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

If you’re interested in speaking at ONA Insights 2020, running May 6, 2020, in Bergen, Norway, please make your pitches through the Suggestion Box. 

Insights will focus on Digital Strategy Analytics, covering common newsroom goals, benchmarking and performance indicators, and evaluating the metrics newsrooms use to track audience engagement, subscribers and traffic. 

Anyone can submit a proposal and all submissions will be read and reviewed by the volunteer Insights Program Team, a group of journalists, educators and technologists who recommend topics they deem essential to ONA staff for final decisions. 

The Program Team is seeking best practices, practical tips and inspiring talks for journalists, executives, sales teams, educators and everyone else working in digital media, and is especially interested in fresh, creative ideas that don’t fit traditional conference formats. 

Please see this ONA19 session format guide for ideas about how to present: Collaborative documents, Facilitated discussions, Workshops, Trainings, Speed Demos, Town Halls/AMAs, Masterclasses, Bold Ideas, Lightning Talks, Debates and Panels.

Before you make your proposal, consider the following questions:

  • Who is your target audience, how can you keep them engaged and what would you like them to walk away with once the session is over?
  • What solutions to common issues have you been working on that other newsrooms might also be able to adapt to their work?

Keep in mind that these suggestions are often a starting point for discussions about the topics that will be covered. ONA will often ask presenters to refine their proposals or combine their ideas with other presenters to address a single topic. 

The deadline for Suggestion Box submissions is Thursday, February 27, at 11:59 p.m. ET (UTC-5). 

All submitters will receive notification, whether their topic is selected or not. Invited presenters receive complimentary ONA Insights 2020 registration. ONA is not able to provide travel, lodging or other financial compensation for speakers.

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