More than 2,000 journalists from across the nation are gathered today at the 2018 Online News Association Conference in Austin, Texas, to discuss the most innovative and emerging trends in digital journalism. ONA will also honor the work of colleagues from around the world at Saturday’s Online Journalism Awards banquet.
“We are the must-attend event for the next generation of journalists and storytellers,” said Benèt Wilson, vice president of ONA’s executive board. “Our attendees will be able to bring the latest and greatest to their newsrooms when they go back to work on Monday.”
ONA staff and volunteers have worked for 18 months to bring the conference to life for the 2,540 attendees who are registered.
“ONA is such a uniquely innovative environment,” said Justina Sharp, the student representative on ONA’s executive board. “I’m excited for everyone to experience what we’ve been planning for the last several months.”
Journalists will take part in three days of learning, networking and absorbing the latest in tools for today’s news coverage. Day One kicked off with danah boyd, founder/president of Data & Society, who will discuss media manipulation and journalism’s responsibility in covering crisis events.
Journalists will have a full day of workshops including “Lessons from Black Twitter: Inclusive Reporting in Diverse Communities,” “Advise, Explain, Engage: Grow Membership and Build Loyalty with a Successful Column” and “Ten Secrets of Fast Writing and Powerful Storytelling.”
The Midway, which opens at noon, is the center for hands-on experiences, training sessions, workshops, discussion tables and of course the newest swag.
The night will conclude with a reception at Austin City Limits Live at Moody Theater. In keeping with its location, the music will be lively but it will also be a place for networking with old and new friends while enjoying good food and drink.