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Google for Media: New York City

Event date: Jul. 28, 2014
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Join us for a free summit with news industry leaders from New York City and beyond. ONA is thrilled to partner with Google, SPJ, NAHJ, ICFJ, NABJ and AAJA to present this training opportunity.

The event will feature speakers, panels and hands-on workshops with Google product experts. Bring your laptop and be prepared to dive in with the latest tips and tricks to hone your digital skills.

Featured speakers:

  • Joe Ruffolo,Senior Vice President, ABC News Digital
  • Callie Schweitzer, Director of Digital Innovation, TIME
  • Chrys Wu, Developer Advocate, The New York Times
  • Daniel Sieberg, Head of Media Outreach, Google
  • Journalists from the New York area presenting sessions ranging from collaborative reporting, using the internet to better tell stories, skill sets for the modern journalist and why local matters.

    Google experts in Search/Trends, Google Maps and Earth, Fusion Tables, Google+, Google News, and YouTube.
    This event is free for all registered attendees.

    Please email mediasummit@google.comif you have any questions.

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Google for Media: DC

Event date: May. 15, 2014
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Media Summit – DC

Join the Society of Professional Journalists, the Online News Association, the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, the National Association of Black Journalists, the Asian American Journalist Association, the International Center for Journalists, and Google for a day-long summit featuring industry leaders from Washington DC, plus demos and hands-on workshops with Google product experts. Bring your laptop and be prepared to dive into the latest tips and tricks at this free event.

Attendance is free, but please RSVP HERE to confirm participation. Breakfast and lunch will be provided to participants.

Please join us after the summit at The Source by Wolfgang Puck. If you’re not attending the summit but would like to attend the evening event, just RSVP for the evening event and head over around 5:30 p.m.for drinks on us.

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Photojournalists on War

Event date: Jul. 10, 2013
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With unpublished work from the world’s top photographers, Michael Kamber’s new book Photojournalists on War features a groundbreaking visual and oral history of America’s nine-year conflict in the Middle East.

Join Brooklyn Brewery and War Correspondents at the Brooklyn Brewery for a dialogue on the shocking and heroic actions taken by journalists in covering the war, featuring:

  • Michael Kamber: Pulitzer-prize nominated writer and photojournalist, NY Times chief photographer in Baghdad in 2007, author of Photojournalists on War
  • Steve Hindy: Co-founder of The Brooklyn Brewery, former AP foreign correspondent

Tickets are $15 and may be purchased here. Ticket includes admission and a free Brooklyn Brewery beer. All proceeds from the events in this series benefit RISC (Reporters Instructed in Saving Colleagues).

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SND iPad/Tablet Quick Course

Event date: Jul. 12, 2013
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The Society of News Design (SND) is holding a two-day quick course on iPad and tablet design on July 12-13, 2013. The cost is $25 non-members and free for SND members. You must register by July 5.

Forty million tablet devices were sold in 2012, and the introduction of the iPad mini and similar 7-inch tablets as well are reopening doors for design and the news industry. You’re not too late to embrace this next wave of skills and technology, and to appreciate some of the best work being done in journalism today.

The presenters are Chris Courtney, developer for the Chicago Tribune’s News Applications team and Yuri Victor, news application designer for

The Minnesota Journalism Center is co-sponsoring this event and will be hosting a reception and roundtable Friday evening for all attendees. The roundtable will feature local professionals sharing their design stories.

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Code with Me: Portland

Event date: May. 4, 2013
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Hello ONApdx-ers,

Opportunity to get a crash course in coding coming up in May. The workshop is put on by Code with Me, a series of programming workshops for journalists across the United States.

A workshop for beginners: Learn to code with a mentor by your side. You want to learn how to program, but the newsroom always needs you to do something else instead. Maybe you’ve even tried on your own, but it’s hard without someone there to help. At Code with me, a two-day workshop, we pair one professional with every two students, and teach you how to code from the ground up.

We’re designed for journalists without coding experience. You’ll always have the attention of a dedicated teacher so you can learn at your own pace, and never feel lost. With seventeen mentors total, you’ll join a supportive learning community that will continue on after the workshop.

