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ONADC: The Deuce

Event date: Feb. 25, 2014
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February is a short month, but it is full of love. As our special valentine to all of you, we present ANOTHER FABULOUS MEETUP, or ONADC February Meetup: Part 2, The Deuce.

I know. We can hardly believe it ourselves. But this is real. This is happening. And you can be there. So without further ado, we give you –

Behind the scenes: How The Washington Post launches major digital projects

New Initiatives in 2014, Emilio Garcia-Ruiz, Managing Editor

Fast Development, Yuri Victor, UX Director

Breaking (Video) News, Phoebe Connelly, Sr. Producer, PostTV

Know more about Know More, Max Ehrenfreund, Reporter, Engagement Team

Black Budget Database, Kat Downs, Graphics Director

How Capital Weather Gang covers a storm, Jason Samenow, Weather Editor

See. We told you we loved you. Do you believe it now?


Tiff, Matt, Jess

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ONA SF: Ebooks, Etc: What Flies and Flops in the New Long-Form Journalism

Event date: Mar. 4, 2014
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As nostalgics mourn the death of good journalism, some great, true (and lengthy!) storytelling is cropping up in newfangled formats: ebooks, blog sites, and web novellas like the New York Times’ “Invisible Child.” What’s stirring this rebirth of long-form, and how do we seize its opportunities? Where lies the quicksand? Is all this experimentation actually financially sustainable? And what could we do through these new platforms that we’ve never done before?

Hosted by the storytelling innovators at Byliner, this panel brings together pioneers engaged in the form via all angles: writer, editor, publisher, critic/consumer. Join us for light refreshments and schmoozing at 6:30, followed by the panel at 7:15. Space is limited, so reserve your slot early.

Panelists include:

Mark Armstrong
— founder of Longreads, the first global community dedicated to finding and sharing outstanding in-depth storytelling on the web; content strategist

Jim Daly – executive producer at Byliner; previously the founding editor of TED Books and Business 2.0 magazine

Laura Fraser — co-founder and editorial director of Shebooks.net, the publishing platform for short ebooks by and for women; freelance writer and author of the NYT Best-selling memoir An Italian Affair

Jon Mooallem — contributing writer to the New York Times Magazine; writer-at-large for Pop-Up Magazine; author of Wild Ones and the Atavist ebook American Hippopotamus

Moderated by Grace Rubenstein — multimedia editor of TED Books and regular contributor at KQED radio and KQED.org

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ONA Philly: Making a living as a freelancer

Come to this roundtable discussion and Q&A session with some of Philadelphia’s most successful freelance writers and editors, the ones who are doing both work they care about and work that pays the bills to put together a meaningful career as a freelance reporter, editor or journalist. Hear what it takes and ask questions about breaking in, during a joint event from ONA and the newly formed local chapter of the Editorial Freelancers Association.

Our speakers will include:

Tom Ciavarella — editor by trade, entrepreneur by choice and a career content developer. As the founder of Smarter Learning LLC, Tom provides agency services for authors, editorial oversight of manuscripts and content development for mobile applications. He’s an EFA chapter coordinator.

Sarah Grey — freelance writer and editor at Grey Editing LLC specializing in history, sociology, media studies and geopolitics and EFA chapter coordinator. Her writing has been published in the Rust Belt Rising Almanac, Grid, Motivos, Monthly Review and International Socialist Review, among others.
• Patrick Kerkstra — award-winning journalist, former Inquirer City Hall reporter turned Philadelphia magazine and PlanPhilly city politics reporter.
• Alaina Mabaso — associate editor of the Broad Street Review and freelance reporter who has written for local publications including NewsWorks and Grid.

Jen Miller — author and accomplished features scribe for periodicals including Runner’s World, the New York Times, Details, Men’s Health, AARP The Magazine, among others.

Maryam Ronagh — editor with a background in scholarly and scientific publishing, and experience hiring and working with freelancers in the U.S. and abroad. Founder of Farmanesh Publications, a textbook publisher based in Tehran, and a published author in the field of manufacturing engineering.

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ONA San Diego: How to Cover the Next Big Natural Disaster/Crisis

Special ONA Breakfast Panel: How to Cover the Next Big Natural Disaster/Crisis in San Diego
Friday, March 14, 2014 | 7- 8 a.m. Breakfast Panel;

What: This special free breakfast panel will feature local San Diego journalists, scientists, crisis communicators, and educators talking about how San Diego can prepare for the next wildfire, earthquake or other disaster

San Diego State Crisis Training Program – “How to Cover Wildfires and More”
Friday, March 14, 2014 | 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. Training Program

What: This training program will help you to learn about crisis communication strategies and resources that can be used in the event of a wildfire and other crises/disasters in the San Diego region.

