We’re still in awe of all of the great ideas and connections made at this year’s Online News Association Conference in Los Angeles. With over 2,100 attendees, it was our largest conference yet. Here, we’ve pulled together a myriad of resources to bring the sessions, attendees and conversations to you, from audio to video to ways to keep discussions going in the coming months. Continue reading
Coverage of the Charlie Hebdo attacks, the Baltimore riots in the wake of Freddie Gray’s death and the shootings in Canadian Parliament took top honors Saturday night at the 2015 Online Journalism Awards, which ended the 2015 Online News Association Conference. Continue reading the full press release and see the recorded ceremony.
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LOS ANGELES — The Online News Association today announced that it will expand its program connecting and training journalists in communities across the United States with a $828,000 grant from The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.
Knight support will significantly help build on the success of ONA Local groups, which bring together journalists, technologists and educators, providing them with digital training and peer-to-peer learning. ONA will bring more resources to its 50 current local groups and create groups in 20 new communities, and develop partnerships with leading journalism and tech organizations. Continue reading
By Jane McDonnell, Executive Director
Never underestimate the power of connections. In 2008, the Online News Association launched ONA Local, groups of like-minded journalists in cities large and small who organized themselves — meeting up in bars, swapping war stories, sharing the excitement and fears they felt about the potential of this digital journalism thing.
Seven years later, there are 50 unique groups around the world representing 10,000 participants, ranging from the largest (2,000-plus in Washington, D.C., and New York) to the smallest (29 and growing in Detroit) to the newest (ONA Singapore). Events range from simple get-togethers to sophisticated monthly meet-ups with high-end speakers and trainers. They all share ideas for innovative ways to cover news, spark collaborations, use the latest tools, and job openings. Continue reading
We recently announced a generous grant from the Knight Foundation to expand and strengthen ONA Local groups across the U.S. We know you might have questions about the program and how it will work. If you don’t see an answer to your question below, just let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you’re interested in starting or leading an ONA Local group in your town, city or state, please fill out this form, and we’ll follow up with you as we plan for 2016. Continue reading
LOS ANGELES — The Online News Association today launched a fully crowd-sourced tool that allows journalists to easily customize and publish a digital ethics code.
The Build Your Own Ethics Code platform, supported by a $40K grant from the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation, addresses the intense interest and concern in the digital journalism community around the growing ethical issues unique to social media, technology and the viral nature and speed of breaking news.
Using the tool, journalists can review and easily select statements from a menu addressing more than 40 ethical issues, including user-generated content, verification, data journalism, social networks, suicide, graphic visuals, hostage situations, privacy, gender and ethnicity and hate speech. They then can tailor a code and export it for publication and internal use. Continue reading
Over the past two years, we’ve chosen 23 winning projects in our $1M contest to encourage educators to hack the journalism curriculum. The competitive Challenge Fund for Innovation in Journalism Education was created in 2014 to encourage journalism programs to experiment with new ways of providing news and information.
Today we announce a grand-prize winner for the Challenge Fund to two schools — and their collaborators — that embody the full spirit of the challenge. Georgia News Lab and its partners, led by the University of George, will receive $65,000 for their innovative project, a series that led to a state ethics commission investigation into a program that squandered millions of dollars of federal HIV grant money. This was an impressive collaboration among four schools and two media companies in the state. Continue reading
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This post was written by Christine Johnson, our #ONA15 Midway Producer.
This year’s Midway features more than 60 programs, including office hours, hands-on-trainings, demos, product launches, speed pitches, make-and-build and special sessions from 35 participating groups And if you just want to have a quiet chat, recharge yourself and your devices, look for the Power Table (sponsored by Bing News).
Working with committed innovators, universities, nonprofits, startups and corporations to execute a stellar #ona15mw schedule was a team effort. Besides the programming highlighted in the online agenda, all Midway participants have scheduled independent sessions at their tables, booths and lounges. Be sure to visit them for swag, treats and interactive educational offerings.
Highlights of Midway’s independent sessions:
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 + Design, Audience Engagement + Impact, Developer Tools + Tech, Audio, Photo + Video, Revenue + Ethics, Teaching + Training 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 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 here and getting around
Our conference hotel, the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza, is at 2025 Avenue of the Stars, Los Angeles, CA 90067. Check out ourtravel recommendations (a Super Shuttle from Los Angeles Airport, at $14, is your cheapest option to get to the hotel) andLos Angeles tips from ONA Board Member Kim Bui. And make sure to check out this helpful blog post aimed at your last-minute needs: what to wear, where to find shopping near the hotel (toothbrush? outfit change? bottle of bourbon?) and more.
Marking your schedule
When planning out your schedule, you’ve got options: Our responsive conference website looks lovely on your mobile. The interactive scheduleon the ONA15 site is the best place to go for live updates and video streaming (where available). If you want to build a schedule, you can use our mobile app. Simply download the Grenadine Event Guide from the iOS or Android stores and use the code ONA15. You’ll receive a print program at registration, but remember, the online schedule is always your most up-to-date option, complete with any last-minute room, program or speaker changes. Continue reading