April 8th, 2014
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Richard Koci Hernandez, ONA Board Member and Assistant Professor, New Media at UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, hates the ineffective design of boarding passes, so he has his students redesign them to improve their functionality and aesthetic.

This assignment is one of many great ideas highlighted in 100 Things I’m Learning at 2014 Journalism Interactive by Dan Reimold.

April 8th, 2014
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Of the top operational newsroom editors and managers of your homepage, mobile, video, graphics, and visuals teams, how many are on your masthead?

One of 26 awkward questions to ask news organizations about the move to digital, suggested by Raju Narisetti, senior vice president of strategy at News Corp, 

Other important topics raised include media diversity, approaches to advertising, the number and role of developers, performance markers and audience behavior. 

April 7th, 2014
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Tech’s biggest companies say that recruiting women is a priority. “If we do that, there’s no question we’ll more than double the rate of technology output in the world,” Larry Page, the chief executive of Google, said last spring. Yet at Google, less than a fifth of the engineers are women.

That’s a typical figure. Twenty percent of software developers are women, according to the Labor Department, and fewer than 6 percent of engineers are black or Hispanic. Comparatively, 56 percent of people in business and financial-operations jobs are women, as are 36 percent of physicians and surgeons and one-third of lawyers.

At tech start-ups, often considered the most desirable places to work, the number of women appears to be even lower. The companies generally don’t release these numbers publicly, but an engineer at Pinterest has collected data from people at 133 start-ups and found that an average of 12 percent of the engineers are women.

April 4th, 2014
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Congratulations to the 12 winners of ONA’s Challenge Fund for Innovation in Journalism Education!

Each university will receive $35,000 for live news experiments that bridge journalism education, community engagement and local news, thanks to Knight Foundation, McCormick Foundation, Democracy Fund, and Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation.

Learn more about the winning projects, the 13 honorable mentions, and and what we’re looking for so you can be ready for the next round of funding. 

March 27th, 2014
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March 27th, 2014
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There is a way to make a working environment where everyone feels valued and like diversity is an asset, not a liability. I know this kind of working environment is possible and exists and not just a theoretical reality and I know that because I work there. And even though it feels magical it’s actual not magic. It’s a practical reality created by my teammates.

Lola Pierson discusses working for a small tech company that prioritizes having conversations about gender, drawing on her experience and sharing specific ways her office addresses gender and tech issues. 

Read more: Figure 53 | Working for a Unicorn: A Gender Aware Office

March 21st, 2014
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We’re now accepting pitches for ONA14, the Online News Association Conference! We’re looking for creative sessions, great speakers and ideas that you would like to see at your digital journalism conference. Submit an idea. 

We’re now accepting pitches for ONA14, the Online News Association Conference! 

We’re looking for creative sessions, great speakers and ideas that you would like to see at your digital journalism conference. 

Submit an idea

March 21st, 2014
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March 21st, 2014
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Most journalists understand the importance of an ethics code. But in our fast-changing profession, not everyone agrees on exactly what the code should say. In an effort to bridge this gap, ONA is hard at work on a “Build Your Own Ethics Code” project, an outgrowth of the new News Ethics Committee. We’re curating a toolkit to help news outlets, as well as individual bloggers/journalists, create guidelines that respond to their own concepts of journalism.
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