Join the party … volunteer!

July 9, 2009 | By | Category: Volunteers

Come meet and work alongside the best minds in online journalism. The ONA09 committee is looking for volunteers to work before and during the conference. Our real need now: folks to pitch during early-morning registration on Thursday and Friday, as well as some hands to help stuff bags on Wednesday. Other duties include setting up signs and tables, acting as guides for sessions and for Job Fair recruiters, setting up interviews for student newsroom journalists, and more.

Qualifications: A nice smile, a love of digital journalism (and journalists) and a firm commitment. In return for a few hours of work, we provide a free half-day of sessions, interviews with ONA Board members and, for students, a free ONA membership.

Here’s a list of volunteer opportunities (LINK). If you’re planning to attend or, even better, are already in the San Francisco area, drop us an e-mail at provide camaraderie, lots of sugar and caffeine, and reasonable hours that allow you time to network and take advantage of what’s at the conference.

Here’s where we need the most help — we’ll be updating this list as we get closer to the conference:

Wednesday afternoon, Sept. 30, and Thursday, Oct. 1:
The annual bag-stuffing event: 12 volunteers

Thursday, Oct. 1
Registration desk: 2 volunteers to check in attendees, hand out gift bags
Career Summit & Job Fair: 2 volunteers to act as guides
Job Fair: 1 volunteer to help set up interviews
Pre-conference workshops (2 half-day and 3 full-day): 5 volunteers
Opening Night Reception: 2 volunteers at door

Friday, Oct. 2
Registration desk: 8 volunteers
Panel session guides, before and after: 9 volunteers
Lunch and keynote speaker guide: 2 volunteers at door

Saturday, Oct. 3
Registration desk: 2 volunteers
Keynote session guide: 1 volunteer
Panel session guides: 12 volunteers
Lunch, Knight Foundation guide: 1 volunteer
Online Journalism Awards Banquet: 2 volunteers

If you’re planning to attend or, even better, are already in the San Francisco area, drop us an e-mail at and let us know which event you’d like to volunteer for, and what days and hours you’re available. We’re looking forward to meeting you.

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