Design and multimedia sessions you should not miss at ONA10

by Ethan Klapper

The Online News Association’s 2010 Conference will be held in Washington, D.C., at the end of next week. Here are some design and multimedia workshops that you should not miss.

Photography Field Trip

When: Oct. 28 (Thursday), 8:45 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

This workshop will teach participants some photo-journalistic techniques and best practices. Using the nation’s capital as a classroom, the goal is for participants to have shot and told at least one photo story by the end of this workshop.

The workshop will be taught by Kate Gardiner and Grant Slater. Participants must bring their own equipment.

As this is a pre-conference workshop, the event costs an additional $50 for ONA members and $60 for non-members. You can register here.

Video Field Trip

When: Oct. 28 (Thursday), 9:45 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

This workshop is similar to the photo workshop, except it will teach video best practices, as well as shooting and editing techniques. The goal is for participants to have a completed video piece by the end of the day.

The workshop will be taught by Jon Vidar. Participants must bring their own equipment.

Another pre-conference workshop, this event costs ONA members an additional $100 and non-members an additional $150. The price is higher because it is considered a full-day workshop. You can register here.

Audio Field Trip

When: Oct. 28 (Thursday), 10:45 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

This workshop is an opportunity to learn audio techniques from the pros at NPR. Participants will learn the best ways to collect and edit audio, using the streets of D.C. as a lab. The goal is for everyone to have a recorded segment by the end of the day.

NPR producer Elaine Heinzman will teach the workshop. All equipment will be provided.

The fee for this pre-conference workshop is $50 for ONA members and $60 for non-members. You can register here.

Web Design Trends

When: Oct. 28 (Thursday), 2:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
This workshop will focus on HTML5 and CSS3, which are the emerging languages used in Web design. The workshop will also cover Web fonts.

The workshop will be taught by Samantha Warren, senior designer at Phase2 Technology and Jackson Wilkinson, the user experience lead for Posterous.

This pre-conference workshop costs $50 for ONA members and $60 for non-members. You can register here.

The Next Revolution for Web Design

When: Oct. 29 (Friday), 2:15 p.m.-3:15 p.m.

This session will feature the legendary designer Roger Black of the eponymous Roger Black Studio and Filip Fortes of Treesaver. The two will discuss where Web design is now, and where it is headed.

Seven Deadly Sins of Data Visualization

When: Oct. 30 (Saturday), 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Hannah Fairfield of The Washington Post, Juan Thomassie of USA Today and Geoff McGhee of Stanford University will discuss data visualization techniques and the ins and outs of infographics.

Tips and Tricks for Shooting Video with Your DSLR

When: Oct. 30 (Saturday), 2:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.

The latest DSLR cameras feature the ability to record movies at near-motion picture quality. Kurt Lancaster of Northern Arizona University, filmmaker Travis Fox, filmmaker Danfung Dennis and Rii Schroer of the Daily Sunday Telegraph and The Times will discuss best practices for the latest must-have gadget for moviemakers.

Can’t make it to D.C.?

Greg Linch and a couple of dedicated volunteers will livestream the sessions, except pre-conference workshops, on the conference website.

My colleague Lauren Rabaino, also a livestreamer, will be posting updates and highlights during the conference right here on 10,000 Words (she’s also responsible for the awesome icons in this post). I’ll be at the conference too, as will 10,000 Words founder Mark S. Luckie, so be sure to say hello!

UPDATE: A reader has informed me I somehow I missed a session — with some great speakers, too.

Coders are from Mars, Designers are from Venus

When: Oct. 29 (Friday), 3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.

NPR’s David Wright and The New York Times’ Tyson Evans will discuss the marriage of coding and design.

Fun fact: Wright designed the ONA10 website.