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Online News Association Releases Schedule for #ONA14

Aolk0TmBIt’s official-ish. The Online News Association has posted the first iteration of the schedule for this year’s conference and awards banquet. Eeek!

The event is in the Windy City the weekend of Sept. 25-27 and promises lots of opportunities to learn about digital tools for journalists and network. Broken into four different categories, scheduled sessions tackle various tasks: Listen (core sessions), Solve (conversations), Make (workshops) and Midway (hands-on).

Now for the meat of the program. Who will be there? Vivian Schiller, Twitter’s Head of News, will lead a panel called “Tweet Storm: Making Sense of the Twitter Tempest,” Melissa Bell from Vox.com will discuss how to make a story go viral and Robert Hernandez of USC Annenberg will talk about wearables. Workshops on using Snapchat and Vine in the newsroom are sure to entertain and inform, and a thoughtful presentation on doing branded content with integrity should be animated.

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ONA Adds Categories for Data, Visual Digital Storytelling To Online Journalism Awards

In it’s call for submissions today, the Online News Association added new categories that recognize some of the biggest areas of digital journalism growth since the awards were first launched in 2000.
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Of particular note, the ONA will award new prizes for investigative data journalism and visual digital storytelling. Among other changes, the new Online Journalism Awards categories include:

The University of Florida Award for Investigative Data Journalism — This award, made possible by the estate of Lorraine Dingman, honors work that best features and presents data journalism on digital and mobile platforms. The award will focus on the effectiveness of the data to tell a story, how well the data are presented to users, the journalistic impact and relevance of the data, and the design and functionality of the data presentation. Judges will also take into account the difficulty in acquiring the data. Winners will be asked travel to the University of Florida (expenses paid) to lead full-day workshops.

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Are You Ready to Pitch for ONA’s Challenge Fund?

ONA Challenge FundHave you been wandering around your j-school campus, mulling over a good idea? It’s time to get a team together — applications opened this week for the Online News Association’s Challenge Fund for Innovation in Journalism. ONA is rewarding 15-25 micro-grants, up to $35,000 each, to ‘live news experiements’ to be completed in the 2014-2015 academic year. You have until February to get your project toegther.

It’s all about ‘hacking the curriculum,’ and they’re not looking for projects that are already flushed out or have matching funds. From their website:

Your project should stretch the limits of what you think you can do. Don’t be afraid to fail. We’re looking for projects that implement live news experiments in a variety of ways by empowering journalism schools to lead professional innovation and thought leadership. The size of your school or program shouldn’t limit the project’s ambition.

ONA makes it clear that they want teams to be collaborative — mixing students, faculty, developers, and your local news outlet and community is mandatory. You should also be ready to test run your project,  publish the results, and add it to the curriculum. The Challenge Fund website says they’re looking for teams that:

  • encourag[e] collaborative, student-produced local news coverage
  •  bridg[e] the professor-professional gap
  •  us[e] innovative techniques and technologies
  • and produc[e] shared learnings from their digital-age news experiments

One grand prize will be given to the project most likely to change the newsgathering status quo, and another large prize will go to the team with the best project evaluation, regardless of the outcome. It’s a win-win all around.

You can apply here and follow the competition at #hackcurriculum. The contest is run by ONA and funded by the Excellence and Ethics in Journalism Foundation, the Robert R. McCormick Foundation, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the Democracy Fund.

2013 Online Journalism Award Finalists Announced

Monday afternoon, the Online News Association (ONA) announced the finalists for this year’s installment of the professional journalism organization’s awards ceremony. To win one of these prized honors, you’ve got to be “pushing the envelope of innovation and excellence in digital storytelling and distribution,” the ONA says.

The topics of the news stories and commentary up for 2013 honors reflect much of the tragedy encountered by Americans over the past year, including Boston University News Service’s coverage of the Boston Marathon bombings in April, the wreckage Hurricane Sandy left behind according to the New York Times and Cleveland Plain-Dealer’s fantastic coverage of the three Ohio women found alive after years of imprisonment. Important reporting by the Texas Tribune, ESPN, Mother Jones and ProPublica found its way onto ONA’s list also, alongside lesser known niche projects like EarthFix, an environmental reporting venture based out of Oregon. And duh, the NYT’s “Snowfall” multimedia feature is in the running for an award, despite the semi-controversy surrounding what the legacy paper’s foray into experimental online storytelling meant, and implications for the future of Web journalism. Going to go ahead and call an early win for “Snowfall” under the large feature umbrella.

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Repost.us: The YouTube Of News Articles Lets You Embed News Stories Anywhere

SAN FRANCISCO — YouTube videos are embeddable; why can’t news stories be embeddable? That was the question asked at the Collaboration vs. Competition session at the 2012 Online News Association conference by founders of Repost.us, whose product does exactly that.

Repost.us is a repository of millions of free articles from top publishers that others can “repost” (e.g. smartly syndicate) on their own sites using embed code that retains original content, links, ad tags, etc. You can embed the stories on your WordPress blog or Blogger blog or any other website with just a few clicks. On the other end of the spectrum, you can also syndicate your content for other publishers to repost.

I’m a fan of this concept because it lets publishers control their own brand and track their content as it appears on different platforms, with an option of using their own ad tags and analytics to make money from that syndication. As updates are made to a piece of content, those updates flow through to all the other versions that are embedded on the web, and meaning publishers get full, true ownership of their content online.

Don’t want your competitors to reap the benefits of reposting your content? Or maybe you disagree with another site’s mission and don’t want your brand associated with it? Repost.us lets your essentially blacklist certain domains from reposting your content, and you can blacklist retroactively to remove your content from another site.

In terms of SEO, Repost.us uses a javascript embed to render the content on the page, which search engines read as a link back to the original publisher, which can boost traffic back to the original source. The only red flag that might be  a problem for some newsrooms  is that content isn’t editable by the site syndicator. If you repost a news article with a typo or factual error, you’d have to contact the original author to get it changed.

As Jeff Jarvis says, Repost.us represents a reverse link economy.  And it’s about time (he’s been writing about the concept since 2008).

What do you think?

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