ONA LA events

ONA LA: Hack the J-School!

Event date: Jan. 21, 2016
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Join Hacks/Hackers LA and ONA LA for an exciting evening exploring the frontiers of journalism and technology with Robert Hernandez, Amara Aguilar and Peggy Bustamante from USC’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. We’ll learn how USC trains journalists to code and build as well as take a tour of the JEDI desk and dig into how production for social media newsrooms really works. Plus we’ll take a close look at whole new forms of media, like 360 video, VR and AR.

We’ll also provide an update on the Hacks/Hackers LA “Follow the 990 Money” project and we’ll discuss the many ways for hacks and hackers, at any skill level, to get involved!

This event will be held in Wallis Annenberg Hall, the Annenberg School’s spectacular new building on the USC campus. Designed as a future-focused media laboratory and incubator, the building is centered on a state-of-the-art 21st-century convergent newsroom and features a 30-foot digital media wall, an integrated 500-terabyte private media cloud and lots and lots of cool futuristic glass!

Join the conversation on Twitter with Hacks/Hackers LA (@HacksHackersLA) and ONA LA (@onala and #ONALA).

We hope to see you there!


Have an idea for future ONA LA 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!

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ONA LA: Holiday Drinks

Event date: Dec. 9, 2015
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Ring in the holidays with ONA LA! Seventy7 is a neo classic cocktail bar/lounge that ushers memories of a bygone cocktail era. Your first glance through the wooden peep hole door immediately conjures a Roaring 20′s vibe. Once you have entered, your eye will be drawn to the gold crushed velvet wall paper, brown leather banquettes and amber chandelier lighting. Make yourself comfortable at the magnificent bar with a full compliment of high end spirits. These include five varieties of Absinthe; which is served in both cocktails, and traditionally from Absinthe fountains similar to those used during the Belle Epoque era in the cafes of Paris. Find us at the reserved tables on the left side of the venue – be merry and enjoy a wide selection of food and drink.

The LA Weekly writes:

“Tucked in an alley behind the Bank of America on Culver Blvd lies Seventy7. The small candle lit lounge makes you feel like you’re in an underground club far, far away from here. The bar’s trendy, yet oddly seductive, ambiance makes all concept of time go out the window. What goes down behind the bar is what makes Seventy7 special. The staff knows exactly how to make a strong drink taste great. Cocktails come fast, the bartenders are down to earth, there’s live music and the food is tasty. What else is there to ask for?”

Time Out says:

“There’s a sultry vibe to this back-alley speakeasy, where antique chandeliers cast dim light on crushed velvet wallpaper and scenes of Paris and scantily-clad femmes. Absinthe is the poison of choice here, with five varieties available in cocktail form or via traditional Absinthe fountain, for true followers of the Green Fairy.”

Seventy7 is located near the Cardiff Parking Structure in Culver City with a glowing red sign stating “Cocktails.” Parking is available at nearby parking structures (first two hours free) – Cardiff Parking Structure or the parking structure next to Trader Joe’s (9290 Culver Blvd.). Seventy7 is also metro accessible – take the Metro Expo line (blue line) to the Culver City stop (8817 Washington Blvd.) and walk about half a mile.

We hope to see you there!

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ONA LA: ONA15 meetup!

Event date: Sep. 23, 2015
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Join ONA LA as we welcome Online News Association Conference (ONA15) attendees and friends to the city of Los Angeles! ONA15 will be hosted at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza from Sept. 24 to Sept. 26. We’ll be celebrating at The Wellesbourne (note new location at 10929 Pico Blvd., Los Angeles). Guarantee entrance before 10 p.m.

The LAist writes:

“Varnished wood accents and weathered leather-bound books give this West L.A. bar a cozy, library-like feel. The 3,000-square-foot space was designed by Kristofer Keith of Spacecraft to resemble a 19th-century English manor, and it hits the mark. You can’t help feeling a bit like Harry Potter as you sip on one of their delightful libations while sitting next to the roaring fireplace sipping on a Brandy Alexander.”

CBS LA says:

“Step into The Wellesbourne and you will instantly feel like you have been welcomed into someone’s grand abode. The bar brings old-English style to West Los Angeles and offers up its own unique cocktails full of specialties. Favorite cocktails include the ‘Sidecar’ as well as an Old Fashioned, the Gimlet and their Greyhound.”

The Wellesbourne offers valet parking (around $5). For those visiting from out of town, take an Uber or Lyft (should be a 10 minute ride from the Hyatt Regency Century City). There are also bus options, visit Google Maps Transit to learn more.

We hope to see you there!

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ONA LA: Inside Google News: Evolving with the Digital and Mobile Age

Event date: Sep. 23, 2015
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For the past 14 years, Google News has been connecting news junkies from around the world to over 70,000 publishers via the magic of news clustering. Most recently, the team launched the Google News Publisher Center to give you, the publisher, more insight and transparency into how Google News identifies and indexes your news articles.

The Google News team invites you to Google’s LA office to dive “Inside Google News.” The event is from 5 to 7:30 p.m., with light refreshments served from 5 to 5:30 p.m. Join Google Product Manager James Morehead and Media Outreach Manager Stacie Chan in Los Angeles, just in time for the Online News Association Conference (ONA15) taking place at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza from Sept. 24 to Sept. 26.

An RSVP via Google form is required for attendance: http://goo.gl/forms/oKeP5P4HeP.

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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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