Sign up for small-group career advice with ONA VIPs and explore other career opportunities at ONA23

Attendees at the 2023 Online News Association Conference in Philadelphia are invited to sign up now for small-group career discussions with members of ONA’s Board of Directors and other senior news leaders. These intimate conversations will take place throughout our career-focused day Wednesday, Aug. 23, at ONA23: Philadelphia.

Up to three people at a time can sign up to join an ONA leader for a 45-minute career advice chat. Time slots are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Participants are encouraged to come with a career-related question or two they’d like to talk through with a senior leader. This leader will talk through issues with you and up to two additional participants, so you’ll have the benefit of hearing challenges other folks are facing as well and how they navigate them.

There will be two options: early-career advice and mid-career advice. Participants may ask any profession-oriented questions. Please note: You must be registered for ONA23 to participate in an advice session.

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Some examples of questions typically posed by early-career participants might include:

  • Here are some skill sets I have – what skills should I consider developing next?
  • How can I make myself stand out? How can I best prepare for interviews or for taking my next job?
  • I’m noticing some common challenges among folks getting started in journalism – what is your advice for navigating these?
  • How do I best balance my workload? How should I weigh doing a lot of work against setting appropriate boundaries?
  • I’d like to move into a leadership role – what should I be considering?
  • How do I get my ideas heard by management or peers?
  • How do I navigate networking at a conference like ONA?

Some examples of questions typically posed by mid-career participants might include:

  • How do I better navigate certain power dynamics at work?
  • I have a Big Idea; can I have some feedback on how to pitch it?
  • How do I network my way into a senior leader role and bypass the usual application process?
  • How can I advocate for a more inclusive workspace beyond my team?

These group sessions are just some of the career-focused opportunities available at ONA23:

  • Looking for your next opportunity? Add your resume to the ONA23 Resume Drop. This resource will only be shared with participating ONA23: Philadelphia and ONA23: Onward recruiters and program representatives who are looking to discuss jobs, internships, academic programs and fellowships with ONA community members. Not able to attend the conference? You can still add your resume!
  • Meet with recruiters in person in Philly (and virtually at ONA23: Onward): Check out the recruiters from newsrooms, fellowship programs and graduate and executive education programs from around the world in the Midway exhibit space on Thursday and Friday of the conference, explore the Big Board of Jobs near ONA23 registration desk on the fifth floor foyer or send a message via the ONA23 app to an organization whose opportunities you’re interested in exploring.
  • Are you a recruiter? There are many ways to connect with opportunity-seekers looking for jobs, fellowships and education in the ONA community including becoming an ONA23 recruiter with exclusive access to the ONA23 Resume Drop listings or placing listings on the ONA23 Big Board, our on-site job board in Philadelphia. Contact Chief Strategic Partnerships Officer Jessica Strelitz for details.
  • Read Diana López’s ONA23 guide for early-career journalists to learn about sessions for professionals new to the journalism industry. Highlighted sessions include Valuing Your Time, Your Ideas, Yourself and Leadership Skill Mapping. (Some sessions during Wednesday’s career-focused programming require or encourage an RSVP. Sign up during ONA23 registration, or if you already registered, you can make changes any time to add RSVPs by clicking on the personalized link in your confirmation email and choosing sessions under “Select Courses and Events.”)
  • New to management? Attend our full-day workshop for first-time managers at ONA23: Philadelphia. New programming details are available – sessions include Managing Up, Down and Being Seen as a Leader By Your Peers and Your Budget Tells Your Story: A Uniquely Non-Boring Workshop on Resource Allocation. Sign up for this limited-capacity workshop for an additional $50 fee during ONA23 registration.

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