ONA team picks: Schedule highlights from Learning Consultant Brian Duff

ONA’s learning consultant is the main role creating educational content for ONA21. This role works with a volunteer programming committee to select sessions from a public call-out, as well as with ONA staff to round out the schedule with additional urgent topics of conversation and featured sessions. In short, Brian Duff has the most insight into how the program came together and is sharing picks here from his expert point of view.

Every conference session is the product of brilliant ideas and collaborative work and it is *very difficult* to even begin to narrow down a list of my favorites. But, if I were designing a conference schedule just for me, it might look something like this.

Open your conference experience on Tuesday, June 22, with the forward-looking case study The Paywall That Knows When To Give Up about The Globe and Mail’s innovative, personalized, real-time paywall product and learn about “build-or-buy” decisions and balancing revenue and audience priorities.

On Wednesday, join a team from The Boston Globe as they unpack When to Unpublish: Should the Internet Be Forever?, an under-the-hood look at their “Fresh Start” program to anonymize names and de-index articles in an effort to build community trust and repair historic harm.

This year’s Managers and Employers: Best Practices for Supporting Reporters Facing Online Abuse panel conversation will expand on past conferences’ online harassment prevention and self-care conversations, but shift the impetus to make a change from individuals to newsroom leaders and managers.

Early on Thursday, June 24, Kali Media’s Paula Rogo will lead our featured 14th Annual Tech Trends in Journalism presentation, a mainstay of the conference programming and a masterclass in emerging technology and tools impacting the journalism world.

The Reuters Institute: Digital News Report 2021 US Launch later on Thursday will present brand new research on how the global pandemic and an ongoing racial diversity reckoning has scrambled digital journalism, impacting news trust, consumption and revenue.

And finally on Friday, join the strategy fireside chat Building Resilience at a Growing International News Nonprofit with The New Humanitarian and ProPublica to learn how distributed teams, diversified funding and high-quality recruitment can keep your organization growing, even in a year of collapse and change.

Additional sessions, presenters and events are still being added and most sessions will be recorded and available for on-demand viewing for registered attendees.

See you June 22–25

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