Jena Janovy, ESPN.com enterprise and investigations editor, took in the Online News Association convention in San Francisco, Sept. 20-22. Here’s her recap:
One of the first things you’ll notice when you sign up for the Online News Association annual conference and awards banquet is that there is something for just about everyone in the business these days. Journalists, developers, designers, managers and entrepreneurs all have a seat at this growing table, and the annual conference offers a smorgasbord of sessions, speakers, hands-on training and networking opportunities to suit just about everyone’s taste.
Among the sessions I attended at the conference in San Francisco, Sept. 20-22, we learned about the BBC’s comprehensive approach to covering the Olympics in London, how “social photography” is changing news and journalism, why design is integral to storytelling and what journalists are doing to become mobile storytellers. Many of the other sessions featured conversations for start-ups and entrepreneurial pop-ups hoping to do more to engage audiences and monetize their operations. Oh, and there was a job fair, a career summit, a half-day “intro to mobile” workshop, introductory sessions on programming and a full day of sessions just on digital media law. Whew!!
If you’re interested in going next year, the conference is in Atlanta. And for more information on the organization and its mission, check out http://journalists.org/.
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