It’s a wrap

Nearly 1,200 people attended the 2010 Online News Association Conference in Washington, D.C., Oct. 28-30, including the Career Summit & Job Fair and the Pre-Conference Workshops. We were overwhelmed and humbled by the pre-, mid- and post-conference response and coverage. Your passion, enthusiasm, desire to learn and willingness to exchange ideas is what makes everything ONA does — the conference, Online Journalism Awards, training, local events and meetups — such a success.

Whether or not you were there, a lot of valuable information surfaced that’s worth sharing.

Videos on the way
The Career Summit sessions, three keynotes, three tracks of Friday and Saturday sessions and Online Journalism Awards Banquet were live streamed, thanks to our partnership with and a partial sponsorship by USC Annenberg. They’ll be available online soon. (Sessions of poor quality are in the process of being upgraded.)

Tweets, maps, clips and clouds
Here’s some of the most helpful and (of course) creative coverage and takeaways:

  • ONAmagazine, compiled by Hacks/Hackers, auto-created an editable news Web site around a single event (see below). Created by Alina Barbuceanu, Andrei Stupiak and Daniel Bachhuber.
  • 10,000 Words details the top three design highlights from the conference.
  • Nieman Journalism Lab recaps ONA10 through Twitter (Friday and Saturday).

Hackers and journalists unite
Hacks/Hackers, a grassroots group that brings together technologists and journalists, hosted a hackathon in conjunction with ONA10, uniting ONA members with other coders. A WordPress campaign widget won the top prize by aggregating information about candidates’ campaign finance records, data visualization tools, and the Daylife content API. The widget was built by Benjamin Balter, Chris Barna, Alex Byers and Beth Davidz; see it here, with source documentation here.

So, how many …
Attendees (Thursday through Saturday): 1,135
Sponsors and Exhibitors: 34
Job Fair Recruiters: 30
Sessions: 43
Presenters: 115
Foursquare check-ins: 771
Tweets: Uncountable

Congrats to our raffle winners
Member Mary Kay McFarland took home an iPad; Nano No. 1 went to John Ehruch, and Nano No. 2 to Theresa Schmedding of ACES; and ONA founding member Doug Feaver won the 2011 Society for News Design conference registration.

And finally:

Sept. 22-24, 2011
Boston Marriott Copley Place

Please, so we don’t have to turn anyone away, make your plans now!