Paul Cheung of the Associated Press breaks into Gangnam-style dance after the AP won an OJA Award for topical reporting. Photo by Avni Nijhawan/ONA13 student newsroom

Boston bombs, NSA top awards

Boston bombing coverage and the NSA files highlighted the 2013 Online Journalism Awards at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis in Atlanta, Ga. Boston University News Service won two awards for its coverage of the Boston Marathon Bombings – one in the category of breaking News/Small; the other in the Student Projects/Large category. The BostonGlobe.com and Boston.com…

ONA13 illustrated

There’s audio backed up on Soundcloud, video archives, Storify curations and 37,178 tweets (and counting) documenting the panels and discussions at ONA13. It’s not exactly an underreported topic. But as CoJo founder Dan Carino said, “We need more comics. Always.” “The whole idea of comics journalism–it can be very powerful because people are drawn in by…

Analyzing ONA registration

What’s in name in a name? Which media outlet has the most people here? These are a few answers we came across after analyzing attendance registration data for this year’s ONA conference. Note: This data does not account for 321 people whose registration data was not comprehensive. Here are the top-five organizations represented at ONA13:…

Take our quiz: Should you focus on smart or dumb phones?

Smart or Dumb?

If you’re at ONA, you probably have a smartphone (and then some). But the majority of people around the world — and certain demographics — in the U.S. only have dumbphones, old-school cell phones without internet or data plans. Take our quiz, based on an ONA talk by Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism professor Susan McGregor and a recent Pew Research Center study, to find out if you should be thinking more about designing for phones that only have voice and text capabilities.

Kickstarter launches careers and innovations

Luke Rafferty had an idea. The sophomore photojournalism major at Syracuse University, who is part of the ONA Student Newsroom, has always loved people who created, and he wanted to profile the craft of artisans as the nation changed its consumerism styles. He wanted to target the social aspect. And he wanted to film. He…