ONA18 Code of Conduct and Conference Policies

Code of Conduct

Online News Association leadership and staff are committed to providing a vibrant learning environment at all of our events, welcoming people from as many diverse backgrounds as possible. We expect our events to be a respectful, harassment-free environment for people of all races, gender and trans statuses, sexual orientation, ability, nationality, ethnicity, socioeconomic status and beliefs.

We’re grateful that our community is positive, friendly and supportive of one another — it’s what makes our events such a draw each year.

In that spirit, the staff, supporters, volunteers, attendees and speakers at ONA events are expected to:

  • Exercise consideration and respect in your speech and actions.
  • Passionate conversations are part of solving problems. Disagreements happen all the time, and are necessary to consider difficult questions. That said, we ask that you keep conversations professional, respectful and consider other parties’ points of view. In short, don’t make it personal.
  • Remember that the boundaries of good taste, humor, personal space and physical interaction differ from person to person; if you sense someone feels uncomfortable — whether they explicitly state it or not — be respectful of those boundaries.
  • Refrain from demeaning, discriminatory or harassing behavior. Harassment and inappropriate behavior may include, but are not limited to:
    • Sexist, racist, homophobic, transphobic or otherwise discriminatory jokes or language
    • Physical intimidation, stalking or following
    • Sustained disruption of talks or events
    • Posting or displaying sexually explicit or violent material; if for any reason you may need this material for an educational session, please contact ONA staff first and we can discuss how to give an appropriate warning to participants
    • Unwelcome sexual attention. This includes sexualized comments or jokes; inappropriate touching, groping and unwelcomed sexual advances
    • Advocating for, or encouraging, any of the above behavior

Reporting a Problem

Be mindful of your surroundings and of your fellow participants. Alert ONA staff if you notice what you assess to be a dangerous situation, someone in distress or violations of this Code of Conduct. You can also email Head of Programs and Events, Trevor Knoblich, trevor@journalists.org or Director of Programs, Jennifer Mizgata, jennifer@journalists.org.

Above text is licensed CC BY-SA 4.0, adapted from the SRCCON Code of Conduct and the Citizen Code of Conduct. We also consulted the Geek Feminism community anti-harassment policy, O’Reilly Media’s conference Code of Conduct, and the Coral Project’sCode of Conduct. We also held conversations with multiple community managers in journalism in developing our Code of Conduct.

Student Registration

If you are registering for an ONA18 Student Pass, you must include your academic affiliation in the Company/Organization field. ONA18 Student Passes are reserved for high school, college and university students, including undergraduate, graduate and associate degree students. Graduate students who are employed full time and students in certificate or stipend-supported fellowship programs are not eligible for an ONA18 student registration.

Transfer Policy

Your registration is transferable. Please read the following carefully.

  • All transfers must be requested by Aug. 24, 2018. No transfers will be given after that date.
  • Transfer requests made after July 31, 2018 will incur a $50 administrative fee. (There is no fee for student registration transfers.)
  • Registrations made at the ONA member rate may only be transferred to another ONA member. (A prospective attendee may join ONA before the transfer is completed.) Membership fees are non-transferable and non-refundable.

Login to the Attendee Service Center with the credentials in your ONA18 registration confirmation email to request a transfer.

Refund Policy

Unable to attend the conference? Please read the following carefully.

  • All refunds must be requested by Aug. 24, 2018. No refunds will be given after that date.
  • Refund requests made after July 31, 2018 will incur a $50 administrative fee. (There is no fee for student registrations.) The fee will be deducted from your refund amount.
  • Refunds will be made to the original form of payment. If that’s not possible, a refund check will be mailed after the conference.
  • Non-attendance of the conference does not constitute a cancellation.
  • Submit this form to request a refund.

Login to the Attendee Service Center with the credentials in your ONA18 registration confirmation email to request a transfer.

Attending from Outside the U.S.

If you require a U.S. visa to attend ONA18, you may request a confirmation of registration document only after you have completed registration for the conference and paid the conference registration fee in full.

If you require a confirmation of registration document — or have other questions — please 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 ONA18, your registration will be refunded in full. Use this form to request a refund.