ONA Local events

ONA San Diego: Online Tips and Mean Tweets

Come celebrate the fun and future of journalism with the San Diego chapters of the Online News Association and the Society of Professional Journalists. We’re getting together for a lively slideshow presentation on the 10 biggest tips and takeaways from the 2015 ONA conference – and to share our meanest tweets. Yes, mean tweets. We’ll take turns on the mic reading the actual awful things people have said about us online.

Come for the camaraderie. Come for the comedy. Come for the beer.

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ONA South Florida: Holiday Party!

Usher in the holidays with this awesome party organized by our buddies at ONA South Florida. All of South Florida’s journalism organizations will be there, including Hacks/Hackers Miami, SPJ Florida, AAJA Florida, NAHJ South Florida Chapter, South Florida Black Journalists Association (SFBJA), NGLJA, Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE and NICAR) and more. Enjoy one free drink (thanks to the Miami Herald – if you belong to any of the journalism organizations). And NAHJ, SFBJA and SPJ Florida will be providing appetizers. Go team!

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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 Philly: What’s next for PlanPhilly?

Founded in 2006, built-environment news site PlanPhilly has entered an entirely new era in the last year. From its founding at the University of Pennsylvania to its new home at WHYY, the niche journalism site has remained one of Philadelphia’s most respected independent reporting organizations, while undergoing prominent changes.

In recent years, PlanPhilly has unveiled a complete site overhaul, changed publishers, faced high-profile staff turnover and evolved its editorial mix. All the while, it has contributed consistently important reporting on otherwise underserved coverage areas. But it’s at another moment of change. Its founding funders, in the William Penn Foundation and the Wyncote Foundation, have supported the transition to WHYY. What’s next?

Come meet with the PlanPhilly staff, who will share some of their plans for 2016 and want your own feedback on what’s coming. Cash bar, with some happy hour specials.

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ONA DC: How Rare.us Covers Politics in a Different Way

Event date: Nov. 12, 2015
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Please join us as we hear from Rare.us. From Trump kid videos to a wide-range of “Rare voices” contributors, Rare.us covers politics in a different way.

Our speakers are:

• Rare Politics Editor Jack Hunter
• Rare Deputy Editor Matt Purple

Jack and Matt will discuss how Rare is reporting the 2016 presidential election with a focus on millennial engagement. With Under 40 polls and to-the-point perspectives, Rare.us is quickly becoming a destination for young voters.

Rare.us, a media site incubated inside parent company Cox Media Group’s Fans 1st Media division, is one of the fastest-growing media sites in the United States – boasting 40 million monthly visits. Dubbed “America’s News Feed,” Rare leverages social media to cover national news, politics, culture and more, driving conversation by delivering buzzworthy content Americans like to share.

Hope to see you in November!

- Tiffany, Matt and Jessica

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ONA Montreal: First Meetup!

(Le français suit)

We’ll be hosting the very first meet-up of Montreal’s local Online News Association chapter at the Taverne Midway on Nov. 5, 2015. In true Montreal fashion, this will be a 5 à 7 — and the first drink is on us!

Come mingle with fellow media types and put faces to bylines. We look forward to meeting you and sparking some cool conversations about the state of this industry we love so much. Note: You don’t have to be an ONA member to attend our events!


Joignez-vous à nous pour le tout premier rendez-vous du chapitre local de l’Online News Association à la Taverne Midway le 5 novembre. Comme ce doit la tradition, ce “meet-up” sera de type 5 à 7 et le premier verre est déjà payé.

Venez rencontrer d’autres gens du milieu médiatique québécois. Nous avons bien hâte de jaser avec vous très bientôt. NB: Vous ne devez pas être membre du ONA pour assister à nos événements !

Tracey Lindeman (@traceylindeman)
Mick Côté (@mickcote)

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ONA Singapore: October Social

Join us for monthly social drinks after the Hyper Haze Hack (which you can sign up here http://hazehack.eventbrite.sg/) at The Bank Bar & Bistro.

On Tuesday, bloggers, developers, environmental organizations and media associations will get together for #hazehack15, an unprecedented civic hack to enhance our media reporting and response to the haze through the use of data. Share this post with your friends and form your own team or join one on the spot in this one-day event to brainstorm and build novel and practical applications on the seasonal haze situation that blankets Singapore every year! It’s organised by Newsplex, WAN-IFRA, Hacks and Hackers and ONA Singapore.

After a full day of hacking, we will host our monthly social drinks at a bar just downstairs.

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ONA Sacramento: The Longform Legacy: Keeping eyes on the page in the digital age

When the go-to online strategy for news is faster and shorter, what will be the fate of longform journalism? Join Mark Armstrong, founder of Longreads, and Nathaniel Levine, Director of Graphics at The Sacramento Bee, to discuss both editorial and production strategies of making longform work on the web.

The workshop will be followed by a mixer and snacks. You’ll have the opportunity to learn more about ONA Sacramento.

On-street parking is plentiful.

Looking forward to seeing 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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