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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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
ONA’s annual conference is a great time to meet and network with colleagues from around the world. We hope you carry the energy and inspiration that you get from our community back to your own to improve your work, share tips and connect with other digital journalists.
To help you keep the momentum going, join our ONA Local program. Our 50 ONA Local groups around the world connect more than 10,000 journalists, technologists and educators through meet-ups and professional development events. Getting involved is a great way to collaborate with others who are passionate about digital journalism. Continue reading
Note: This is one of a series of posts written by ONA staff and conference organizers recommending sessions they feel will be particularly interesting. Previous recommendations came from Julie Westfall and Luis Gomez, co-chairs of the ONA15 Program Team, and ONA staff: Jen Mizgata, Senior Communications Manager, Jess Strelitz, Senior Manager, Strategic Partnerships, Jeremiah Patterson, Digital Manager, Deputy Director Irving Washington and Digital Director, Trevor Knoblich. This final list was created by Jane McDonnell, ONA Executive Director.
“Culture eats strategy for breakfast.” — Peter Drucker.
“You can say that again.” — Every journalist in the world.
ONA15 will offer lots of strategies and real-world tips for folks to take back to their newsrooms, and hooray for that. But anyone who’s lived through journalism since the mid-1990s knows that the hardest struggles — and most-effective successes — have been in changing the top-down, guardian-at-the-gate culture of news organizations. We’ve blended newsrooms, we’ve pushed for digital-only, and we’ve started up from scratch, building a new paradigm. Continue reading
This post was written by Christine Johnson, our #ONA15 Midway Producer.
Make sure that a visit to the Midway is part of your ONA15 plan. You’ll get a hands-on look at what’s new in tech tools for journalists via dozens of quick-hit information sessions and demos.
And did we mention NASA will be there? Continue reading
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 Team, Jen 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.
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:
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.
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 Team, Jen 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.)