ONA Local 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 Ireland: Election Coverage

ONA’s Irish group is up and running, and our first event addresses a topic on everyone’s mind this month.

In the final countdown to the 2016 election start, join our panel of experts for a discussion on how newsrooms can make a big impact online.

Our panelists on the night will include Paddy Logue, Digital Editor with The Irish Times; Susan Daly, Editor with The Journal.ie; Niamh Lyons, Political Editor with the Ireland edition of The Times; Glen Mulcahy, Innovation Lead with RTÉ; Gavan Reilly, Political Correspondent with Today FM; Paraic Gallagher, Political Correspondent with Newstalk 106 and Joe Galvin, News Editor with Storyful.

In addition to good conversation and debate, we also promise free drink, naturally.

Please confirm your attendance via Meetup for January 27 at 7pm in the Annex, NDRC, Digital Exchange Building, Crane Street, Dublin 8. Spaces are limited!

Questions to Áine Kerr and Liam Corcoran via Ireland@journalists.org

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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?

Event date: Dec. 22, 2015
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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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