Frequently Asked Questions

If you’d like additional information not presented here, contact the ONA team anytime by emailing support@journalists.org.

We want to assure you that the safety and wellbeing of the ONA community is our top priority. We are developing a comprehensive safety protocol informed by COVID-19 guidance from multiple sources including the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), state and local public health departments, association-specific resources and in consultation with events and public health experts.

Important for in-person attendees to know:

  • You must be fully vaccinated (final dose + at least two weeks’ time) to attend in person. Please contact registration@journalists.org if you need to switch your registration to virtual-only.
  • Face masks are strongly recommended indoors for all in-person attendees and staff, regardless of vaccination status.
  • Please note that these guidelines may change in response to evolving circumstances.

We will update this page periodically as we better understand what additional requirements will be necessary for those participating in ONA22 in person.

If you have any questions, feedback or concerns, contact support@journalists.org.

Will I need to sign a COVID-19 waiver?

During registration, participants will agree to the COVID-19 Safety Acknowledgement and Liability Waiver:

By registering to attend and by attending ONA22 as an in-person attendee, you are doing so voluntarily and agree to assume all risk associated with attending this event, including potential exposure to COVID-19, as permitted by applicable law. You also agree to comply with all applicable federal, state, and local laws, orders and guidance, as well as ONA’s and the venue’s rules and regulations, pertaining to COVID-19 health and safety.

What are the registration rates?

You can find detailed registration rates for in-person and virtual participation on our registration page. The page also covers  information about how registration supports ONA, group discounts and other details.

How is newsroom size determined so that I know which rate to sign up for?

For ONA22, choose your size category based on the total number of your organization’s full-time or equivalent employees who work on producing news, even indirectly, including ad sales reps, technical staff and/or a business development department. You can find more information on our registration page.

Do you offer any assistance with registration costs?

Yes! We are excited to be able to offer a variety of registration scholarships, with an application deadline of July 15. We also offer many volunteer opportunities, which allow you to register for ONA22 at no cost. Visit our opportunities page to learn more about these and other options.

Does my registration include a ticket to the Online Journalism Awards Banquet and Ceremony?

No. Attending the OJA banquet requires a separate ticket. You can purchase a ticket at the same time as registration. If you don’t purchase your ticket at the same time as your registration, there will be another opportunity to buy one closer to conference time.

Can I update my registration information?

Yes! We’ll send an email closer to conference time inviting you to check in to your ONA22 account, where you’ll be able to update your profile information and other details.

How does ONA handle attendee information?

Information gathered from attendees during registration helps us see trends and patterns, as well as plan programming, networking activities and events. ONA does not sell attendee contact information and we work to keep your contact information secure. Read more about how we handle guest information.

Will ONA help me with my visa application to travel to ONA22?

If you require a U.S. visa to attend ONA22, you may request a confirmation of registration document only after you have completed registration for the conference and paid the conference registration fee, if applicable.

Email your request to registration@journalists.org and include your complete name, mailing address and any other details your country of residence requires for your visa application. ONA is not able to contact or intervene with any embassy or consulate office abroad on your behalf.

If your visa application is not approved or you are otherwise unable to attend ONA22, your registration and/or OJA banquet ticket purchase will be refunded in full and you will not incur an administrative fee. Request a registration refund or transfer.

Does ONA give complimentary registration to media covering the event?

Since ONA is an event for journalists, we do not offer press passes. There are several opportunities to get involved with ONA22 and receive complimentary registration, including through fellowships, scholarships , and volunteering. See all ONA22 opportunities and subscribe to the ONA22 newsletter for updates.

Who is ONA22 for? What topics will the conference cover?

As the premier gathering of highly engaged digital journalists who are shaping the future of media, ONA’s annual conference is a global journalism festival offering interactive panels, workshops and networking events with some of the most innovative minds in digital news media, including audience and analytics professionals, news product, strategy and business executives and entrepreneurs.

