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:
- 5 Takeaways from the Online News Association Conference
- ONA Live Blog: Schiller, Armstrong & Swisher Speak at Annual Conference
- Amy Webb: iPad is just ‘expensive way to watch Netflix’
- NPR Mobile wins outstanding emerging platform award
If you went to the conference, I’d love to hear your takeaways!