Save the dates for ONA20—four days of inspiration and learning in Atlanta

What’s on your schedule for Sept. 30–Oct. 3? It should be ONA20, the Online News Association’s annual conference.

Join us in Atlanta for energizing conversations, learning sessions and collaboration with some of the most innovative minds in digital media — including journalists, media executives, product teams, entrepreneurs and educators. Now in its 21st year, the conference is the digital journalism industry’s favorite reunion, attracting nearly 3,000 people from more than 50 countries.

See 12 reasons to attend and what attendees say about their experience.

Get ready for four days of programming

Drumroll, please … we are excited to expand the conference from three to four full days of programming.

ONA20 will open Wednesday, Sept. 30 with a focus on half- and full-day workshops, executive leadership training and events hosted by partners and ONA community members. Thursday, Friday and Saturday will offer learning sessions in one-hour blocks, plenty of networking opportunities and access to the interactive exhibit spaces. Plus, we’re hosting a lively reception for all attendees with a full conference badge on Thursday night — it’s a can’t-miss party to catch up with old colleagues and meet new friends. The conference will close Saturday evening with the Online Journalism Awards Ceremony, a celebration of the past year’s best work in digital journalism.

Find all exhibits in the Midway

We heard your feedback: It was confusing to differentiate between the large Exhibit Hall and the Midway, where a “start-up alley” featured hands-on demos and training on emerging tools.

For ONA20, we are merging all exhibit spaces into one buzzy hive called the Midway — a new, integrated approach with a familiar name. Come for the engaging conversations, practical tools, career opportunities, swag and snacks. In addition to hosting interactive booths, select Midway participants will have the opportunity to lead discussions in their areas of expertise.

If your organization is interested in joining the Midway, contact ONA’s Chief Strategic Partnerships Officer Jessica Strelitz at jessica@journalists.org for more information.

Book your room at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta

ONA20 will be held at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta. Our room blocks at the host hotel typically sell out months ahead of the conference. We strongly encourage you to book your room as soon as you can to ensure you stay in the center the action, and lock in the discounted rate of $199/night.

What’s next!

We will share more information soon about programming and how you can get involved. For updates, subscribe to our conference mailing list. Here’s a quick look at what to expect in the coming months.

  • Now: Book your hotel room!
  • Late Feb.: Pitch session ideas to the Suggestion Box. The ONA community helps shape the conference by pitching session topics and presenters. See the submissions for ONA19.
  • March: Apply for volunteer opportunities. Each year more than 100 volunteers help make the conference a positive, rewarding experience. We are especially interested in hearing from independent or local news journalists.
  • April: Get your conference badge. Early bird registration will open in April. ONA members save more than $300 on registration and also receive a discount on tickets to the Online Journalism Awards Ceremony.
  • June: Browse the ONA20 program. We will release a first look at the sessions before the early-bird registration ends, and you can start creating a custom schedule via the conference mobile app.

New to the ONA conference? Get a feel for what it’s all about by exploring this roundup of resources from ONA19, including session recordings and notes, podcast episodes, resources from speakers and photos.