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#ONA19 is officially on! ONA Chief Knowledge Officer Trevor Knoblich (@MobileTrevor) is getting us started with a couple of fun facts this morning:

🔹 We have more than 1,150 first-time attendees at ONA19.
🔹 Attendees in New Orleans today represent over 60 countries.
Tune in to the live feed now for the #ONA19 welcome remarks and opening plenary session on global strategies to fight misinformation (#ONA19misinfo).…
Now welcoming to the stage ONA Executive Director/CEO @IrvWashington3. #ONA19
@IrvWashington3 "Twenty years ago, our members had a strong belief and they made a couple of bets on some things about the future of journalism." — @IrvWashington3 #Happy20thONA
The first bet: quality online news. Image
The second bet: community. Image
In 20 years, ONA has grown from a few dozens of intrepid digital pioneers to thousands of community members working together to make ONA and digital journalism better and better. #Happy20thONA ImageImageImage
In the early days, ONA contributed to legitimizing online journalism as ... journalism.… #Happy20thONA
Now ONA supports innovative projects and people, organizes local journalism communities and more. Here are a couple of projects we supported via the Challenge Fund for Innovation in Journalism Education that illustrate the impact of these efforts. #hackthecurriculum
.@GeorgiaNewsLab started as an idea to diversify investigative journalism in Atlanta through collaborations between HBCUs and local news. Today it's an award-winning collaborative that has provided valuable reporting experience to over 50 students. #hackthecurriculum
.@merrillcollege received $50,000 from the Challenge Fund this year — after an initial $30,000 in 2018 — in recognition of climate change reporting with an impressive collaborative data journalism component.…
@merrillcollege Leading up to ONA's 20th anniversary, we spent the past year developing our new strategic plan. One of the big challenges? Defining a typical ONA member and what they do.

(Hint: There's no typical job of an ONA member!)
Today ONA serves a diverse, global community of people who share the same things our founders did 20 years ago.

Which of these qualities resonate with you?#Happy20thONA
At 20, ONA's mission to inspire and support innovation in digital journalism remains the same. #Happy20thONA
Looking forward, we are excited to serve this mission via five focus areas:
🔹 Develop strategies for emerging tech
🔹 Share best practices on audience engagement + metrics
🔹 Innovative news storytelling
🔹 Experiment and find new revenue + business models
🔹 Cultivate newsroom leadership, culture and diversity

Our mission, vision and values are at the core of everything we do and why we exist.
Our values are:
🔹 Integrity
🔹 Journalistic ethics
🔹 Freedom of expression
🔹 Journalistic excellence
🔹 Community
🔹 Inclusivity #happy20thONA
"These values are why I’m so proud to be a part of ONA’s story over the past 10 of its 20 years. In that time, my career has grown and ONA has been with me every step of the way." — ONA President @mjenkins #ONA19 #Happy20thONA
#TBT Here's ONA President @mjenkins at her first @ONAConf in 2010, where she shared her journey of teaching herself digital media skills to create jobs for herself that didn't exist before.

@mjenkins @ONAConf #TBT ONA President @mjenkins first came to @ONAConf as a registration volunteer. At ONA11 the following year, she returned to share her expertise on the art of online verification.…

@mjenkins @ONAConf Now @mjenkins is in her seventh and final year on the Board. Thank you, Mandy, for your service and ongoing support.
@mjenkins @ONAConf If you're inspired by @mjenkins's story, join us. ONA is more than a conference — there are many ways to get involved year-round.

Two opportunities open right now:
Get to know the nine candidates for the Board of Directors — and cast your vote by Sept. 6!…

#ONAElects Image
Apply to start an #ONALocal group and join a global cohort of organizers for a leadership development program that will provide you with key skills to lead change in your newsroom and beyond.…
Plus, applications for the Women's Leadership Accelerator will open in October.… #ONAWLA
Pro Tip: Subscribe to the ONA Weekly newsletter to receive regular updates about new opportunities.
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