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On track: Newsgathering tools and techniques sessions at ONA15

This is the eighth and final entry in a series of blog posts to help you decipher each program track at ONA15. You can sort our schedule by your own favorite track by clicking on any of the gray boxes on the main session page. You can also check out my previous posts on our tracks for Mobile Tools + DesignAudience Engagement + Impact,  Developer Tools + Tech, Audio, Photo  + VideoRevenue + Ethics, Teaching + Training and Professional Development.


McCormickLogoThere are so many great sessions at ONA15, it can be difficult to decide which to attend!We’re particularly excited to preview our Newsgathering Tools + Techniques track, generously sponsored by the Robert R. McCormick Foundation.

And don’t forget, for every track we’ll be hosting Table Talks, an open forum for discussing solutions to a variety of challenges in your area of interest or expertise. This is one of our biggest tracks, so take a deep breath and we’ll dive in! Continue reading

Getting your digital self organized for ONA15

KWF_with_tag_This post is sponsored by Knight Wallace Fellows at Michigan.

Now accepting applications for the 2016-2017 academic year, the Knight-Wallace Fellows is a sabbatical study program for full-time journalists with at least five years of professional experience. U.S. Fellows receive a $70,000 stipend plus all tuition and fees. Stipends for international fellows vary. Deadline to apply is February. 1, 2016. Learn more about the program and apply online.

So you’ve heard by now: ONA15 will keep you hopping for three straight days. Conference sessions, networking events, parties, product launches and karaoke … it’s a lot to juggle!

Thankfully, there’s plenty you can do to prepare. You can check out all of the staff blogs, including my colleague Irving’s “strategy for introverts,” and also board member Kim Bui’s “local guide to LA.”

But here we’ll discuss how to get your digital life prepped and organized so you can maximize the fun on site. And don’t worry if you’re not an over-planner like me . . . most of these tips are designed to be quick wins. Continue reading

Can’t Miss Guide to ONA15: Trevor Knoblich

Note: This is part of a series of posts written by ONA staff and conference organizers recommending sessions or tips they feel will be particularly interesting or helpful. Previous recommendations came from Julie Westfall and Luis Gomez, co-chairs of the ONA15 Program TeamJen Mizgata, ONA’s Senior Communications Manager, Jeremiah Patterson, ONA’s Digital Manager, Jess Strelitz, ONA’s Senior Manager, Strategic Partnerships and Irving Washington, Deputy Director at ONA. These tips were created by Trevor Knoblich, ONA’s Digital Director.


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The ONA annual conference, at its heart, is about connections and innovation. And any expert in innovation will tell you that when tackling a difficult problem, sometimes the best ideas come from outside your industry. Learning how experts in other fields have looked at problems and asking “How might this apply in my own context?” can sometimes foster truly radical ideas  . . .  that may lead to new audiences, new revenue or new ways to tell a story.

Take this tweet from ONA14’s keynote with the muppets of Sesame Street:

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Why you should RSVP for ONA15 workshops

Over the years, we’ve experimented with how and when to offer workshops — smaller sessions featuring hands-on training — as part of the conference. We’ve done an informal day of workshops before the conference,  offered them at outside locations, and added another full day to integrate them into the program. At ONA15, we’re offering 12 small workshops. After high demand last year, we decided to require pre-registration, or RSVPs.
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Can’t-Miss Guide to ONA15: Irving Washington’s Strategy for Introverts

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Note: This is part of a series of posts written by ONA staff and conference organizers recommending sessions or tips they feel will be particularly interesting or helpful. Previous recommendations came from Julie Westfall and Luis Gomez, co-chairs of the ONA15 Program TeamJen Mizgata, ONA’s Senior Communications Manager, Jeremiah Patterson, ONA’s Digital Manager and Jess Strelitz, ONA’s Senior Manager, Strategic Partnerships. These tips were created by Irving Washington, ONA’s Deputy Director.


ONA is back in LA and a lot has changed since we were last in the city in 2004. From a few hundred attendees to now over 2,000 people, the conference is one of the most exciting and energetic journo gatherings in the world.

This also will be our largest conference yet. As a self-proclaimed introvert, I know that in large crowds we can be the life of the party or the quietest person in the room. (As a PSA to our extroverted friends, introversion has nothing to do with shyness or social awkwardness  — if I had a dime for every time someone doubted my introversion, I’d be rich — but more to do with our response to stimulation and need for renewal.)

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On track: Teaching and training session at ONA15

This is the seventh — and penultimate — in a series of blog posts to help you decipher each program track at ONA15. You can sort our schedule by your own favorite track by clicking on any of the gray boxes on the main session page. You can also check out my previous posts on our tracks for Mobile Tools + DesignAudience Engagement + Impact,  Developer Tools + Tech, Audio, Photo  + VideoRevenue + Ethics and Professional Development.


There are so many great sessions at ONA15, it can be difficult to decide which to attend! We’re particularly excited to preview our Teaching + Training track to help guide you in choosing your discussions .

And don’t forget, for every track we’ll be hosting Table Talks, an open forum for discussing solutions to a variety of challenges in your area of interest or expertise. Continue reading

Introducing … Table Talks at ONA15

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We’re introducing a new type of session at ONA15 — Table Talks, a series of participatory conversations aimed at tackling major issues in digital journalism. These two-hour sessions will give you an opportunity to collaborate with top minds in the field to explore new ideas and solutions to challenges you face in the newsroom.

Here’s a quick rundown of the basics: Continue reading

Schedule Update #6: More Sessions Added to ONA15!

This series of blogs showcases the new sessions we’ve added to the ONA15 schedule. You can keep track of the sessions we’ve announced since our schedule launched with the  firstsecondthirdfourth, and fifth updates, which give a great overview of what to expect in Los Angeles. On to the latest updates!

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On Track: A Preview of Professional Development Sessions

This is the sixth in a series of blog posts to help you decipher each program track at ONA15. You can sort our schedule by your own favorite track by clicking on any of the gray boxes on the main session page. You can also check out my previous posts on our tracks for Mobile Tools + DesignAudience Engagement + Impact,  Developer Tools + Tech, Audio, Photo  + Video, and Revenue + Ethics.


There are so many great sessions at ONA15, it can be difficult to decide which to attend! We’re particularly excited to preview our Professional Development track to help guide you in choosing your discussions, as it’s a brand-new track for the annual conference.

And don’t forget, for every track we’ll be hosting Table Talks, an open forum for discussing solutions to a variety of challenges in your area of interest or expertise. Continue reading

On Track: A Preview of Mobile Tools + Design Sessions

This is the fifth in a series of blog posts to help you decipher each program track at ONA15. You can sort our schedule by your own favorite track by clicking on any of the gray boxes on the main session page. You can also check out our previous posts on our Audience Engagement + Impact track,  Developer Tools + Tech track, Revenue + Ethics track and Audio, Photo + Video.


There are so many great sessions at ONA15, it can be difficult to decide which to attend! We’re excited to preview our Mobile Tools + Design track to help guide you in choosing your discussions.

And don’t forget, for every track we’ll be hosting Table Talks, an open forum for discussing solutions to a variety of challenges in your area of interest or expertise. Continue reading

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