Friday Fast Five + Five – Great Blog Posts From #ONA12

By Benét J. Wilson, chair, NABJ Digital Journalism Task Force & social media/newsletters editor, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association

I really meant to do more blog posts from last week’s great Online News Association convention, but life has just gotten in the way. So I’m going to kill two birds with one stone — passing along other great posts from ONA and using my usual Friday Fast Five post to do it. Enjoy!

  1. Craig Kannely of Huffington Post was one of the speakers at our great unofficial session at Facebook headquarters.  He also did a great blog post breaking down all the tweets from ONA.  My girl (and NABJ member) @Marissaaevans made the list of top 30 tweeters!!
  2. For those of us who had to decide between attending ONA in San Francisco (me) or Excellence in Journalism in Ft Lauderdale (not me), this Storify from freelance journalist Brian Ballenger offers a nice summary of both — and a promise that they won’t schedule these conferences at the same time again!
  3. I like the approach that Nieman Journalism Lab took with its post — print Tweeting the conference.  An old school method that appeals to my heart – pen and paper!!
  4. Jeff Sonderman of the Poynter Institute offered 12 bite-sized takeaways from ONA, including “Advertising is a cruel game,” NPR’s Matt Thompson said in a business-model presentation.
  5. The WordCount blog offers the top 20 online news highlights from #ONA12. I love the @dan_carino cartoon of Twitter’s (and NABJ’s) Mark Luckie encouraging us to “tweet our beat.”
  6. Steve Buttry (who I finally got to meet), Digital Transformation Editor for Digital First Media, used Storify to admit that “social media is a time suck, like lots of useful journalism tools.”
  7. The Gannett Tumblr has this great post on the best technology tools for journalists.
  8. Reuters social media editor Anthony De Rosa was kind enough to use Google Drive to share all his notes from the convention, ranging from the password for the convention’s free wifi to keynote speaker Jose Antonio Vargas.
  9. Mandy Jenkins of Digital First Media (and a fellow ONA board candidate) used her great Zombie Journalism blog to lay out her ONA board platform. I especially enjoyed this post on shaping the next generation of online journalists.
  10. Finally, the Journalism.co.uk blog offered up its ten lessons for digital journalists from #ONA12.
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