It’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.
If I were able to go, I’d try to catch “We’re 50 Percent Mobile. Now What?,” “Push Alerts: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly,” “The Social Media Team That Isn’t There” and “Real Talk: Navigating the First Years of Your Online Journalism Career.” And of course, the awards ceremony.
As ONA’s Digital Director Trevor Knoblich explained in this blog post, there is much more to be added to the #ONA14 schedule, not to mention its final version will become fully interactive. Keynotes and workshops to come will likely hone in on legal and ethical issues prevalent in digital journalism these days. But my favorite part about what Knoblich said? They’re shooting for optimum gender and racial diversity in terms of speakers and panelists. I can get behind that.