ONA10 | DC https://ona10.journalists.org The 2010 ONA Conference & Awards Banquet Tue, 10 Jan 2017 16:34:52 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.5.2 150371308 It’s a wrap https://ona10.journalists.org/2010/11/04/its-a-wrap/ Fri, 05 Nov 2010 01:13:52 +0000 https://ona10.journalists.org/?p=2624 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 Livestream.com 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!

A look at the 2010 OJA winners https://ona10.journalists.org/2010/10/31/a-look-at-the-2010-oja-winners/ Sun, 31 Oct 2010 04:59:12 +0000 https://ona10.journalists.org/?p=2481 Student journalists document the celebration as the winners of the 2010 Online Journalism Awards are named at ONA10.

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Online Journalism Awards honor the best of the best

Awards reveal a few surprises

ONA 2010 in (stop) motion https://ona10.journalists.org/2010/10/31/ona-2010-in-stop-motion/ Sun, 31 Oct 2010 04:33:34 +0000 https://ona10.journalists.org/?p=2385 Between the sessions, the workshops and the hallway mingling, ONA 2010 kept its 800-plus participants extra busy. To celebrate the conclusion of these bustling two days, we compiled a short stop-motion video — just for fun, of course.

Leading off: Kinsey Wilson wins Rich Jaroslovsky award https://ona10.journalists.org/2010/10/31/leading-off-kinsey-wilson-wins-rich-jaroslovsky-award/ Sun, 31 Oct 2010 00:22:40 +0000 https://ona10.journalists.org/?p=2394 Kinsey Wilson, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Digital Media for NPR, wins Rich Jaroslovsky award.

How to harness your inner entrepreneur https://ona10.journalists.org/2010/10/30/how-to-harness-your-inner-entrepreneur/ Sun, 31 Oct 2010 02:16:44 +0000 https://ona10.journalists.org/?p=2442 Journalists are looking for ways to reinvent their careers as the media landscape continues to shake and shift. Many reporters are hoping to carve out niches in the digital space and launch their own Internet ventures. At the Saturday morning panel, “Turning Bits Into Bucks,” three entrepreneurs shared secrets to success when it comes to creating and sustaining online businesses. Journalists take note:

Online Journalism Awards honor the best of the best https://ona10.journalists.org/2010/10/30/online-journalism-awards-honor-the-best-of-the-best/ Sun, 31 Oct 2010 02:14:12 +0000 https://ona10.journalists.org/?p=2455 Online Journalism Awards recognized journalists for their compelling pieces this year. General Excellence in Online Journalism award winners include msnbc.com, California Watch and the Center for Investigative Reporting, The Texas Tribune, The Las Vegas Sun and the Greenspun Media Group, La Nacion, and OWNI.

The complete list of award winners are below. For more insights, go here.
Awards reveal a few surprises https://ona10.journalists.org/2010/10/30/awards-reveal-a-few-surprises/ Sun, 31 Oct 2010 02:07:25 +0000 https://ona10.journalists.org/?p=2446 The 2010 Online Journalism Awards recognized journalists for their compelling pieces this year. General Excellence in Online Journalism award winners included Msnbc.comCalifornia Watch and the Center for Investigative ReportingThe Texas TribuneThe Las Vegas Sun and the Greenspun Media GroupLa Nacion and OWNI.

Hari Sreenivasan of PBS NewsHour emceed the awards ceremony. The award for Community Collaboration went to West Seattle Blog. Since its inception five years ago West Seattle Blog has been a major source of news for its neighbors, delivering current and comprehensive community news coverage. Self-coined as “West Seattle’s only 24/7 news source,” the site that began soley as a blog now provides breaking news stories and emergency updates for the community.

“The community has really participated in setting the agenda for the news we create,” said Tracy Record, the site’s editor, co-publisher and founder. “We encourage our readers to text, tweet, send emails and post on our Facebook wall when they have news,” said Record.

West Seattle Blog has one of the largest Twitter followings in Seattle for @westseattleblog, with more than 8,200 followers. More than 5,000 people have subscribed to its Facebook page since West Seattle Blog hit the social networking scene three years ago. The site accepts tips for potential news stories and even gets articles and pictures from readers.

“In my opinion, 2010 will be remembered as the year that grassroots independent news sites took off,” said CEO and founder of Placeblogger.com Lisa Williams, one of the Online Journalism Awards judges.

Solo win for Berkeley grad Martin Ricard

A Seed is Forever, created by Martin Ricard, won the student award for Multimedia Feature Presentation. Ricard received his master’s degree from the UC-Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism in May. Ricard spent 10 days in Sierra Leone focusing on youth and their attitudes toward agriculture since the country’s civil war ended in 2002. Multimedia journalist Ricard is editor of the San Bruno, Calif., division of Patch.com.

“Everyone knows about Sierra Leone because of [the film] Blood Diamond, but now that diamonds are at a decline,” he said, “youth are looking toward agriculture to revolutionize the country and to revolutionize their own lives.”

