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Friday, July 29, 2005

Sandy Close to Address Online News Association Annual Conference

Sandy Close to Address Online News Association Annual Conference

BETHESDA, Md., July 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Ms. Sandy Close will deliver the second keynote at the Sixth Annual Online News Association Conference on Saturday, October 29th, 2005.

Close is the Executive Director of New California Media, a network of over 600 ethnic news organizations working together to enhance inter-ethnic understanding, editorial exchange and bolstering media's access to advertisers. Her journalism career began in Hong Kong in 1964 and after returning to the U.S. in 1974 she founded The Flatlands newspaper, a voice for the inner city communities of Oakland, California.

Arthur Sulzberger, Jr., chairman of The New York Times Co., will deliver Friday's keynote address. As the Times Co.'s senior executive, he is responsible for its long-term business strategy. Over the past decade, Sulzberger has shaped and implemented innovative print, broadcast and online initiatives that are enabling the Company to compete in the 21st century global media marketplace.

The Online Journalism Awards, a partnership between the Online News Association (ONA) and the USC Annenberg School for Communication, will be announced on Saturday, October 29th at the Awards Banquet.

About the Online News Association

The Online News Association is an association composed largely of professional online journalists. The Association has several hundred professional members, that is, members whose principal livelihood involves gathering or producing news for digital presentation. The membership includes news writers, producers, designers, editors, photographers and others who produce news for the Internet or other digital delivery systems, as well as academic members and others interested in the development of online journalism.

Online Registration for the ONA Conference:

The URL to register for the ONA conference is:

The URL for conference information is:

The URL for making hotel reservations at the Hilton New York is:

If you have registered, but need to change or cancel your registration, the URL is:

URL for the Online News Association:

Source: Online News Association

CONTACT: Tom Regan, Executive Director of Online News Association, +1-617-698-5252, Fax: +1-617-698-5252, Email:

Web site:

NOTE TO EDITORS: To receive future news releases via email regarding the ONA conference and competition, please send an email to with 'ONA NEWS' in the subject line.

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