ONA 2006 Conference and Awards Banquet

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Posted: September 28, 2006
2006 participants: Keynotes and General Sessions

2006 participants: Keynotes and General Sessions

The lineup for the 2006 conference boasts more than 80 experts and leading figures in online media. Read more about those who appear in general sessions


Mark Cuban is an NBA franchise owner and digital visionary. He cemented his legend early by selling his computer consulting firm MicroSolutions to CompuServe. A few years later, he sold broadcast.com to Yahoo!, Today, Cuban owns HDNet and the Dallas Mavericks and jointly owns the nation's largest chain of art-house cinemas. He is also a majority partner in Sharesleuth.com, a blog aimed at exposing securities fraud. And he is renowned for blogging about his team, technology and just about anything else at blogmaverick.com. Friday lunch keynote.
More: Bio on Mavericks' site | ONA press release

As deputy director and controller of production for BBC News, Adrian Van Klaveren has editorial, production and financial responsibility for television, radio and online news, with a particular emphasis on new services. He also oversees key technology projects across BBC News. Van Klaveren has been with the BBC for 22 years, starting as a TV news and current affairs producer, then running the BBC's newsgathering operations. Recently, he's overseen BBC News' move into podcasting and video podcasting, and has developed its overall mobile strategy. He has championed the BBC editors' blog, contributing to it himself, as well other blogs based on BBC programs and staff. Opening keynote
More: His blog on the BBC site | ONA press release


Zeyad Kasim is a Baghdad-based dentist and the author of the Healing Iraq blog. Over the past three years, he has contributed blog posts and op-eds to the New York Times, the Washington Post and the Guardian. Currently, he is pursuing a master's degree in journalism at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism in New York. Presenter, blogger spotlight

STATE OF THE INDUSTRY SUPER PANEL: User-Generated Content and Trends for 2007
Mike Arrington is the founder of the Crunch Network and editor of Tech Crunch, a weblog "dedicated to obsessively profiling and reviewing new Internet products and companies." Arrington founded edgeio, a classified listings system company. He is on the board of Foldera, a web-based organizer, and is an investor in Daylife, a news startup. He has served as a corporate lawyer, been involved in sales and business development at RealNames and co-founded Achex, which was sold to First Data Corp. He also founded two companies in Canada and was COO at Razorgator. He consulted stints have included SnapNames, Verisign and Spotback. State of the Industry super panelist
More: Bio on Tech Crunch

Mike Davidson is CEO of Newsvine, the Seattle-based online news media company. Before co-founding Newsvine in 2005, Davidson worked for several years as art director and manager of media product development at both ESPN and the Walt Disney Internet Group. Davidson's blog -- Mike Industries -- is among the most visited interactive design and technology blogs around, garnering over 300,000 page views a month and referenced frequently in places like the New York Times and MSNBC. State of the Industry super panelist
More: Bio on Newsvine

Jeff Jarvis blogs about media and news at Buzzmachine.com. He is associate professor and director of the interactive journalism program the City University of New York's new Graduate School of Journalism. He also writes the new media column for The Guardian. Until 2005, he was president and creative director of Advance.net. Previously, Jarvis was creator and founding editor of Entertainment Weekly; Sunday editor and associate publisher of the New York Daily News; TV critic for TV Guide and People; and a columnist for the San Francisco Examiner. He is a constant for Daylife, a news startup, and About.com. State of the industry super panelist
More: Bio on Buzzmachine

Leslie Walker Leslie Walker is technology editor for The Washington Post. She's been writing and editing for The Post since 1991. From 1998 until this summer, she wrote the ".com" column, a weekly chronicle of how the Internet turns businesses upside down while putting new power in the hands of ordinary people. Before that, Walker was editor of washingtonpost.com. She also authored a true-crime book, "Sudden Fury," which became a TV movie in 1993 and was released on DVD this year. State of the industry super panel moderator

SPOTLIGHT ON YOUTH: My Digital Day: Young people and the future of online news and information
A video explores media use by young people, followed by a panel discussion with students, preteen through college, about how they use the Web. Moderator Jennifer Carroll, Gannett vice president/new media content, asks the multi-taskers about creating content, reading content and explores just what kind of information grabs their attention. Has texting trumped e-mail? Is gaming news the only news? Stop by and see.