Where: Visualization Center on SDSU Campus

Cost: Free

Stay for the breakfast panel or stay all day!!

Refreshments, lunch and parking will be provided.

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ONA NYC: The Future of UGC and the News

The last few years have seen a huge proliferation of user generated content (UGC) in newsrooms. But what is next?
What steps can newsrooms take to go from training staff on how to verify content to using UGC to really find the stories and voices that aren’t being covered? How can journalists and sites prevent errors? Who owns the data uncovered by UGC and how is it being preserved?

Join the Online News Association’s New York group at the NYC Bureau of the Associated Press on Tuesday, February 18th for a conversation with five experts in different areas of UGC and crowdsourcing to tackle these questions and others. We hope you will join us!


Eric Carvin, Social Media Editor, AP — @EricCarvin
Mark Little, Founder/CEO, Storyful — @marklittlenews

Erik Martin, General Manager, reddit — @hueypriest

Katie Rogers, Social News Editor, Guardian US — @katierogers‎

Julie Whitaker, Social Media Editor, WNYC — @julesdwit‎

Moderator: Elana Zak, Social Media Producer, WSJ — @elanazak

Doors will open at 6:15 p.m.; the discussion will begin at 7:00 p.m.

Light refreshments will be served.

Follow the conversation online with #ONANYC!

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ONA NYC: Workshop: Using Design Thinking for Digital Storytelling in the Post-Sandy Era

Would you like to spend the day with some of the industry’s leading design & climate adaptation experts to develop more effective ways to communicate about these issues?

This interactive workshop is for journalists, editors, designers, developers and problem solvers. You’ll spend the day geeking out with like-minded unicorns, adding tools to your creative toolkit and finding friends to collaborate with on your next passion project.

You will be immersed in human-centered design methods and learn how to leverage them to better understand and engage new audiences, how to harness the power of new technologies, and how to create more real and dynamic stories that resonate. This workshop is ten dollars.

You don’t want to miss this.

Our Hosts

Event hosted by AdaptNY, CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, Center for Community and Ethnic Media, and the Online News Association.

Our Leaders

A. Adam Glenn, editor, AdaptNY & associate professor, CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, @AdaptNY & @AAdamGlenn

Reggie Murphy, Electronic Ink, @reggiemurphy

Nelson Hsu, Project Thunderdome at Digital First Media, @hsunelson

Julie Westfall, Project Thunderdome at Digital First Media, @JulieWestfall

Skeleton Schedule for the Day

8 a.m. to 9 a.m.: Breakfast

9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.: Introduction and learning more about the design challenge

10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.: Interviews with constituents

11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.: Learn how personas can help you & develop your personas for this design challenge


1 p.m. to 2 p.m.: Brainstorm Ideas

3 p.m. to 5 p.m.: Prototype and Iterate

5 p.m. to 6 p.m.: Share & the happiest of hours

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ONA at Mizzou: Build an Interactive Map

Event date: Jan. 30, 2014
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David Herzog, associate professor and academic adviser to the National Institute for Computer-Assisted Reporting, will be leading the hands-on workshop that will be open to anybody who is interested on how to build an interactive map in 60 minutes.

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ONADC: Surveillance Reform

Event date: Feb. 11, 2014
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Last June, we learned that the U.S. government was spying on Americans. Since then, we have learned much more, such as that the NSA’s bulk collection of Americans’ communications by Americans has not been essential to preventing terrorist attacks and that the system of oversight for intelligence activities is broken. The NSA and the Obama Administration have misled Congress and the American people, who have likely had their constitutional rights violated.

This month, the President gave a landmark speech, acknowledging the dangers posed to our civil liberties by unchecked and overreaching intelligence gathering, but was scant on specific reforms. What needs to change?

Of course, without whistleblowing by NSA contractor Edward Snowden there never would have been such a speech, public discussion, or opportunity for reform. Snowden’s classified revelations are arguably the most consequential since the Pentagon Papers—and also the most controversial. Snowden is a hero to some, a traitor to others. Were there “safe channels” he could have used, as President Obama has said? What is the value of his whistleblowing? What are the prospects for future Snowdens?

Angela Canterbury, our speaker, is an experienced advocate, policy analyst, and public campaign strategist who serves as the Director of Public Policy at the Project On Government Oversight (POGO) in Washington, DC. Founded in 1981, the Project On Government Oversight is a nonpartisan independent watchdog that champions good government reforms. POGO’s investigations into corruption, misconduct, and conflicts of interest achieve a more effective, accountable, open, and ethical federal government. At POGO, