Suggestion Box

Want to speak at ONA17? We accept pitches through the Suggestion Box, our way of generating ideas from the community to help us organize a great conference. Anyone can submit a proposal, and it’s never too early to get started crafting your ideas.

Each year, we aim to share inspiring ideas and best practices for newsrooms and journalism schools around the world. We also discuss solutions to a variety of challenges faced by journalists, executives, sales teams, educators, students and anyone else who works in the digital journalism space.

As always, we’re looking to pull in fresh, creative ideas. We’re especially interested in sessions that don’t fit the traditional panel format.

Consider the following questions when formulating your proposal:

  • Who is your target audience, and what would they walk away with once your session is over?
  • What solutions to common issues have you been working on that other newsrooms might also be able to adapt to their work?

Keep in mind that these suggestions are often a starting point for discussions about topics we’ll cover at the conference. ONA will often ask presenters to refine their proposals or combine their ideas with other presenters to address a single topic.

Have more questions, or looking for tips on what ONA is looking for when selecting ideas? Visit our FAQ page.

The deadline for Suggestion Box submissions is April 13, 2017.

Your information

Please note: we request a phone number and email to help ONA staff contact you with updates about your session. This information is kept private and will not be displayed with your pitch.

Session information

Please note: all information below appears live on our website after a brief review by ONA staff. Please do not include any sensitive information. If you prefer to contact us with questions related to sensitive topics, please email

  • Panel: A group of 3 or more discussing a topic
  • Workshop: Attendees work from their own device to learn a tech tool or idea
  • Beginner: Participants need no prior knowledge of your tech tool/idea
  • Intermediate: Participants are peers discussing best practices/timely issue
  • Expert: Participants have the chance to 'level up' expertise on topic


Please suggest one to two representative speakers. If selected, ONA will discuss with you whether additional speakers are necessary.

Tell us about your session. What do you envision? How will it be presented? How will you keep people engaged? (1500 character limit)

(140 character limit)

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