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ONA Philly: 6th Annual Barcamp News Innovation

Register here for the region’s largest annual future of news unconference!

Features meaningful sessions, a keynote by Amanda Zamora of ProPublica.

What else does a $10 ticket get you? (free for students with ID)

• Admission to a day-long conference with smart leaders in how news is changing

• Keynote from Amanda Zamora, ProPublica engagement editor

• Track of sessions from Google

• Unconference board to plan your own session

• Pre-planned sessions from leaders from organizations like the Washington Post, Associated Press and independent media outlets.

Breakfast (donuts, coffee); lunch (sandwiches, canned drinks); Happy Hour (drink ticket and apps)

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ONA NYC: Crafting data into powerful and shareable visuals

A chart is worth a 1,000 words, and in the era of digital news and social sharing it can be worth hundreds of thousands of readers as well. But good charts are more than just decoration — they are visual stories that sometimes reveal much more about the data behind our world than a classic narrative could.

Join us at Youtube as we explore the different ways newsrooms can find editorial value in data and how to craft it into meaningful graphics.

The panelists:

Sarah Slobin, senior graphics editor, Wall Street Journal (@sarahslo)

Ritchie S. King, visual journalist/science reporter, FiveThirtyEight (@ritchiesking)

• Maryanne Murray, global head of graphics, Reuters (@lightnosugar)

Moderator:

Zach Seward, senior editor, Quartz (@zseward)

Doors will open at 6:15pm; the discussion will begin at 7:00pm. Light refreshments, including wine, beer and beverages, will be served. We welcome announcements of job openings, which will take place after the panel. Follow the conversation online with #ONANYC!

You must bring Photo ID that matches your registration name. Please provide your full name and the full names of your guests. We will not be able to admit ONANYC meetup guests who do not submit this information using Meetup email.

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ONA SF Happy Hour

Event date: Apr. 17, 2014
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1. Join us in the Library Room of Le Meridien Hotel, 333 Battery St, San Francisco, CA 94111

2. Acquire a beverage (happy hour specials until 7 p.m.!)
3. Locate the journalist types and friends of journalist types in the Library Room (large space to the right of the bar).

4. (5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.) Help plan events for ONA/SF. We’ve gotten the year off to a great start. And the future looks bright. Bring your suggestions for events and activities for the next few months.
5. (6:30-9:00 p.m.) Retrieve part of a headline from the vessel and mingle. Delight in the ridiculousness of headline mashups, meet new people and share what you’re working on without the standard networking-event-business-card showdown.
6. Continue having fun!

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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.

PANELISTS
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!

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

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ONADC: BBC

Event date: Apr. 29, 2014
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Please join the team from the U.S. edition of BBC online to learn more about the cross-platform successes — and challenges — the venerable broadcaster has been finding in the digital space.

Team members will share how they have innovated web first video content which is now shaping how the BBC is thinking about news video for television. They will also talk about the role of a public service broadcaster in a competitive commercial environment, and how the digital team competes for and marshals the resources of its global newsgathering operation for the US operation.

Thanks to our friends at Bingham for providing their lovely meeting space (veteran ONADC attendees will recall a successful meetup here when we heard from Homicide Watch D.C.), as well as Claudia Milne and Daniel Nasaw at BBC for shepherding what we know will be an interesting program.

See you in April!

— Tiffany, Matt, Jessica and Joey

SCHEDULE

6:00 — Light refreshments and drinks
6:30 pm — Program starts
7:15 p.m. — Program concludes
7:15-8 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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ONA Austin: Social and SXSW/NICAR wrapup

(It would help us with the count if you could RSVP either on the ONA Austin meetup or on the Hacks/Hackers meetup, but not both ;-)

It’s been a long time since ONA-Austin and Hacks/Hackers had a meeting, and it’s time to fix that. Let’s start fresh with a social meeting where we can catch up on each other’s lives and work, and talk about some things that excited us coming out of the recent SXSW and NICAR conferences. This can be an opportunity to share with us what you would like out of future ONA and Hacks/Hackers meetings.

