Humans of ONA15: Conference Takeaways

Stories and pictures by Tracy Cook
ONA Newsroom

After three days of sessions packed with inspiring speeches, practical tips and hands-on lessons, ONA15 conference attendees have a lot to take back to their newsrooms.

We asked people to share their takeaways. Click the orange SoundCloud file under each response to hear what they had to say:

Gabrielle Levy, US News and World Report, Washington, D.C.
Gabrielle Levy, US News and World Report, Washington, D.C.

“If a tree falls in a forest and nobody puts it on social media, it didn’t happen.”

 

Roberto Tallei, political correspondent, Sky Italia SRL
Roberto Tallei, political correspondent, Sky Italia SRL

Fact checking “is something which in my country is not so popular.”

 

Michelle Pekarsky, executive producer for digital content, WDAF-TV, Kansas City, Missouri
Michelle Pekarsky, executive producer for digital content, WDAF-TV, Kansas City, Missouri

The revenue session “gave me insight into new ways that we should probably be making money off what we do.”

 

Jason Bernert, editorial experience designer, OPB
Jason Bernert, editorial experience designer, OPB

“Encrypt everything…”

 

Jiquanda Johnson, digital journalist, MLive Media Group/The Flint Journal
Jiquanda Johnson, digital journalist, MLive Media Group/The Flint Journal

“The networking opportunities…”

 

Andrea Stone, Director of Career Services, CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, New York
Andrea Stone, Director of Career Services, CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, New York

The opportunity to recruit internships for students has made for “a really successful conference.”

 

Patrick West, CNN Newssource, Atlanta
Patrick West, CNN Newssource, Atlanta

“The number of smart, smart people here that are taking a traditional medium and turning it into something digestible.”

 

Lauren Whaley, CHCF Center for Health Reporting, USC Annenberg
Lauren Whaley, CHCF Center for Health Reporting, USC Annenberg

“Meeting old friends and meeting new friends.”

 

Hiroyasu (Ichi) Ichikawa, consultant, SmartNews, Japan
Hiroyasu (Ichi) Ichikawa, consultant, SmartNews, Japan

“The practical information, the tools and cutting-edge trend.”

 

Jennifer Shrum, executive producer for digital content, KDAF Tribune Media, Dallas
Jennifer Shrum, executive producer for digital content, KDAF Tribune Media, Dallas

“Things that I can take back to my newsroom … I took away a lot that helped me explain to the people that aren’t digital what to do there.”