Introducing the ONA19 Midway participants

There are two aspects to the Midway, which will be located alongside the larger ONA19 Exhibit Hall on the third floor of the Sheraton New Orleans. The Midway’s exhibiting area is where attendees can learn about emerging technologies, experience demos and get trained on practical tools to help redefine and amplify their work. The adjacent programming space will feature a series of moderated panels and curated interactive demos.

Now strike up the band — it’s time to announce the ONA19 Midway participants! These groups will be working with ONA to put on a Midway experience that is dynamic and inspires your digital journalism work. We will share programming details later this summer.

  • ONA19 Midway Patron Sponsor: WordPress.com VIP offers a scalable and secure managed platform, expert code review and end-to-end guidance on running content applications at scale. They provide hosting and support for some of the biggest brands on the web, including News Corp, Time, Inc., and Facebook.
  • AlertMe helps publishers develop deeper 1-1 connections with readers, driving traffic, data, revenue and a reduction of dependency on Facebook. Because readers opt-in for specific story themes, they click subsequent alerts and create site traffic almost 40% of the time.
  • Alley, a distributed team located across the United States and Canada, collectively forms a professional fellowship that excels at audience research, user experience, visual design, information architecture, data visualization, software engineering, development operations and technical training to make news products — and processes — run more efficiently.
  • Amenaza Roboto is a platform that provides Latin American and global tech news, podcasts and videos for technologists and business people that need to upgrade from analog to digital, in Spanish.
  • Blaize works with publishers to create dynamic subscription experiences. They implement paywalls that can’t be circumvented to deliver personalized pages faster than any CMS.
  • Earbank makes it faster and easier for journalists to find, license and download high-quality historical news audio sound bites for use in their projects (think ‘Shutterstock’ for news audio). It is also a marketplace where journalists can sell licenses for news audio clips they have recorded, to buyers such as documentary producers and digital textbook publishers.
  • Embracing both spectacle and story, Espii Studios is an experiential design studio that develops sound and visuals for live performances, immersive experiences, and virtual/augmented reality. Led by Sadah Espii Proctor, the company brings an artistic, technological, and community perspective to each production.
  • The Globe and Mail’s innovative predictive analytics tool, Sophi, was built in-house by data scientists to optimize both ad revenue and subscription revenue, going beyond simply clicks and time spent to help newsrooms understand what readers value. It helps their newsroom focus on creating high-quality content that acquires and retains subscribers, and build the business they want to become in the future.
  • Four Kitchens builds websites and apps for organizations that depend on large-scale or unconventional content. They help organizations figure out their needs, build and migrate to new systems and maintain existing systems. They can be a full-service team or can augment an existing team.
  • Headliner helps podcasters promote their podcasts via video on social media. They also happen be a free online social video maker.
  • Hearken helps newsrooms open up their reporting processes to better listen to, serve and reflect the public. They do that through a combination of consulting and technology.
  • Hindsight has created a new framework and delivery for native search for digital media companies to improve reader engagement and reader monetization. Their Smart-Tagging technology pre-identifies search terms in an article and attaches internal related content, further context on the topic and highly targeted advertising (native or video), all accessible to the reader with a single click (or hover) on the term.
  • IRIS.TV offers video intelligence and programming solutions for broadcasters and publishers. Their AI-based video recommendation and data enablement technology allows news publishers to scale video creation, distribution and monetization.
  • Krzana Flow is an enterprise tool for newsgathering. It integrates with a current or new media workflow platform and brings the newsgathering power of Krzana to all of a newsroom’s journalists without increasing their workload.
  • Logically uses cutting-edge AI models to enhance and improve user’s news consumption whilst fostering and promoting open, and civil public discourse. Logically also collaborates with other organisations to build tools for journalists and improve verification and fact-checking processes within the industry itself.
  • LucidWeb is developing a SaaS platform for distributing immersive media, making the WebXR distribution standard more accessible to online publishers.
  • Mapbox is the location data platform for mobile and web applications. They provide building blocks to add location features like maps, search and navigation into any experience you create.
  • Mura is a for-profit interactive platform that is at the intersection of education and news, aimed at helping aspiring public policy makers in India. Mura started as a project at the Tow-Knight Entrepreneurial Journalism Fellowship, Newmark J-School, CUNY.
  • The News Project has created a world-class suite of technology and tailored services to address the critical need for sustainable business models in the news marketplace. Their mission is to empower journalists, philanthropists, entrepreneurs and investors to launch high-impact news properties rapidly and operate them successfully.
  • PUBLIQ is a blockchain-distributed independent media ecosystem where content developers, publishers and advertisers join to create, own, govern and manage media, building and enjoying instant merit based distribution of wealth.
  • Readefined is an audience engagement engine that helps power quality over quantity for online content. Their unique technology can better predict, measure, amplify, reward, and monetize quality audience engagement.
  • Trint‘s mission is to go beyond automated transcription by using AI to provide the world’s most innovative platform for searching, editing, collaborating and getting the most out of audio and video content. Trint automatically generates transcripts of recorded audio in just minutes. The Trint Editor marries a text editor to an audio/video player, making it fast and easy to search and polish transcripts to perfection.
  • Vizrt creates leading storytelling tools used by the digital media industry. Their tools encompass video editing, real-time 3D graphics, studio automation, sports analysis and asset management, including interactive and virtual solutions, animations, maps, compositing and and multiplatform video-on-demand and live playout tools.
  • University of Florida recently awarded $1.25 million to launch Consortium on Trust in Media and Technology, an initiative that will address declining trust driven, in part by the manipulation of powerful new technology and social networks.
  • Vubble helps media organizations introduce AI into their newsrooms by organizing their video data, offering an AI-powered platform as a service and building new distribution tools like chatbots, smart newsletters and more. Vubble is also creating new tools that explain to audiences how algorithms impacted the stories in their newsfeeds.
  • Widespider provides technology and a platform for the real-time search, aggregation and personalization of news and related content. Their proprietary AI personalization technology enables enhanced features such as alerts, collections and patent-protected fine-tuning of personalization profiles.