ONA Local events

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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ONA Atlanta: Spring Mixer

Come and mingle with online news folks from the ATL. Beer and apps on us.

Remember to bring extra business cards for networking and we will also have a “networking cork board” if a colleague is unable to attend and would like their card displayed.

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ONA DC: Bonus Meetup: ZURB

Event date: Jun. 4, 2014
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ONADC friends,

Here’s information on a cool product design roadshow coming to D.C. on Wednesday. You can register through Eventbrite. Details follow. Hope you can swing by.

ZURB is taking product design on the road to share our knowledge, experience and stories around the world. Next stop is Washington, D.C., where we’ll be visiting our friends at the Washington Post.
We’ll be hosting a Product Design meetup at the Post with a little help from Hacks/Hackers and the Online News Association.

For more than 16 years, we’ve helped people roll up their sleeves and build product with people firmly in mind. But what does it mean to design for people? What does it take? We’ll chat how we design customer-centric products and share what we’ve learned from working with startups and large companies.

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ONA UK: Video For Digital Platforms: What’s Working?

Event date: Jun. 10, 2014
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News video for digital platforms is on the rise. How is it different from broadcast TV? At the second ONA UK event of 2014, we’ll explore what works and what doesn’t, as well as practical advice on the ideal duration for digital news videos, and what style works best.

Our panel includes:
John Pullman, Global Editor, Reuters Video News (moderator)
Sue Brooks, Director of Video Transformation, Associated Press
Ben Bevington, Head of Video Production, Online and TV, BBC Washington

The discussion will be followed by networking drinks.

This event is hosted and supported by BBC College of Journalism

John Pullman is the global editor of Reuters Video News, based in London.
He runs a team of more than 250 journalists around the world delivering video to broadcasting and online customers. He joined Reuters in 2010. Previously he worked a senior level in television news in the UK, and was one of the founding managers of the Al Jazeera English news network, based in Qatar.

Sue Brooks, Director of Video Transformation, Associated Press
Over the past 2 years she has headed up a team responsible for revolutionizing the way AP distributes video to digital customers around the globe. She conceived and created AP Video Hub, the video delivery platform designed for websites and portals who want access to AP’s award-winning broadcast video. The Hub launched in beta in April 2012 and now counts some of the world’s biggest media as video customers including the Daily Mail, the Wall Street Journal and Expressen.se A journalist with 25 years’ experience in newspapers, radio and television, Sue has worked in many of the UK’s leading newsrooms, including ITN where she was a Programme Editor at News at Ten. Sue is a Columbia University Sulzberger fellow.

Ben Bevington is the commissioning editor for TV and online news at the BBC’s Washington bureau.

For the past three years he has helped develop the BBC’s digital video strategy, experimenting with new storytelling techniques that work across platforms. Before that he was BBC Newsnight’s North American producer, and covered Obama’s historic election campaign in 2008 as well as the financial crash and Great Recession. He started out as a reporter on the Shropshire Star newspaper back in 1997 before moving to Westminster as a political reporter for the Midland News Association. He joined the BBC in 2003, working as a producer for Breakfast With Frost, Breakfast and Newsnight.

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