ONA Local events

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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ONA NYC Summer Social

Come beat the summer heat and join all your Snapchat, Twitter, Facebook and IRL friends at ONA NYC’s summer social.

All local journalists are invited to join us in Dart Alley at Stout NYC’s 33rd Street location. We’ll be celebrating the end of the coldest winter ever, talking shop and networking. We can’t promise there won’t be selfie sticks, but we can promise it will be great fun.

Planning to attend? Follow @ONANYC for more details and use the hashtag #ONANYC when tweeting about our events.

One free drink ticket is included with admission. The bar also has food and beer specials that night.

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ONA Rocky Mountains: Using analytics to inform stories & emerging tech for journalists

This is a cooperative event with Hacks/Hackers Colorado group.

It will be hosted by Syntax Physic Opera on 554 South Broadway, Denver. Doors open at 6pm for a 6:30pm start.


1) Lauren Gustus, @laurengustus, Fort Collins Coloradoan

Lauren is executive editor at The Coloradoan, a Gannet-owned outlet which takes a platform-specific approach to breaking news.

She will talk about how her award-winning team is embracing new technology within the newsroom, including using analytics to inform stories, and how other journalists can incorporate metrics into their work.

2) Robert Hernandez, @webjournalist, USC Annenberg School

Robert is an associate professor at USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism in Los Angeles.

He is an ONA board member, a co-organizer of Hacks/Hackers LA and the co-founder of #wjchat, a weekly Twitter chat for journalists.

Robert will talk about emerging technology for journalists, including experiments in virtual reality storytelling.

Other info

Happy Hour at Syntax runs until 7pm and includes $1 off small plates and $2 off paninis (check out the delicious menu). If anyone wants to stick around after Hacks/Hackers, the venue is also hosting a Songwriters’ Open Mic Night from 8.30pm.

Looking forward to seeing you on the 30th!

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ONA Jerusalem: Summer Meetup

Come network with local journalists at ONA Jerusalem's summer meetup, July 23rd at the Voice of Free Jerusalem Radio Bar (5 Heleni Hamalka, Jerusalem).

Enjoy drinks and great conversation. Don't forget to bring your smart phone so you can Tweet and post to Instagram with the hashtag #ONAJerusalem. Best post of the night wins a prize!

For more information about the global ONA, visit journalists.org. For more details, or to RSVP, send an email jerusalem@journalists.org.

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ONA Pittsburgh: Data Visualization for Journalists and Media

Online News Association Code Academy

Are you interested in making your stories more dynamic, but not sure how to do it? This four hour workshop will explore basic workflows and techniques for using data to tell stories. We will also be using data to generate maps and charts that are dynamic and generated from real civic data provided in partnership with Pittsburgh OpenData, our Code for America brigade. We will also explore ways to take the visualizations created and place them online!
The software we will be using is Tableau Public, the free version of Tableau, one of the most popular data visualization packages in journalism. It works on both PCs and Macs, and is a free download at https://public.tableau.com/s/.

Bring your own laptop. No coding skills are required—basic computer literacy is all that’s needed.

We know that you all are busy individuals, so we are offering this workshop on two consecutive days. Note that the content of two days will be identical—no need to come to both!

Workshop hours:
Friday 9am to 1pm, Saturday 9am to 1pm

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ONA Toronto: Inside The Globe and Mail’s new mobile app

Earlier this spring, The Globe and Mail launched a radical redesign of its mobile apps. We chat with Matt Frehner, The Globe’s Senior Editor for Mobile & Interactive News, about the strategy behind the Globe’s app and how the newsroom has changed in order to serve its growing mobile audience.

You can see the app here.

Q&A to start at 7 pm.

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ONA Rocky Mountains: Show Us Your Apps

I’ll show you mine if you show me yours… apps I mean.

We’re going to meet at the Denver Press Club on July 10 at 7 p.m. to network, share ideas and show off your favorite mobile journalism tools. Please bring at least one app or smartphone tool to show off and teach to the rest of us.

It’ll be like speed-dating for our phones.

Bring a few dollars for the bar and meet us there!

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