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

The unconference is an opportunity for those attending ONA18, Sept. 13-15 in Austin, Texas, to add conversations you feel are important to the official schedule.

The process will work as follows:

  1. Registered ONA18 attendees can pitch ideas through until Thursday, Sept. 6 at midnight ET.
  2. ONA18 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.

Lightning Talks are an opportunity for those attending ONA18, Sept. 13-15 in Austin, Texas, to give a fun, rapid-paced talk (5 minutes or less) on a topic related to this year's theme.

Theme: What will your community / audience / readers want from you in 10 years' time?

The process will work as follows:
 

  1. Registered ONA18 attendees can pitch ideas through until Thursday, Sept. 6 at midnight ET.
  2. A conference volunteer will read through pitches. Those not related to our theme, or are otherwise inappropriate, will NOT be ineligible to continue in the process.
  3. For all other pitches, ONA18 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.