ONA LA events

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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ONA LA: Web nerds and Booze

Event date: Feb. 21, 2013
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It’s been too long since we’ve seen each other… so catch up, meet new people and share a drink with LA-area DigiJournos.

We’re headed back to The Redwood, meeting in the back room.

RSVP and share this event and see you Thursday night!

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ONALA: Drinks & Geeks

Event date: Nov. 15, 2012
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ONALA: Drinks & Geeks

Join us for another round of engaging conversation with smart Web journos from across the City of Angels.

Special guest: @MarkSLuckie
Manager of Journalism & News @Twitter, author of The Digital Journalist’s Handbook, founder of the 10,000 Words journalism blog.

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ONA LA: London Olympics Goes Digital: A Show and Tell with NBC4

Event date: Aug. 9, 2012
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WHAT: A casual evening of story-telling and an overview of NBC4’s digital strategy of the London Olympics. Technology and social media reporter, Mekahlo Medina, and social media lead, Olsen Ebright, will highlight how the station’s multi-media platforms help deliver stories for a broad digital audience. With a viewer party vibe, the gathering will also include watching the Olympics on the big screen with NBC4’s on-air talent and news crew.

WHEN: Thursday, August 9, 2012, 6PM-10PM

International Dinner Buffet


WHERE: NBC4 Newsroom, 3000 Alameda Avenue, Burbank, 91523

Questions? Contact Terri Hernandez Rosales/NBC4 Southern California, 818.840.3612

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