ONA DC events


ONA DC: Secrets of a Top-Notch Email Newsletter

Event date: Jun. 3, 2015
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We are excited to hear from Caitlin Dewey of The Washington Post next week.

Have you heard? Blogs are over and email newsletters are here. Tools like MailChimp and Tinyletter make it easier than ever to reach your audience in the space that’s never closed— their inbox. But how do you make sure yours doesn’t end up in the trash?

Caitlin Dewey, editor of the Washington Post’s Intersect blog and creator of the amazing daily newsletter “Links I would chat you if we were friends,” is here to help. She’ll share some of the secrets of her successful newsletter, talk about what makes some of her favorite newsletters great, and even take a look at yours and give you some pointers.

We had been trying to schedule this for May, but all the timing just worked out so we’re doing this one in early June. Thanks to Elizabeth Scheltens at Scripps for hosting and coordinating this excellent evening. Hope you can join us!

— Tiffany, Matt and Jessica

SCHEDULE

6:45 – 7:15 pm – Mix and mingle

7:15 pm – Newsletter program starts

WANT TO HELP?

Volunteer to work the door, photograph or blog the event by emailing Jessica Estepa (jess.estepa@gmail.com). Volunteers receive complimentary entry even if the event sells out.

Have an idea for future ONADC topics, speakers and events? We are always looking for cool suggestions, as well as places to hold meetups. Let us know if you have thoughts about topics or if you want to host!

NOT AN ONA MEMBER YET?

We hope you will consider joining ONA soon. It’s a great organization!

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ONA DC: Welcoming SND

Event date: Apr. 8, 2015
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Join us at NPR on the eve of the annual Society for News Design workshop, SNDDC, as we welcome this awesome collection of creative professionals to Washington. The event should be a fun way to mix and mingle — and sneak a peak inside NPR’s creative process.

We’ll hear from NPR’s creative director, Liz Danzico, who will give us a look at how her team approaches design challenges and builds such fascinating, engaging user experiences.

At the cocktail hour before Liz speaks, ONA regulars can meet SND attendees from around the world, people whose interests overlap with ours in meaningful ways. Many of us are members of both excellent journalism organizations.

Our special thanks to NPR for coordinating this event and generously supporting both ONA and SND. The fine folks at NPR continue to rock.

Please join us for what promises to be an excellent evening.

See you at NPR on April 8!

— Tiffany, Matt and Jessica

SCHEDULE

6:00 – 7:00 pm – Mix and mingle: Light appetizers, beer, wine and soft drinks on NPR’s gorgeous first floor.

7:00 pm – Inside NPR: The program starts in Studio 1 with Liz Danzico, who will talk about the work her team has been doing recently.

WANT TO HELP?

Volunteer to work the door, photograph or blog the event by emailing Jessica Estepa (jess.estepa@gmail.com). Volunteers receive complimentary entry even if the event sells out.

Have an idea for future ONADC topics, speakers and events? We are always looking for cool suggestions, as well as places to hold meetups. Let us know if you have thoughts about topics or if you want to host!

NOT AN ONA MEMBER YET?

We hope you will consider joining ONA soon. It’s a great organization!

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ONA DC: Data Visualization for the Real World

Event date: Mar. 24, 2015
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We’re back this month for a data viz discussion! Josh Kadis from Alley Interactive will be thinking about the range of emerging tools out there in his talk “Data Visualization for the Real World” — How do we find a balance between ease-of-use vs. powerful data visualization tools for journalists? Josh will look at examples from recent work with media clients and showcase a new data visualization plugin developed for newsrooms.

We hope to see you on Feb. 24!

— Matt, Tiffany and Jessica

About Josh — Josh Kadis runs product development at Alley Interactive and is responsible for bringing Alley’s internally developed technologies and products to market. He advises clients on their long-term product life cycle and helps digital publishers and content producers build modern sites that meet editorial and advertising needs. Prior to Alley Interactive, Josh was senior technologist at Quartz where he led efforts to improve design processes by incorporating site analytics data and A/B testing. He developed Quartz’s custom WordPress API and plugins for editorial, sales and marketing consumers while overseeing the development of Quartz’s Backbone.js web application. Josh began his career at Big Spaceship and has experience in digital strategy and marketing in the bicycle industry.

