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The First ONA Mixer & Panel
Tuesday, May 11, 1999
Maharaja Restaurant, Manhattan

Online News Association Inaugurated

Ninety-plus journalists gathered to launch this new group and answer (with apologies to Edwin Starr) the following question: "Online News! What is it Good For?" The answer, according to a panel of ONA office-bearers: a lot. But, they agreed, without upholding old-media standards of ethics and accuracy, the reputation of Web journalism will suffer. The panel included a lively Q&A session.

Below are some photos from the event.
A Real Audio version of the panel is available.

Links:
ONA site
Freedom Forum's report



From left: Janice Castro, ONA secretary; Jamie Heller, ONA Treasurer; Rich Jaroslovsky, ONA President; Sreenath Sreenivasan, moderator/auctioneer. Photo by Paul Eisenberg.


Madame Secretary: Janice Castro, editor of Time.com and ONA secretary, talks about the biz.




The President speaks: Rich Jaroslovsky, managing editor of The Wall Street Journal Interactive.



John Garcia, managing producer of WNBC-TV's Web site, works in both the online and television worlds.


Jamie Heller, executive editor, TheStreet.com and ONA Treasurer, makes a point as Janice Castro pays close attention.


Sure we work for rival broadcasters,but we can still be friends: Producers Robin Sparkman of MSNBC.com and Stacy Lu of ABCNews.com (who were once journalism classmates at Columbia).


ONA Secretary Janice Castro (left), chats with a new recruit after the panel.


Everyone else was off duty but not this gentleman: Paul Eisenberg, a multimedia producer for the Freedom Forum, records the panel for a tape-delayed Webcast.


Some of the 90+ journalists who helped launch ONA.

WAR!
Edwin Starr
Words by Barrett Strong & Norman Whitfield

War!
What is it good for?
Absolutely nothing!
War!
What is it good for?
Absolutely nothing!
War is something that I despise
For it means destruction of innocent lives
For it means tears in thousands of mothers' eyes
When their sons go out to fight to give their lives

War
What is it good for
Absolutely nothing
Say it again
War
What is it good for
Absolutely nothing

War
It's nothing but a heartbreaker
War
Friend only to the undertaker
War is the enemy of all mankind
The thought of war blows my mind
Handed down from generation to generation
Induction destruction
Who wants to die

War
What is it good for
Absolutely nothing
Say it again
War
What is it good for
Absolutely nothing

War has shattered many young men's dreams
Made them disabled bitter and meanLife is too precious to be fighting wars
each day
War can't give life it can only take it away

War
It's nothing but a heartbreaker
War
Friend only to the undertaker
Peace love and understanding
There must be some place for these things today
They say we must fight to keep our freedom
But Lord there's gotta be a better way
That's better than
War

War
What is it good for
Absolutely nothing
Say it again
War
What is it good for
Absolutely nothing

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