ONA Local events

ONA Toronto: Making UGC work

A decade after the term first hit the mainstream, how is the media industry faring when it comes to embracing user-generated content? Robin McMillan, head of Gastropost Canada, and Jayne Hoogenberk, digital communities strategist for The Weather Network, join us to discuss the state of UGC in Canada and what they’ve learned working with user-generated content. What works, what doesn’t, and who’s ahead of the curve? How has our understanding of UGC evolved over the years? And in a world teaming with nimble, user content-fuelled start-ups, how can legacy media outlets compete?

The event will start at 6:45 pm, with our panelists taking the stage at 7 pm. Bring your questions, and join us afterward for drinks and conversation.

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ONA LA: March Mixer

Event date: Mar. 31, 2015
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Join us for drinks and mingling with local digital media professionals at Villains Tavern in the Arts District of Los Angeles. It was named one of LA Weekly’s top ten bars in downtown Los Angeles and the steampunk-themed bar has a variety of late night snacks and beverages to choose from. We look forward to seeing you there!

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ONA Singapore Launch

Event date: Mar. 9, 2015
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We are pleased to announce the first ONA Asia group is being launched in Singapore. The group is committed to connecting like-minded professionals working in digital journalism across Singapore.

Join us for casual drinks for our first networking event on March 9. It will be a good chance for everyone to connect and for us to hear from you about what you expect from ONA in Singapore.

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ONA DC: Data Visualization for the Real World

Event date: Mar. 24, 2015
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We’re back this month for a data viz discussion! Josh Kadis from Alley Interactive will be thinking about the range of emerging tools out there in his talk “Data Visualization for the Real World” — How do we find a balance between ease-of-use vs. powerful data visualization tools for journalists? Josh will look at examples from recent work with media clients and showcase a new data visualization plugin developed for newsrooms.

We hope to see you on Feb. 24!

— Matt, Tiffany and Jessica

About Josh — Josh Kadis runs product development at Alley Interactive and is responsible for bringing Alley’s internally developed technologies and products to market. He advises clients on their long-term product life cycle and helps digital publishers and content producers build modern sites that meet editorial and advertising needs. Prior to Alley Interactive, Josh was senior technologist at Quartz where he led efforts to improve design processes by incorporating site analytics data and A/B testing. He developed Quartz’s custom WordPress API and plugins for editorial, sales and marketing consumers while overseeing the development of Quartz’s Backbone.js web application. Josh began his career at Big Spaceship and has experience in digital strategy and marketing in the bicycle industry.

About Alley — Alley Interactive is a full-service digital agency that designs and builds large-scale content sites for top publishers and leaders in news media. The firm offers strategy, design and development services across the entire digital product development lifecycle.

Headquartered in New York, Alley Interactive has worked with news media brands including The New Republic, the New York Post, Digiday, European Voice, Sportsnet, Fortune, TIME and nonprofits such as The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. Alley was the only digital agency honored in the News category of the 2014 Webby Awards for our work on The New Republic. More information is available at alleyinteractive.com or on Twitter.

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ONA at OU: First meeting!

Have a passion for online journalism and digital media? Want to learn how to code your own website or want to enhance your already-fabulous HTML skills?

Then come to our first informational meeting! It will be a somewhat-brief, informational meeting in Scripps 001 at 7pm on Wednesday, February 4th. We want to let you know who we are, what our goals are, and what we plan to do to get the organization off the ground.

We’re very excited to start ONA@OU this semester. We hope to have educational activities, speakers, coding sessions, and more – all centered on digital journalism. We’re looking for your experience and leadership to help the organization grow.

If this sounds at all interesting to you, please join us for our first meeting to learn more! And feel free to INVITE ANYONE, all are welcome!

Also hit us up on Twitter: https://twitter.com/ONAatOU


Your Executive Board: Bethany Bella, Liam Niemeyer, and Alex Meyer

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ONA at the Reynolds School: Inaugural Event

All Reynolds School students are invited to attend the first Online News Association networking event on Wednesday, Feb. 4th, from 6 -8 p.m. in the Travis Linn Reading Room located on the first floor of the Reynolds School Building.

The event is titled, “Journalists working online, trends and perspectives,” and will include panel discussions with local media professionals, a question and answer session, networking opportunities and free food.