Plus, you’ll have fun. You’ll learn HTML, CSS and Javascript by building your own interactive project. Our goal is to make this your turning point — an experience that not only teaches the basics of code, but gives you the skills and confidence you need to keep programming on your own and in your newsroom.

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Code with Me: Austin

Event date: May. 18, 2013
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Code With Me is coming to Austin and you’re invited! Learn HTML, CSS and JavaScript in this weekend workshop. May 18-19 at the Statesman. The cost is $85, and space is limited. Preference will be given to journalists and journalism students.

Learn to code with a mentor by your side. Code With Me was started by Sisi Wei of ProPublica and Tom Giratikanon of New York Times. They’ve held events in Washington DC, Miami and Portland (scheduled for May 4-5) and now Austin.

You must fill out the application on the site to be considered for the workshop. You won’t be able to RSVP here on Meetup. All information, including application can be found at Follow @CodeWithMe on Twitter.

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Sunshine Week

Event date: Mar. 10, 2013
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ONA is proud to partner with dozens of organziations to celebrate Sunshine Week.

Organized by the American Society of News Editors and Reporter’s Committee for Freedom of the Press, Sunshine week celebrates the importance of open government and freedom of information.

Interested in participating? Check out the Sunshine Week toolkit and Idea Bank .

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Mediashift Mixer at Book^2 Camp and Tools of Change

Event date: Feb. 11, 2013
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Mediashift Mixer at Book^2 Camp and Tools of Change
Please join us at the MediaShift Mixer at Solas Bar in New York as an after-party to the Book^2 Camp unconference and a prelude to O’Reilly’s Tools of Change conference (see below for a discount to ToC). This will be a great place to meet people who are rethinking book publishing, the author community and self-publishers, fans of e-books and more! You don’t have to attend either of those two events to attend the Mixer. But please RSVP here to reserve your spot!

Here’s a partial list of special guests:

Mark Glaser, MediaShift
Dorian Benkoil, MediaShift, Teeming Media
Kat Meyer, Book^2 Camp, O’Reilly
Joe Wikert, O’Reilly, ToC
Patricia Arancibia, Barnes & Noble
Chris Kubica, neverend media, Book^2 Camp
Kristen McLean, Bookigee
Ami Greko, Kobo
Miral Sattar, Bibliocrunch
Sam Missingham, The Bookseller
Benjamin Samuel, Electric Literature

The first round of drinks is on MediaShift!

You can get a 15% discount on entry to O’Reilly’s Tools of Change conference by using the MEDIASHIFT code when you register here. For more information about Book^2 Camp go here.

Note: You don’t have to be registered for the Book^2 Camp unconference or O’Reilly’s Tools of Change conference to attend our Mixer, but please do RSVP to save your spot!

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Transparency in the Obama Administration: A Fourth Year Assessment

Event date: Jan. 17, 2013
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A Fourth-Year Assessment
Presented by WCL’s Collaboration on Government Secrecy

Since January 20, 2009, the Administration of President Barack Obama has striven to keep his presidential campaign commitment to create “the most transparent administration in history,” beginning with his sweeping “Day One” transparency and FOIA policy memoranda. After creating high expectations for the full and prompt implementation of these new transparency policies, however, the Obama Administration and its Department of Justice struggled greatly during the first presidential term to do so — which led to growing concern and even alarm in the openness-in-government community. This program, as the fifth in a series of eight such programs conducted by CGS on or near January 20 of each year, aims to gather leading experts on transparency issues together with representatives of the Obama Administration to focus on exactly what has been done, what has not in fact been done, and what most urgently still needs to be done to finally make meaningful government transparency a reality in what will now be a second Obama Administration term.

To register, please go to Select “Transparency in the Obama Administration: A Fourth Year Assessment” from the menu under “Event Information”.

