ONA LA events

ONA LA: Pre-ONA15 mixer

Event date: Aug. 25, 2015
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The Arsenal is West L.A.’s pre-eminent bar – offering food, classic cocktails, spirits and tap beers to an eclectic mix of local westside patrons. Sitting at the gateway of the Pico Corridor (on the corner of Pico and Bundy Blvd.), The Arsenal is proud to serve as one of the first bars to the Pico area’s booming social scene.

Meet us in The Red Room, which has a speak-easy theme and is the original location from the 1940s and 1950s. Starters include All American Sliders, Southern Fried Chicken Strips and Mac N’ Cheese (a chef’s selection!) plus a varied cocktail and drink menu. You’ll have a chance to meet and mingle before the ONA Conference, the premier gathering of highly engaged digital journalists who are shaping the future of media, taking place at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles from Sept. 24 to 26.

Parking options for The Arsenal include street parking or valet parking – special thanks to The Arsenal for providing space for the evening, we hope to see you there!

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ONA LA: May Mixer with IRE Los Angeles

Event date: May. 12, 2015
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Located on the same property of the historic Sportsmen Lodge, the River Rock Lounge is a swanky watering hole with the feel of 1960s “Mad Men” cool. The River Rock offers an extensive menu of fine wines, specialty cocktails, craft beers and bar staples such as Hot Wings and Calamari as well as more exotic offerings like Roasted Pears in a Balsamic Reduction. Here’s a sneak peek of what’s in store.

We’ll be hanging out on the patio, so come buy a drink and meet colleagues from IRE Los Angeles who will be joining us for this special joint event.
Parking: Free lot parking (no valet)

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ONALA: Happy Hour with JAWS SoCal

Event date: Apr. 21, 2015
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Meet up with local media folks and the Journalism and Women Symposium (JAWS) SoCal for Happy Hour – menu and drink specials offered at Far Bar until 7 p.m. Enjoy dishes such as Wasabi Fries, Teriyaki Sliders and Ming’s Wings. Far Bar was named one of the 10 best pub grub happy hours by LA Weekly and one of the best late-night happy hours by LAist – here’s a sneak peek of what’s in store.

Parking is available for a $3 flat rate after 5 p.m. at the Aiso Parking Lot (101 N Judge John Aiso St., Los Angeles) or you can get to Far Bar by taking the Metro Gold Line (Little Tokyo/Arts District station).

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ONA LA: March Mixer

Event date: Mar. 31, 2015
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Join us for drinks and mingling with local digital media professionals at Villains Tavern in the Arts District of Los Angeles. It was named one of LA Weekly’s top ten bars in downtown Los Angeles and the steampunk-themed bar has a variety of late night snacks and beverages to choose from. We look forward to seeing you there!

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ONA LA: Narrative storytelling for the digital age

Event date: Feb. 26, 2015
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A shift toward e-reading over the last five years has led to a reemergence of longform journalism, with the rise of digital publications devoted to in-depth feature stories, such as Narratively, Kindle Singles, The Big Roundtable, Byliner, The Atavist and many more. This panel will be devoted to what makes for beautiful, captivating feature stories in the digital age, drawing from experts in writing, editing and multimedia. Panelists will discuss how longform journalism will be edited, published, disseminated and valued as it evolves in the digital age.

This panel will also focus on the craft of narrative: how to find great characters, how to report for sense of place details, how to keep readers captivated with cliffhangers, and how to write and structure longform pieces that will be shared widely online. We will discuss narrative writing techniques, and how new and veteran writers can break into narrative storytelling for the web.


Caroline Pham, managing editor of GOOD Magazine (@CoralinePham)

Eric Neel, deputy editor of ESPN Enterprise (@EricNeel)

Lily Mihalik, Digital Design & UX at the Los Angeles Times (@mazet)

Mona Gable, SheBooks author of “Blood Brother” (@monalgable)

Zachary Pincus-Roth, deputy editor overseeing arts and culture at L.A. Weekly (@zpincusroth)

Moderator: Erika Hayasaki, assistant professor in the Literary Journalism Program at the University of California, Irvine (@ErikaHayasaki)

Doors will open at 7 p.m., the discussion will begin at 7:30 p.m. Light refreshments and snacks will be served. If bringing a guest, please list full name in the RSVP. At the door fee: $5 cash.

