How to level up your approach to mobile

Over three days, ONA16 is hosting dozens of sessions that will help you improve your digital storytelling. Here’s a peek at the sessions at this year’s conference that focus specifically on mobile storytelling and tools. Whether you want to listen to industry experts, do a deep dive in a workshop, or participate in an intimate, interactive discussion with other digital journalists, we’ve got you covered this year.

LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 24: The 2015 Online News Association Conference at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel on September 24, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Daniel Petty/for ONA)

New this year: You can now ask mobile experts questions in advance of the conference. Get answers to your mobile questions and help speakers understand what you’re most interested in learning more about by posting a question on the session page. Just click through to the sessions below and drop your question in the embedded form.

  • Designing More Emotionally Intelligent Digital ExperiencesGood design can open up a conversation and help connect people in more meaningful ways. We’re thrilled that Anjali Mullany, Editor at Fast Company, will be exploring how organizations have been experimenting to let audiences express their emotions online, with everything from emojis to filters, and how these experiments can potentially spark more empathy between audiences and the media.
  • Product-ify Your Newsroom: Innovate with Product ThinkingThis session is aimed at journalists and editors who want to learn the fundamental principles of product design and how they can use them to improve workflows and inspire the newsroom. Hear from The Wall Street Journal’s Head of News Product, Katharine Bailey and Mobile Project Manager, Greg Emerson, as well as Hailey Persinger, Associate Product Manager at The New York Times.
  • WORKSHOP: It’s Not Mobile First. Think Content First. For years, we’ve heard about the importance of having newsrooms think mobile first. Allison Morrow, Editor, Emerging Media at the Wall Street Journal and Sarah Squire, Executive Editor for Data, Graphics and Visuals at Dow Jones Media Group will show you why it’s import that to think content first, focusing on the story and how audiences will connect with it. In this workshop, you’ll learn how the content-first approach has worked effectively, then take some story ideas and prototype content-first strategies.
  • TABLE TALKS: Mobile Tools + DesignWe’re bringing back the popular Table Talks that we debuted at ONA15. Sit down with a small group of industry-experts and your peers to talk through the issues that you are most passionate about related to mobile tools and design. Note: topics will be announced closer to the conference and we are not taking questions for speakers in advance for Table Talks, since these are participatory conversations.

We’re looking forward to talking about how news organizations can create better experiences on mobile and beyond. These sessions represent just a small section of what we’ll be focusing on at the conference this year. Be sure to check out the ONA16 program for a more complete picture of the sessions happening September 15-17 in Denver.