Shorthand at #ONA16

We've just returned from the beautiful city of Denver after a jam-packed few days at ONA's annual digital journalism conference. Here are our highlights.

Well, that was fun!

We've just returned from the Online News Association conference in Denver, Colorado, a 3-day dive into the latest tools, tech, challenges and opportunities for online media.

And boy was it a busy few days.

The awards

A true highlight for us was the Online Journalism Awards on Saturday 17 September.

Shorthand was honoured to have been shortlisted as a finalist in the award for technical innovation in the service of digital journalism.

A group of 76 industry-leading journalists and new media professionals teamed up to screen 1,029 entries and select semi-finalists. Twenty judges representing a diverse cross-section of the industry then conferred to determine finalists and winners.

We were thrilled to have been shortlisted in the category alongside inspiring organisations like the New York Times, Quartz, Vox Media and Breaking News. And it was a thrill to see Shorthand's name up in lights on the night.

In the end, the technical innovation award was won by Breaking News, for their Nearby Tipping tool. Many congrats to them!

You can see the full list of winners here.

The conference

Over the three day event we enjoyed meeting with many of the industry's leading digital storytellers, and showing them how easy it is to use Shorthand to enhance their narratives online.

Shorthand CEO Ricky Robinson demos Shorthand to attendees

Shorthand CEO Ricky Robinson demos Shorthand to attendees

Shorthand's head of commercial Simon Trigg, and CEO Ricky Robinson, take delegates through the Shorthand editor

Shorthand's head of commercial Simon Trigg, and CEO Ricky Robinson, take delegates through the Shorthand editor

We also attended some of the many sessions offering interesting discussions around key subjects such as social media, video, community and new tech.

And Shorthand's head of training & support, Rachel Bartlett, ran a 'multimedia storytelling in minutes' session as part of the Midway schedule.

You can follow up on the sessions via the ONA website, many were filmed or recorded, and there are liveblogs you can use to catch up too. Columbia Journalism Review offers its round-up of the event here.

And our laptop stickers were a huge hit too!

Meeting old friends, and new

Our trip actually started in New York, where the team connected with old and new clients based in Manhattan. Thanks to everyone who hosted us during our visit, it was great to meet in person!

And of course no trip to New York would be complete with a photo of the iconic Empire State Building. We may have been there on business, but who can resist a quick snap as you stroll past!

It was then an early flight across to Denver, ready for the start of the conference.

Finally, a big thank you to everyone we met in New York and Denver for the great conversations. We look forward to continuing them in the coming days and weeks. If you'd like to get in contact, you can reach us here.