The Online News Association is a nonprofit membership organization for digital journalists, connecting journalism, technology and innovation. 

The ONA Community Award offers a place to lift up a behind-the-scenes person or small team in online journalism that has made outsize contributions to the field, particularly those who create tools or work environments that allow digital journalists to do their best work.

The ONA Community Award recipient should exhibit one of the following characteristics, and the strongest candidates will bridge digital impact and career building:

  • An under-the-radar person or small team that has created products or tools that help digital journalists showcase their best work 
  • A person or small team that has fostered a stronger sense of community among digital journalists, either by rallying the industry together for a cause, connecting news innovators on an influential and impactful project, or developing a community over time

Note: this nomination form closes on Wednesday, July 24 at midnight PDT.

Lightning Talks are an opportunity for those attending ONA19, Sept. 12-14 in New Orleans, Louisiana, to give a fun, rapid-paced talk (5 minutes or less) on a topic related to this year's theme.

Theme: What will newsrooms look like in 10 years' time (in terms of roles, structure, physical space, etc)?


The process will work as follows:
 

  1. Registered ONA19 attendees can pitch ideas through until Thursday, Sept. 5 at 11:59p ET.
  2. A conference volunteer will read through pitches. Those not related to our theme, or are otherwise inappropriate, will NOT be eligible to continue in the process.
  3. For all other pitches, ONA19 attendees will vote on Thursday and Friday of the conference for topics they feel should be added to the schedule.
  4. Successful submitters will present on Saturday; please note you must be in attendance Saturday at 4p to lead your session. 

  
Here are a couple of additional tips:
 

  • You are capped at two presenters maximum; one is recommended. If you do have two, remember that ONA is all about collaboration and diversity; find others with interesting backgrounds and ideas to join your pitch.
  • Keep your topic forward-thinking and solutions-oriented.
  • Remind the audience why they should care! What will make your presentation stand out?

  

Finally, please note that your name, bio, talk title, description and photos or other materials will be posted to our website once we have several entries, so don't include anything you'll regret.

Your email address is kept private and is used to inform you whether or not your pitch is accepted. If you have any questions, please contact learning@journalists.org.

Lightning Talks are generously supported by Trisolute News Dashboard.

Trisolute News Dashboard 


The unconference is an opportunity for those attending ONA19, Sept. 12-14 in New Orleans, Louisiana, to add conversations you feel are important to the official schedule.

The process will work as follows:
 

  1. Registered ONA19 attendees can pitch ideas through until Thursday, Sept. 5 at 11:59p ET.
  2. ONA19 attendees will vote on Thursday and Friday of the conference for topics they feel should be added to the schedule.
  3. Successful submitters will present on Saturday; please note you must be in attendance Saturday at 4p to lead your session.

 

While there are no restrictions on unconference topics, other than keeping topics informative and professional, we do limit the number of presenters to 3 people. Here are a couple of additional tips:
 

  • Keep your topic forward-thinking and solutions-oriented.
  • ONA is all about collaboration and diversity; find others with interesting backgrounds and ideas to join your pitch.
  • Feel free to be creative in your session format; people may be feeling panel fatigue by Saturday afternoon.
  • Remind the audience why they should care! What will they take away?

 

Finally, please note that your name, bio, session title, description and photos or other materials will be posted to our website once we have several entries, so don't include anything you'll regret.

Your email address is kept private and is used to inform attendees whether or not their pitch is accepted.

If you have any questions, please contact learning@journalists.org.

Online News Association