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This year marks 20 years of ONA.

To celebrate, we're asking our community to share stories about their ONA experience and the impact on their work and careers.

Use #Happy20thONA to contribute your ONA stories!
#ONALocal launched 11 years ago to gather local communities of journalism innovators.

Today it's a cohort-based leadership program serving over 90 volunteer organizers who host regular networking and training events around the world.

The inimitable Jane McDonnell served as ONA's Executive Director 2008–2016. In 2018, @freerangejane was honored with the Rich Jaroslovsky Founder Award for her extraordinary commitment and contributions to digital journalism.

@freerangejane 🎙️@SimaDiab is the 2016 recipient of the James Foley Award for Conflict Reporting, which honors digital journalists who produce excellent reporting under the most challenging conditions.
@freerangejane @SimaDiab The Challenge Fund for Innovation in Journalism Education supports collaborative news experiments between universities and local news organizations. #hackthecurriculum

@freerangejane @SimaDiab @Maddoxnelson @EricCarvin Justina Sharp was selected as the Student Representative on the ONA Board in 2018. Read this thread for her story.

@freerangejane @SimaDiab @Maddoxnelson @EricCarvin Nice to see ONA in the @NiemanLabFuego feed today.

✨Fun fact: Fuego was developed during a hackathon at ONA11!

@freerangejane @SimaDiab @Maddoxnelson @EricCarvin @NiemanLabFuego We love this #ONA14 photo throwback featuring special guests @MeCookieMonster and @AbbyCadabbySST. (Like ONA, Sesame Street is also celebrating a milestone anniversary this year — 50 years for them.)

After his first ONA conference, Ken Sands got involved in a number ONA programs and went on to become a Board member, serving as co-chair of the ONA Events Committee. Thank you for your service! #Happy20thONA

"Noticiero Móvil," a project of @RSJNevada, received a $35,000 grant in 2015 as one of 11 winning projects of a $1 million challenge to hack journalism education.

Learn about all Challenge Fund projects:… #Happy20thONA
@RSJNevada We are very proud of the growing @Journalism_360 community — an initiative founded by @knightfdn, @GoogleNewsInit and ONA to accelerate #immersivejournalism.

If you're in New York City, join us at the #Journalism360 Unconference + Demos event tomorrow!

We are grateful for the thoughtful work Megan Combs and Kelly Jones contribute as co-chairs of @ONAConf's general volunteers — a team of more than 100 digital journalist enthusiasts who help create a welcoming and positive experience for attendees.
@ONAConf ONA community, looking at this spread of swag brings up the question: Who can dig up the oldest @ONAConf shirt? #Happy20thONA
@ONAConf "If you didn't have any context, you would think the pic below was a family reunion." — @IrvWashington3
@ONAConf @IrvWashington3 Find an #ONALocal group near you to attend or help organize networking and training events with your journalism community.

@ONAConf @IrvWashington3 We piloted the #Journomentorship Collaborative in 2018 with the conviction that sharing fresh ideas for mentorship programs can help newsrooms become more diverse and inclusive. Doug Mitchell (@nextgenradio) led the team that developed the curriculum.
@ONAConf @IrvWashington3 @nextgenradio In addition to leading partnerships for ONA, Jessica Strelitz also has been a strong advocate for resources to make @ONAConf a more inclusive experience for parents.

Listen to her conversation with @erikaaaguilar at #ONA18 for the #ONAonAir podcast.
@ONAConf @IrvWashington3 @nextgenradio @erikaaaguilar Read this thread for insight into Michelle Johnson's journey with ONA and how the organization has evolved since her early days of being one of few people of color at the annual conference. #Happy20thONA
To connect with the @Journalism_360, join the Facebook group and subscribe to the newsletter.…

Or, meet us at the Journalism 360 Unconference tomorrow, July 23 in New York City. There are a few tickets left.

CNN Diversity Fellows, digital journalists with experience reporting for mobile and social platforms, received expenses-paid trips to @ONAConf and access to one-on-one networking and mentoring. Explore the hall of fame.…

@ONAConf "You're family." @LIONPubs Executive Director @ckrewson's experience with the ONA community is quintessential, from hosting an #ONALocal event to volunteering at @ONAConf to connecting early-career people in the industry.
Congratulations to the ONA Baltimore (#BmoreONA) on hosting their first meetup.

P.S. We were not kidding about the #Happy20thONA cake (as pictured here)! Find an #ONALocal event near you.

Now in its 10th year, the @ONANewsroom provides students the unique opportunity to receive an expenses-paid trip to @ONAConf and work with mentors on multimedia coverage of the conference. See who will be at #ONA19:…

@ONANewsroom @ONAConf Trevor Knoblich, Head of Programs and Events, connects journalists to emerging tools, technology, training and resources, and leads programming for our annual conference and beyond.…

Read this thread for his #Happy20thONA story.⬇️
We love the flashback photos that have been shared on #Happy20thONA. This one from #ONA18 is already a classic.
We are thrilled that longtime ONA champion @amywebb will join us at #ONA19 to lead not one but two sessions — a hands-on workshop covering tools for futurists in additional to her popular Tech Trends in Journalism presentation.…

@amywebb The inaugural #ONAWLA cohort consisted of 25 women selected from a pool of nearly 500 applicants and 16 leaders who provided training and mentorship.…

Lainna Fader, Director of Audience Development at
@NewYorker, was part of the 2017 class of #ONAWLA. See who else joined the program that year.…


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