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Fireside Chat with Maria Ressa

  • Maria Ressa
  • Moderated by Anita Zielina

Recent global shifts toward nationalism have led to a deterioration of press freedom worldwide. Journalist Maria Ressa has been on the front lines of this battle. Her organization, Rappler, has been investigated extensively by the Filipino government following its reporting of Rodrigo Duterte’s presidency in the Philippines. As CEO, Ressa has been arrested and accused of libel, sparking worldwide calls to drop the charges...

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2019’s Tech Trends in Journalism

  • Amy Webb

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

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

  • Destinée-Charisse Royal
  • Luisa Ortiz Pérez

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

Reader Engagement and Analytics

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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....

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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,...

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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

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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

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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...

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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...

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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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We’re ~Journalists~ Too: Embracing Your New(ish) Newsroom Role

  • Kim Bui
  • Laura Davis
  • Elana Zak
  • Moderated by Timothy Wong

“I’m not a service department. Sorry-not-sorry!” If you’ve been tempted to utter that phrase, chances are you don’t have the words reporter or editor in your title....

Accessibility Thinking for Publishers [Sponsored by Alley]

  • Kevin Fodness
  • Christina Deemer

Having an accessible website is vital to allow your content to be seen and engaged with by anyone who wants it. It can be daunting, but there are inroads you can make at whatever...

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Digital Journalism Insights 2019: Lightning Talks from ONA Board Candidates

  • Moderated by David Cohn

We’ll hear from key leaders in the digital journalism community – candidates for ONA’s Board of Directors – about their approach to balancing innovation,...

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Ethics in Augmented Reality

  • Mia Tramz
  • Brooke Van Dam
  • Jeremy Gilbert
  • Moderated by Steven Johnson

As augmented reality becomes more commonplace in newsroom storytelling, questions about how to ethically capture and recreate places, objects or events gain salience. Join this...

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Legal Panel: Leaks and Secrets

  • Alison Schary
  • Kate Bolger
  • Meg Marco
  • Katie Townsend

Breaking the next Pentagon Papers is the career-making, public interest journalism of reporters’ dreams. But how to actually do it? The ONA19 Legal Panel brings together a team...

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Never Settle for Basic: SEO 101

  • Lisa Sumner

Join this masterclass to learn how to improve your search visibility through SEO best practices, the ways in which effective communication across teams impacts SEO and tips for...

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Shooting for Vertical

  • Sarah Frank

“Vertical” is not an unhappy consequence of phone design but a fundamentally new way of storytelling, requiring strategies for maximizing top- and bottom-frame and a shift...

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Election 2020: Using Data to Report on Votes and Voters

  • Hannah Fingerhut
  • Emily Swanson

Election 2020 is the meta-story of the moment, and the best political storytelling on November 3, 2020 (and in the days and weeks that follow!) will depend on data. Join...

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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 Contributors

David Cohn

Senior Director, Alpha Group, Advance Digital

Amy Webb

Founder and CEO, Future Today Institute

Kim Fox

Managing Editor, Audience, Philadelphia Inquirer

Versha Sharma

Managing Editor & Senior Correspondent, NowThis

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