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…

Start-up founders advocate entrepreneurship

Focus on your customers. That was just one takeaway from start-up founders Laura Lorek and Robert Niles’ ONA session “Just-the-Right-Size Enterprise AMA” Thursday. The Q&A was moderated by Tom Davidson of PBS Digital. Niles, who started themeparkinsider.com, advocated for being an entrepreneur and told the audience not to fear entrepreneurship. Journalists have the skills to…

Data is a journalist’s best friend

Data isn’t just for Nate Silver. Many journalists are scrambling to learn data journalism skills, in schools, conferences and free online courses. Interactive graphics and maps seem to be the key to engaging an ever-more distracted public. However, before journalists can tell stories with data they need to understand what the numbers are saying. The most…

ATL news you need to know

Welcome to Atlanta! Want to look smart when talking to the locals? Here are six must-know stories from the area. 1. A sister to the world’s busiest airport? So you liked the airport when you arrived? It could soon have a sister. 11 Alive reports that Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport may have a little sister…

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…