ONA Local events

ONADC: Power to Fly

Event date: Feb. 3, 2015
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Well, hello!
Happy New Year from your good pals at ONADC. We’ve taken a break from our favorite hobbies (these include: falconry, karaoke, shaping young minds, saving independent media, buying scarves, and origami) to plan TWO (2) fabulous ONADC meetups in February.

The first is coming very soon – Tuesday, Feb. 3rd at 6:30 PM, and it is NOT TO BE MISSED.
You may wonder why. Because our featured speaker is Katharine Zaleski, employee number six at the Huffington Post and the former Executive Director of Digital at The Washington Post. She will discuss how her previous work in some of America’s largest newsrooms has influenced her work co-founding PowerToFly, the rapidly growing global platform changing the nature of work for women and companies.

Katharine will provide actionable tips on how the future is made by people who recognize voids that need to be filled, often by being hyper-aware of fixable issues they see in their own work environments. She’ll also discuss her work with companies like BuzzFeed, Hearst, and DC-based companies to create tech teams that are breaking gender barriers and changing the conversation around work-life balance for women and men.

Women, work and tech. Boom. This is important for all of us. Let’s change the conversation in 2015,y’all.



Tiffany, Matt and Jessica

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ONA NYC: Mobile apps: Not just a small screen

So your news organization has a mobile app. Congratulations! But if you’re just shoveling the work you’re already doing onto a smaller screen, you’re ignoring the fundamental reasons people are consuming their news on mobile devices.

Editors from four apps will discuss how they’ve actually changed their content to suit a mobile audience that has entirely different needs and desires than your www. It’s a new, important area of exploration for journalists; hear from those leading the charge on how you could be doing things differently (and what kind of journalism jobs that creates). We’ll have:

Clifford Levy (@cliffordlevy), editorial lead on NYT Now (download the iPhone app)

Millie Tran (@millie), writer on the upcoming BuzzFeed News App (coming soon, but here’s a Nieman Lab write-up)

Daniel Bentley (@DJBentley), senior editor at Circa (iPhone, Android)

Hailey Persinger, editor at Yahoo News Digest (iPhone, Android)

Moderated by Daniel Victor (@bydanielvictor), The New York Times

Doors will open at 6:30 p.m.; the discussion will begin at 7 p.m. Light snacks and refreshments, including wine, beer and beverages, will be served. We welcome announcements of job openings, which will take place at the end. Follow the conversation online with #ONANYC!

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ONA Rocky Mountains: Get to know other online journalists

Happy New Year!

Now that you’ve had a great holiday and hopefully some vacation time, it is time to plan our ONA local group meetings for the upcoming year.

We’ll gather at the Thirsty Lion at 7 p.m., where we have a reservation for some high top tables. Come hungry, thirsty or just to socialize with like-minded digital journalists.

Please bring some ideas for educational or social events that we can hold during this year. We hope to hold between 4 and 6 events and your ideas will define what they are!

We will also be seeking volunteers for various tasks, so please bring an idea of how or when you might be able to contribute.

Need-to-know stuff:

• This will be a pay-your-own way situation with the restaurant

• If you want to carpool to save on parking in downtown, please message Phil or reply to the group

• Please do RSVP, so I can adjust the reservation if necessary

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ONA Jerusalem: Tipsy Geeks & Journos

You’re invited to join Tipsy Geeks & Journos at 8 p.m. on Dec. 21, hosted by ONA 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 details, or to RSVP, send an email to jerusalem@journalists.org.

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ONA Pittsburgh: Holiday Shindig

Come have a drink to commiserate/celebrate the holiday season, and join us as we bid a very sad farewell to Andrew McGill and Margaret Harding, who are heading to D.C. in January.

We’ll be in the loft (fancy!). This event is $5.

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ONA Twin Cities: Annual Holiday Party

It’s that time of year again! Join ONA-TC and the Minnesota chapter of the Asian American Journalists Association, the Minnesota Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, Twin Cities Black Journalists and National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association for their annual holiday party.

This free event is open to all Minnesota journalists.

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ONA NYC: Holiday Party

Event date: Dec. 15, 2014
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‘Tis the season to eat, drink and be merry! Join all your best Twitter and IRL friends at ONA NYC’s annual Holiday Party.

All local journalists are invited to help us celebrate the end of this year’s news cycle, talk shop and network. We can’t promise it will be off the record, but we can promise it will be great fun. (Bonus: Trivia starts at 8 p.m.)
Your $5 cover fee will go toward one free drink and some finger foods.
Planning to attend? Follow @ONANYC for more details and use the hashtag #ONANYC when tweeting about our events.

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ONADC: The Holiday Party

Event date: Dec. 13, 2014
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Please join us for the annual holiday gathering. There will be plenty of good food and an open bar, plus all your ONADC friends and inevitably enjoyable conversations.

We’re charging $10 to cover costs. Any excess after we pay the bills will be used for the monthly meetup fund. Hope you will be there for the annual* tradition.
We want to hear what worked this year and what we can improve for ONADC in the year ahead. We would love to get more people involved in helping to determine what programs work best, what we can do to make each meetup count, what needs you all are seeing — and how ONA can help. Let’s plan the year ahead!

- Tiffany, Matt and Jessica

* More than four years running, so this meets AP style.

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ONA Seattle: The ethics of reporting on scandal

Event date: Nov. 25, 2014
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Buzzfeed’s Anne Helen Petersen writes longform stories about celebrity gossip, recently gaining attention for taking critics and to task with an analysis of how the world responded to a change in Renée Zellweger’s appearance: What’s Really Behind The Ridicule Of Renée Zellweger’s Face. She’ll visit with ONA Seattle members and guests on Nov. 25 to talk about the ethics of reporting on gossip and scandal — and how journalists can and should guide public discourse.

Her book “Scandals of Classic Hollywood” from Plume/Penguin is a fascinating look at the smear campaigns of Hollywood’s golden era, and how our culture has always been riveted with the scandals of the rich and famous.

Anne Helen Petersen received her Ph.D. in media studies from the University of Texas, where she studied the industrial history of the gossip industry. After teaching in the university setting for several years, she transitioned to full-time feature writing, most recently with BuzzFeed. Her work has appeared in The Believer, The Awl, The Hairpin, Laptham’s Quarterly, The Baffler, Pacific Standard, The Guardian, Los Angeles Review of Books, and Virginia Quarterly Review.

This is the first in a series of events aimed at gathering ONA Seattle members after a long hiatus. Come to find out more about getting involved with ONA Seattle going forward. Non-members are welcome to attend. We’ll adjourn for drinks at a nearby bar after Q&A.

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