Our participants range from experienced veterans at international news outlets to representatives from major tech companies to leaders of local news startups to those just getting started in their media careers.

Topics the conference will focus on include:

  • Audience development and metrics
  • Emerging technology
  • Innovative news storytelling
  • Leadership development
  • Revenue or content strategy, including products

When will programming be announced?

Programming is in development and an initial schedule is planned for release in June. Additional sessions will be added through mid-August.

What’s the difference between the in-person and virtual experience?

ONA22 will offer paid options for both in-person and virtual attendance. We are making every effort to provide a rich experience for those attending in either method, across sessions and workshops.

In-person attendees will have access to:

  • Four days of face-to-face networking with the ONA community.
  • Access to all sessions and the opportunity to attend select RSVP-required workshops in-person.
  • Online access to all digital components of the conference and the ability to network with all attendants, including those only participating virtually.
  • Access to all digital reference materials and resources.
  • Access to audio and video archives of the event after the conference ends at least until Dec. 15, 2022 (three months).
  • Direct connections with sponsors, supporters and recruiters, both in-person and virtually.

Virtual-only attendees will have access to:

  • Livestreams of eight to 12 sessions each day of ONA22 clearly marked on the schedule.
  • Web-based chatting, note-taking and networking with other ONA22 attendees participating virtually from around the world, as well as those onsite in L.A.
  • Access to all digital reference materials and resources.
  • Access to audio and video archives of the event after the conference ends at least until Dec. 15, 2022 (three months).
  • Direct connections with sponsors, supporters and recruiters.

How will ONA choose which sessions are livestreamed or recorded?

We plan to stream the three most popular sessions at any given time, as well as sponsored sessions from our partners. These will be clearly marked on our schedule in advance of ONA22. Other sessions will have an audio archive posted after the conference, and these will also be marked in advance of the conference. Please know that any unanticipated technical difficulties may make it impossible for us to stream or create audio archives.

How do I participate in ONA22 online?

We’ll send an email closer to conference time inviting you to check in to your ONA22 account and we’ll guide you from there.

What bandwidth / hardware needs will ONA22 online require?

We recommend a laptop or desktop with the latest version of Google Chrome or Firefox and a strong wireless or hard-wired internet connection for the best possible experience, including the ability to stream video. Your experience will likely be okay on a mobile tablet as the event platform is browser-based, but a smartphone will not provide a quality experience.

Will I be on screen for ONA22 online? Should I be concerned about privacy, how I look or what I’m wearing?

You will be off-screen while viewing sessions or chatting by text.

What should I wear at ONA22 in Los Angeles?

Beyond common sense attire for a hotel setting in Los Angeles in September, there’s no set dress code. Most attendees dress business casual, including jeans in many cases. Comfortable shoes are a must for walking through the large hotel space.

The Welcome Reception for all participants will be held outside on the pool deck in the evening, which has a tendency to feel windy and may feel more comfortable with an extra layer.

People tend to dress up more for the Online Journalism Awards Banquet and Ceremony. We’ve noticed guests tend to change into attire we’d call “business sharp” in honor of the prestigious evening, though this is not a requirement from ONA. It is not a black tie or otherwise formal event.

What wifi is available in the conference areas?

Wifi access is included with your conference registration. You will receive a password when you check in at the registration desk. Attendees are often trying to connect with multiple devices, so like any conference, we do experience latency / outages from time to time that we work quickly to resolve.

What wifi is available in my hotel room?

The Westin Bonaventure offers complimentary wifi to guests staying at ONA’s discounted rate. If you book at our special rate before sellout, you’ll have wifi included in your room free of charge.

What is this third-party email about discounted hotel room rates? 

Exhibitor/Attendee Housing Scam Notice: At past events, we’ve been notified that several exhibitors and conference attendees have received calls and/or emails from companies claiming to be an agent of, or associated with, ONA and offering discounted room rates. We do not have a relationship with any of these companies. All bookings should be made directly with our host hotel. Read more on this issue.