Many of the sessions from the Online News Association conference here in Washington were streamed live online. For the benefit of those who weren’t there, or even those who were and want to watch again, I’ve pulled together as many of the videos here as I can find.
(hat tip to Greg Linch who supervised the livestreaming effort from the conference)
Starting from scratch – TBD.com
First came the razor-sharp focus on politics. Now Allbritton Communications, the folks behind Politico, turns its high beam on local news. Jim Brady, Allbritton’s president for digital strategies, and key staff walk us through the genesis, launch — and growing pains — of this much-watched news site in Washington, D.C.
- Jim Brady, TBD
- Erik Wemple, TBD
- Mandy Jenkins, TBD
- Steve Buttry, TBD
- Laura McGann, Nieman Journalism Lab
Rethinking online commenting
With so much negativity and spam in comment sections, how are newsrooms tweaking their engagement policies? Should people be made to give their real names? Should discussions be moderated? How do we elevate the discussion without stifling it? What are we gaining with comment sections, Facebook and other platforms? Led by NPR’s ombudsman, this lively debate will help you navigate these tectonic shifts in the conversation around news.
- Alicia Shepard, NPR
- Andrew Noyes, Facebook
- Adam Clark Estes, Huffington Post
Content sharing through APIs
(Note: Starts around 7:40) More and more newsrooms are opening their vaults and sharing their content. What can you do with other organizations’ content? Should your newsroom be thinking about creating its own APIs, too? Experts explore the operations, business models and more.
- Tim Carlson, USA Today
- Daniel Jacobson, NPR
- Delyn Simons, Mashery
- Daniel Choi, developer
Tools for Crisis Reporting
Citizen, niche and traditional media are using social media and other tools to collaborate on covering international conflicts and disasters. This has made reporting from global hot spots more effective than ever. Learn what these panelists from around the world find work best.
- Solana Larsen, Global Voices Online
- Mark Frohardt, Internews
- Robert Soden, Development Seed
- Robert Baker, Konpa Group (Ushahidi Haiti)
A conversation with AOL’s Tim Armstrong and NPR’s Vivian Schiller.
(Interview begins at 11:00)
A conversation with Vivian Schiller, NPR, and Tim Armstrong, AOL, moderated by Kara Swisher, All Things Digital.
- Tim Armstrong, AOL
- Vivian Schiller, NPR
- Kara Swisher, All Things Digital
DocumentCloud’s first year
(Note: Two video segments for this one. First one starts at about 7:00) DocumentCloud.org has impacted news stories big and small by making primary source materials easier to scour, annotate and share. A look at how the open-source project is solving journalistic and technological hurdles.
- Jeremy Ashkenas, DocumentCloud
- Brian Boyer, Chicago Tribune
- Aron Pilhofer, The New York Times
The next ‘revolution’ for Web design
Note: This one got some pretty bad reviews and I don’t recommend it, but it’s here anyway.
Two of the most prominent newspaper/magazine/website designers of our day discuss the state of news web design, where it’s headed, how it needs to improve, and how open web standards will further change (and complicate) matters.
- Roger Black, Roger Black Studio
- Filipe Fortes, Treesaver
Coders are from Mars, designers are from Venus
More than any other medium, the Web fuses together creative and technical processes. Learn strategies to inspire your right brain while exercising your left brain.
- Tyson Evans, The New York Times
- David Wright, NPR
Crackberry. Deadspin. The latest wave of media websites have one thing in common: they cover one topic, but do it hardcore. Hear innovators from niche sites across the country discuss what’s working, what’s not — and bring your own experiences to the discussion.
- Andrew Geiger, SB Nation
- Jonathan Kealing, LJWorld.com, Lawrence Journal-World, 6News
- Matt Thompson, Project Argo, National Public Radio
The New Investigative Journalism Ecosystem
(Note: Video begins around 8:00) The number of global nonprofit reporting organizations has exploded — from three in 1990 to more than 30 today. Most have been created in the past three years. Panelists share which organizations are collaborating, which projects draw eyeballs and where this phenomenon is heading.
