Some had more to say about the ONA conference than tweets allow (which prompted Review Senior Reporter Lisa Ryan to tweet "I thought 250 characters was a bad idea until I got to #ONA17 ... #livetweets #UDatONA").
STN 49 President Stacy Rahaka Mahiga wrote in a follow-up note: "If I could use one word to sum up my ONA experience, it would be: 'necessary'. I needed
this conference to gain a better understanding of the future of
journalism, but I also needed it to realize that my goals are very much
attainable. I feel 10 times more confident about pursuing this industry
than I did before Thursday, and I really do owe it to the conference. I
met so many like-minded people at ONA from all over the world, and I
cannot wait to see what doors and relationships this experience will
Review assistant sports editor Brandon Holveck said that "ONA was an eye-opening experience which exposed me
to both the immense potential journalists have to change lives by
informing and in some cases entertaining the public and the immense
responsibility journalists hold in maintaining the integrity of our
democracy. My biggest takeaway is to listen. Listen to people of
different backgrounds in the community to find out what their true
concerns are, listen to people when they are protesting to find out not
just how they're protesting, but why they're protesting and listen to
other people in your newsroom so you can find the best ways to
Bridget Dolan, a copy editor for The Review who also attended a pre-convention seminar at American University for ONA student attendees, said the convention helped her realize that "journalism is so much broader than I ever imagined." Graduate school is now a strong possibility, she said.
a sports broadcaster at WVUD and a senior sports reporter at The
Review, called going to ONA "without a doubt the best experience I’ve
had in college.
Honestly, ask my friends and family. I couldn’t shut up about it for a
good 24 hours ... I learned so much about social media, different careers and
areas of journalism that I never knew about, the legal side of news,
and SO much more. Amy Webb was by far my favorite speaker. A
quantitative futurist??? I didn’t even know that career existed, but
it’s by far one of the coolest jobs I’ve ever heard of, maybe the actual
And Review Senior Reporter Grace McKenna wants to hold a few fundraisers to start paying the bill to go ONA '18 in Austin.