We’re kicking off plans for this year’s Midway! During April, we’re talking with the people behind the tech and tools at the vanguard of the industry to develop an abundance of hands-on, creative programming for the space at ONA13. 
At the end of the month, we’ll begin sending out invitations to the best and brightest, but we want your insight, too.
On April 9, participant packages will be posted on the ONA13 conference site, and we’ll open up a suggestion box to hear more about what you want to see at the Midway in Atlanta. Can’t wait? Get in touch. 

We’re kicking off plans for this year’s Midway! During April, we’re talking with the people behind the tech and tools at the vanguard of the industry to develop an abundance of hands-on, creative programming for the space at ONA13.

At the end of the month, we’ll begin sending out invitations to the best and brightest, but we want your insight, too.

On April 9, participant packages will be posted on the ONA13 conference site, and we’ll open up a suggestion box to hear more about what you want to see at the Midway in Atlanta. Can’t wait? Get in touch

Save the Date for ONA13, ATL style
It’s time to plan your trip to the 2013 Online News Association Conference & Awards Banquet, Oct. 17-19, 2013 in Atlanta, where we’re planning to blow up the traditional conference agenda for digital journalism’s biggest reunion.
Expect some surprises and new experiences this year. For the first time, we’re folding in our Thursday hands-on workshops and Job Fair to make three full days of conferencing, so one price will get you into any session or workshops, the Midway, and career development resources. Look for more details on programming when registration opens April 29.
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Save the Date for ONA13, ATL style

It’s time to plan your trip to the 2013 Online News Association Conference & Awards Banquet, Oct. 17-19, 2013 in Atlanta, where we’re planning to blow up the traditional conference agenda for digital journalism’s biggest reunion.

Expect some surprises and new experiences this year. For the first time, we’re folding in our Thursday hands-on workshops and Job Fair to make three full days of conferencing, so one price will get you into any session or workshops, the Midway, and career development resources. Look for more details on programming when registration opens April 29.

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How effective is immersive journalism? Volunteer Chris Hopkins captured video of one woman’s reaction to Hunger in LA, an augmented-reality experience presented in the Midway at ONA12

As seen at Sundance Film Festival, Nonny de la Peña’s Hunger in Los Angeles is a six-and-a-half minute interactive news piece that recreates an eyewitness account of an actual crisis on a food-bank line. One at a time, a user enters this virtual reality. Using game-development tools, Unity 3-D, a body-tracking system, and a head-mounted goggle display, along with live audio she collected during the incident, de la Peña constructs a fully immersive, simulated world where audiences can suit up, walk around, and interact with other characters in the scene.

For more on this project, check out “How They Did It: Hunger in LA” on journalists.org.

12 is a new social reading application designed to help you find interesting content using people instead of algorithms. We’re making it for one simple reason: We wanted to make reading delightful again.

Instead of hunting through the day’s emails, tweets, wall posts, and bookmarks, 12 is a beautiful, simple way for you to catch up on the news, opinions and entertainment of the day that matter most to you.

We’ll be at ONA12 Midway to show you a pre-launch version of the app. We’re interested in letting you play around with it and getting your feedback. You can even sign up to be a beta user for us! We want to know if you’ll use 12, and how you think we can make it better.

Check in with the real-world during #ONA12 with Chartbeat Big Boards

Entering ONA2012’s main ballroom for one of the inspiring keynotes or popping down to the Midway for some startup innovation, you’ll walk right into the Chartbeat Big Board. These big bad boys feature the top stories appearing across several major news outlets, so you’re constantly in the know about what’s capturing the world’s attention without missing a single second of your favorite sessions on the future of online publishing.

The Big Board outside the main ballroom will be loaded with stories from Fox News, The Washington Post, and CNNMoney — the ultimate cross-section of outlets covering major news topics.  

Downstairs in the Midway, our second Chartbeat Big Board will be serving up headlines from publishing innovators across industries, categories and sizes. You’ll catch the most popular stuff on every site from Gizmodo to The Daily Beast and even Kickstarter. It’s providing unconventional content in an unconventional space. Since the Big Board was originally created from one of Chartbeat’s Hack Week Labs projects — the brainchild of one of our developers during the hack week we hold every six weeks — The Midway is the perfect place to show off this super-fresh content.

