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ONA11 schedule drops: Three days of journalism, tech and togetherness in Boston

ONA11 schedule drops: Three days of journalism, tech and togetherness in Boston

The ONA11 Program and Conference Chairs have been hard at work on the 2011 Online News Association Conference & Awards Banquet, building sessions and identifying speakers who will turn emerging technology into news gold, give you tools you can use and help you evolve in your digital media career. Once again, we had an amazing response to the Session Selector, and your subsequent votes gave us more than enough ideas for three solid tracks of news immersion.

Here’s the program for the conference so far. Keynotes and panelists will be announced in the coming weeks. We hope you’ll join us to share our excitement over the future, meet with old friends and make lots of new ones.

An ONA11 registration tip: We’ve extended the early-bird registration deadline to give you time to check out the programming below. Register by June 14 to get the early-bird rate (and a guaranteed spot — we’ve sold out the past four years running).

There's also still time to apply to volunteer at the conference or help live stream the sessions. Another way to get to ONA11 is to apply for an MJ Bear Fellowship — applications close May 30.

ONA11 general sessions

Friday and Saturday, Sept. 23-24
Check out the full schedule, with times and descriptions.

The conference opens Friday with a keynote breakfast (announcement soon) and moves into our expert panels:

Track 1 — Broad Strokes:

  • Mini-Law School for Digital Journalists
  • Innovative Ways to Cover the 2012 Election
  • B.S. Detection for Digital Journalists
  • Cooking Up Tasty Apps
  • Live Events: Building the Second Screen
  • New Platforms for Long-Form Journalism
  • 2,000 Heads Are Better Than One: Effective Crowdsourcing
  • “If I Were in Charge, I’d _____”

Track 2 — Deeper Dives:

  • You Can’t Duck the Math: Entrepreneurial Journalism
  • I Screwed Up (And You Will, Too)
  • “Once Upon a Datum”: Telling Visual Stories
  • Making It Work with a Small Staff
  • Drinking from a Fire Hose: Managing the Social Media Avalanche
  • Journalists Behind Bars
  • “But I Can’t Find Any Good …”: Strategies for Building Diversity

Track 3 — What’s Ahead:

  • Anywhere and Everywhere: Ubiquitous Computing
  • Beyond Gamification
  • The Brand Is Dead; Long Live the Brand!
  • 10 Techier, Trendier Tech Trends
  • Playing with Video: Trends in Interactivity
  • SMO Is the New SEO
  • The Real World — Boston: Augmented Social Experiences
  • One Size Fits All: Responsive Web Design

ONA11 J-Camp: The Fourth Track
Wish you had a direct line to Google, Apple, Facebook and Twitter’s geek squads? Once again, you will. Staff from all four companies will be on hand throughout the conference to answer your questions, show you tricks and offer tips on how to get the most out of their tools and technology.

End each day with a celebration

  • Thursday: Opening Reception at the stunning Microsoft NERD building, with surprises.
  • Friday: Networking Eventfeaturing an inspirational speaker and informal discussion, followed by food and libations.
  • Saturday: The Online Journalism Awards Banquet, celebrating the best in digital journalism, hosted by our mystery celebrity emcee.

Start your conferencing early on Thursday, Sept. 22

Join us before the conference for intensive workshops, field trips and heavy-duty hacking. Registration opening soon:

  • Hands-On Workshops: Two sessions focusing on the ins and outs of programming, including Building with HTML, CSS and JavaScript, as well as Introduction to Cloud Servers and Simple Python Deployment; Introduction to Agile; and a Multimedia Safari.
  • Entrepreneuring 3.0: Local news entrepreneurs need to know more than just how to launch a news startup these days. You need to know when to add satellite sites, how to expand your distribution pipeline and how to bring in new kinds of revenue. J-Lab returns for another daylong workshop that will focus on staying power, growth and expansion, ad networks, content partnerships and even the new ethical minefields in local news ecosystems.
  • Field trips with experts: Pick a road trip to a Boston hotbed of ideas — four trips are in the works, with locations and details to be announced soon.
  • Law School for Digital Journalists at Harvard Law School: A full day of practical legal training on digital issues with a closing plenary of heavyweight legal experts and educators, presented in conjunction with Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society and the UNC Center for Media Law and Policy. Classes will cover: Copyright Law, including copyright basics, fair use, freelancer contracts, and licensing; Newsroom Law, including newsgathering, libel, privacy, protecting sources, Section 230, and insurance; Access Law, including FOIA, access to courts, cameras and recording devices; Forming a News Business and Running a News Business. Lunch and a networking cocktail reception are also included.
  • Hacks/Hackers Hacking @ ONA11: Journalists, developers and designers: Come join Hacks/Hackers for a hack day, sponsored by Knight-Mozilla News Tech Partnership and additional partners to be announced. Meet new people, make new friends and prototype projects at the Microsoft NERD Center. What’s produced at the all-day hackathon will help shape the future of news and civic information. Your hosts, Hacks/Hackers, will provide delicious food, snacks and beverages from great local establishments to keep you going as you demo, not memo, your ideas. Bring laptops, power bricks and ideas for collaboration and construction. Registration, at $20, will be open soon. If you’d like to be notified, send your name and email to HackDay@hackshackers.com with subject line: “I want to hack @ ONA11.”
  • Career Summit & Job Fair
    Our full day of career development and networking continues to grow. We’re expecting to break last year’s record for recruiters from major and independent media and technology companies. Presentations will focus on navigating the market, landing a job, advancing your digital journalism skills and building your brand.

See you in Boston!

John Davidow, ONA11 Co-Chair
Teresa Hanafin, ONA11 Co-Chair
Michelle Johnson, ONA11 Co-Chair
Jane McDonnell, ONA Executive Director

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