About Alley — Alley Interactive is a full-service digital agency that designs and builds large-scale content sites for top publishers and leaders in news media. The firm offers strategy, design and development services across the entire digital product development lifecycle.

Headquartered in New York, Alley Interactive has worked with news media brands including The New Republic, the New York Post, Digiday, European Voice, Sportsnet, Fortune, TIME and nonprofits such as The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. Alley was the only digital agency honored in the News category of the 2014 Webby Awards for our work on The New Republic. More information is available at alleyinteractive.com or on Twitter.

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ONADC: Power to Fly

Event date: Feb. 3, 2015
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Well, hello!
Happy New Year from your good pals at ONADC. We’ve taken a break from our favorite hobbies (these include: falconry, karaoke, shaping young minds, saving independent media, buying scarves, and origami) to plan TWO (2) fabulous ONADC meetups in February.

The first is coming very soon – Tuesday, Feb. 3rd at 6:30 PM, and it is NOT TO BE MISSED.
(YEP … WE ARE YELLING WITH EXCITEMENT)
You may wonder why. Because our featured speaker is Katharine Zaleski, employee number six at the Huffington Post and the former Executive Director of Digital at The Washington Post. She will discuss how her previous work in some of America’s largest newsrooms has influenced her work co-founding PowerToFly, the rapidly growing global platform changing the nature of work for women and companies.

Katharine will provide actionable tips on how the future is made by people who recognize voids that need to be filled, often by being hyper-aware of fixable issues they see in their own work environments. She’ll also discuss her work with companies like BuzzFeed, Hearst, and DC-based companies to create tech teams that are breaking gender barriers and changing the conversation around work-life balance for women and men.

Women, work and tech. Boom. This is important for all of us. Let’s change the conversation in 2015,y’all.

SEE YOU THERE!

XOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXO,

Tiffany, Matt and Jessica

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ONADC: The Holiday Party

Event date: Dec. 13, 2014
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Please join us for the annual holiday gathering. There will be plenty of good food and an open bar, plus all your ONADC friends and inevitably enjoyable conversations.

We’re charging $10 to cover costs. Any excess after we pay the bills will be used for the monthly meetup fund. Hope you will be there for the annual* tradition.
We want to hear what worked this year and what we can improve for ONADC in the year ahead. We would love to get more people involved in helping to determine what programs work best, what we can do to make each meetup count, what needs you all are seeing — and how ONA can help. Let’s plan the year ahead!

- Tiffany, Matt and Jessica

* More than four years running, so this meets AP style.

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ONA DC: Josh Korr at Medill

Event date: Nov. 20, 2014
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Join us in November for a conversation with Josh Korr of Viget.

The topic — “Everything You Always Wanted to Know About QA (But Were Afraid to Ask a Dev)” — should be good (and fun) for anyone who works on or has been part of the product development process. Josh has worked with major media brands on all types of testing. He’ll share his insights.

This meetup is $5. Thanks to Medill, as always, for being a good host and providing us with space to meet. Hope to see you on 11.11!

— Your ONADC co-organizers, Tiffany, Matt and Jessica

SCHEDULE

6:00 p.m.— Light refreshments and drinks
6:30 p.m. — Program starts
7:15 p.m. — Program concludes
7:15-7:30 p.m. — More networking and mingling

WANT TO HELP?

Volunteer to work the door, photograph or blog the event by emailing Jessica Estepa (jess.estepa@gmail.com). Volunteers receive complimentary entry even if the event sells out.

Have an idea for future ONADC topics, speakers and events? We are always looking for cool suggestions, as well as places to hold meetups. Let us know if you have thoughts about topics or if you want to host!

NOT AN ONA MEMBER YET?

We hope you will consider joining ONA soon. It’s a great organization!

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ONADC: Vox at AU

Event date: Oct. 23, 2014
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A conversation with Vox.com editors Melissa Bell and Yuri Victor, sponsored by American University School of Communication

Please join Melissa Bell and Yuri Victor from Vox.com on Thursday, Oct. 23, to discuss the intersection of editorial and technology at their startup, which has quickly become known for its ambitious product launches.
Melissa, a Vox co-founder, editor in chief and senior product manager, and Yuri, senior UX designer, will also talk about the unique culture that has made Vox nimble as it adds more storytelling tools. Unlike many media companies that delegated web publishing to the IT department, Vox has built a platform from the ground up by iterating with bloggers who know how to tell stories and build communities on the web.

