The Online News Association (ONA), founded in 1999, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization located in Washington D.C., United States. It is the world's largest association of digital journalists, with more than 2,000 members.
The majority of ONA members are professional online journalists. The association defines "professional members" as those "whose principal livelihood involves gathering or producing news for digital presentation." These include news writers, producers, programmers, bloggers,designers, editors, photographers and others who produce news for the Internet or other digital delivery systems.
Other members include journalism educators, journalism students, business development, marketing and communications professionals in the media and those interested in the field of online journalism.
The organization holds an annual conference and awards banquet in the U.S., the Online News Association Conference & Awards Banquet, which features three days of training, leading media keynotes and a Career Summit & Job Fair.
ONA’s mission is to inspire and support innovation and excellence in digital journalism. The mission is served through work in five focus areas:
- Developing strategies for emerging tech
- Sharing best practices on audience engagement and metrics
- Innovative news storytelling
- Experimenting and finding new revenue and business models
- Cultivating newsroom leadership, culture and diversity
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