ONA 2006 Conference and Awards Banquet

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Posted: September 28, 2006
2006 conference participants: Workshops

2006 conference participants: Workshops

The lineup for the 2006 conference boasts more than 80 experts and leading figures in online media. Read more about them.


ASNE Workshop
Martha Angle is associate editor of Congressional Quarterly and principal editor of its online daily news coverage and its free Midday Update e-mail product. She previously served as assistant managing editor of the CQ Weekly Report, directing its legislative coverage. She was recognized by CQ in 2006 with the inaugural Nelson Poynter Award, named after the founder of Congressional Quarterly, which honors most valued longtime company employees outside the ranks of upper management. Before joining Congressional Quarterly in 1981, Angle was a reporter covering local, state and national news for the Washington Star, the city's pre-eminent afternoon newspaper for more than a century. She was the paper's lead Senate reporter in the 1970s, and covered the Watergate hearings, congressional and presidential campaigns. Presenter, ASNE workshop

Neil Budde has been general manager and executive producer of Yahoo! News since November 2004. In this role, he oversees Yahoo!'s news initiatives, including the operations of the site that has been the No. 1 news site on the Internet. In 2005, his team launched Yahoo!'s first foray into original multimedia news coverage with Kevin Sites in the Hot Zone. Before joining Yahoo!, Budde spent more than 25 years working for newspapers and online publishers. As the founding editor and publisher of The Wall Street Journal Online, the largest paid news site on the Internet, Budde directed the design, development and evolution of the product from the inception of WSJ.com. Budde's career service includes stints at The Richmond Times-Dispatch, The Courier-Journal in Louisville, Ky., and USA Today. Budde earned a BA in journalism from Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green and an MBA from the University of Louisville. Presenter, ASNE workshop; ONA board member

Rajiv Chandrasekaran is managing editor of continuous news for The Washington Post. Presenter, ASNE workshop

Neil Chase was recently named editor of continuous news at The New York Times after a year as deputy editor for news at NYTimes.com. Neil was previously managing editor of CBS MarketWatch in San Francisco, an assistant professor at Northwestern University´┐Żs Medill School of Journalism and a page designer and editor of words, photos and graphics at The San Francisco Examiner and The Arizona Republic. Convergence panel moderator, Staffing and structure; ASNE workshop presenter

Patrick Cooper is a co-writer of USA TODAY's On Deadline blog. Begun in January 2006, On Deadline brings readers dozens of breaking news and other must-read stories every day. Cooper joined USATODAY.com in 2003 as an assistant news director, producing and editing the site's homepage and other coverage. He has also served on a number of the site's technology development teams. He worked previously for CNN.com. Cooper received his bachelor's and master's in journalism from Northwestern University. Born and raised in the District of Columbia, he now lives in Northern Virginia. Presenter, ASNE workshop

Mike Riley became editor of The Roanoke (Va.) Times in 1998. Before that, he was the executive producer of allpolitics.com, a leading political Internet site founded by TIME magazine and CNN. In 1995, Riley spent a Nieman Fellowship at Harvard University learning about digital technology and the online world. He had been a senior correspondent and bureau chief for TIME and spent much of a decade there covering national politics, including the 1988 and 1992 presidential campaigns. Riley, who grew up in Charlotte, N.C., graduated in 1981 with a B.A. in English from Wake Forest. He earned a master's in public administration, focusing on politics and economics, from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government in 1985. He and his wife, Arline, have two daughters. Presenter, ASNE workshop

Chet Rhodes is deputy multimedia editor, Breaking News for washingtonpost.com. He oversees the production and editing of daily news video for the site. Rhodes has also designed and installed a live television production studio for the company as well as video editing facilities. Rhodes is leading a project that trains Washington Post print journalists in shooting video for washingtonpost.com Before joining washingtonpost.com Rhodes taught for 10 years as an instructor of Broadcast Journalism at the University of Maryland's College of Journalism. He also worked as a radio news director in local radio and as an editor and chief engineer with the UPI radio network. Convergence panelist, Web skillsets; ASNE workshop presenter

David Ledford has served as vice president/news & executive editor of The News Journal in Wilmington, Del., since March, 2004. He is a board member of the AP Managing Editors and is slated to be president in October 2008. Ledford began as an intern at the Lewiston (Idaho) Morning Tribune in 1979 while earning a bachelor's degree in English. After graduation in 1980, he moved to the Daily News, which covers the university communities of Moscow, Idaho, and Pullman, Wash., where he worked as a reporter one year before moving to The Spokesman-Review. In 1985, Ledford returned to the Daily News as managing editor. In 1989, he became city editor of The Trentonian in New Jersey, moving in 1991 to serve as deputy editor of the Salt Lake Tribune until 1998. He held leadership positions at the Argus Leader (Sioux Falls, S.D.) and Springfield (Mo.) News-Leader before joining Wilmington in March 2004. Presenter, ASNE workshop

