Level Up On Your Newsgathering Techniques

The newsgathering tools and techniques sessions at ONA16 speak to the heart of what you do: create excellent digital journalism. This isn’t just about the stories you’re telling, but also about the tools you can use to bring them to life. From understanding ethical dilemmas, getting the art of live streaming down, participating in close discussions with newsgathering experts or discovering new tools to help you cover the upcoming election, there’s something for everyone.

Here’s a peek at sessions in the newsgathering track:

10 Tech Trends in Journalism. In this annual standing-room-only session, Amy Webb, founder of the Future Today Institute, will demo never-before-seen tech prototypes, betas and other surprises. She’ll give us insights into what trends will impact journalism, what tools are on the horizon and how newsrooms can use them — and avoid potential disruption.

Bringing Ethical and Social Newsgathering to Your Newsroom. Whether it’s crediting sources, communicating with the public or keeping your reporters safe, this session will help answer questions you may have on ethical issues in the newsroom, including a look at ONA’s Social Newsgathering Ethics Code.

F* It, We’ll Do It Live: Workshopping The Hows & Whys of Live Stream Part I. For journalists interested in using live streaming regularly in their reporting, this session will give them a chance to learn more about tools and how to get started with limited resources. Brandon Echter, engagement manager for Science Friday, and Claire O’Neill, producer at NPR, will dig into the many ways NPR, Science Friday and others have experimented with Facebook Live. Want to have a deeper discussion on ethical and editorial concerns, as well as best practices? Join us for the follow-on conversation, F* It, We’ll Do It Live: Workshopping The Hows & Whys Of Live Stream Part II. You can feel free to join one or both conversations, depending on your skill level.

Story, Platform and Design: Digital Journalism Insights + VIP Meetup. What trends might have the most impact in digital news, and what kinds of teams will newsrooms need to match those trends? Candidates for ONA’s Board of Directors will describe their predictions for these questions, moderated by The New York Times’ Marie Tessier. Following the session, there will be a brief meetup and a chance for one-on-one questions.

Change Up Your 2016 Election Coverage. Create a Computational Campaign. This session focuses on computational journalism – the use of computation to facilitate or even automate reporting, data and display. Meredith Broussard, assistant professor at NYU, Andreas Graefe, research fellow at LMU Munich and Jennifer Stromer-Galley, professor at Syracuse University will dig into three innovative computational tools — along with their challenges and implications — that journalists can play and interact with to cover the 2016 election.

Unconference Sessions Tell us what we’ve missed! Unconference sessions provide a space for registered attendees to start conversations on topics that we might not have covered elsewhere. We’re now accepting pitches for the unconference!

ONA16 Lightning Talks. Lightning talks provide registered conference attendees with a place to present a big idea. But keep it short and sweet — five minutes, to be exact! Anyone can pitch to be included, and we’ll vote on-site for the best ideas. The winners will be included in the schedule on Saturday. You can pitch a lightning talk here.

Table Talks: Newsgathering Tools + Techniques. Our Table Talks are a chance to meet with industry experts and your peers to talk through the issues that you’re most passionate about. 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.