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What To Expect At The Online News Association Convention

By Benét J. Wilson, DJTF chair, Online Managing Editor-Business Aviation, Aviation Week Group

As I prepare to attend this year’s Online News Association annual convention this  Thursday, conference co-chair — and NABJ member — Michelle Johnson passed along some good news:  many of the sessions at this week’s Online News Association conference will be live streamed. If you couldn’t make it to Boston, check out the proceedings on the conference web site, here.

Johnson also pointed out some don’t miss events, including a keynote panel on diversity issues in new media on Saturday, Sept. 24 at 9 a.m. EDT,
moderated by NABJ member Retha Hill, Executive Director of the Digital Innovation and Entrepreneurship Lab and Professor of Practice at Arizona State University’s Cronkite School of Journalism.  “This kind of discussion at the keynote level is a first for ONA,” says Johnson.  “Many thanks to Retha, Joel Dreyefus, LaToya Peterson, Bruce Koon and Sam Diaz who answered my call to participate, along with a special thanks to Dr. Sybril Bennett for an assist on this.”

Check out the list of presenters at this year’s convention here.  And please support sessions from the following NABJ members and journalists of color: Kwan Booth; Joel Dreyfus; Retha Hill; Doug Mitchell; Bryan Monroe; Andre Natta; LaToya Peterson; Sam Sanders; Juana Summers; Matt Thompson; and Benet Wilson.

The Maynard Institute is holding an evening reception and discussion on Friday, Sept. 23 at 7:30 p.m., Boston Marriott Copley Place, St. Botolph Room. The discussion, “The Web is Supposed to be Different, Right?” is a discussion about the latest research on online media coverage of people of color.   They will show  examples of how mainstream news web sites are not so different from legacy print sites in their lack of coverage of people of color. They’ll share some research on implicit bias, its effect on everything from health care to who gets hired, and how inclusive coverage can be a factor in altering implicit bias. They’ll also talk about Maynard programs such as Fault Lines.

The Maynard Institute wants to engage folks in a conversation about how organizations can help ONA members work on diversity issues.  The event also allows ONA attendees to enjoy sushi, wine and dessert and meet the staff.  The event is free, but please RSVP to Elisabeth Pinio: epinio@mije.org.

Academics and members of NABJ, NAHJ, AAJA, NAJA and UNITY are invited to Michelle Johnson’s meetup for academics (even if you’re not one!), Saturday, Sept. 24 at 5:30, in the Suffolk room. Her school’s springing for food and drink. 🙂

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