6:00 – 6:15 … Welcome with ONA Student Founding Members … The Brush Up and the Value of Creating and Experimenting

6:15- 6:30 … Caren Roblin, Audience Analyst, Reno Gazette-Journal … Understanding audiences and the importance of going to ONA conferences

6:30 – 6:50 …. Brian Duggan, Watchdog Content Coach, Reno-Gazette-Journal, Ariana Cramer, Assignment Desk Manager KRNV, Ryan Canaday, Reporter KTVN …. Tools to Enhance and Promote Reporting

6:50 – 7:15 … Stanton Tang, News Director KOLO-TV, Matt McConico, News Director KRNV, Esther Ciammachilli, Host, KUNR … Challenges and Rewards in Moving Content Online

7:15 -7:30 … Discussion among panel members and Q and A session with students.

Tentative: Oculus Rift demonstration by James Ku, consumer experience director, RGJ

7:30 – Networking with free food and drinks. Dean of the Reynolds School Al Stavitsky, RSJ faculty and Brent Boynton, News Director at KNPB, will be present.

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ONA SD: Drones + News Orgs

This special free evening panel event will feature experts from the local San Diego journalism, drone and legal communities to discuss the ever-growing interest and availability of drones for newsgathering and reporting. As the intrigue around new possibilities continues to grow – so too does the confusion around what is in-bounds (legally, ethically and technically). Come be a part of this dynamic discussion as we collectively search for more answers before rushing off to assemble the drone armadas.

Please Register using EVENTBRITE: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ona-sd-presents-drones-news-orgs-understanding-the-evolving-rules-of-engagement-tickets-15469457564

Panel Participants:
Victor Hernandez, ONA San Diego co-chair

Matt Waite, Journalism Professor, Univ. of Nebraska-Lincoln, founder of Drone Journalism Lab
Opening speaker via Google Hangout

Michael Curran, local attorney who represents more than a dozen drone companies

Lucien Miller, CEO Innov8tive Designs

Matt Triplow, Aerialographer.com

Don Shafer, News Director XETV San Diego

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ONA LA: Narrative storytelling for the digital age

Event date: Feb. 26, 2015
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A shift toward e-reading over the last five years has led to a reemergence of longform journalism, with the rise of digital publications devoted to in-depth feature stories, such as Narratively, Kindle Singles, The Big Roundtable, Byliner, The Atavist and many more. This panel will be devoted to what makes for beautiful, captivating feature stories in the digital age, drawing from experts in writing, editing and multimedia. Panelists will discuss how longform journalism will be edited, published, disseminated and valued as it evolves in the digital age.

This panel will also focus on the craft of narrative: how to find great characters, how to report for sense of place details, how to keep readers captivated with cliffhangers, and how to write and structure longform pieces that will be shared widely online. We will discuss narrative writing techniques, and how new and veteran writers can break into narrative storytelling for the web.


Caroline Pham, managing editor of GOOD Magazine (@CoralinePham)

Eric Neel, deputy editor of ESPN Enterprise (@EricNeel)

Lily Mihalik, Digital Design & UX at the Los Angeles Times (@mazet)

Mona Gable, SheBooks author of “Blood Brother” (@monalgable)

Zachary Pincus-Roth, deputy editor overseeing arts and culture at L.A. Weekly (@zpincusroth)

Moderator: Erika Hayasaki, assistant professor in the Literary Journalism Program at the University of California, Irvine (@ErikaHayasaki)

Doors will open at 7 p.m., the discussion will begin at 7:30 p.m. Light refreshments and snacks will be served. If bringing a guest, please list full name in the RSVP. At the door fee: $5 cash.

Maker City LA is located on the 11th floor at 1933 South Broadway, Los Angeles. Street parking is available.

If you’re interested in volunteering for the event, please email Connie at [masked] by Thursday, Feb. 19.

Follow the conversation at #ONALA and special thanks to our sponsor, Maker City LA.

About Maker City LA

Maker City LA, a workspace collective for creative businesses, makers, and entrepreneurs, is housed on the 11th floor of The Reef in downtown Los Angeles. They are dedicated to serving the needs of LA’s creative community by providing inspiring workspace, essential tools of the trade, classes, unique events, and a collaborative environment – all in one place.

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Ball State: Engagement Workshop

What: A workshop on engagement, use of analytics and social media featuring Indianapolis Star engagement editor Amy Bartner.

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ONA San Diego: Twitter chat with @Sree

Hi Everyone! We have an exciting kickoff to 2015! Digital Media Guru and ONA founder, Sree Sreenivasan will join us for a Twitter Chat next Tuesday, January 27 at 4 p.m. (PT) to discuss the future of digital media in 2015. Join us for this exciting chat on Twitter using the hashtag ‪#‎onasdchat‬.

Check out Sree’s recent TedX videos: http://bit.ly/sreetedxvideos

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