Takeaways from the 2010 Online News Association Conference

Jennifer Daniel/Journalists.org

I just got back from the Online News Association conference and feel like I could sleep for days. The conference was tiring, between taking notes during the sessions, catching up with old friends, making new ones, and trying to fit in time to write about some takeaways.

But I feel energized — by the optimism at the conference and by the risks and creative approaches that many of the attendees are taking to produce, deliver and share content. Contrary to other journalism conferences I’ve been to, I heard very few people talk negatively about their newsroom and the work they’re doing. Overall, there was a sense that journalism has a future, and that this is an exciting time to execute ideas that will help lay the path toward that future.

Here are my five takeaways from the conference:

  • It’s time to move beyond the “Is this journalism?” debate.
  • Jobs are changing, and new titles reflect innovation and community engagement.
  • Investigative journalism is finding its place online.
  • Journalists are debating whether they can be good entrepreneurs.
  • It’s important to experiment — and fail.

And here are the stories I wrote while I was there:

You can look for one more piece from me later this week. Also, check out this post from PBS MediaShift’s Craig Silverman and this one from TBD’s Jeff Sonderman.

If you went to the conference, I’d love to hear your takeaways!

Published by Mallary Tenore Tarpley

Mallary is a mom of two young kiddos -- Madelyn and Tucker. Mallary absolutely loves being a mom and often writes about the need to find harmony when juggling motherhood and work. Mallary is the Assistant Director of the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas at the University of Texas at Austin, where she manages the Center's various programs related to distance learning, freedom of expression, and digital journalism. Previously, she was Executive Director of Images & Voices of Hope and Managing Editor of The Poynter Institute’s media news site, Poynter.org. Mallary grew up outside of Boston and graduated from Providence College in Rhode Island. In 2015, she received a certificate in nonprofit management from Duke University. She now lives in beautiful Austin, Texas, with her kids, husband Troy and cat Clara. She's working on a memoir, slowly but surely. You can reach her at mjtenore@gmail.com.

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