Logging on to the Online News Association 2012 conference

Given the Knight Fellowships focus on journalism innovation, entrepreneurship and leadership, the Online News Association is a natural place for us to engage with journalists and journalism entrepreneurs who are among the most dynamic forces in media today.

So when the ONA annual conference begins this Thursday (9/22/12) in San Francisco, the Knight Fellowships will be playing a key role. We are a Gold Sponsor of the conference. Our innovation director, Pam Maples, is a conference co-chair and Storify founder Bert Herman, a 2009 Knight Fellow, was the ONA board advisor to the co-chairs.

We expect nearly 40 former and current Knight Fellows, spouses and partners to be attending the conference. More than a dozen past and present Knight Fellows are featured throughout the program at 10 sessions as workshop leaders or panelists. One of the marquee events of the Thursday pre-conference sessions is a daylong workshop in design thinking that will be led entirely by a team of Knight fellows. If you’re interested in following the tweets of Knight Fellows at the conference, subscribe here: twitter.com/#!/JSKstanford/jsk-ona12.

We’re emphasizing this conference not only to let people know what we’re doing and how the Knight Fellowships program is contributing to journalism innovation, entrepreneurship and leadership, but to learn: we’ve found that the ONA conference brings together a huge group (1,350 or so) of journalists old and young who see tremendous opportunity in the disruption of journalism now occurring. We’ll follow up with key lessons we take away from this event.