Founding President of ONA Mizzou to Participate in National Conference

Columbia, Mo. (Aug. 25, 2011) — A founding member of the Online News Association (ONA) at the Missouri School of Journalism will participate in the organization’s national conference in Boston in September.

Laura Hibbard
Laura Hibbard

Laura Hibbard, ONA Mizzou’s first president, will provide a student perspective on the panel titled “ONA Local: An Open Source Approach to Community Building.” She will share the platform with representatives of the New York Times and the Italian Internet service provider Kataweb as well as a professor from Northwestern University.

ONA Mizzou
ONA Mizzou

Juana Summers, BJ ’09, a reporter for Politico.com will serve on the “Workin’ It” panel, along with representatives from NPR, the Seattle Times and Boston.com. The group will share job-hunting tips for those seeking careers in online journalism.

The three-day meeting will focus on how to use emerging technology for news, discuss useful digital tools for journalists, offer site visits to leading technology companies and identify career opportunities in the field. An awards banquet will celebrate the best in online journalism.

Hibbard is now the assistant editor for social news at Huffington Post. She and three other students – Amanda Klohmann, Matthew Hibbard and Stephanie Stouffer – founded ONA Mizzou as part of their convergence journalism capstone course. Amy Simons, assistant professor, serves as the club’s faculty adviser.

Updated: June 3, 2020

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