Whitney Matheson began writing for USATODAY.com in 1999, when Pop Candy debuted as a weekly pop-culture column. In 2000, she introduced Hip Clicks, a daily entertainment blog. In 2005, these two entities merged into the daily blog, Pop Candy. Her work has been cited in The Advocate, Wired, Gawker and elsewhere. Other publications include Slate, Self and that short-lived magazine owned by the Olsen twins. Matheson grew up in the historic town of Fredericksburg, and studied journalism at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. Prsenter, ASNE workshop

Christine Montgomery joined the St. Petersburg Times in 2003 as director of electronic publishing. She is responsible for the newspaper's online editorial and business operations. This year Montgomery oversaw the launch of Tampabay.com, a local portal for the region that serves as the gateway to the Times, a daily tabloid called tbt*, Florida Trend magazine, and reader-generated content from a site called itsyourtimes.com. Previously Montgomery was a deputy managing editor for USATODAY.com. She's been a reporter for newspapers in South Florida and Washington, D.C., and is a 1992 graduate of the University of Florida, where she serves today on the Advisory Council for the College of Journalism. She has a master's in writing from Johns Hopkins University. Montgomery is a member of the Associated Press' Digital Advisory Committee. In 2004, she was named a New Media Fellow for the Newspaper Association of America. Presenter, ASNE workshop; ONA board member

Anthony Moor is associate managing editor/online at the Orlando Sentinel, and editor of OrlandoSentinel.com, which as been nominated three times for the Online Journalism Award, including "General Excellence" in 2006. Called "one of the most energetic and creative newspaper Web editors" by APME, Moor was new media editor at the Rochester (N.Y.) Democrat and Chronicle, where he devised the paper's convergence strategy, and won an OJA for creative use of the medium. Moor spent much of his career at San Francisco's KRON-TV, where received four Emmy nominations. Later, he was a correspondent at On24, a broadband business news pioneer. Moor was an investigative reporter in Buffalo and state capitol bureau chief in Santa Fe, N.M. He started his career in Tokyo, where he worked at the ABC News and CNN bureaus. Moor holds a bachelor's degree in astrophysics and American civilization from Williams College. Presenter, ASNE workshop; ONA board member, conference liaison

Kinsey Wilson is executive editor of USA TODAY, which operates in a converged newsroom. Previously he was editor-in-chief and vice president of USATODAY.com.

CRAFTING MULTIMEDIA CONTENT: A hands-on workshop in storytelling
This session will focus on editing and packaging multimedia stories. In the morning, Stan Heist, the NPPA television photographer of the year, will show how he begins the editing process in the field as he creates tightly crafted natural sound-driven stories. Participants are encouraged to bring an example of multimedia from their site. Heist will critique several stories. In the afternoon, Will Yurman, a photographer and multimedia producer from the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, will guide a hands-on session on packaging multiple stories. The example for this session will be produced with SoundSlides in a Flash wrapper.

Stan Heist of WBFF-TV in Baltimore is the National Press Photographers Association Television News Photographer of the Year. His work is distinguished by crisp editing and extensive use of natural sound. After graduating from the University of Dayton in 1996, he joined a station in Dayton and moved on to Richmond, Va., where he worked his way up to chief photographer in two years and earned a trip to the 2000 NPPA NewsVideo Workshop. Four years later he moved north to WBFF-TV in Baltimore. In his first year he was named the NPPA Region 3 Photographer of the Year.Storytelling workshop leader

Will Yurman is a staff photojournalist at the Rochester (N.Y.) Democrat & Chronicle, where he has been a long-time innovator in multimedia story-telling. He teaches a Flash class at the Rochester Institute of Technology and has conducted numerous multimedia workshops for the National Press Photographers Association's Northern Short Course. His work features elegant design and strong visual content, driven by natural sound and the subject's own words. He is a 1983 graduate of the State University New York at Albany. He is a former NPPA Region 2 Photographer of the Year. His still photography and multimedia work have been recognized nationall in the Best of Photography and Picture of the Year International contests. A photographer for more than 20 years, Yurman began as a photographer's assistant in Albany, N.Y., and later worked as a freelancer in Alaska and the Middle East. Upon returning to the States he became the photo editor of the Observer Dispatch newspaper in Utica, N.Y., where he began to explore multimedia storytelling on the web. At the Democrat and Chronicle he helped to launch a weekly photo column called First Person that appears in print and online. He has produced numerous shows for the site, working with stills, audio and text to tell stories in a way that just isn't possible in print.
Samples of his recent work:
Rochester International Jazz Festival - 8 days of daily shows
The final day of the Wegmans LPGA event
After 10 years Doug Warney is released from prison for a crime he didn't commit
An essay on basketball

Educators' Workshop: Convergence
Jody Brannon joined MSN.com in New York in September, writing a blog and serving as ombudsman for Microsoft's portal. Her online career began in April 1995, when The Washington Post's Internet service, Interchange, was in beta, later becoming managing editor of washingtonpost.com. Brannon served as executive producer at USATODAY.com from December 2001 to July 2006. Previously Brannon worked for U.S. News & World Report and The Seattle Times, her hometown paper. She is on J-Lab's board for the Knight-Batten Awards and teaches in American University's interactive master's program. A forthcoming online news compilation will include an overview of her 1999 dissertation. Conference chair; Educators' workshop panelist; technology study director.

