We’re very excited participate in ONA12 next week! Our CEO Gregory Galant will be there presenting at the Midway. We’re pleased to present this guest post from Jennifer Mizgata and our friends at the Online News Association.
ONA12 is in San Francisco next week and the ONA team is gearing up and getting pumped. ONA conferences get a lot of returning participants year after year, and the experience can feel like a journo geek family reunion at times. With our return to the West Coast for the first time in a few years and the debut of the Midway, ONA’s space for journalists and technologists to create and explore, there’s a lot going on. From parties to the Online Journalism Awards, here’s your quick guide of what to expect at ONA12:
- A convergence of close to 1,400 amazing digital innovators in real life. Meet folks that inspire you everyday online and expand your network.
- A varied and dynamic program of sessions, workshops, and training, with a focus on digital storytelling
- An exposition of innovation in the Midway, where you can play with new tools, chill in social media lounges, and bounce ideas of others in the hack space
- Inspiring keynotes from Dick Costolo and Emily Bell, Jose Antonio Vargas, and the NASA JPL Social Team.
- A great opportunity to network and advance your career. Looking for a new job? Get advice from top digital journalists and meet recruiters from media companies at the ONA12 Career Summit and Job Fair.
- An opportunity to meet the winners of the Online Journalism Awards (OJAs), which will be announced Saturday night
- Thursday Workshops: Get an intro to mobile reporting, learn to code, or tell stories with data in one of the nine workshops before the official conference. You don’t have to be registered for ONA12 to attend.
- Get a mini-Master’s in media law at the Law School for Digital Journalists, a full-day workshop on legal issues.
- Learn to embrace your inner entrepreneur: For the fourth year in a row, J-Lab: The Institute for Interactive Journalism, presents a half-day of conference workshops that focuses on the specific challenges confronting entrepreneurial news start-ups.
- And last but not least, great parties and meetups. We’ve started a list of side events which is sure to explode as people finalize details of their events.