- Charles Lewis, Investigative Reporting Workshop, American University
- Lorie Hearn, Watchdog Institute in San Diego
- Kevin Davis, Investigative News Network
- Raney Aronson-Rath, Frontline
Forging Pro-Am Partnerships
(Note: Two parts to this video) With newsrooms cutting staff and journalism schools booming, it was bound to happen – the news industry is collaborating with academe for content in brave new ways. The panel explores how the partnerships work and whether the model applies to your newsroom.
- Joe Bergantino, New England Center for Investigative Reporting
- Rich Jones, New York University, Arthur L. Carter Journalism Initiative
- Josh Meyer, National Security Journalism Initiative, Medill School of Journalism, Northwestern University
Not available from Friday’s sessions:
Social media storytelling
Law & Order: Special Digital Unit
What’s next for traffic and search?
A Wikileaks download
(Note: Panel starts around 6:00) The boundaries of digital journalism were Topic A on July 25, when a little-known Wikileaks released a 92,000-page dump of classified documents relating to the U.S. involvement of the war in Afghanistan. WNYC’s Brooke Gladstone leads the panel in examining what this could mean for journalism and the role of the Internet in news and information.
Brooke Gladstone, On the Media
Gavin MacFadyen, Centre for Investigative Journalism
Jim Michaels, USA TODAY
Clothilde Le Coz, Reporters Without Borders
Creating killer apps with public data
As the government unloads more data — on everything from the stimulus, taxes and spending to the safety of child car seats — developers, designers and journalists have developed show-stopping ways to make the numbers more accessible. See demos, hear cases studies, and learn the secrets of scraping data.
Bill Allison, Sunlight Foundation
Rufus Pollock, Open Knowledge Foundation
Rewiring the ivory tower
(Note: 2 video segments for this one.) Revamping journalism curriculum is a tricky tightrope walk, balancing digital skills, academics and computer science. How do accrediting standards and the arms race for shorter degrees set the boundaries for the new journalism degree? Panelists share what is being lost and what is being gained.
- David Johnson, American University
- Emily Bell, Columbia University
- Rich Gordon, Medill School of Journalism, Northwestern University
- Mindy McAdams, University of Florida
Android, iPad and Beyond
The web is increasingly moving from the desktop to the palm of your hand. Learn the best practices for creating content for mobile and touch devices.
Jamie Pallot, Conde Nast Digital
Jim Spencer, Newsy
Liesel Kipp, Thomson Reuters
John-Henry Barac, Barac Consulting
News apps: Showcase and strategy
In this rapid-fire session, four speakers show the journalistic and technical highlights from some recent news apps, providing insights into the lessons they’ve learned the hard way so you don’t have to.
Katharine Jarmul, USA TODAY
Matt Waite, St. Petersburg Times
Richard Pope, ScraperWiki.com
Aine McGuire, ScraperWiki.com
Don’t call it UGC
Professional-level input from a sea of amateurs? Community editorial requires finesse, hard work and a lot of respect for your submitters. Get expert advice on how to encourage high-quality content from a staff of strangers.
Laura Brunow Miner, Pictory
Alexis Madrigal, Longshot Magazine
Sarah Rich, Longshot Magazine
Robin Sloan, Twitter
The Onion: Explaining over 250 years of news dominance
(Note: Two video segments for this one.) From the invention of advertorial content to the development of television news, find out how America’s Finest News Source has managed to stay ahead of the competition for the past several hundred years and continues to lead the way with over 4 million social media connections and top ranking mobile applications.
- Marc Lieberman, The Onion
- Baratunde Thurston, The Onion
How to host an ONA meetup
Want to hold an ONA meetup in your town or city? Already have, but want to learn how to do it better? Come and listen to ONADC divas Laura Cochran and Tiffany Shackelford talk about their successful events that not only showcase local talent but bring in sponsors.
Laura Cochran, Gannett
Tiffany Shackelford, Phase2 Technology
Not available from Saturday’s sessions:
Seven deadly sins of data visualization
Ten tech trends in ’10
Lunch with the Knight News Challenge winners
Tips and tricks for shooting video with your DSLR
Turning bits into bucks