Thanks to our friends at the American University School of Communication for providing the lovely meeting space in the renovated McKinley Building that will be fun to see on AU’s campus. The building will be opening for guided tours at 6 p.m. Come early to see the cool digital media space.

Here’s a link to the campus map: http://www.american.edu/aumaps/index.cfm

Attendees are encouraged to take Metro to Tenleytown-AU. A free AU shuttle is available from the station to AU’s main campus at 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW.

There also is limited parking on campus, in the garage underneath the School of International Service (SIS) building, or the Sports Center garage. Parking is free after 5 p.m.

Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Mobile service is fine; if you think you will need WIFI access we’ll send an announcement closer to the event about signing up for guest access ahead of time.

See you in October!

— Tiffany, Matt and Jessica

SCHEDULE

6 p.m. — Opening early for tours
6:30 p.m. — Light refreshments
6:45 p.m.— Program starts
7:30 p.m. — Program concludes
7:30-8 p.m. — More networking; mingling and building tours

WANT TO HELP?

Volunteer to work the door, photograph or blog the event by emailing Jessica Estepa (jess.estepa@gmail.com). Volunteers receive complimentary entry even if the event sells out.

Have an idea for future ONADC topics, speakers and events? We are always looking for cool suggestions, as well as places to hold meetups. Let us know if you have thoughts about topics or if you want to host!

NOT AN ONA MEMBER YET?
We hope you will consider joining ONA soon. It’s a great organization!

Register    Learn more

ONA DC August Meetup — Trove

Event date: Aug. 26, 2014
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Trove welcomes ONA members to hear what it takes to move from a traditional newsroom to a tech startup environment.

If you aren’t familiar with Trove, we aggregate news from thousands of sources, allowing readers to create customized news streams on any topic.

In addition the reader-curated “Troves”, readers can also follow verticals curated by a team of editors.

Trove editors bring a wealth of journalism experience in both traditional and digital newsrooms. They will be there to answer your questions about what it is like to work at a tech company and the skills you need.

Trove’s director of engineering can also answer any questions about technical skills journalists should learn.

Feel free to check out Trove online (or visit us in the app store) before the meeting,

Hope to see you there.

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ONADC: Newsweek

Event date: Jun. 16, 2014
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Newsweek Editor-in-Chief Jim Impoco invites members of the ONADC chapter to join him and his DC-based staff for Happy Hour cocktails and hors d’oeuvres at 6 p.m. on June 16, at Solly’s Tavern, 1942 11th St NW (11th & U St.) in Washington.

We’ll be discussing the new Newsweek, relaunched with great fanfare at SXSW as well as the recent Somaly Mam cover story (“Somaly Mam: The Holy Saint (and Sinner) of Sex Trafficking“) that lead to the eponymous founder’s resignation last week, and the future of one of the world’s most iconic magazines.

You’ll be joined by the Newsweek team, including writers Pema Levy, Matthew Cooper & SpyTalk columnist Jeff Stein.

We look forward to seeing you!

— Tiffany, Matt, Jessica and Joey

WANT TO HELP?

Volunteer to work the door, photograph or blog the event by emailing Jessica Estepa (jess.estepa@gmail.com). Volunteers receive complimentary entry even if the event sells out.

Have an idea for future ONADC topics, speakers and events? We are always looking for cool suggestions, as well as places to hold meetups. Let us know if you have thoughts about topics or if you want to host!

NOT AN ONA MEMBER YET?

We hope you will consider joining ONA soon. It’s a great organization!

Register    Learn more

ONA DC: Bonus Meetup: ZURB

Event date: Jun. 4, 2014
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ONADC friends,

Here’s information on a cool product design roadshow coming to D.C. on Wednesday. You can register through Eventbrite. Details follow. Hope you can swing by.

ZURB is taking product design on the road to share our knowledge, experience and stories around the world. Next stop is Washington, D.C., where we’ll be visiting our friends at the Washington Post.
We’ll be hosting a Product Design meetup at the Post with a little help from Hacks/Hackers and the Online News Association.

For more than 16 years, we’ve helped people roll up their sleeves and build product with people firmly in mind. But what does it mean to design for people? What does it take? We’ll chat how we design customer-centric products and share what we’ve learned from working with startups and large companies.

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