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Missed the Online News Association conference? Here's what you need to know

One of the biggest strengths of the annual Online News Association conference also presents its biggest challenge. The conference, held this year in Denver, is jam-packed with so much stuff that it can be hard to get your arms around all the ideas presented in a three-day span. Fortunately, your fellow journalists have your back. If you didn't go to … Read More
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ONA's Irving Washington on inclusion, innovation and stumbling into the right gig

The Online News Association began the week of its annual conference with some personal news: Deputy Director Irving Washington will be the group's next executive director. Washington, who's currently in Denver with a lot of other journalists this week for ONA16, took a few minutes to talk with Poynter via email about what's changed … Read More
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From triage to trust: Jane McDonnell on what's changed in journalism during her 8-year run at ONA

Jane McDonnell's first week as executive director of the Online News Association coincided with the 2008 ONA conference in Washington, D.C. She remembers seeing two distinct mentalities: "On one side, those who only heard journalism's death rattle and on the other, the revolutionaries, champing at the bit to move forward." The next year, at ONA's conference in San Francisco, you … Read More
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ONA16 offers more for broadcasters and lots of ways to learn about VR

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 … Read More
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5 tips for Periscope beginners

There were two sessions devoted to learning Periscope at the Online News Association's annual conference last week. Brooke Minters, a senior producer at AJ+, led the sessions. AJ+ used Periscope while covering protests and riots Baltimore after the death of Freddie Gray, and most recently while covering refugees and migrants in Europe. "It's right there in … Read More
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5 questions to ask yourself before going for that raise

Wondering how to negotiate for more cash? (Deposit Photos) "You have more power than you think," Will Neville-Rehbehn told a packed room at the Online News Association's annual conference last week. Neville-Rehbehn, creative director at VShift, spoke with Poynter's Katie Hawkins-Gaar about work and money. A version of the conversation first took place earlier this … Read More
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ONA will expand its local chapters with $800,000 from Knight

The Online News Association’s local chapters will get the chance to spread and grow thanks to an $800,000 investment from the The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. ONA announced the news on Thursday at ONA’s annual conference. “Knight and ONA both strongly believe that local journalists and the connections they make can have a huge impact on improving … Read More
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ONA debuts a Build Your Own Ethics Code platform

Screen shot The Online News Association presented a new crowdsourced tool to help journalists navigate ethics in digital journalism. The Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation gave $40,000 toward the project, according to the press release. The platform "addresses the intense interest and concern in the digital journalism community around the growing ethical issues unique to social media, … Read More
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How's your work/life balance? Here are 4 questions for figuring that out

For many journalists, the work is more than just a job, S. Mitra Kalita said on Wednesday after a session on work/life balance at the ONA-Poynter Leadership Academy for Women in Digital Media. And that can make finding balance tough. The conversation was led by Kelly McBride, Poynter's vice president of academic affairs, Kalita, incoming managing editor at the L.A. Read More
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You can now apply for the ONA-Poynter Leadership Academy for Women in Digital Media

Applications are now open for the Online News Association-Poynter Leadership Academy for Women in Digital Media, which will take place on April 12 to April 17 at Poynter in St. Petersburg, Florida. The academy is tuition-free, and 25 women will be chosen. Teaching at the academy will be Facebook’s Liz Heron, S. Mitra Kalita of Quartz, Google News Lab's Olivia … Read More
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'It’s been a tough month for factchecking.'

Good morning. Here are eight media stories. Who wants to be a teenage millionaire? New York high school senior Mohammed Islam didn't make $72 million on the stock market. He lied. If it's any consolation, his parents are really mad. "My mom basically said she’d never talk to me." One more line from that story, which is possibly the … Read More
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How to build a news apps team (Hint: if you don't have a lot of money, settle for scrappy)

It isn’t really a question of whether you need a news apps team or not. The question for most newsrooms is what kind of news apps team can you afford? And then, how can you keep them as long as possible, given your scarce resources? Programmers and developers with journalistic inclinations are in high demand. They command good salaries and … Read More
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ONA adds Post-Dispatch photographer to Ferguson keynote

ONA David Carson will join the panel of journalists talking about recent events in Ferguson at the Online News Association's opening keynote on Thursday, Sept. 25 in Chicago. Carson, a photojournalist with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, covered the story since it began. From ONA: Following the Aug. 9 police shooting of Michael Brown, Ferguson, Mo. became a petri dish … Read More
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