How I Built a News App

Covering a conference is hard, especially for a developer. My job was to make something compelling but also useful. It’s easy to be flashy; it’s much more difficult to make something that people will use. This is how I approached this problem and created ONAmusic. A week and a half before the conference, I was…

In honor of improv

I love telling stories in new ways. It’s my jam. I wrote 100 stories last semester in different digital ways, including Prezi, a website called Cowbird, Flickr, doodles, everything, anything.  I love stretching my imagination as far as it can go and trying not to rein it back in. In honor of ONA’s “Jazz and…

After ONA social media binge: Let things percolate

You might expect the director for the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University to stay plugged in all the time. And you’re right. “In my experience the moment you’re unplugged something happens,” says Emily Bell (@emilybell). “I would recommend to journalists that they go off line, but only when they’re on holiday. Otherwise…

Improving Your Digital Hygiene

No digital communication is completely secure, but some technologies are safer than others. That was one of the takeaways from Journalism in the Age of Surveillance, a panel exploring how journalists can protect themselves and their sources in a new era of digital surveillance. Janine Gibson, editor in chief of the Guardian U.S., recounted the challenges…

Digital is key in reaching Latino audience

To reach the largest and fastest-growing minority group in the United States, journalists must focus on digital innovation. The 52 million Latinos in the United States make up about 17 percent of the population in the United States, according to a 2011 Pew Research Center study. They send more text messages per month (an average…

ONA social media by the numbers

Digital journalists converged on the Online News Association Conference tweeting and Instagramming at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis and other locations. Attendees tweeted using predetermined hashtags to categorize their interactions during panels and events from Oct. 17-19. The following is a breakdown of all of the activity on social media including the top participants and the total…

How to make the perfect cup of coffee

The baristas at the NewsCred booth outside the Midway use a coffee making device called a Chemex. One of the baristas is Dale Donchey. He works as the barista manager at Empire State South, one of Atlanta’s swankiest eateries. (See this post for Atlanta’s best bites). Donchey likes to use the Chemex because it lets…

Talking about newsroom diversity at ONA13

At the 2013 Online News Association conference in Atlanta, minority journalists in leadership roles across the country shared their perspectives on diversity at a meet-up which attracted almost 100 attendees. The meet-up, said ONA Director of Operations Irving Washington, was planned to welcome an increasing number journalists of color who work in digital attending the…