ONA18: The Online News Association's Annual Conference and Awards Ceremony for the Journalism Industry

location_onJW Marriott Austin, Austin, Texas
The Online News Association’s 2018 conference brings together journalists, media executives, product teams, entrepreneurs, students and educators. Attendees range from experienced veterans at international news outlets to representatives from major tech companies to those just getting started in their media careers. Conference check-in is located on the 4th floor of JW Marriott. Take the escalators all the way up. ONA18 is three full days of programming, September 13-15, 2018 in Austin, Texas.

Tote bags for all!

T-shirts for all attendees (unisex sizes)

Promotional materials shilling products and programs

Don't forget to pick up your buttons (number buttons to indicate how many ONA Conference's you've attended and location buttons).

The Midway Sessions Schedule at ONA 2018 in Austin

Definitely check out the #ONA18 hashtag on social - lots of great people and conversation

ONA Schedule

Map of exhibitors on The Midway at ONA

Day 1 swag - this is just what was in the totebag and at registration!

The Google training area (Room 212) is all the way down the hall on the second floor. Google is hosting sessions all throughout the conference.
Mock voting booths serve as a great reminder to vote, but also serve as the unconference session voting destination.

Austin and it's bats!

Lots of job postings bring shared. If you want a job in journalism or are hiring, ONA is the place to be!
Irving Washington, Executive Directive of ONA, greets attendees and leads everyone in a group selfie. Note the prime real estate of the ASL interpretor: equal footing with the speaker, not segmented off to a side stage.
ONA (Online News Association) Board of Directors President, Mandy Jenkins, takes the stage to thank all the volunteers who help make ONA run. "People + Ideas = Change"
Dana Boyd, Principal Researcher Microsoft Research, tackles Media Manipulation, Amplification, and Responsibility. A hot button issue right now, very timely, and Dana isn't pulling her punches on the accusations of bias in tech and media, and the "dog whistle" tactics of these. "It's critical that both the tech and journalism industries realize how they are being manipulated. How do you not take the bait? Own the fact that what makes something 'newsworthy' is subjective. Evolve your strategies. What you choose to amplify matters (and you do choose). Recognize your agency and power. Understand what extremists are trying to do." Get more info at http://www.datasociety.net/
Audience is welcome to ask Danah Boyd questions, and some thought-provoking responses are brought up: censorship, reporting vs amplifying, terminology, and funding.

Reuters booth on level 3 with swag, staff, and a coffee bar.

Room schedule for Level 3, Lone Star C Room. I'll be attending the "Lessons From Black Twitter: Inclusive Reporting in Diverse Communites" session next -- which I will capture as a separate Bulletin story, link below: https://bulletin.google.com/share/uAjrT6kF/9h_wMb/

Let's explore the Exhibit Hall!

CoxMedia Group is onsite with a cool variety of swag.

Crowdtangle chatting with people

Modern Tribe is a digital design and development agency with people all over the world.

The New York Times urges you to "make something newsworthy."

Chromatic is a digital agency doing content and design work, including building content workflows for editorial teams.

Viafoura delighting people with funky socks swag

Pew Research Center

NPR has lots of stickers and buttons

Snapchat did not come to play. Pretty impressive booth space

Pop sockets seem to be the swag du jour, like these from Taboola

Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University

Social News Desk is everywhere at ONA, lots of spaces set up.

Wibbitz is a video creation tool, streamlining short form video production process.

Parse.ly analyzes content across the internet and analyzes it. It helps you understand how your site is performing and how people across the internet are interacting with topics. Josh is eager to sign you up for a free Currents trial.

CNN with some of the coolest, most creative swag: wooden puzzles.


Community Impact Newspaper is about to open a paper in Arizona, but have 25 publications in Texas.

Reddit has adorable totebags

The Wall Street Journal

The Reddit totebag swag is adorable.

The Disney networking lounge space is amazing. You can see all the swag and a short video interview with Charles Stovall on this separate Bulletin story: https://bulletin.google.com/share/uAjrT6kF/ckylCt/

Mickey Mouse rice Krispy treats!

WordPress VIP is here to help people publish more easily.

The Midway, not to be confused with the Exhibit Hall

AP Lounge in the Midway

The Midway features six different startups each day where you can come chat a little more interactively than in other spaces

Insta360 is demoing hardware - which enables you to publish 360 straight to Google StreetView

Stopping by the The Student Newsroom on the 2nd floor which is sponsored by Google News Initiative. This crew stays busy covering the events of ONA.

A quick return visit to the Exhibit Hall where Viafoura has Voodoo Doughnuts!

CNN's Adeola Adeosun is speaking with people at the CNN space in the Exhibit Hall.

James Morehead, Product Manager for Bulletin, from Google, gives an overview of this new creator tool in the Google training room (Room 212, 2nd floor).
Bloody Mary, mimosa, and Irish coffee bar at the back of the ballroom before Amy Webb's session on Tech Trends for Journalists. See the separate Bulletin story for this session here: https://bulletin.google.com/share/uAjrT6kF/A_b2bU/

Big turn out for the Twitter session with Joanna Geary, Director of Curation.