8:45 a.m. Registration

9:30 a.m. Welcome and Introduction — Daniel J. Metcalfe, Executive Director, Collaboration on Government Secrecy, Washington College of Law

9:40 a.m. Keynote Speech — Derek Anthony (Tony) West (invited), Acting Associate Attorney General, United States Department of Justice

10:15 a.m. Panel One: OGIS Successes — an assessment of the Office of Government Information Services’ successful discharge of its statutory mandate, and more, during its first three years

James V. Holzer, Senior Director for FOIA Operations, Department of Homeland Security; Miriam M. Nisbet, Director, Office of Government Information Services (OGIS), National Archives and Records Administration; Kathleen M. Ray, Department FOIA Officer, Department of Transportation; representative of Office of Information Policy (OIP) (invited); Claudia A. Trotch, Research Assistant/Dean’s Fellow, Collaboration on Government Secrecy, Washington College of Law; Corinna Zarek, Attorney-Advisor, Office of Government Information Services (OGIS), National Archives and Records Administration

11:45 a.m. Panel Two: Portal to Success — an early look at the unique new “FOIAonline” portal launched by OGIS, EPA, and three other federal agencies to transform the handling of FOIA requests

Amy Bennett, Assistant Director,; Joey A. Hutcherson, Deputy Director of Open Government, Department of Commerce; Rosa M. Koppel, Solicitor and Chief FOIA Officer, Federal Labor Relations Authority; representative of Office of Information Policy (OIP) (invited); Anne L. Weismann, Chief Counsel, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW); and Rick Blum, Coordinator, Sunshine in Government Initiative (moderator)

1:00 p.m. Luncheon Presentation — David Burnham, Co-Director, Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC), and former investigative reporter, The New York Times

2:15 p.m. Panel Three: “FOIA Regs or FOIA Dregs”– a critical review of the widespread failure of federal agencies to issue regulations required for full and proper implementation of the 2007 FOIA Amendments and the Holder FOIA Memorandum of March 2009

Lauren Harper, Research Assistant, National Security Archive; Nate Jones, FOIA Coordinator, National Security Archive; Patrice McDermott, Executive Director,; Kirsten Mitchell, Management and Program Analyst, Office of Government Information Services (OGIS), National Archives and Records Administration; representative of Office of Information Policy (OIP) (invited); and Thomas S. Blanton, Director, National Security Archive (moderator)

3:45 p.m. Panel Four: “Transparency” in its Broadest Sense — a broad view of “transparency” as involving the means by which government information is made available for most effective public use

Josh Gerstein, White House Reporter, POLITICO; Daniel Schuman, Director, Advisory Committee on Transparency, and Policy Counsel, Sunlight Foundation; Mark Tapscott, Executive Editor, The Washington Examiner; and Sean Moulton, Director, Federal Information Policy, Center for Effective Government (formerly OMB Watch) (moderator)

5:00 p.m. Reception

General Registration, no charge.
CLE Accreditation (5 credits) will be applied for — CLE Registration, $275.
To register, please go to Select “Transparency in the Obama Administration: A Fourth Year Assessment” from the menu under “Event Information”

For further information, please contact: Office of Special Events & Continuing
Legal Education, 202.274.4075 or

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#wjchat 149: Applying for Scholarships, Fellowships, Grants, and Jobs

Event date: Jan. 9, 2013
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#wjchat 149: Applying for Scholarships, Fellowships, Grants, and Jobs

Join ONA’s Irving Washington, Jeanne Brooks, and Jennifer Mizgata as they host #wjchat this week, offering advice on applying for scholarships, fellowships, grants, and jobs. They will be joined by Ted Han,who hacks for @Documentcloud and IRE, the awesome team at #wjchat, and come of the current AP-Google Scholars. We’ll talk about opportunities and resources that are available, deadlines and how to make yourself stand out when applying.

#wjchat is a weekly twitter chat for web journalists every Wednesday at 5:00 p.m. PT/8:00 p.m. ET. Each week, journalists come together for an hour and a half to discuss content, technology, ethics, and business of journalism on the web. You can follow the conversation by using the #wjchat hashtag and the organizers reccomend that you use to follow along. You can follow #wjchat on Twitter at @wjchat.

Looking for a scholarship? ONA is now accepting applications for the AP-Google Journalism and Technology Scholarship, which will provide six students with $20,000 each during the 2013-14 academic year. Apply now.

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