The Online News Association Conference & Awards Banquet has become the premier gathering of highly engaged digital journalists who are shaping the future of media.

Record-breaking numbers of journalists travel to ONA’s conference each year to learn about new tools, techniques and technologies, to discuss advancements and challenges in the industry, take advantage of the rare opportunity to network face-to-face, and share best practices with peers from all over the map.

They also come to soak up the vibrant entrepreneurial spirit that distinguishes ONA conferences. ONA conference attendees are a tech-savvy bunch. They include producers, content editors, technologists, programmers, designers and newsroom decision-makers from major media markets, independent websites and leading academic institutions interested in emerging practices in news gathering, software, hardware, content and distribution platforms.

In 2011, for the fifth year in a row, our conference sold out, with an all-time high of 1,200 attendees traveling to Boston from around the world. Session topics over the three days included:

  • Law School for Digital Journalists at Harvard
  • Field Trips to innovative media and technology sites
  • Career Summit & Job Fair
  • J-Camp sessions with representatives from Twitter, Google and Facebook
  • Keynotes featuring Vivek Kundra, former CIO for the Obama Administration, and Andy Carvin of NPR

Attendees should note that there is an ongoing labor dispute between Unite Here and the Hyatt hotel chain. We provide updates in a post, and answer questions in an FAQ.