SOURCE: Online News Association

Online News Association

September 04, 2015 14:34 ET

ONA15 Opens With Deep Dive Into Google With Richard Gingras and Emily Bell

WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwired - September 04, 2015) - The Online News Association, the world's largest membership organization of digital journalists, announces the opening keynote for the 2015 Online News Association Conference and Awards: a deep-dive chat with Richard Gingras, Google's Senior Director of News and Social Products, and Emily Bell, Director of the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia Journalism School.

Richard and Emily will join 2,000 attendees Thursday, Sept. 24, in Los Angeles for a candid conversation on the symbiosis -- and tensions -- between the tech giant and media, covering the critical issues of traffic and search referral, and developing content and data tools for newsrooms, including simple tools to facilitate speedy content on the mobile web.

This fireside chat also will touch on the need to rethink media business models, restrictions on an open internet, privacy concerns overseas and the lack of diversity in Silicon Valley. And, of course, the logo.

Of note is Google's growing role in shaping the new economy. Just in the past two weeks alone, it's garnered headlines for restructuring into a new holding company, Alphabet; stepping up its mobile game by providing Android on iPhones; introducing diabetes monitoring and treatment; challenging in the home improvement market, and exiting the Chinese market because of the country's censorship issues.

For more than thirty years, Richard Gingras has led highly regarded efforts in the development of online services, software and new media. These endeavors range from pioneering uses of satellite networking for television, the first applications of television signals for data distribution, both pre-Web and Web-based online services and the creation of various platform technologies. Richard is currently senior director of news and social products at Google. In that role, he oversees Google News, which connects more than a billion unique readers each week to articles from journalists in 72 countries and 45 languages. He also oversees areas of product development relating to Google's social products (Google+). Until July 2011, Richard was CEO of Salon Media Group, which operates the popular and acclaimed news site, the blogging community, and the pioneering virtual community The Well. Richard also served, during 2007 and 2008, as a strategic advisor to the executive team at Google focusing on strategies relating to the evolution of news and television.

Emily Bell is founding director of the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia's Graduate School of Journalism and a leading thinker, commentator and strategist on digital journalism. Established in 2010, the Tow Center has rapidly built an international reputation for research into the intersection of technology and journalism. The majority of Emily's career was spent at Guardian News and Media in London working as an award-winning writer and editor both in print and online. As editor-in-chief across Guardian websites and director of digital content for Guardian News and Media, Emily led the web team in pioneering live blogging, multimedia formats, data and social media ahead, making the Guardian a recognized pioneer in the field. She is co-author of "Post Industrial Journalism: Adapting to the Present" (2012) with CW Anderson and Clay Shirky. Emily is a trustee on the board of the Scott Trust, the owners of The Guardian, a member of Columbia Journalism Review's board of overseers, an adviser to Tamedia Group in Switzerland, chair of the World Economic Forum's Global Advisory Council on social media, and a member of Poynter's National Advisory Board.

ONA15 registration is near sell-out and closes Sept. 10. Register at

The Online News Association is the world's largest association of digital journalists. ONA's mission is to inspire innovation and excellence among journalists to better serve the public. The membership includes news writers, producers, designers, editors, bloggers, developers, photographers, educators, students and others who produce news for and support digital delivery systems. ONA also hosts the annual Online News Association conference and administers the Online Journalism Awards.

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