Wendell Cochran directs the journalism programs at American University in Washington, D.C. He spent more than 25 years as a daily newspaper reporter and editor. He is the developer of the American University Campaign Finance Site and a member of the board of directors of Investigative Reporters and Editors. Educators' workshop coordinator and MC

Amy Eisman is director of writing programs at American University's School of Communication. She teaches reporting, editing and writing for convergent media, and created a course, Media @ the Millennium, which she also teaches online. Eisman was a Gannett editor for 17 years, starting with USA TODAY in 1982 and later with USA WEEKEND, where she became Executive Editor. Eisman also was a managing editor of AOL, for Digital City and the Welcome Screen. She was a Fulbright scholar in Moscow, where she lectured on new media. She consults with top media companies on Web writing and co-authored an online training program for Gannett newsrooms. Educators' workshop panelist; youth panel coordinator

Sandeep Junnarkar is an associate professor at the new CUNY Graduate School of Journalism (The City University of New York) and the editorial director of Lives in Focus, a site that uses video, audio and photographs to present the voices of those who are rarely given space or time in traditional news media. He entered the online journalism world at its infancy in 1994 as partof a team gathered to present The New York Times on America Online, a service called @times. He later became a breaking news editor, writer and Web producer when the paper went live on the Internet as The New York Times on the Web. He served as a reporter and New York Bureau chief for News.com from 1998 to 2003. He has won numerous awards, including an Online Journalism Award from the ONA. Educators' workshop panelist

Elizabeth Osder is senior director, social media, at Yahoo! who also teaches in the Annenberg School of Journalism at USC.

Nora Paul is director of the Institute for New Media Studies at the University of Minnesota. Nora was previously (1991-2000) at the Poynter Institute teaching news library management, computer-assisted research, and new media leadership. She was editor for information services at the Miami Herald from 1979-1991. Nora is the author of Computer Assisted Research and co-author of Great Scouts: Cyber-guides for subject searching and Behind the Message: Information Strategies for Communicators. Her work at the Institute focuses on evolving digital storytelling forms. Educators' workshop panelist

Pankaj Paul is the managing editor for niche and new initiatives at the News Journal in Delaware. He has responsibility over the non-daily publications and the copy, design, graphics, online and photography teams. He previously served as the director of design & presentation at the newspaper. He earlier worked at the San Jose Mercury News where he was the news design & graphics director. Paul has won several awards from the Society of News Design and also from state press associations. Convergence panelist, Developing Web skillsets.

What's Next: A Forum for the Future
Mark Clemente is the executive producer of ABC News Now, ABCNEWS.com and ABC News On Demand. He oversees production, including the editorial and creative aspects of both the 24/7 news channel and ABCNEWS.com. From 2001 to 2002, as executive producer of Multimedia, he helped facilitate the initial expansion into broadband for ABC news. Throughout his career, he has worked as a producer for both ABC and CNN, including on 20/20, Crossfire and Inside Politics. He wrote for the evening news with Peter Jennings and Frank Reynolds. In 1994 he left television to be vice president of the American Trucking Association where he developed a private corporate television network. He started his career at ABC in 1977 as a sportswriter for WMAL Radio and a year later became a production assistant for Good Morning America. American U's "What's next" roundtable

Susan DeFife is the co-founder and CEO of Backfence.com, a citizens' media site that focuses on hyper-local news in neighborhoods in the Washington D.C., Chicago and San Francisco metropolitan areas. Content is contributed completely by readers with news coverage, event listings, rating and reviews of local businesses, classifieds and more. Before founding Backfence in 2004, Susan served as vice president of Software and Games at the NPD Group, a leading global market information company, and was CEO of StreamingText, where she developed a business plan and strategy to expand the company and position it for acquisition by Media Map. She also was the founder and CEO of womenCONNECT.com, a leading Web site for women in business. American U's "What's next" roundtable

Craig Newmark Craig Newmark is the Craig of Craigslist.org. He founded the Web site in 1995 as a non-commercial community service site with classifieds and discussion forums. Craigslist focuses on satisfying the basic needs of people, starting with finding housing and jobs, in regions across the country. Growing up, Newmark wore thick black glasses and pocket-protectors. He spent about 30 years as a Web-oriented software engineer and now expresses his inner nerd by being obsessively committed to the Craigslist community. The customer service representative and founder of Craigslist is also involved in a number of community efforts, involving peace in the Middle East and new forms of media, such as "participatory journalism" and blogging. American U's "What's next" roundtable

How are citizen efforts being launched? Who's writing for them? Are they making enough money to survive? Are they journalism or social networks? Hear from the hands-on pioneers blazing new trails in the growing field of user-generated content. This ssession is organized by J-Lab.

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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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