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Super-mega ONA12 wrap-up: slides, photos, videos and more

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If you couldn’t make it to San Francisco for the 2012 Online News Association Conference and Awards Banquet, we’re bringing the conference to you, thanks to a ton of great media generated over the three days. We’ve pulled together a mega-post including links to presentation slides, videos, illustrations and more.

Session slides: We’ve gathered available slides and links to wrap-ups and resource pages from presenters and posted to each session page on the ONA12 site.

Session videos: Unedited videos of all of the keynotes, most of the Friday and Saturday general sessions (in four tracks) and the Online Journalism Awards dinner are available on each session page. We’re in post-production now and will be posting high-quality videos on our Vimeo account, so follow @ONA on Twitter for updates.

Session audio: Sound recordings of all of the keynotes, the all-day Law School for Digital Journalists on Thursday and selected sessions are available on ONA’s Soundcloud page.

Livenotes: Some participants chose to compile their notes in collaborative documents, including Reuter’s Anthony De Rosa, Newsweek’s Brian Ries and USC Annenberg’s Robert Hernandez.
All ONA live blogs, posted by an excellent volunteer curation team, are on session pages (along with session videos).

Keynotes: Jose Antonio Vargas opened ONA12 with a request to media organizations — specifically noting the New York Times and Associated Press —to discontinue the use of the word “illegal immigrant.” Politico, ABC, and Poynter covered the speech, and the New York Times Public Editor, Margaret Sullivan, responded. Twitter CEO Dick Costolo made headlines when he announced during his keynote that Twitter users will be able to download their tweets by the end of the year. Reuters, TechCrunch, and GigaOm were just a few that filed stories. NASA’s JPL social team impressed social media editors and journalists alike during their Friday night keynote with their engagement strategy for the Mars Curiosity rover.

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New winner for 2012 Online Journalism Award for Feature, Medium

Dear members,

Today we are announcing a new winner in the 2012 Online Journalism Awards — The Chronicle of Higher Education, in the Feature, Medium, category, for its piece, “The Education of Dasmine Cathey.”

We made this change after the original winner, the Globe and Mail, alerted us that it had mistakenly entered its story “Breaking Caste” in the wrong size category. According to Executive Editor Jill Borra, who contacted ONA last week, the Globe and Mail misinterpreted the new entry criteria that factored in entries by size of editorial staff — because of its staff size, its entry should have been made in the Large category. This unintentional error resulted in the Globe and Mail winning an award for which it did not qualify.

After being notified, the OJA Committee took time to review the entries and judging notes and, consulting with the judges in that category, determined that the finalist The Chronicle of Higher Education was the winner.

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Voting opens for the ONA 2013 Board of Directors

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Voting opens for the ONA 2013 Board of Directors

SAN FRANCISCO — Voting for the 2013 Board of Directors for the Online News Association opened Sept. 22 as the world’s largest digital journalism organization celebrated its sold-out annual conference.

Elections once again opened during the 2012 Online News Association Conference & Awards Banquet. Candidates addressed attendees in a streamed session, “Decision 2013: Lightning Round,” a series of three-minute presentations Saturday, Sept. 22, at 2:15 p.m. PT, and answered live questions and tweets curated by Steve Buttry, Digital First Media. They are also encouraged to use the social networking tools at their disposal during the three-week voting period to tell voters how they will help ONA move forward.

Members, please check your email from Sept. 22 for your user name and password to access the voting system.

Under the bylaws, the board may be comprised of up to 15 voting members. For the 2013-14 Board term, seven seats will be filled by incumbent board members who are completing the second year of their terms, and one will be filled by appointment, leaving seven seats open.

Twelve new candidates and three incumbents, representing a wide and diverse range of digital media, are running.

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2012 Online Journalism Award winners announced

Update Oct. 2: The winner for the Feature, Medium category has been changed to the Chronicle of Higher Education for “The Education of Dasmine Cathey.” The award was originally given to the Globe and Mail, which placed its entry into the wrong size category. For more details, please see

SAN FRANCISCOFRONTLINE, ProPublica,, France’s Rue 89 and Storify were among the news and technology organizations that took top honors Saturday night at the 2012 Online Journalism Awards Banquet, which ended the Online News Association Conference.

California Watch, the Tampa Bay Times and StateImpact Florida each won $2,500 and the Gannett Foundation Award for Innovative Investigative Journalism at the 13th annual awards dinner, sponsored by NBC News Digital. Entries for all awards were open to news produced for any digital device.

Each winner of the six General Excellence Awards took home a $3,000 prize, courtesy of the Gannett Foundation. The Knight Award for Public Service, which went to the start-up Homicide Watch D.C., comes with a $5,000 prize from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

The winners in the Breaking News categories were WNYC for its coverage of Hurricane Irene and the Los Angeles Times for Occupy L.A.

Launched in 2000, the OJAs are administered by the Online News Association, now in partnership with the University of Miami’s School of Communication, and are the only comprehensive set of journalism prizes honoring excellence in digital journalism, focusing on independent, community, nonprofit, major media and international news sites.

Here are the winners in each category, with links to their winning entries:

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Support up-and-coming journalism stars, our MJ Bear Fellows

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Today starts a month-long campaign to make it possible for these fellowships to continue for promising young journalists — and we hope you’ll donate today.

Over the past year, the Online News Association has had the privilege of supporting the work of three groundbreaking young journalists, members of the first class of MJ Bear Fellows.

As a founding board member of ONA, the late MJ Bear was a pioneer of digital technology and encouraged young talent to embrace its potential to build a new ecosystem for telling stories and gathering and distributing information vital to the public. This fellowship honors her by identifying and nurturing under-30 journalists producing cutting-edge work in digital media, offering them sophisticated resources, one-on-one mentoring, networking and a global forum to talk about their work.

We have selected our 2012 Fellows, who are making their debut at the Online News Association Conference today, but we wanted to share with you the promising work done by our first class, which exceeded all expectations. In just the first year, our fellowships have vividly illustrated the value of providing practical resources, networking and guidance to journalists leading the way.

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