I wrote this on the plane. Because I know as soon as the wheels touch the ground, it’s a race against time to keep the excitement and inspiration from the Online News Association Conference going.
Too often, we go to these things, meet awesome people, get pumped up about journalism, and then go back and fall into the same patterns without changing a thing. It’s like getting excited about the wedding, but forgetting how we’ll focus on the marriage.
Here’s what I’m doing to keep the journalism love going, even as we return to our work lives and familiar rhythms.
>Synthesize ideas into actionable items: There’s a lot of high-level thinking going on at ONA. How can these be applied to your job? Your organization? For example: I’m going to share some ideas with the leadership, digital team, the newsroom and my team with some presentations/brown bag training opportunities. But I’m also looking at creating new features, refining an events plan with new knowledge from a new friend, and coming up with a list of better determinations of ‘success’ for our daily meetings.
>Set when I will do said actionable item: It’s too easy to say ‘I’ll do this.’ It’s ‘When will I do this? What is the first step and next step?’
>I’ll think big: I’ll put together some takeaways in another blog. I’ll even give myself a deadline.
>I’ll share the excitement with my community: I’ll have a column for our young professional publication about career advice learned from the session with Callie Schweitzer and Jim Brady. UPDATED: Read here.
>Hold myself accountable: I am writing this blog post and tweeting it out so I will not back out of making change with my team. If I do not do this, may anyone who has read this shame me.
>I will maintain relationships – one of, if not the best, parts of the conference. I’ll follow up and send a couple thank you notes for some particularly generous with their time people. A few people I’ll keep in touch with consistently.
How are you going to keep the energy going, ONA-ers?