ONA Community Circles are designed to address important challenges within the digital journalism community.

Community Circles are small virtual project and discussion groups consisting of 10-20 members ONA is bringing together to tackle an important issue in the digital journalism community. These circles:

  • Provide a way to connect with peers in an unprecedented global crisis
  • Create a space to talk about common challenges
  • Create resources to share with the broader community

In March 2020, ONA reached out to the community to ask how people were doing and what they needed during the COVID-19 crisis. We heard that first and foremost, people miss one another, and could use some solace among peers. Beyond that, we noted a range of needs from addressing immediate logistical issues to anxiety over the long-term implications of this global crisis.

Applications for the second round closed Oct. 23, 2020. Please explore the resources created by the groups below.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Who should join Community Circles?

Anyone who is interested in collaborating with peers to produce a resource on one of the topics in a working group setting is welcome to join. You’ll have a chance to learn from journalism peers who have similar expertise and be a part of creating a rich resource for the rest of the community on the topic you tackle.

How will my Circle collaborate?

Each Community Circle will have a kickoff video call on Zoom in late October 2020 and meet 3-4 more times for shorter weekly check-in meetings to update on progress on the project. ONA will set up a Slack channel for each project in the ONA Local Slack community. We’ll also create a collaborative Google Doc for each circle.

What do you expect to come out of this?

Both Community Circles have a specific project outcome they will collaborate on and come up with a final resource.

What is the time commitment involved?

Participants will be expected to join a one-hour kickoff meeting in late October and then 3-4 shorter, half-hour check-ins up to once a week for the next 4 weeks, until the project is completed in late November. Participants can expect to spend around 2 hours asynchronously researching and contributing to the project  between meetings, as well.

Can I join both Circles?

Given the time commitment involved, we want to make sure everyone who joins is able to devote the amount of time needed to be a true contributor to the project. Therefore we’re asking you to choose just one of the working groups.