Jennifer Carroll works with Gannett newspapers in developing strategy, readership and content initiatives across all media platforms. She is extensively involved in audience development and works on convergence models across divisions, especially focusing on young readers. She joined the News Department in 2000 as director/news development and was named to her current role in 2006. Among other projects, she is now working with a colleague on a joint venture between Gannett and Arizona State University students and researchers, studying the new media habits of 18- to-25 year-olds. Youth panel moderator
More: Bio and background on Gannett's site

Drew Costley, 20, is a junior at Howard University in Washington. His iPod, cell phone and BlackBerry make him a walking "Radio Shack." He listens to free podcasts and watches ESPN and The Colbert Report on his cell phone. Drew works for the Howard student newspaper and writes a weekly blog linked to the newspaper's online edition. Blogs are "a tool to influence people" he says, and he thinks convergence "lends more credibility to news." Youth panelist

Alex Foster, 12, is a seventh-grader from Fairfax County, Va. An avid reader, he consumes about two books a month - outside of school. He likes band, chorus, drama and sports - and loves listening to music (favorite band: Beatles). He spends up to three hours daily on the computer (games, e-mails), "random stuff," he says, and he sometimes films - and edits - his little brother playing with the neighbor's dog.

Jordan King, 15, 11th grade, Sidwell Friends, Washington, D.C. starts his mornings checking the weather online ("it's faster"), typically checks CNET for news or information about computers and technology, and occasionally creates Web sites about gaming. He likes RSS feeds because "you can choose what you want to know." Youth panelist

Mary Specht, 20, is a senior at American University in journalism. A Scripps Howard Foundation scholarship winner, Specht has interned at USA TODAY, washingtonpost.com and is now an intern at the U.S. State Department. Never far from her laptop, she knows she is unusual for her age: She downloads Slate's s "Explainer" podcast for when she jogs, and she checks a dozen feeds on her Google Homepage five times a day. But she can also explain why her non-journalism friends like odd and weird news, and why texting and AIM replaced e-mail. Youth panelist

Elizabeth "Elsi" Wu, 16, of Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring, Md., says she's "addicted to Facebook" and spends about 1.5 hours a day posting photos and keeping up with dozens of friends online. Every day she checks her horoscope, reads entertainment gossip and monitors her fantasy football team on Yahoo! Sports. Elsi writes for her school's award-winning online student newspaper and wants to be a sports writer someday. She likes news online because "it's accessible to everyone."

Breakfast Sessions and Flat-Panel Discussions
Adam Glenn is an independent online consultant, with clients including NBC Universal Chairman Bob Wright, Columbia Journalism School and Rodale. He has held posts with a wide variety of news media in New York and Washington, most recently as senior producer at ABCNews.com. He has specialized in coverage of business, health, science, technology and the environment, and has taught overseas in an environmental journalism fellowship. Citizen journalism is a major interest; last year he formed I, Reporter, a citJ training business and blog, with E-Media Tidbits Editor Amy Gahran. Breakfast and flat-panel discussions moderator and coordinator

Back to 2006 conference page

Seventh Annual Conference
and Awards Banquet

October 5-7, 2006
Capital Hilton
Washington, D.C.

Conference chair:
Jody Brannon, MSN.com
E-mail your questions or suggestions.

Next year: The 2007 ONA conference is scheduled for Oct. 17-19 in Toronto. The conference chair is Ju-Don Roberts, washingtonpost.com. E-mail your questions or suggestions.

Newsroom: The 2006 conference Web site was produced by the ONA student newsroom, which is supported by the Gannett Foundation and volunteers from media organizations and academia.

Volunteers: Countless volunteer hours went into planning this conference. Thanks to all who gave generously of their time and ideas.

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More useful links:

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