This year’s 15th annual Online News Association conference in Chicago was amazing. My head is still spinning with all the workshops and demonstrations I attended while there. So here’s my top 10 things from the conference. Enjoy — and I hope to see you in Los Angeles Sept. 24-26, 2015!
- I’m confident in the next generation of journalists. The students on this year’s ONA’s student projects (headed by Boston University professor Michelle Johnson and CNN.com‘s Katia Hetter) did some amazing work. And thanks to the Knight Foundation, four students from historically black colleges and universities also attended the conference, and did a great job.
- Speaking of next-gen journalists… I had the pleasure of moderating a panel, “Digital Millennials Take Center Stage,” featuring two MJ Bear fellows and an AP-Google scholarship winner. Aaron Williams, Anika Anand and Beatrice Katcher (who also worked in the Student Projects newsroom). They talked about their projects, then proceeded to offer their enlightening thoughts on the future of digital journalism.
- #MediaDiversity lives!! I saw it in what I feel was a healthy number of people of color attending this year’s convention, including a good number of representatives from journalism organizations of color, including the presidents of the Asian American Journalists Association, the National Association of Black Journalists and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. I also saw it at the opening keynote panel, “All Eyes on Ferguson, Mo.,” which featured: moderator Michel Martin of NPR; David Carson – Staff Photographer, St. Louis Post-Dispatch; Trymaine Lee – National Reporter, MSNBC; Wesley Lowery – Political Reporter, Washington Post; Mariah Stewart – Freelance Journalist, Huffington Post/Beacon Reader; and Claire Ward – Producer/Shooter, VICE News. Watch a summary video of the panel here.
- Amy Webb STILL rocks with her “10 Tech Trends For Journalists” session. Those in the know get to this session early because it is *always* standing room only. And Webb was kind enough to share her deck, here.
- The workshops were stellar. You can see all of them, neatly laid out here. My only complaint was that I physically could not attend all that I wanted.
- The ONA Midway was a great place to get down and dirty. I got to play with things like Tableau Public, Banjo, Zapaday, Datavisu.al and Wochit, to name a few.
- Some great folks want to be on the ONA board. You can check them out here (Disclaimer: I am running for re-election). And here’s some tweets from the Lighting Round session, where board candidates made their pitches.
- And the winners are… The judges did a great job choosing the winners of the 2014 Online Journalism Awards. Check them out and see why it was so difficult to choose.