Schedule

It’s ONA’s 20th anniversary, and we’re packing our three-day annual conference (well, three-and-a-half days, really) with wall-to-wall networking, learning and fun.

Sneak Peek!

Get a sneak peek of the schedule by downloading our conference app, Guidebook, via Google Play or App Store. Detailed instructions for downloading the app are here.

We need your help!!! By adding sessions you are interested in to your schedule in the app, you’ll help us know which topics are the most popular and we can assign space accordingly. No problem if you change your mind later! Adding sessions now helps everyone have a better experience.

Please note, the schedule is subject to change; for instance, our first and last sessions of the day are often subject to speaker travel schedules.

Interested in how sessions are organized? A diverse, volunteer Program Team selects the majority of sessions from our public call for pitches, the Suggestion Box. For a sample of what the ONA19 program might look like, you can see ONA19 pitches here.

Wednesday, Sept. 11 – pre-conference activities at the InterContinental New Orleans

  • 12:30 p.m.-5 p.m. – Afternoon workshops for those arriving early, such as last year’s Media Law for Journalists workshop (Note: an RSVP will be required, but conference badge won’t be; RSVPs will open in the summer)
  • 6-7:30 p.m. – Sponsored session w/ reception (Note: an RSVP will be required, but conference badge won’t be; RSVPs will open in the summer)
  • 7-9 p.m. – Early registration begins; more than half of attendees take advantage of the opportunity to avoid lines early Thursday morning

Thursday, September 12

  • 7:30 a.m. – Registration opens
  • 9–10:30 a.m. – Welcome, Opening Remarks and Featured Session
  • 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. – First session block
  • 12:30–2:30 p.m. – Networking / Midway / lunch on your own
  • 2:30–3:30 p.m. – Second session block
  • 4-5 p.m. – Third session block
  • 6:30-8:30 p.m. – Opening Night Reception

Friday, September 13

  • 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – Sessions + Table Talk conversations (session block 1)
  • 12:30-2:30 p.m. – Networking / Midway / lunch on your own
  • 2:30-3:30 p.m. – Second session block
  • 4-5 p.m. – Third session block

Note: Many organizations host unofficial evening receptions throughout the host city on Friday

Saturday, September 14

  • 10-11 a.m. – First session block (Featured conversation)
  • 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. – Second session block
  • 12:30-2:30 p.m. – Networking / Midway / Lunch on  your own
  • 2:30-3:30 p.m. – Third session block (Featured conversation)
  • 4-5 p.m. – Fourth session block
  • 7-10 p.m. – Online Journalism Awards Ceremony – separate ticket required

Accessibility Information

We consider many things when considering a host hotel and when planning our programming – a major consideration is accessibility. We’ve compiled a detailed explanation of what to expect in terms of accessibility on site.