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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

Meet the #ONA15 Social Team

When ONA15 gets under way, you won’t need to be in six places at once, thanks to these 14 curators, who will be keeping you up to date on all sessions — live. They’ll be watching for the best content being shared by attendees and pulling it together to help tell the stories of the sessions as they unfold.

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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.

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Can’t-miss guide to ONA15: Jess Strelitz’s picks

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Jess Strelitz

Note: This is part of a series of posts written by ONA staff and conference organizers recommending sessions they feel will be particularly interesting. Of course, we hope every session is valuable to the right audience, but with so many things happening at ONA15,  we want to offer useful highlights from a variety of viewpoints.

Previous recommendations came from Julie Westfall and Luis Gomez, co-chairs of the ONA15 Program Team,  Jen Mizgata, ONA’s Senior Communications Manager and Jeremiah Patterson, ONA’s Digital Manager. This list was created by Jess Strelitz, ONA’s Senior Manager, Strategic Partnerships.


The Ethics of Food Writing: A Conversation with Jonathan Gold

Thursday, 4:30-5:30 p.m. – Santa Monica Room

I am a food freak. So, when I learned that not only was ONA hosting a conference in LA, land of innovative food trucks, countless star chefs and of course, TACOS, I was beyond thrilled. In fact, I specifically requested partner meetings OVER tacos during my pre-event visits around town. When I heard we would also have the privilege of hearing from Jonathan Gold, he of the fearless palate and champion of the humble plate, I jumped up and down (not an easy feat, as I was nearly seven months pregnant at the time).  Staff rarely have a chance to sit down during the three days of the conference — and my workload will double this year as I will also be carrying around my six-week-old son — but I will not miss this session.  Look for me in the front row, asking Jonathan to autograph my infant’s onesie. Continue reading

Can’t-miss guide to ONA15: Jeremiah Patterson

Note: This is fourth in a series of posts written by ONA staff and conference organizers recommending sessions they feel will be particularly interesting. Of course, we hope every session is valuable to the right audience, but with so many things happening at ONA15, we want to offer useful highlights from a variety of viewpoints.

Previous recommendations came from Julie Westfall and Luis Gomez, co-chairs of the ONA15 Program Team, as well as Jen Mizgata, ONA’s Senior Communications Manager.


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Jeremiah Patterson

One of the best parts about ONA’s annual conference is the sheer breadth of topics we cover. Whether you’re looking for hands-on podcasting workshops, help with navigating the legalities of drone journalism, advice from funders on securing grants for your projects, understanding and engaging millennials (groan) or practical tips for your daily beat — we have you covered. Continue reading

Student Newsroom alumni: Where are they now? Everywhere!

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Kevin Loker

If you’re a Student Newsroom alum headed to ONA15 in Los Angeles, hit us up ahead of time. We’re planning a get-together for beer, catching up and to help us think through how best to connect all of the great “graduates” in the future. Feel free to contact me at kevin.loker@pressinstitute.org.

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When the 20 young journalists from around the world settle into the ONA15 Student Newsroom later this month, they’ll be starting on an incredible journey to learn, practice and network. A few days, bylines and karaoke-filled nights later, they’ll join the ranks of the 200 hand-picked students who have covered 12 conferences since 2003, many of them now doing some amazing work in digital media. Continue reading

ONA15 Opening Keynote: A Deep Dive into Google with Richard Gingras & Emily Bell

We’re delighted to announce the opening keynote for the 2015 Online News Association Conference and Awards: a deep-dive chat with Richard Gingras, Google’s Senior Director of News and Social Products, and Emily Bell, Director of the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia Journalism School.

Richard and Emily will join us Thursday, Sept. 24, in Los Angeles for a candid conversation on the symbiosis — and tensions — between the tech giant and media, covering the critical issues of traffic and search referral, and developing content and data tools for newsrooms, including simple tools to facilitate speedy content on the mobile web.

This fireside chat also will touch on the need to rethink media business models, restrictions on an open internet, privacy concerns overseas and the lack of diversity in Silicon Valley. Continue reading

Make plans for Midway Programming

This post was written by Christine Johnson, our #ONA15 Midway Producer.


Midway programming is set, and this year will feature 50+programs — including office hours, demos, hands-on-trainings, make-and-build sessions and other unique events. Among the highlights: 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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