Get inspired by innovative news storytelling and collaborative projects at ONA19

For thousands of digital journalists, ONA’s annual conference is the go-to space to discover innovative news storytelling and gather a cross-section of best practices. As newsrooms explore new ways to engage and inform communities, collaboration has emerged as an important strategy, and many sessions in this year’s Storytelling track reflect this trend.

Whether you are looking to experiment with other newsrooms or collaborate across platforms, languages or countries, these sessions will provide a wealth of guidance that you can immediately apply to your work.


Collaborating For Impact: “Case Cleared” Investigative Partnership

“Case Cleared” is a data-heavy investigation by Newsy, Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting and ProPublica that aimed to uncover policing failures. The team analyzed data from the internal case management systems of every policy agency in the U.S. serving 300,000 people or more. Join Mark Fahey of Scripps DC Bureau and Bernice Yeung of ProPublica to learn about techniques for gathering police data and reporting that ultimately impacts law and policy.

Investigating the Country of 2000 Graves: Public Records, Human Rights and Collaborative Journalism

Join this session to take a close look at an 18-month investigation by independent journalists in Mexico to document illegal burials. Working remotely and with few resources, they developed an interactive database that revealed that between 2006 and 2016, nearly 2,000 clandestine graves were discovered across 24 states in Mexico and in one out of every seven municipalities.

Collaborative, Cross-Platform and Crowd-Sourced: ABC Australia’s Nationwide Aged-Care Investigation

In September 2018, ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) launched a crowdsourced, investigative project on aged care in Australia to uncover stories of abuse, neglect and premature death. More than 4,000 people responded to the call for stories. Hear from Flip Prior and Jo Puccini what they learned about asking for stories from their audience, engaging internal teams and collaborating with other news organizations. They will also share workflows and tools to set up your own collaborative projects.

Storytelling in Spanish: “DACAmentation” and Getting Young Latinx Voices Online and On Air

If you are looking to improve your understanding of young, Latinx America or your strategy for recruiting Latinx journalists, this session is for you. Edie RubinowitzFernando Moreno, Catherine Perez and Monzerrath Gaytan will share lessons learned from producing the “DACAmentation” podcast, a project by Northeastern Illinois University and Spanish Public Radio that was among the 2018 winners of the Challenge Fund for Innovation in Journalism Education.

Bilingual, Bicultural and Multiformat Collaborations to Enrich Immigration Coverage

This session will provide timely and essential insight into how to pull together accurate, nuanced reporting on immigration. You’ll walk away with actionable tips to develop or improve partnerships that will enable you to reach new audiences, as well as examples of inspiring projects focused on immigration that model best practices. The speakers include Ronny Rojas of Centro Latinoamericano de Investigación Periodística, Almudena Toral of Univision News Digital, Rachel Glickhouse of ProPublica, and Damià Bonmatí of AJ+.