Here at Online SOS we’re thrilled to announce that our founder and CEO Liz Lee will be at the Online News Association (ONA) 2018 Conference from September 13-15th in Austin, Texas. We’ve been hard at work building an online safe haven for journalists dealing with online harassment, and we look forward to sharing our brand new platform with ONA18 attendees.
After all, we believe journalists should be empowered to write frankly and truthfully - even on controversial subjects that may earn them unwanted backlash. That’s why we’re building and curating new resources. These include:
- Action plans to help journalists respond to doxxing, mob harassment and other types of online harassment
- Guides to help journalists protect what's important to them, including their loved ones, their job and their credibility
- A section of our site where journalists can request support or give us feedback
We’re excited to share these tools with the online journalism community at ONA18. We're even more excited to get valuable feedback on how we can better serve members of this group. We welcome all journalists to give feedback here at our site, and invite ONA18 attendees to meet our founder and check out our resources during the conference.
We’re also looking forward to learning more at ONA18 from those who share in our mission. The panel Internetting While Brown/Black AND a Woman, will focus on workshopping a guide of strategies and tips for dealing with online safety issues--with specific focus on women of color.
Panel speakers include:
- Imaeyen Ibanga (AJ+)
- Versha Sharma (International Women’s Media Foundation)
- Courtney Radsch (Committee to Protect Journalists)
We look forward to taking part! We also can’t wait for Table Talks: Mission, Ethics, Culture and Career, which are a series of participatory, inspiring conversations to address challenges in the field of digital journalism.
This isn’t our first time working with ONA. On June 5, 2018, OnlineSOS founder Liz Lee spoke on a panel hosted by ONA San Francisco about online harassment, along with The Guardian Senior Reporter Olivia Solon. Liz and Olivia discussed their own experiences being harassed online while sharing relevant tools and resources for journalists.
ONA’s involvement in conversations about online harassment dates back to a February 2016 event in Boston called Beyond Comments: Building Better Conversations, which was co-hosted by The Coral Project and the MIT Future of Media Initiative - which the OnlineSOS team attended as well.
The Online News Association (ONA) is the world’s largest association of digital journalists. Its annual conferences are packed with inspiring speakers, unparalleled networking opportunities and numerous venues for sharing and exploring the latest trends and technologies in digital media.
We hope to see you at ONA18!