ONA just wrapped up its annual conference in Atlanta, and by all accounts, it was fantastic. Of course, not all of us had the opportunity to attend. Fortunately, some of our members were there, and they plan to share what they learned at our next ONA NC Triangle Meetup! Come down to McClatchy Interactive and hear from Suzanne Levinson, Ariella Monti and others as they report back to us on new developments in news and technology. Snacks will be served.
ONA Local events
The Center for Public Interest Journalism sent out some of our Philly reporting peers to Atlanta for October’s national Online News Association conference. Let’s hear what our friends learned when they went to the mothership.
We did this last year and it was tons of fun. Come out and hear from attendees.
More and more news aggregators are angling for the eyeballs of mobile users. What are they doing to distinguish themselves? What are they learning about the way we consume the news on our phones and tablets? And what can journalists do to better serve their mobile audiences? Hosted by Mobiles Republic, this meeting will bring together some of the hottest names in the mobile news business to analyze these trends.
Join us for light refreshments and schmoozing at 7 p.m. followed by a panel discussion at 8 p.m.. Space is limited, so reserve your slot now.
Over the course of the past year, a number of online and mobile-centric news outlets have experimented with unique approaches to tracking stories online — approaches that challenge traditional notions of “the beat” and “the article”. What opportunities, beyond live blogging and tweeting, does the digital age offer journalists attempting to track evolving narratives and ideas?
Join the Online News Association’s New York Group on October 9th for a conversation with three innovative newsmakers whose experiments in story tracking are leading the trend:
Gideon Lichfield, Global News Editor, Quartz (read his thoughts on organizing newsrooms around “obsessions” rather than beats) — @glichfield
Moderator: Anjali Mullany, News Editor, Fast Company Digital — @anjalimullany
Doors will open at 6pm; the discussion will begin at 6:30pm.
Follow the conversation online with #ONANYC!
Open government data, FOIA request results, and even just walking around the neighborhood all give us data to tell a new story or create a cool visualization. But rarely does the data come in an easy-to-use format.
Join Hacks/Hackers and the Online News Association on Oct. 8 to learn three ways to make that intractable data useful.
Noah Veltman is a 2013 Knight-Mozilla Fellow at the BBC. He’s done a lot of neat data projects including a map of the history of street names in San Francisco, which involved *gasp* calling actual human beings to gather all his data. Noah is currently working on opening up the street history project for other cities, like Philly.
Manuel Aristarán is a 2013 Knight-Mozilla Fellow at La Nacion on Buenos Aires, Argentina. He’s working on a tool called Tabula that extracts tabular data from PDFs. Tabula helps solve the frustrating problem of accessing data trapped in PDFs.
A team of mapping enthusiasts ran a couple of balloon mapping workshops this spring and summer to get a birds-eye view of places in the region. They then used an open source tool from the Public Labto compile photographs of the area.
You can make amazing infographics to enhance your website , article or blog using Excel. What better way to breakdown information from your story than to allow your readers to visualize it using an infographic. You don’t have to be a designer, pay someone to build them for you, or send it to the design department, you can do it yourself.
Taught at the Microsoft Store Fashion Valley by one of their instructors, this is a great way to get start building infographics yourself.
This infographic was made using Excel.
Come join your friendly ONADC Meetup group for some delicious drinks and snacks and a discussion of what kinds of digital monetization strategies are working in Asia, Europe and South America.
Our featured talk will be from Stian Remaad, VP Business Development at Norwegian company, cXense. Stian advises publishers and publisher groups from Peru to Singapore how to establish and deploy targeting strategies for advertising and content. He will share his experiences on how publishers can position, and leverage technology to gain insights and increase user engagement and monetization.
Join us, won’t you.
Jessica, Tiffany and Matt
Summer is coming to an end, and ONA Toronto thinks it’s time to come together and connect with our summer social.
We’ve arranged a private event at Kensington Market’s Handlebar, and here is the agenda:
6:30-7 p.m.: Arrival.
7-8 p.m.: In five minute blocks, attendees are invited to come up to the front to share with the group one of the following:
- Demo a cool project you worked on in your newsroom this summer.- Discuss a digital journalism challenge you or your organization came up against this summer and share you how solved it.- Share some professional development you’ve been doing (a course, a personal project, a visit to another newsroom). Make sure to include lessons learned.- We’re open to other ideas!
The key here is to make sure that you leave your audience with 1 or 2 take-aways they can apply to their own life/career. For questions please email firstname.lastname@example.org
8 p.m.: Draw for door prizes (Stay tuned to hear more about the cool prizes we’re getting donated – all proceeds will go back to ONA Toronto, to help fund future events)
8 p.m. onwards: Socialize
Journalism’s rapid and ardent embrace of social media also has its downside. Standards and practices for social media vary, if they exist at all. Tweets of unverified information in breaking news situations can sow havoc. And, as Reddit’s misguided online witch hunt for suspects after the Boston Marathon Bombing recently proved, the online crowd is not always so wise. What can journalists do to make social media as ethical as it is effective?
Join us for networking at 6:30 pm and a panel discussion at 7:00 pm.
Dean Wright became an innovator in online news in 1996 when, after 25 years in print and wire journalism, he joined the newly launched MSNBC.com, eventually rising to Vice President and Editor-in-Chief. In 2005, he moved to Thomson Reuters, where he established consumer websites in China, Japan, India, the UK and the US. As Global Editor for Ethics and Standards at Thomson Reuters, he developed policies and practices for editorial quality, transparency, social media and anti-bribery and corruption training. He now consults with media organizations worldwide from Bellingham, Wash.
Joan Connell is an award-winning journalist with a longstanding interest in digital media, ethics and moral issues. After a long career as a writer and editor specializing in religion and ethics, she spent eight years at MSNBC.com as executive producer for Opinions in Redmond, Wash. She then served as Online Editor at The Nation Magazine in New York and later Associate Director of the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma at Columbia University School of Journalism. She currently works as a media consultant in Bellingham, Wash. and teaches media ethics, narrative nonfiction and news writing at Western Washington University.
Dr. Stephen J.A. Ward is Professor and Director of the UO’s George S. Turnbull Center for Media in Portland, Oregon. Previously, he was the Burgess Chair of Journalism Ethics and founding director of the Center for Journalism Ethics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. For 14 years, he was a foreign reporter, war correspondent and newsroom manager. He is the founding chair of the ethics committee for the Canadian Association of Journalists. Prof. Ward is the author of the award-winning The Invention of Journalism Ethics, plus Global Journalism Ethics, Ethics and the Media: An Introduction, and most recently, Global Media Ethics: Problems and Perspectives.
Moderator: Morgan Holm is Vice President of News and Public Affairs at Oregon Public Broadcasting in Portland. He has served as news director, host, producer and reporter since joining OPB in 1990.