Three proposed ONA 2011 panels

The annual national Online News Association conference, to be held this fall in Boston, has launched its 2011 panel picker, in which those interested can vote to support their favorites of a couple hundred suggested sessions.

I am somewhat involved in three. To vote, users just need to sign up with an email. If you’re interested give love to any of these three:

  1. Data Sets You Free — Informed by my Transparencity work, I proposed to lead a session with Robert Cheetham of Azavea and Chris Satullo of WHYY that would focus on the following: “In Philadelphia, a GIS shop, an NPR affiliate, a foundation, an indie news site and a technology community are coming together to organize, catalog, share and use city government data to create applications, stories and coverage that boosts transparency and efficiency. This presentation focuses on what was done, why collaboration was important and lessons on doing the same elsewhere.” Questions: 1. Why is government data so important? 2. What are challenges, obstacles and lessons from an actual example? 3. What can other journalists learn from such a project?
  2. This isn’t a panel: 10 lessons from Technically Philly — “10 actionable lessons derived from what we’ve learned building Technically Philly, a profitable blog that covers technology in Philadelphia. No panel discussion, just 10 takeaways that you can use at your job tomorrow including sources of revenue and editorial philosophies that you didn’t learn in journalism school.”
  3. Making it work with a small staff – Organized by colleague Sean Blanda, “How can you keep the lights on and the posts coming when you have a staff of ten or less? Join us as we discuss the workflow hacks and editorial jujitsu necessary for a first-rate news site.”
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  • http://zivtech.com Alex UA

    That conference looks interesting, but I tell ya, if you ever want to know why News businesses are failing, just visit their websites. How am I supposed to take an organization seriously when it uses the term “Online” and sports a .net PoS website from 2002? Too bad I missed the deadline for proposals, I would have love to have suggested some sessions the industry could relate too like ‘How to use your 8track as a Podcast platform’, ‘Betamax: the real future of video’, and ‘How to create a news website with your head simultaneously in the ground and embedded firmly up your own ass”.

  • http://www.christopherwink.com Christopher Wink

    Sure, but I think most might tell you that overhead is a bigger burden than websites that don’t make web designers proud.
    -cgw