ONA Issues

Sep 20

“I also see a lot of resumes from recent grads on their 4th or 5th internship and that makes me wonder…why is one not enough? Are times really so tough that the only career path available to recent grads is to hop from one internship to another, sometimes for years after school?” — Adam Schweigert explores the value of internships in The End Of Interns.

Sep 19

Exploring ethics through journalism hotlines : Columbia Journalism Review -

[T]he Online News Association is developing a crowdsourced Build Your Own Ethics Code project, conceived by the association’s new News Ethics Committee this spring. The rationale behind the project is that, when it comes to ethics codes, “one size does not fit all.” In an interview with CJR in March, ONA Executive Director Jane McDonnell said that the old format of an ethics code handed down by a corporate media entity is no longer possible to follow in a multi-faceted industry where media genres, organizations, and individuals come in many different shapes.

Sep 16

“When the agony of missing the shot trumps the joy of the experience worth shooting, the adventure athlete (climber, surfer, extreme skier) reveals himself to be something else: a filmmaker, a brand, a vessel for the creation of content. He used to just do the thing—plan the killer trip or trick and then complete it, with panache. Maybe a photographer or film crew tagged along, and afterward there’d be a slide show at community centers and high-school gyms, or an article in a magazine. Now the purpose of the trip or trick is the record of it. Life is footage.” — Living the GoPro Life

Labor Board Orders CNN to Rehire 100 Fired Employees | Variety

Sep 15

“[T]his being France, there are some Gallic twists to the tale of the press’s battle for survival. That one of the most progressive papers in terms of content has become one of the most backward in its digital strategy is an indication of the unexpected shifts and growing pressures that all are facing. Perhaps the biggest story is the increasing concentration of media power in the hands of a tiny number of wealthy business executives and financiers. That has injected some badly needed fresh capital into the press, but raises ethical dilemmas for newsrooms.” — Plus ça change… - Nieman Reports

Sep 12

Nieman Lab takes an in-depth look at the gender breakdown of newsroom leadership, highlighting a number of women in management roles. 
The conversation will continue at ONA14 in the Lady Leaders Lightning Talk, which includes Meredith Artley, Anna Holmes, Ann Marie Lipinski, and Susan Smith Richardson, all of whom are featured in Nieman Lab’s article, as well as Liz Heron, Vivian Schiller, Callie Schweitzer, and Benét Wilson. 

Nieman Lab takes an in-depth look at the gender breakdown of newsroom leadership, highlighting a number of women in management roles. 

The conversation will continue at ONA14 in the Lady Leaders Lightning Talk, which includes Meredith Artley, Anna Holmes, Ann Marie Lipinski, and Susan Smith Richardson, all of whom are featured in Nieman Lab’s article, as well as Liz Heron, Vivian Schiller, Callie Schweitzer, and Benét Wilson. 

Sep 11

“The “we need to have something on this” impulse leads to the worst (professional) writing on the web.” —

Alex Pareene on Takes, “the online media phenomenon wherein nearly every single outlet that produces “content” finds itself compelled to produce some sort of content related to some sort of news (or pseudo-news), despite having no original reporting or intelligent analysis to add.”

Read his first post The Taking Of The Media and follow up A Second Look At The Giant Garbage Pile That Is Online Media, 2014 on The Dish.

Sep 10

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5 resources for journalists covering domestic violence | Poynter.

Today, Netflix, Etsy, Kickstarter, Meetup, reddit, Upworthy, Vimeo, WordPress and a number of other websites are participating in Internet Slowdown Day. While the internet isn’t really slowing down, the websites are mimicking what would happen if it did, by placing spinning pinwheel loading images on their sites to raise awareness about the fight for net neutrality.
NPR provides a quick review of the issue: 

What is net neutrality all about?
The principle generally means that content isn’t prioritized above others, so that a user can go where he wants and do what he wants on the Internet without the interference of his broadband provider. Supporters of net neutrality protections say that without the rules, Internet service providers like Comcast and Time Warner will have economic incentives to charge content providers, such as Netflix, for “faster lanes” to get to you, the consumer. And that Netflix will have to pay up, because regulations are needed to say, “Comcast, you can’t do that.”
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What can I do if I want to weigh in?
Already, more than one million comments were sent into the FCC about this issue, the most of any rule-making measure in the agency’s history. The vast majority of the comments supported stricter enforcement of net neutrality.
You can still comment. Monday is the last day the public can weigh in on the process by submitting comments to the commission.


Read more: Your Favorite Sites Will ‘Slow Down’ Today, For A Cause : All Tech Considered : NPR

Today, Netflix, Etsy, Kickstarter, Meetup, reddit, Upworthy, Vimeo, WordPress and a number of other websites are participating in Internet Slowdown Day. While the internet isn’t really slowing down, the websites are mimicking what would happen if it did, by placing spinning pinwheel loading images on their sites to raise awareness about the fight for net neutrality.

NPR provides a quick review of the issue: 

What is net neutrality all about?

The principle generally means that content isn’t prioritized above others, so that a user can go where he wants and do what he wants on the Internet without the interference of his broadband provider. Supporters of net neutrality protections say that without the rules, Internet service providers like Comcast and Time Warner will have economic incentives to charge content providers, such as Netflix, for “faster lanes” to get to you, the consumer. And that Netflix will have to pay up, because regulations are needed to say, “Comcast, you can’t do that.”

What can I do if I want to weigh in?

Already, more than one million comments were sent into the FCC about this issue, the most of any rule-making measure in the agency’s history. The vast majority of the comments supported stricter enforcement of net neutrality.

You can still comment. Monday is the last day the public can weigh in on the process by submitting comments to the commission.

Read more: Your Favorite Sites Will ‘Slow Down’ Today, For A Cause : All Tech Considered : NPR