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Coping With The New Normal

  • Benét Wilson
  • Kari Cobham
  • James Rodriguez
  • Moderated by Emma Cillekens

It’s impossible to deny that things have changed—a lot. Much of the world’s media is operating from their living rooms, beds and makeshift home offices. Some are still staffing production booths and hosting live programs. Others have lost their jobs and are seeking work. With any change comes adjustment, as well as a mental and emotional toll. This change is bigger than most, which is why ONA NYC invited a panel of...

ONA19

2019’s Tech Trends in Journalism

  • Amy Webb
  • Sam Guzik

Amy Webb will launch the latest edition of Future Today Institute’s emerging tech trends for journalists report, providing insights into...

ONA19

How to Approach Difficult Conversations: A Guide to Improve Your Newsroom Culture, Your Coverage and Your Life

  • Destinée-Charisse Royal
  • Lu Ortiz

Difficult conversations are, by definition, challenging. This session will provide tactics to handle tough and tricky newsroom talks that...

Reader Engagement and Analytics

ONA19

Editorial Experiments to Develop and Refine Your Digital Audience Strategy

  • Everdeen Mason

Content creation and audience strategy should go hand in hand, but in many newsrooms, audience has an afterthought when deciding what stories to pursue and how to pursue them....

ONA18

Global State of Reader Engagement

  • Josh Schwartz

Chartbeat’s Data Science Chief, Josh Schwartz, offers new research into rich, global, aggregate data speaking to year-on-year trends as they relate to platforms, devices,...

ONA19

Reddit: The Highly-Engaging Content Source That You May Be Overlooking

  • Gabriel Sands
  • Haley Correll
  • Alexandra Ptachick
  • Moderated by Anna Kim

Reddit’s 100k+ topic-oriented communities are a tremendously broad and deep resource for anyone sourcing stories, but can be frustratingly labyrinthian for the uninitiated. This...

Featured Conference Sessions

ONA19

Journalism in the Climate Change Era with Gina McCarthy

  • Gina McCarthy
  • Moderated by Mark Schleifstein

Climate change presents enormous public policy challenges worldwide, but in few places are its effects so immediate and acute as the ONA19 host city, New Orleans. Join former EPA...

ONA19

Platform Partnership Roundup for Local News

  • Josh Mabry
  • Amy Adams Harding
  • Gary Roundtree
  • Moderated by Amalie Nash

Major tech platforms have announced partnerships, funding and other opportunities for local news at a dizzying pace over the past year. In this session, we’ll clarify which...

ONA18

Strategies for Dealing With An Incoherent National Gun Conversation

  • Akoto Ofori-Atta
  • Lori Shontz
  • March for Our Lives
  • Moderated by Versha Sharma

Our national conversation on gun culture is an ever-shifting kaleidoscope touching on suicide, handgun violence and mass shootings. By sharing their perspectives on what we get...

ONA19

Reporting On Immigration In The Age of Polarization and Misinformation

  • Jose Vargas
  • Peter Perl
  • Ethan Zuckerman

Reporting on immigration with accuracy and empathy has always been difficult, a long-term challenge exacerbated by the mendacity and unpredictability of the Trump-era. Join Define...

ONA19

How Stories Communicate and Engage People with Climate Change on a Local Level

  • Clarisa Diaz
  • Julia Kumari Drapkin

By applying a design thinking focus to storytelling, audience engagement and participatory projects, science journalists and newsroom leaders can demonstrate different ways of...

ONA19

Digital Forensics: Using Social and Online Tools to Find Great Stories

  • Jane Lytvynenko
  • Ashley Feinberg
  • Malachy Browne
  • Moderated by Michelle Baruchman

Notable figures, like all of us, exhibit specific, personalized behavior online, creating internet footprints visible to anyone via ethical and public digital sleuthing. Join this...

Culture and Career

ONA19

Are You Having a Journalism Midlife Crisis?

  • Kim Fox
  • Sharon Chan
  • Paul Cheung

Want to cheat on journalism? Quit your job and escape the daily content grind? Feel like you have no control over your career? You might be having a midlife crisis with...

ONA19

Bearing Witness: Vicarious Trauma and Living With A PTSD Diagnosis

  • Andy Carvin

After years of exposure to graphic imagery, social reporting pioneer Andy Carvin confronted the consequences of his PTSD diagnosis, radically changing how he approached reporting...

ONA19

Motherhood: Living It in Newsrooms, Covering It in the World

  • Katherine Goldstein

Motherhood is too often dismissed as a fluffy topic for lifestyle pages, rather than one in dire need of serious reporting on its intersections with healthcare, economics, public...

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COVID-19 Misinformation Playbook

In late 2020, a group of reporters and editors from around the globe convened as part of the Online News Association’s Community Circles program. The journalists and editors...

Information Equity Database

Graphic Credit: Brian Mains, WCPO Channel 9 The #ONAinfoequity database provides resources for journalists to engage communities that are typically under- or misrepresented in...

ONA20

Rebuilding Trust in the News Media One Community at a Time

  • Meredith Artley
  • Nonny Anna Maria de la Pena
  • Mizell Stewart III
  • Moderated by Jennifer Preston

While 84% of Americans believe the news media is vital for democracy, nearly half of those surveyed in a new Gallup/Knight poll said the news media is “very biased,” with 54%...

ONA20

How Instagram Fellows Are Helping Transform Local Newsrooms

Meet three young journalists who spent their college break in local newsrooms across the country developing and implementing an Instagram strategy that supports each publisher’s...

ONA20

How To Grow Your Reader Revenue by Testing Faster and Better: Lessons from the Facebook Accelerator

  • Duc Luu
  • Sonya Quick

Overcome your HPPOs (highest-paid-person’s-opinion), learn more about your audience and help them support you financially more than ever by learning to test and iterate...

ONA20

How to Reach New Audiences and Develop Sustainable Revenue with SmartNews

  • Jodi Donner
  • Christopher Chung
  • Angela Lunter
  • Jennifer Polland

Join SmartNews and a few of its leading publisher partners to learn how organizations have grown their audience and revenue through the SmartView First program. We’ll discuss...

ONA20

What Have We Learned About Covering the Racial Reckoning?

  • Moderated by Catherine Kim

The death of George Floyd this summer sparked social movements across the country. It also set off deep introspection and analysis across America’s newsrooms – including...

ONA20

How Canva is Transforming Design for Journalists and Newsrooms

  • Jonathan Harley

Stories need to look great, across all platforms. Speed is key and you need consistency. Canva is the easy, fast way for news teams to design and publish. From Sydney to Mumbai,...

ONA20

Microsoft AI: Empowering the Art and Science of Journalism

  • Deb Adeogba
  • Jamie Burgess

Hear from Jamie and Deb at Microsoft News Labs who will showcase a number of AI solutions that will help you reach new audiences, engage more people and reduce day to day...

Featured Contributors

David Cohn

Senior Director, Advance

Amy Webb

Founder and CEO, Future Today Institute

Kim Fox

Vice President of Product Strategy, Cal Matters

Versha Sharma

Managing Editor & Senior Correspondent, NowThis

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