Why Attend

There’s no better place than the Online News Association’s annual conference to learn about the latest digital trends from news leaders, test new tools and connect with other leaders in journalism to discuss common challenges. We’re committed to continuing that tradition — bringing together the brightest minds in digital journalism to share innovative ideas and imagine what’s possible for the future.

Stay on top of current trends

Our conference is known for collecting best practices and strategic research on media trends all in one place.

Improve your work

We have an incredible cross-section of smart problem-solvers that will help you level up your work.

Enact immediate benefits

More than 90% of participants say they apply something they learn at our conference within 30 days of returning to work.

Resources Galore

We aim to provide actionable takeaways from every conversation, as well as slides, documents, and video archives so you can keep learning beyond the conference.

Get inspired

Some discussions may prompt you to think about an ongoing problem in a new light and others may just give you that next big moonshot idea.

Get efficient

Discover tools and workflow tips that will help you get your work done smarter and more efficiently so you can focus on those big-picture needs.

Get recognized

ONA21 is a chance for you and your organization to show everyone — including talented recruits — what contributions you’re making to the field by presenting or hosting a peer meetup.

Get focused

With plenty of career development opportunities, our conference can help you set your personal and professional priorities for the next year.

Build your cohort

Find like-minded folks to kick around ideas and problem-solve common issues together. On average, ONA attendees report creating 4-6 lasting connections at every conference they attend.

Launch a collaboration

Whether people were launching a formal partnership or creating an ongoing working group, some of the best collaborative efforts in journalism have their roots in our annual conference.

Access a rich archive

Captioned recordings and transcripts will be available to all registered attendees for at least the remainder of 2021, so you can catch sessions you miss, or replay insightful moments.

Save money

Thanks to our incredible sponsors, there’s no more efficient way to collectively achieve everything listed above. We’ve got it all, in one virtual environment, distilled into four days.

Our attendees have had plenty of glowing reviews to share


“I always have at least one jaw-drop moment at ONA where I learn one ‘big’ thing that was worth the price of admission all by itself. 2018 did not disappoint, but it came with plenty of smaller jaw-drop moments to cement the trend.”

“The opportunity to meet others in our industry. As an entry-level reporter straight out of school, I found it exciting to speak to peers (especially represented in the volunteer corps) as well as more experienced professionals at sessions and mingling events.”

“The amazing combination of level-headedness and optimism that I haven’t experienced in the news in a while.”

“The conference is inclusive, fun, and informative. I most enjoy the mix of programming, from research-based sessions to hands-on workshops.”

“Positive vibe toward change, openness about discussing issues, access to people who are at the forefront of the evolution of online news.”


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