Stacie Chan is the Community Manager for Google News and Google Play Newsstand. In her role, she works with news publishers to educate them about Google’s digital content products and how to optimize their content.
Stacie has taken a journalism background and applied it to the tech industry. Join us to learn more about roles for communicators at Google and tools communicators can use.
Tableau has released their looooong-awaited Mac version with Tableau 8.2, and the folks from Tableau Public are coming to town to give us a tour of the new features.
Tableau is drag ‘n’ drop data visualization software that anyone can use to SEE and EXPLORE data. Journalist can use it to explore data to FIND the story and do better reporting, and then to help TELL the story as you publish.
Join Jewel Loree, Senior Data Analyst for Tableau for a demo and question answer question.
(It would help us with the count if you could RSVP either on the ONA Austin meetup or on the Hacks/Hackers meetup, but not both ;-)
It’s been a long time since ONA-Austin and Hacks/Hackers had a meeting, and it’s time to fix that. Let’s start fresh with a social meeting where we can catch up on each other’s lives and work, and talk about some things that excited us coming out of the recent SXSW and NICAR conferences. This can be an opportunity to share with us what you would like out of future ONA and Hacks/Hackers meetings.
We’ll meet at the Vortex/Butterfly Bar, which is at 2307 Manor Road, 1/2-mile east of I-35, across the street from Haymaker. It has a large outdoor space if the weather is nice, and some indoor space at the bar if not. We’ll be there during Happy Hour, with bar food at the Butterfly and Italian food at Patrizi’s food trailer.
Feel that chill in the air? It certainly can’t be winter in Austin, so it must be time for our annual Austin Web Bash (#awbash). Join us Tuesday, December 10, for Austin’s biggest year-end gathering of web folks. Last year we had more than 800 attendees! This year, we have a bigger space and expect an even bigger turnout. Hang out with members of dozens of tech and web meetups from around town. Catch up with old friends, and make some new ones.
Admission: Donate online or in person. Suggested donation is $5. 100% of proceeds go to the Caporal Assistance Network, a nonprofit focusing on fertility preservation for young adults in Central Texas who have been diagnosed with cancer.
NEW THIS YEAR: To make this year’s event even better, we’ve streamlined our charitable donation process and are accepting only cash donations. RSVP on Ticketbud to donate in advance, then simply check-in for your drink wristband when you arrive.
Ben Jones of Tableau will join us for this month’s Hacks/Hackers and ONA-Austin meetup to demonstrate their free data visualization tool, Tableau Public, and show how journalists and others can use it to explore data and make visualizations that help tell stories.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for hors d’oeuvres and socializing, with the presentation at 7 p.m. Tableau will host a social afterward at a nearby bar venue to be determined.
The meeting will be in the first floor conference room of the Austin American-Statesman office building at 305 S. Congress Ave.
(For those interested in a more in-depth look at Tableau, they are hosting a 4-hour workshop during Data Day Texas on March 30th. Austin Hacks/Hackers can get a 20% discount by using the code “hacks-hackers-20″ at http://datadaytexas.com.)
Are you headed down to Austin for SXSWi? Join us at the Awesomest Journalism Party. Ever. III. from 5 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, March 9. We’re getting together with journalists and tech folks at Palm Door, 401 Sabine St., just two blocks from the Convention Center and featuring awesome Austin food, awesome Texas beer and an awesome photobooth from SnapFiesta.
Say hi to ONA’s Jeanne Brooks and Jen Mizgata at the party and while you’re at SXSWi. Network with SXSW attendees and meet the awesome ONA Austin folks.
Join us on Monday, January 28 as we discuss Innovation in Media. Tim Lott is vice president for disruptive innovation at Cox Media Group, parent company of the Austin American-Statesman.
He oversees a small skunkworks operation based in Capital Factory, the tech incubator in downtown Austin. The team is responsible for developing new products and spinoff businesses for the media giant. Their first product, still in beta, is a news and information aggregator called “12″. You can download it on your iPad at www.twelveapp.com.
Tim will address strategy and development and provide a demonstration of the app. This will be an interesting look at how new ideas are generated by media companies.
Tell your friends and share on social media. Looking forward to kicking off a great 2013!
Join us for some holiday fun. We’re teaming up with more than 20 Austin organizations to host this event. Details at www.refreshaustin.org/bash. There will be an open bar, while it lasts. Admission is one can of food to be donated to the Capital Area Food Bank.
ONA Austin: Intro to Programming for Communicators
We’ve been talking a lot about programming, data and communication in conjunction with our partner group Hacks/Hackers (this meetup is being sponsored by both ONA and HH). We’ve seen some interesting projects and collaborations. But now might be a good time to cover some basic programming skills, just to get everyone on track. This will be the first of several workshops that we can host over the next year to familiarize people with programming and Web development.
You don’t need any prior experience with programming or Web design to attend.
In this 2 hour workshop, we’ll cover:
Why do I need to learn to program?
Strings and numbers
What’s a variable?
Math and concatenation
Alerts and prompts
Booleans – true or false
If Statements and Loops
Functions, Objects and Methods
Bring a laptop. All you’ll need is a browser and an html editor (a free one like Komodo Edit or Text Wrangler is fine) or text editor (Notepad or TextEdit). Or, it’s fine if you just want to sit in and observe.
Note for TextEdit – before coming to the meetup, please go to Preferences and change the following:
Under New Document Tab, choose Plain Text
Under Open and Save, make sure the first two items are checked under “When Opening a File:”
Cindy Royal (cindyroyal.com) will instruct the group. She’s been teaching Web design for the past 12 years, first as a phd student at UT and now as an Associate Professor at Texas State.
And, stay tuned for a message about the Web Dev Holiday Bash coming up in a few weeks.
Next month, the marvels of the auto racing world will speed down a newly constructed track that his risen in the countryside near the Texas 130 toll road. The caviar crowd from around the world will fly private jets and helicopters to get here. Fans from all over the world have booked flights – and hotel rooms across Central Texas. The Formula One faithful, and the local public, will watch it all with intense interest as the Circuit of The Americas makes it debut.
The Austin American-Statesman and theaustingrandprix.com have been covering this mammoth sports event since the time it was announced, and they will be there when the engines fire up. David Doolittle, the person behind the popular @statesmanF1 Twitter account and the editor for the Statesman’s Formula One coverage, will join Kerri and Kevin Olsen, who are behind theaustingrandprix.com, to talk about their challenges of covering such a huge event using digital platforms and how they plan to take on race week while bumping elbows with the international media.
Please join us on Oct. 22 at the Statesman to see how social media, blogging, video and more go into covering a worldwide spectacle.
The tale of Laquan McDonald, the dead teenager, is one that operates on many important social, cultural and political levels. But it also provides a window onto a frequent staple of dreary daily journalism across the country: uncritical reporting on shootings and killings that can verge on lapdog journalism.
It’s thus important to know that quite apart from the editorial indignation now being expressed, key disclosures in the case did not come from mainstream media outlets. Yes, they reported on the original shooting, but in a mostly skimpy, pro forma way that proved a bulletin board for the initial claims of police.
No, the most important revelations came from an unusual species, namely a freelance writer and human rights activist who brings a cerebral approach to his penchant for investigating grimy street-level disputes.