topics are awesome, but pick your first choice now and if you change your mind, space permitting, we’ll do our best to switch you into another one. If you don’t see a topic that speaks to you, you’re also welcome to join us just for the Saturday program.

What this isn’t:

This isn’t a skill-building session for sharpening your digital storytelling technique. If you’re looking to learn how your local news organization can use Snapchat better, you won’t necessarily find that here. But ONA has lots of educational programming training journalists in digital skills! Check out ONA18, our annual digital journalism conference, or connect with an ONA Local meetup to find year-round training and networking opportunities with other digital journalists near you.

Sessions and speakers will be added on Eventbrite as they are confirmed. Please check in there for the latest line-up.


Thanks to the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation for its generous support of ONA Local programs, including the ONA Local Summit.

Saturday’s lunch at the ONA Local Summit is supported by the John S. Knight Journalism (JSK) Fellowships.

The John S. Knight Journalism (JSK) Fellowships champions innovators and entrepreneurs from around the world as they reinvent journalism. Each year, we give up to 20 fellows the resources to test their ideas for improving the quality of news and information reaching the public, while challenging misinformation and disinformation; holding the powerful accountable; strengthening local news; and fighting bias, intolerance and injustice. For more, visit

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The ONA Local Summit is a free leadership workshop for people who build communities of innovators in news.


Friday, Jun. 8, 2018



College for Creative Studies, A. Alfred Taubman Center for Design Education
460 W Baltimore St Detroit
MI 48202