Toronto plans for Online News Association conference

ONA 2007 Conference - Toronto

Toronto’s online journalists are being encouraged to contribute their ideas (as well as their volunteer labour) to make this year’s Online News Association conference a success.

About 25 journalists and editorial managers met last evening to kick off discussions about the content and style for this year’s meeting, which will be held at Toronto’s Sheraton Centre October 17-19.

It’s the first time the ONA has held its annual conference outside the USA. Last year’s meeting was in Washington DC.

Joining the Toronto onliners at last evening’s meeting were conference chair Ju-Don Roberts of washingtonpost.com and ONA executive director Lori Schwab, who said they were delighted with the strong turnout and show of support for the ONA.

The conference committee has established a Google group and may launch a wiki as well. Conference suggestions can also be submitted to Ju-Don via an email link on the conference website (and must be received by March 23).

Many thanks to conference co-chair Anjali Kapoor and her colleagues at Yahoo.ca for hosting last night’s session. Looking forward to seeing everyone again soon.

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