Partnerships pay off for ProPublica, Times-Picayune and Frontline

The Gannett Foundation Award for Innovative Investigative Journalism, Small Site, went to ProPublica, the New Orleans Times-Picayune and Frontline for Law and Disorder. Since receiving the 2009 Online Journalism Award for General Excellence from the Gannett Foundation, Mike Webb, ProPublica’s director of communications,  said the site has expanded to do more complex partnerships.

“Being received by your peers is as high an honor as you can get,” said Webb. “We want to keep doing great investigations that really have meaning and impact lives.”

Complete list of award winners available here.

Panelists talk strategy for community editorials https://ona10.journalists.org/2010/10/30/panelists-talk-strategy-for-community-editorials-2/ Sun, 31 Oct 2010 02:05:16 +0000 https://ona10.journalists.org/?p=2517 Panelists at Don't Call it UGC

Robin Sloan of Twitter introduces the panelists, from left to right: Laura Brunow Miner of Pictory, and Alexis Madrigal and Sarah Rich, both of Longshot Magazine. Photo by Heather Hodder

At “Don’t Call it UGC,” panelists shared advice for journalists who seek to produce quality work through crowdsourcing.

Laura Brunow Miner, founder of Pictorymag and the quickly expanding Phootcamp, joined Alexis Madrigal and Sarah Rich, co-founders of
Longshot Magazine, to talk strategy for how their projects have been able to publish high quality content from online submissions.

“Finesse, hard work and respect are the three words to keep in mind and walk away with from this panel,” said Robin Sloan, who works on media partnerships at Twitter. “They’re not tech words but craft words. Crowdsourcing is a skill you can learn.”

Panelists asserted that User Generated Content (UGC) is misleading because it implies inferior quality work; content for Longshot and Pictory is carefully edited and fact-checked similar to traditional publications. Instead, panelists preferred the term “community editorials” to convey the craftsmanship they say is innate within crowdsourcing.

“With UGC more often there’s terror about opening the floodgates to send a lot of crap in. What we’re doing is different, our content comes through a very fine filter,” said Sarah Rich, former senior editor for Dwell Magazine.

Longshot is a magazine that is created over only 48 hours, with the theme announced right before the clock starts ticking. Submissions are accepted only within the first 24 hours, and in the next 24 the magazine is edited, compiled and made available for purchase online. The contributors are paid, but through “socialism” and “meritocracy” as explained by Longshot’s website.

One-third of the profits from the first 48 days of the magazine’s sale are divided evenly among contributors and staff. However contributors and staff vote on all of the published content, and the contributor whose piece comes in first gets the second third of profits. The remaining third of the profits goes toward future publication efforts.

For the majority of the contributions to the magazine, it’s not big bucks. For the first issue, the average contributor was paid $8.93, Rich said.

With little compensation, and none at all for contributors to Pictory, all of the panelists agreed that there is something stronger behind community motivation.

“It gives people exposure, and a chance to vent emotionally. If you need convincing, look at Post Secret …people find it cathartic,” Brunow Miner said. Her site pictorymag.com displays weekly photo showcases connected by a theme. Anyone from around the world can submit a photo along with a caption, and photos are chosen based on how the theme was interpreted. “I look for photos that tell a story,” Brunow Miner said.

Of course there are difficulties in producing community editorials, such as finding a way to connect a seemingly disjointed staff of strangers.

“Voice is wrapped up in a lot of ways, and there is often assumption you sacrifice voice [through crowdsourcing]. How do you make sure voice is behind all of it?” Sloan asked.

“A great edit is the secret to community editorials,” said Brunow Miner ” I do line edits–highlighting words that I think are important helps it become cohesive–and I e-mail them back to my contributors for changes.”

Editors show respect for contributors’ work so that contributors will submit again. Pictory gains respect from contributors by letting them check edits before publication, and Longshot magazine instructs those whose submissions aren’t chosen to publish them on their own blogs, and then Longshot usually links to them.

All of the panelists have a strong presence on Twitter, where much marketing takes place. You can follow them at @pictory or @longshotmag.

Scenes from a rally https://ona10.journalists.org/2010/10/30/scenes-from-a-rally/ Sat, 30 Oct 2010 22:00:52 +0000 https://ona10.journalists.org/?p=2337 Thousands of people — including a few who took a quick break from ONA sessions — crowded the National Mall near the Capitol Saturday afternoon to raise their voices for “sanity and/or fear.” They were joined by comedians Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert.

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Twitter after hours https://ona10.journalists.org/2010/10/30/twitter-after-hours/ Sat, 30 Oct 2010 21:32:14 +0000 https://ona10.journalists.org/?p=2356 Robin Sloan offered “Twitter Hours” — one-on-one appointments with journalists — to fine-tune their twitter technique.

Some of his tips were surprising.

“I didn’t know that the best time to tweet was between 10 a.m. and noon,” said Jeremy Caplan, who found “Twitter Hours” useful since he teaches twitter at CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.

For those who couldn’t catch at the conference, here is a short video of Sloan’s top twitter tips.