ONA Local events

ONA Philly: #SRCCON Meetup

Meet news coders from around the country.

SRCCON is a global conference for developers, interactive designers, and other people who love to code in and near newsrooms that is happening in Old City Thurs. July 24-25.

So let’s get some local Philadelphia news and media leaders to come have a beer to mix with such leaders from around the world.

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ASJA New Avenues in Journalism

Event date: Oct. 10, 2014
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Faced with sweeping changes in their industry, three leading journalism organizations are holding a conference to help freelance writers re-envision their careers.

New Avenues in Journalism will bring together media innovators to coach freelancers about custom content, new publishing models, crowd, funding, venture capital, grants and fellowships and other sources of income.
Sponsored by the American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA), San Francisco State University (SFSU) Journalism Department and the Online News Association (ONA), the conference will take place Oct. 10-11, 2014, in the SFSU Humanities Building.

Keynoter and preeminent tech journalist Kara Swisher is the former co-host of AllThingsD. She will give her view of the shifting world of independent journalism in her address. Swisher recently embarked in her own entrepreneurial venture as co-CEO of the tech blog Re/code

Much of the meeting will address the burgeoning field of custom content — journalistic articles commissioned to support products and services.

Other speakers will discuss how writers can secure funding from investors, foundations and philanthropists; successfully act as their own publishers; and sell merchandise and consulting as auxiliary income.

Attendees can choose the full day on Friday ($195 for 10 am – 4:30 pm plus networking event) and/or the half day on Saturday ($95 for 9 am to noon). Admission includes an informal lunch and a wine reception Friday. ONA and ASJA members will receive a discount.

For more information visit http:///asjaconferences.org/sf2014/ starting August 1, 2014 when registration opens.

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ONA Jerusalem: Summer Digital Media Gala

Join the Summer Digital Media Gala, at 7 pm on July 31, hosted by Online News Association Jerusalem.

Enjoy drinks, beautiful photographs and great conversation. Don’t forget to bring your smart phone so you can Tweet from the gala using #ONAJerusalem.

The summer event will be hosted by:

Alan D. Abbey, Director of Media Relations at the Shalom Hartman Institute, @alanabbey

Dan Williams, Senior Jerusalem Correspondent at Reuters and author of “Strip Mine: A Jodie Moore Thriller,” @DanWilliams

Lahav Harkov, Knesset reporter for The Jerusalem Post, @LahavHarkov

Special Guests Hani Alami and Yazeed Ghandour, founders of JEST (Jerusalem entrepreneurs society technology), the first tech hub in East Jerusalem.

Topics: Digital media ethics, self-publishing and photojournalism
Discussion will be followed by networking, refreshments and a photojournalism exhibit. The exhibit will feature esteemed work from Israel/Palestine.

Come from 7-9 pm on July 31st at PICO, talk and munch and mingle with digital journalists.

PICO Address: Poale Tzedek 2, 4th floor (corner of Pierre Koenig), Talpiot

Please come and invite your colleagues to this free event.

RSVP by emailing jerusalem@journalists.org.

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ONA Philly: Brother.ly: Get the inside scoop on local mobile-first news startup

Former Editor in Chief of Digital First Media Jim Brady and former Inquirer Executive Online Editor Chris Krewson are coming together to launch Brother.ly, a soon-to-launch mobile-first news and aggregation tool focused on Philadelphia.

Read about the launch in USA Today.

Come out to the Pen and Pencil Club to hear from Brady and Krewson and talk about the state of the news sharing environment.

The first 20 who arrive (and who RSVPd here) will get a free drink courtesy of our friends at Brother.ly.

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ONA Austin: Tableau 8.2 on a Mac

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.

Feel free to bring your laptop and follow along.

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ONA NYC: Verifying the News

Join us at Twitter New York for cocktails and a discussion of how reporters and editors are using social media to verify news. Industry colleagues who have sourced news, verified or debunked the reports and crowd-sourced stories — all through social media — will share their stories in a series of lightning rounds.

