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…

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…

Nate Silver schools ONA on stats

Nate Silver has been called many things: a witch, a statistician/journalist and, now, a data rock star who can pack a room at ONA. Speaking to a packed auditorium for today’s ONA Keynote, Silver explained what journalists can learn from statisticians. The auditorium’s capacity was more than 1,400 and almost every seat was filled. As…

Voices from the crowd: Bringing user-generated audio into the newsroom

As media outlets constantly seek new ways to involve their audiences, getting readers and listeners to contribute crowdsourced audio into radio news can pose a worthwhile challenge, according to panelists at the ONA 2013 Conference. Matt Berger, the digital director at American Public Media’s Marketplace, said radio should adapt techniques of other media in encouraging…

Need some more timeout? Take a wider view of Atlanta.

Want more from Atlanta than ONA panels, workshops, job fairs and whisky tastings? This year’s conference puts attendees at the center of Atlanta’s bustling downtown. Check out a few of this southern city’s favored gems. Atlanta Zoo Hours: 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Monday thru Friday, hours extended until 6:30 p.m. on the weekends. Cost: $22…

Following Atlanta

Whether you’re an Atlanta first-timer or a seasoned visitor, here are some must-follow Twitter accounts to keep you in-the-know with conference logistics, transportation glitches, and food and entertainment specials. Peruse the list below or subscribe to the list on Twitter. Follow ONA13 attendees and speakers for play-by-play conference happenings. Conference-related ONA13 @ONAConf Online News Association…

Fox News parody of Grand Theft Auto V?You decide.

Weazel News, with its scrolling ticker, nonsensical headlines and red, white and blue logo (with a dash of gray and black) isn’t another cable network parody of the day’s news. It’s best-selling Grand Theft Auto V’s in-game news outlet, offering up sensationalized stories focusing on political races, and even a woman “scaring” the swine flu,…