ONA Local events

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 Detroit: Data and digital journalism

Join ONA Detroit for a discussion on local data and journalism. We’re inviting experts in the field to share their experiences and lead a group discussion on how best to find and use data in your reporting. More details to come. Want to help plan the September meeting? Contact Dustin at dblock@mlive.com

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ONADC: Summer Happy Hour

Event date: Aug. 24, 2015
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We’re partnering with DC Media Innovations and Hacks/Hackers DC for happy hour later this month. Join your ONADC friends and meet some other cool people interested in tech and media. If you’ve been coming to our events already we want to see you again!

Come chat with us about what’s coming up this fall in Washington (lots of cool stuff) and get excited for the annual Online News Association conference in L.A.: ONA15 happens Sept. 24-26.

Hope to see you at Science Club!

— Tiffany, Matt and Jessica

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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 Philly: Can sponsored content be good for journalism?

Each summer, we plan a couple simple happy hours with a topic to prod conversation. This month, come to Morgan’s Pier with your thoughts and fears and excitement over ‘sponsored content’ or ‘native advertising’ or ‘branded coverage’ or whatever you call it: advertorials with client influence that are getting new blood in online news properties. Let’s talk about how it’s working and how it isn’t.

Grab yourself a beer, enjoy the sun (weather permitting) and let’s talk.

As always, we’re looking for future event programming ideas and volunteer organizer interest! See ya then.

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ONA Singapore: August Monthly Social Drinks

We’re getting everyone together in early August, just before everyone leaves town for THAT 4-day weekend. Data analytics firm Cxense will buying a couple of rounds.

See you at Lucha Loco at 15 Duxton Hill; look for us in the garden.

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ONA Sacramento x Google News Workshop

Improve your love-hate relationship with Google. Find what, and whom, you are looking for faster! Stacie Chan, community manager for Google News in California, will join us to offer tips and tricks for journalists trying to get the most out of story-related searches, dispel common Google News myths and take your questions.

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!

Want to help ONASacramento spread the word about this great event? Tweet the URL for this Meetup and mention @ONASacramento!

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ONADC: A culture-based strategy for innovation

Event date: Jul. 29, 2015
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Join Jeff Sonderman and Tom Rosenstiel of the American Press Institute to discuss — as well as get feedback and direction on — a culture-based strategy for creating innovation in news organizations.

Along with new tools for innovative journalism, and the knowledge of how to use them, news organizations need help with the underlying issues of transformation. A new API report, based on months of research into the opportunities and obstacles to innovation, explores a new way to do that.

With the support of a grant from the Knight Foundation, a team from the American Press Institute visited a variety of news organizations and conducted human-centered design research to better understand the human, cultural and institutional factors that either enable or stifle innovation. Separately and simultaneously, API also commissioned an in-depth report examining best practices and ideas from some of the most innovative news organizations and news leaders.

Let’s talk about what the reports reveal and share strategies for moving ahead. We look forward to seeing you at ONADC in July!

— Tiffany, Matt and Jessica


6:30 – 7:00 pm – Mix and mingle (your $5 entry fee includes beer/wine/soft drinks and light snacks)

7:00 pm – Program begins


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!


We hope you will consider joining ONA. It’s a great organization!

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ONADC: Startup DC Weekend

Event date: Jul. 31, 2015
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ONADC is partnering with Startup Weekend DC for a fun and fabulous weekend.

Do you have an idea that will change the way media and content is created, delivered, distributed, consumed, measured or monetized? Do you want to work together with other entrepreneurs to get your concept off the ground?

Then Startup Weekend DC Media Edition is the place to be!

Advancements in technology, such as streaming audio and video, social networks, and mobile apps, have forced media companies of all types to create and deliver content in new, engaging ways and adapt to changing business models. Now you have the chance to make your mark on the industry.

Whether you’re a seasoned entrepreneur or new to the startup world, Startup Weekend DC Media Edition is where you can pitch your idea, form a team, validate your concept, build your product, get valuable insight from mentors, and present your work to a panel of esteemed judges all in just 54 hours.

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