ONA Local events

ONA Philly: Brother.ly: Get the inside scoop on local mobile-first news startup

Former Editor in Chief of Digital First Media Jim Brady and former Inquirer Executive Online Editor Chris Krewson are coming together to launch Brother.ly, a soon-to-launch mobile-first news and aggregation tool focused on Philadelphia.

Read about the launch in USA Today.

Come out to the Pen and Pencil Club to hear from Brady and Krewson and talk about the state of the news sharing environment.

The first 20 who arrive (and who RSVPd here) will get a free drink courtesy of our friends at Brother.ly.

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ONA Austin: Tableau 8.2 on a Mac

Tableau has released their looooong-awaited Mac version with Tableau 8.2, and the folks from Tableau Public are coming to town to give us a tour of the new features.

Tableau is drag ‘n’ drop data visualization software that anyone can use to SEE and EXPLORE data. Journalist can use it to explore data to FIND the story and do better reporting, and then to help TELL the story as you publish.

Join Jewel Loree, Senior Data Analyst for Tableau for a demo and question answer question.

Feel free to bring your laptop and follow along.

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ONA NYC: Verifying the News

Join us at Twitter New York for cocktails and a discussion of how reporters and editors are using social media to verify news. Industry colleagues who have sourced news, verified or debunked the reports and crowd-sourced stories — all through social media — will share their stories in a series of lightning rounds.

Twitter’s Mark S. Luckie will also share the latest on Twitter’s tools for verification including TweetDeck and geolocation. More details on speakers to come, but please get in touch with Twitter’s Adrienne Vogt (adriennevogt@twitter.com) if you’re interested in contributing.

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ONA Twin Cities: Happy Hour

Join ONA-TC members for a start of summer happy hour at Chatterbox Pub in St. Paul. Come say hi to old friends, make new ones and brainstorm ideas for upcoming meetups.

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ONA Boston: Why Diversity Matters in Online Journalism

Online news startups are popping up everywhere from legacy news organizations to new media companies, as digital entrepreneurs rethink how journalists report, promote, and present stories. But for all this digital innovation, these startups lag behind the times in one crucial area: their hiring choices.

In a much-discussed column in The Guardian, media pundit Emily Bell argued that startups, such as FiveThirtyEight, Vox.com, and First Look Media, perpetuated the status quo by hiring “clubhouses” of white men. As Bell wrote, “remaking journalism in its own image, only with better hair and tighter clothes, is not a revolution, or even an evolution.”

Gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, and experience disparities remain in many online newsrooms, despite the widely accepted view that diverse staffs produce more well-rounded news coverage.

Join the Online News Association’s Boston group for a panel discussion about diversity in online newsrooms on July 23 at 7 p.m. at WBUR. Food and drinks will be served.

About the panelists:

Michelle Johnson is Associate Professor of the Practice, Multimedia Journalism, Boston University. Johnson is a former editor for the Boston Globe and boston.com. For more than 15 years, she has conducted multimedia workshops for professional journalists and worked with student training programs for a variety of professional journalism organizations including the Maynard Institute, the Online News Association, the National Association of Black Journalists, the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association, the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, the Asian American Journalists Association and UNITY. Johnson currently oversees Boston University News Service, a web-only award-winning news site which showcases work produced by BU’s journalism students.

Zuri Berry is a sports writer and producer for the Boston Globe’s Boston.com, covering the New England Patriots. He also serves as the vice president of the Boston Association of Black Journalists.

Jeanne Brooks is the co-founder and director of News Disruptors, where she designs immersive community experiences that bridge personal and digital connections. She also works for WNYC on audience development and engagement. Previously the Digital Director at the Online News Association, she led the organization’s web, social and communications strategy and produced training programs for digital journalists, including spearheading conference programming and coverage for the acclaimed ONA13 event.

Caroline O’Donovan will moderate the discussion. O’Donovan is a staff writer at Harvard’s Nieman Journalism Lab, where she covers, media, technology and the future of the news business. As a Lab staffer, she’s been heard on both NPR’s All Things Considered and CBS radio. Previously, she was a fellow at Chicago Public Media, where she reported and produced stories in the Chicago area, as well as for American Public Media’s Marketplace.

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ONA Rocky Mountains: Google for Media Presentation

Join us for a presentation from Google for Media’s new Denver Media Outreach Lead, Nicholas Whitaker. He will lead us through several levels of custom data mapping and tutor us on advanced search tips that journalists can use to find existing data sets.
Mr. Whitaker recently moved to the Denver area. His group is a branch of Google focusing on the journalism community by providing trainings, resources and support. He teaches a wide variety of topics and may be available to help you bring the lessons back into your newsroom or classroom.

Learn more about him.

Please bring $5 dollars to cover the price of pizza and soda.

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ONA Pittsburgh: Tour WESA

So it’s time we had an ONA Pittsburgh event outside the Post-Gazette building. WESA’s building on the South Side is so much cooler than ours anyway. Check out where all of Pittsburgh’s NPR magic happens, and meet some other ONA Pittsburgh people.

Tickets are $5 to help with the cost of the refreshments we’ll serve immediately following the tour. We’ll also talk about a few other initiatives we’re trying to put together for upcoming ONA Pittsburgh events, including some possible collaboration with ONA Philly.
Thanks to Ryan Loew for coordinating, and hope to see you there!

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ONA NYC: Super Summer Social

Beat the summer heat – or rain, as the case may be – and join all your best Twitter and IRL friends at ONA NYC’s summer social.

All local journalists are invited to join us to celebrate the official end of the polar vortex, shop talk and network. We can’t promise it will be off the record, but we can promise it will be great fun.

Special thanks to VICE News for hosting. We cant wait to party down in the ‘burg.

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

There will be a cash bar at the event and a liquor sponsor. Please plan accordingly!

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ONADC: Newsweek

Event date: Jun. 16, 2014
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Newsweek Editor-in-Chief Jim Impoco invites members of the ONADC chapter to join him and his DC-based staff for Happy Hour cocktails and hors d’oeuvres at 6 p.m. on June 16, at Solly’s Tavern, 1942 11th St NW (11th & U St.) in Washington.

We’ll be discussing the new Newsweek, relaunched with great fanfare at SXSW as well as the recent Somaly Mam cover story (“Somaly Mam: The Holy Saint (and Sinner) of Sex Trafficking“) that lead to the eponymous founder’s resignation last week, and the future of one of the world’s most iconic magazines.

You’ll be joined by the Newsweek team, including writers Pema Levy, Matthew Cooper & SpyTalk columnist Jeff Stein.

We look forward to seeing you!

— Tiffany, Matt, Jessica and Joey


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 soon. It’s a great organization!

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ONA Sacramento: June Mixer

Join us for mingling and a drink or two at New Helvetia. No strings attached, just an opportunity to meet local journos, hang out and talk a bit about ONA. Bring a friend. Hope to see you there!

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