Maker City LA is located on the 11th floor at 1933 South Broadway, Los Angeles. Street parking is available.

If you’re interested in volunteering for the event, please email Connie at [masked] by Thursday, Feb. 19.

Follow the conversation at #ONALA and special thanks to our sponsor, Maker City LA.

About Maker City LA

Maker City LA, a workspace collective for creative businesses, makers, and entrepreneurs, is housed on the 11th floor of The Reef in downtown Los Angeles. They are dedicated to serving the needs of LA’s creative community by providing inspiring workspace, essential tools of the trade, classes, unique events, and a collaborative environment – all in one place.

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ONA LA: AR Journalism Event

Event date: Nov. 1, 2014
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Different from past ONALA events, please allow me to promo a talk that my students and I are doing about an AR app we created that augments the downtown LA Library.

Created by the students, this app experimented with emerging technology and explored how it could be used for storytelling and journalism. The result was ARchive LAPL.

Learn more about the app, the class and the event here: http://arjournalism.tumblr.com/

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ONA LA: Karaoke

Event date: Oct. 23, 2014
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Inspired by ONA’s infamous Greg Linch, let’s meet post-ONA14 for some drinking, bonding and bad singing (no judgement)!

As you may already know, Los Angeles (well, technically Century City) will be the host of ONA15. Let’s have a little party now before the official one visits.

Karaoke Max (inside Little Tokyo Shopping Center mall)
333 S Alameda St, #216, Los Angeles, CA 90013
Cross Streets: Between E 4th St and E 3rd St

Parking: validated in parking structure or street parking


The largest room holds max 25. And we are doing a room so we act like fools among friends.

It’s be around $15 a person, or less, depending on how many people attend and how many rooms we need.

For this event we are requiring RSVPs, so we can pre-determine size of room(s) and budget.

NOTE: They will charge $1 extra PER PERSON if we bring in our own food and drink. The guy said they don’t check our food and drink tho, just clean up after ourselves. This is a BYOB jam.

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ONA LA: Picnic/Summer Jam

Event date: Aug. 23, 2014
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Join us for an end-of-summer bash!

We’re having a get-together with food, fun and friends. Feel free to bring a frisbee or two and board games. It’s a potluck picnic, so please sign up and let us know what you’re bringing.

Meet at the park benches next to Trails Cafe and parking is available on the street.

Trails Cafe:
2333 Fern Dell Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90068

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ONA LA: Harnessing user generated content for the modern newsroom

Event date: May. 3, 2014
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This panel will look at the increase of user generated content (UGC) in the digital media space. What is UGC and how can media outlets utilize it? How can newsrooms train staff to verify UGC and find diverse voices to cover?

The Online News Association’s Los Angeles group will host the discussion at the Hub LA (830 Traction Ave., Third Floor, Los Angeles) on Saturday, May 3 with different experts in UGC and crowdsourcing.

Kirsten Browning, MuckRack Writer at Sawhorse Media and Associate Producer of “Losing LeBron” (@iJournalista)

Lucas Grindley, Editorial Director at Here Media (@lucasgrindley)

Stacey Leasca
, Social Media Editor at LA Times (@SLeasca)

Kristen Lepore, Digital Producer, Social Media at KPCC (@KristenLepore)

Alessandra Rizzotti, Community Manager at GOOD (@hellorizzotti)

Moderator: Clarissa Wei, Assistant Producer of New Media at KCET (@dearclarissa)

Doors will open at 10:30 a.m., the discussion will begin at 11 a.m. Light snacks and refreshments will be served. $5 cash at the door.

We hope to see you there, you can also follow the conversation online on Twitter with #ONALA!

Free street parking available on Traction Ave.
Parking lot fee $5-$7

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ONA LA: Holiday Drinks and hellos

Event date: Dec. 11, 2013
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It has been awhile, we admit, but the holidays are prime time to get together and toast to each other!

Join us for a mixer at Redwood Bar and Grill to catch up with a beer or two.

We’re also on the lookout for new friends to join the crew of organizers, so come and let’s talk about what ONA LA can become.

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