The Online News Association announced on Thursday the first sessions on the schedule of its annual conference. This year's conference, held Sept. 15 to 17 in Denver, includes offerings for broadcasters, sessions on virtual reality and practical lessons for developing new skills.

"We consistently receive feedback that the most valuable sessions at ONA conferences have a firm takeaways: hands on trainings or practical tips our community can immediately implement as they return to their newsrooms," Trevor Knoblich, ONA's digital director, said in an email. "We're really focused on including those types of sessions at ONA16 and making it clear what people will walk away with."

Here's a sampling of this year's conference:

Bringing Ethical and Social Newsgathering to Your Newsroom, with Fergus Bell of Dig Deeper Media, Mandy Jenkins of Storyful and Eric Carvin of The Associated Press.

Do Audience Better: Lessons from 150 Newsrooms and a Year of Writing Code for The Coral Project, with The Washington Post's Greg Barber and The Coral Project's Andrew Losowsky.

Keeping it Together When the Newsroom is Everywhere, with Storyful's Jenkins and BuzzFeed's Millie Tran.