We love our sponsors. Without them, we wouldn’t have an opening night reception, fun events like morning yoga or our incredible Student Newsroom and Innovation Lab, a program that for years has supported some of the best emerging talent in journalism.
That said, attendees have made it clear from the outset that they care about privacy and how the personal information we are privy to is handled. We get questions about this every year. Here is how we handle your data at ONA18.
Conference attendee lists and groups
One of the most heavily requested documents from attendees and sponsors alike is an attendee list. That list is created in both .pdf and .csv (spreadsheet) format, and contains: first name, last name, title, organization and Twitter handle, if provided. We strip it of email and any other direct contact information.
We share this list three times:
- a preliminary list is shared with sponsors several weeks before the annual conference
- an updated list is shared both with sponsors and attendees one week before the event
- a final list is available for anyone who completes our post-conference survey, sent after the event ends
We also host an ONA18 Facebook group for attendees, which is technically private, but we allow most people to join unless they spam the group with ads or we have reason to think they might.
Other ways you may be contacted
One very important note: We do not sell attendee information and we work to keep your personal information secure.
Once in awhile, companies — sponsors and otherwise — will send attendees emails promoting products, inviting attendees to events or otherwise reaching out. This activity sometimes causes confusion, because the reasonable assumption is that we’ve provided companies with this information.
Organizations may find you using a few methods:
- Some companies have long-standing databases, and when they input your name, your email address or phone number may be stored from another event or contact with the company. From what we can discern, this is the most common method.
- If your organization uses a standard email format, like firstname.lastname@example.org, it’s pretty easy to figure out your work email.
- Members of ONA can log into our member center and look up other members of ONA, which includes the email you have in your ONA member profile. If this is your personal email, and you don’t wish other members to contact you this way, please consider updating your member profile to display your preferred email.
Finally, if we do see contact with our community that even borders on inappropriate, we try to address it directly with the individual, company or organization. They are encouraged to avoid unsolicited communication, and to follow all CAN-SPAM rules.