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Why You Should Apply to the 2012 ONA Conference Student Newsroom

Applications are now being accepted for the 2012 Online News Association conference student newsroom.

The student newsroom provides college and graduate students the opportunity to attend the ONA conference, free of charge. Also included is transportation and lodging costs (compliments of Google). This year, the conference will be held in San Francisco.

In exchange, students cover the conference for its website. Coverage can mean traditional written stories, photos, video and interactives. I believe last year they even had students whose specialty was coding.

Let me speak from my personal experience as a member of the 2010 ONA conference student newsroom: If you’re a student with any interest in Web journalism, apply. If you’re a college professor, encourage your students to apply. If you’re a professional journalist reading this blog who happens to have kids in j-school, encourage them to apply. Read more

ONA Announces Election Of Three New Board Members

The Online News Association on Thursday announced the results of its annual board of directors election. Three new members were elected: John Keefe, Juana Summers and Burt Herman. In addition, incumbent board members Christine Montgomery, Jim Brady and Meredith Artley were re-elected.

Keefe is the Senior Editor for Data News & Journalism Technology at WNYC in New York. “For nine years, he has guided the station’s news operation and grown its capacity for breaking news, election coverage and investigative reporting,” according to a news release.

Summers is a national political reporter for POLITICO. A recent graduate of the University of Missouri, she previously reported for the Kansas City Star and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Herman is the co-founder and CEO of Storify, a very popular tool that allows journalists to create stories out of social media. He previously reported for the Associated Press.

Montgomery is chief digital officer for the Center for Public Integrity, Brady is the editor-in-chief of the Journal Register Company and Artley is Vice President and Managing Editor, CNN Digital.

The newly elected board members will begin their terms in January 2012.

Congrats to all those elected!

How Do You Detect B.S. On Social Networks?

BOSTON — The Times Square subway station suffered from severe flooding during Hurricane Irene. Steve Jobs died. The London Eye is on fire.

What does all this have in common? They’re all pieces of false information that were spread over Twitter. With lots of real news spreading like wildfire over social media, it is inevitable that false news spreads over Twitter too, and it does.

The Huffington Post‘s Mandy Jenkins and Regret the Error‘s Craig Silverman held a session at the Online News Association Conference here on Friday afternoon with the goal of preventing the participants from falling into a trap. (Slides from the presentation are available here.) Read more

Twitter’s Erica Anderson Shares Best Twitter Practices For Newsrooms

BOSTON — Following a number of recent high profile hackings of newsroom Twitter accounts, Twitter’s Erica Anderson on Friday shared tips to prevent future hackings from happening—and what to do if your account is hacked.

Speaking at the 2011 Online News Association Conference, Anderson (@EricaAmerica), Twitter’s manager of journalism content said there are three simple steps to take to prevent a hacking:

  1. Associate your Twitter accounts with a work e-mail address, and not a personal one. Personal ones can be broken into due to missing password questions, and Twitter accounts can be compromised that way. Corporate e-mail accounts are more secure, she said.
  2. Use strong passwords that are at least 10 characters and contain both uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers and symbols. Anderson noted that all passwords that Twitter employees use are computer-generated.
  3. Always enable HTTPS, which will soon be enabled by default.

If your account is hacked, Anderson said to immediately file a ticket with Twitter. She also said to have an emergency plan in place, to ensure word gets out that tweets from your account are from hackers and should be disregarded. Read more

Online News Association Unveils Revamped Journalists.org

The Online News Association is having a busy week. In addition to holding its annual conference (which our own Ethan Klapper is attending) the news organization just unveiled a new site, complete with a redesigned logo and a slew of new features. Read more

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