The Online News Association conference is fast approaching. If you’re interested in new media — innovation, implementation or jobs — this is the conference you want to attend. I first became involved in ONA as a panelist for the ’04 conference. Since then, I’ve been on the conference planning committee each year. Last year, I was elected to the organization’s board. My obvious bias aside, each year this conference offers panels and workshops that challenge those in new media as well as those thinking about it. This year, we’ve added a multimedia learning lab, where participants can learn new technologies and techniques. In addition, there will be a job fair, pre-conference workshops on video shooting and database reporting as well as other topics. That will be followed by two full days of workshops. Find out more about the conference at http://journalist.org/2008conference.