Twitter’s Mark S. Luckie will also share the latest on Twitter’s tools for verification including TweetDeck and geolocation. More details on speakers to come, but please get in touch with Twitter’s Adrienne Vogt (adriennevogt@twitter.com) if you’re interested in contributing.

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ONA Twin Cities: Happy Hour

Join ONA-TC members for a start of summer happy hour at Chatterbox Pub in St. Paul. Come say hi to old friends, make new ones and brainstorm ideas for upcoming meetups.

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ONA Boston: Why Diversity Matters in Online Journalism

Online news startups are popping up everywhere from legacy news organizations to new media companies, as digital entrepreneurs rethink how journalists report, promote, and present stories. But for all this digital innovation, these startups lag behind the times in one crucial area: their hiring choices.

In a much-discussed column in The Guardian, media pundit Emily Bell argued that startups, such as FiveThirtyEight, Vox.com, and First Look Media, perpetuated the status quo by hiring “clubhouses” of white men. As Bell wrote, “remaking journalism in its own image, only with better hair and tighter clothes, is not a revolution, or even an evolution.”

Gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, and experience disparities remain in many online newsrooms, despite the widely accepted view that diverse staffs produce more well-rounded news coverage.

Join the Online News Association’s Boston group for a panel discussion about diversity in online newsrooms on July 23 at 7 p.m. at WBUR. Food and drinks will be served.

About the panelists:

Michelle Johnson is Associate Professor of the Practice, Multimedia Journalism, Boston University. Johnson is a former editor for the Boston Globe and boston.com. For more than 15 years, she has conducted multimedia workshops for professional journalists and worked with student training programs for a variety of professional journalism organizations including the Maynard Institute, the Online News Association, the National Association of Black Journalists, the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association, the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, the Asian American Journalists Association and UNITY. Johnson currently oversees Boston University News Service, a web-only award-winning news site which showcases work produced by BU’s journalism students.

Zuri Berry is a sports writer and producer for the Boston Globe’s Boston.com, covering the New England Patriots. He also serves as the vice president of the Boston Association of Black Journalists.

Jeanne Brooks is the co-founder and director of News Disruptors, where she designs immersive community experiences that bridge personal and digital connections. She also works for WNYC on audience development and engagement. Previously the Digital Director at the Online News Association, she led the organization’s web, social and communications strategy and produced training programs for digital journalists, including spearheading conference programming and coverage for the acclaimed ONA13 event.

Caroline O’Donovan will moderate the discussion. O’Donovan is a staff writer at Harvard’s Nieman Journalism Lab, where she covers, media, technology and the future of the news business. As a Lab staffer, she’s been heard on both NPR’s All Things Considered and CBS radio. Previously, she was a fellow at Chicago Public Media, where she reported and produced stories in the Chicago area, as well as for American Public Media’s Marketplace.

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ONA Rocky Mountains: Google for Media Presentation

Join us for a presentation from Google for Media’s new Denver Media Outreach Lead, Nicholas Whitaker. He will lead us through several levels of custom data mapping and tutor us on advanced search tips that journalists can use to find existing data sets.
Mr. Whitaker recently moved to the Denver area. His group is a branch of Google focusing on the journalism community by providing trainings, resources and support. He teaches a wide variety of topics and may be available to help you bring the lessons back into your newsroom or classroom.

Learn more about him.

Please bring $5 dollars to cover the price of pizza and soda.

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ONA Pittsburgh: Tour WESA

So it’s time we had an ONA Pittsburgh event outside the Post-Gazette building. WESA’s building on the South Side is so much cooler than ours anyway. Check out where all of Pittsburgh’s NPR magic happens, and meet some other ONA Pittsburgh people.

Tickets are $5 to help with the cost of the refreshments we’ll serve immediately following the tour. We’ll also talk about a few other initiatives we’re trying to put together for upcoming ONA Pittsburgh events, including some possible collaboration with ONA Philly.
Thanks to Ryan Loew for coordinating, and hope to see you there!

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