Would you believe it if I told you I actually turned down almost all swag and still wound up with all of this?!?

People are arriving for the final event of ONA, the OJA dinner!

Online Journalism Awards Ceremony and Dinner

Dinner begins at OJA

ONA Board President Mandy Jenkins takes the stage to start off the proceedings.

Niala Boodhoo, our MC for the night is bringing the jokes as she prepares to start the awards program. Niala is the Startup Host and Executive Producer of The 21st, an award-winning, statewide public radio talk show for Illinois broadcasting weekdays on WILL in Champaign-Urbana, WUIS in Springfield, WNIJ in Rockford-DeKalb, WGLT in Bloomington-Normal and WCBU in Peoria. Niala has been a journalist for more than 15 years reporting from London, Washington, Chicago and Miami. She previously hosted WBEZ's Afternoon Shift, a two-hour, live local weekday show for Chicago Public Media.

Winner for Explanatory Reporting (small newsroom): Dangerous Deliveries, from The Texas Tribune

Winner for Explanatory Reporting (medium newsroom): Dirty Gold, Clean Cash, from Miami Herald

Winner for Explanatory Reporting (large newsroom): The Wall, from The Arizona Republic/USA Today Network
Winner for Excellence in Audio Digital Storytelling (small newsroom): The New American Song Book, The Ground Truth Project
Winner for Excellence in Audio Digital Storytelling (medium/large newsroom): Prosecutor Nisman Phone Interceptions Mapped in Playlists, La Nacion (Argentina)
University of Florida Award for Investigative Data Journalism Winners each win $7500 prize. Winner (small/medium newsroom) Walking While Black, The Florida Times-Union/ProPublica
University of Florida Award for Investigative Data Journalism Winners each win $7500 prize. Winner (large newsroom) Bussed Out: How America Moves it's Homeless, The Guardian US

Online Commentary Winner: Nicholas Kristof and Colleagues, The New York Times

Breaking News Winner (small newsroom): Austin Serial Bombings, KUT Austin

Breaking News Winner (medium newsroom): The Collapse of the Florida International University Bridge, Miami Herald

Breaking News Winner (large newsroom): The Vegas Massacre, The New York Times

Winner of Knight Award for Public Service: All Work, No Pay, Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting
Niala Boodhoo takes a moment to acknowledge the journalists who have been killed this year around the world.

James Foley Award for Conflict Reporting: Nicole Tung

Feature Story Category Winner (small newsroom): Californians: Here's Why Your Housing Costs Are So High, CAL Matters
Feature Story Category Winner (medium newsroom): Project Nora, The Orgegonian/Oregon Live

Feature Story Category Winner (large newsroom): A Betrayal, ProPublica and New York Magazine

David Teeuwen Student Award Winner(small Newsroom): Leaving Tracks: The Capture of Wolf No. 1553, Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications, ASU Prize $500
David Teeuwen Student Award Winner (large newsroom): Aftermath, UNC School of Media and Journalism Prize of $500
Student Projects Award Winner (Pro-Am): Troubled Water, Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications

Rich Jaroslovsky, announces Jane McDonnell, Winner of award in his name.

Jane McDonnell accepts the Rich Jaroslovsky Founder Award

Sports Category Winner (large newsroom): The Winter Olympics, The New York Times

Excellence in Immersive Storytelling Winner: Yemen's Skies of Terror, Al Jazeera Contrast Prize: $5,000 from Journalism 360
The Al Neuharth Innovation in Investigative Journalism Winner (small newsroom): Digging into the Mining At. InfoAmazonia and Correo del Caroni Prize: $4,000
The Al Neuharth Innovation in Investigative Journalism Winner (medium newsroom): Trump Town, ProPublica Prize: $4,000
The Al Neuharth Innovation in Investigative Journalism Winner (large newsroom): Betrayed Chicago Schools Failed to Protect Students from sexual abuse and assault, leaving last damage, Chicago Tribune Prize: $4,000
Excellence and Innovation in Visual Storytelling Winner (small newsroom): The Last Generation, Frontline & The Groundtruth Project
Excellence and Innovation in Visual Storytelling Winner (large newsroom): The Uber Game, Financial Times

Excellence in Collaboration and Partnerships Winner: Verificado 2018, AJ+ Espanol...

ONA Community Award Winner, Erika Owens, accepts this inaugural award.

Gannett Foundation Award for Technical Innovation in the Service of Digital Journalism Winner: Trint

General Excellence Winners (micro newsroom): Post Data Club -and- The Trace Prize: $5,000
General Excellence Winner (small newsroom): The Marshall Project Prize: $5,000
General Excellence Winner (medium newsroom): ProPublica Prize: $5,000
General Excellence Winner (large newsroom): The Washington Post Prize: $5,000

Congratulations to all the winners and see you next year in New Orleans!

That's a wrap! See you next September in New Orleans for ONA 2019.