We’ll meet at the Vortex/Butterfly Bar, which is at 2307 Manor Road, 1/2-mile east of I-35, across the street from Haymaker. It has a large outdoor space if the weather is nice, and some indoor space at the bar if not. We’ll be there during Happy Hour, with bar food at the Butterfly and Italian food at Patrizi’s food trailer.

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ONA Nairobi: Twitter for Journalists

Do you want to learn new ways of using Twitter to become a better journalist? Come and join the Nairobi group of the Online News Association (ONA) as we meet up, discuss and learn from each other.
We will look at how HootSuite and other social media management tools can make tweeting easier, discuss best practices of using twitter as a source and find the gains of lists.

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ONA Boston: Human-centered Journalism: Designing for Engagement

Step outside the box in the news design process and explore the power of investing in community.

Debates over the future of journalism have often focused on designing for new platforms: “digital-first” or “mobile-first.” But what if we put community first? What would it look like to, in the words of longtime editor Melanie Sill, “reorder the fundamental processes of journalism” toward serving and engaging communities? How would such an approach change how we report, how we listen, and how we build our websites, apps and stories?
This panel will explore how the principles of human-centered design can help develop a community-first approach to news regardless of platform. Human-centered design combines the needs of people with the possibility of technology to build sustainable products.

Unearth fresh insights. Identify ways to grow and diversify your audience. Design smarter, more effective projects.

Panelists will include:

• Josh Stearns, press freedom director at Free Press

• Laura Amico, editor and CEO of Homicide Watch

• Alvin Chang, data editor at the Connecticut Mirror and member of The Boston Globe’s “68 Blocks” project team

We’ll discuss concrete tools to help communities be catalysts, collaborators and co-creators of stronger and more sustainable journalism. Additionally, we’ll share projects in Boston and around the country that are using aspects of design thinking to foster empathy and engagement around the news.

This event is co-sponsored by ONA Boston and Hacks/Hackers Boston.

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ONA NYC: The Universal Lessons of Sports Journalism

Event date: Mar. 26, 2014
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Whether you’re a diehard fan or you don’t know a thing about sports, there’s no denying sports journalism has been at the forefront of much of our industry’s digital innovation. If you haven’t been paying attention, you’re missing some of the best work in multimedia production and reader interaction. Join us at The New York Times as we talk to some of the leaders in sports journalism about what they’ve learned, and how it can apply to any subject area.

Jason Stallman is the sports editor at The New York Times, and has led the staff on some of the Times’s most ambitious multimedia pieces. Those include “Tomato Can Blues” and “The Jockey,” plus some story about skiers called “Snowfall.”

Jenny Vrentas covers the NFL for Sports Illustrated and The MMQB with Peter King. She spent six years at The Star-Ledger, including three seasons covering the Jets and Giants. She is active on Twitter at @JennyVrentas.

Dan Rubenstein is a producer/host for SB Nation and the host of @SolidVerbal, a college football podcast. Enjoy his tweeting at @DanRubenstein.

A fourth person hasn’t been announced yet but rest assured, this person will be equally fantastic.

The panel will be moderated by Daniel Victor, a social media staff editor at The New York Times. He hangs out at @bydanielvictor. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m.; the discussion will begin at 7 p.m. We’ll serve light snacks and refreshments. Join us!

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ONADC: Sunlight Foundation data tools

Event date: Mar. 12, 2014
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So, what’s your beat?

Whatever your answer, fear not: The Sunlight Foundation hereby pledges we have a tool that can make your life easier. Join us as we walk through our legislative email alert platforms (that’s state AND federal), political influence tools, real-time trackers and then some.

Love data? Code like a boss? We’ll cover our wide-ranging API catalogue and key you in on some federal data sets you probably don’t know about.

These tools are geared to help any reporter dig deeper into their beat. So whether you’re covering the bustling 2014/2016 election cycles, a burgeoning fracking industry or Justin Bieber, we’ve got you covered.

And thanks once again to Medill for the space to host the event!

— Tiffany, Matt, Jessica and Joey

SCHEDULE

6:00 — Light refreshments and drinks
6:30 pm — Program starts
7 p.m. — Program concludes
7-7:30 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!

Register    Learn more