ONA14 FAQ

When and where is ONA14?

The Online News Association’s 2014 Conference & Awards Banquet will take place Sept. 25-27 at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel and Towers.

Are you offering discounts on hotel and travel?

Yes. ONA’s discounted hotel rate for the conference is $229 a night for a standard room. Note: our host hotel is now sold out, but here’s a list of alternate hotels.

United Airlines is offering discounts of up to 10 percent off fares for ONA14 travel. To activate the discount, go to united.com, choose your flight times and insert ZRMU323905 in the Offer Code box. Or call a travel professional or United Meetings at (800) 426-1122, and refer to Z Code ZRMU and Agreement Code 323905.

How do I submit a session idea for ONA14?

The Suggestion Box is now closed. We’ll be opening up submissions to our Unconference sessions and lightning talks a few weeks before the conference. Stay tuned.

When do you accept entries for the Online Journalism Awards?

The 2014 OJA applications opened in May. The 2014 OJA finalists are listed here.

When are the winners to the Online Journalism Awards announced?

Winners of the 2014 Online Journalism Awards will be announced Sept. 27 at the annual awards banquet following our conference.

Is a ticket to the Online Journalism Awards included with ONA14 registration?

The Online Journalism Awards Banquet will remain a separate, low registration fee.

How do I get involved as a sponsor?

If you’re interested in sponsoring, exhibiting, partnering or engaging with attendees, we have wide range of great opportunities over the three days of the conference.

I want to volunteer. How can I get involved?

We’ve already selected all our volunteers this year. Keep an eye out for ONA15 though — we typically make a call for volunteers in the spring. Sign up for ONA’s newsletter to stay informed.

Will there be a Career Fair this year?

Yes! Read all about it here.

How do I register a group for ONA14?

Registering as a group (10 or more, for a $50 per ticket discount)? See the group registration process.

Can I get a refund to ONA14?

The deadline for all refund requests was Aug. 20, 2014. No refunds will be be given after that date.

Can I transfer my registration?

Yes. But if you purchased a registration at a member rate, the person you transfer it to must also be a member. Please contact support@journalists.org to request a transfer. The deadline for transfer requests is Sept. 10, 2014.

Did you know that ONA14 overlaps with Rosh Hashanah?

We’ve become aware that some potential attendees may not be able to make it to Chicago Sept. 25-27 since the dates conflict with the observance of Rosh Hashanah. We apologize for this oversight – we attempted to avoid overlap with other journalism conferences and unfortunately didn’t cross-check the calendar for major holidays.

If you are observing the holiday, and you’re interested in working out a partial registration for the conference, please get in touch with us at ona14@journalists.org. To help our attendees who are observing, we’re providing a listing of a variety of services in Chicago