You online news nerds are living in a world of information 24/7, and you have to stay connected to deliver that news — checking in on the world through the Big Boards during breaks and session transitions is an easy way to do just that.   

If you want to chat more about the coolness you’re seeing on the Big Boards, Chartbeat, or the future of publishing in general, we’re hosting an open-bar Happy Hour on Thursday from 6-7pm at Mijita. Mijita is in the SF Ferry Building, just steps away from the Hyatt, and we would love to see you there.

We’re pretty excited that this partnership with ONA2012 allows us to celebrate the data-centric and dynamic world of journalism that we at Chartbeat get to live and breathe every day.

Repost.Us - The Open Wire Service & Content Networks

Repost.Us makes complete articles embeddable - just like video. Repost.Us has reinvented the traditional newswire, making syndication as easy as embedding a video.

The Repost.Us Open Wire Service provides news organizations, media companies, publishers, and bloggers with a simple web tool to make their work available to other publishers for syndication as well as to find and republish high-quality content on their own sites. We have millions of fully licensed articles complete with images, links, and rich media from some of the world’s leading publishers (e.g., AFP, The Christian Science Monitor, GlobalPost, Raw Story, and thousands more) available for embedding on any site right now.

Repost.Us is also launching the Repost.Us Content Networks, which represent an opportunity for publishers to collaborate and exchange content based on shared interests, topics, or geographic location. Four Repost.Us Content Networks will be announced at the 2012 Online News Association Conference: The NJ News Commons, the Important Media Network, the Green News Wire, and the Breaking News Wire. More networks will be announced soon.

The Repost.Us technology enables publishers to extend reach beyond their own websites with monetization, guaranteed content integrity, branding, attribution, and no risk of duplicate content search penalties or SEO dilution.

Repost.Us is an ideal solution for any ‘digital first’ strategy, opening up a new and unlimited global market for the open exchange of content across the entire web.

SoundCloud is the web’s largest audio hosting and sharing platform. Dedicated to unmuting the web, SoundCloud is constantly working to provide the best listening and sharing experience for journalists and their audiences.  By building specialized tools and fostering partnerships with social-media platforms, SoundCloud helps journalists of all types spread audio content across the web. The platform can be leveraged to embed audio on websites, share and listen to audio through Facebook and Twitter, and record or collect audio online and via mobile apps.

Whether you’re part of an established newsroom, an emerging blog, or an independent reporter, feel free to stop by our space in the midway to check out some great use-cases and talk shop!

Dispatch offers secure mobile publishing

In the world of digital journalism, it’s fair to say that 2011 was the year of social media. From  the Arab Spring to Occupy Wall Street, both professional and citizen journalists harnessed the power of mobile devices and social media to make real-time reporting a reality around the globe. Time magazine’s Person of the Year may have been “the protestor,” but most of us know his story thanks to cell phone cameras and Facebook.

As mobile social media reporting has gone mainstream, however, stress patterns have begun to emerge in the platforms that make it possible. Twitter is still embroiled in legal issues surrounding user records related to Occupy Wall Street, while in the case of the UK riots, Blackberry maker RIM agreed to turn its users data over to the police, even as Prime Minister David Cameron proposed selectively blocking access to social media tools. In January of 2011, the Egyptian government convinced the country’s service providers to simply shut down the internet altogether. And these are only legal and technical vulnerabilities; confiscation or destruction of reporting devices is a much more direct method for curtailing publishing across all media.

Enter Dispatch - a secure, encrypted mobile publishing application for both citizen and professional journalists. Dispatch offers secure, instant mobile publishing that can be used for both real-time reporting and coordinating coverage in the field. By encrypting messages and providing users with an authenticated handle that is not connected their real identity, Dispatch also protects digital communication with potentially vulnerable sources. And while no system is completely resilient, Dispatch is designed to generate a “sneakernet” when internet service is unavailable - so that essential media can still be duplicated, disseminated, and eventually published.

Dispatch is being developed by a team of researchers and professionals from Columbia, Stanford and Tumblr and is a recipient of a Brown Institute for Media Innovation Magic Grant.We are especially looking forward to feedback on the project from the digital journalism community at ONA 2012; we hope you’ll stop by the Midway to learn more about the project and to share your thoughts on our initial designs.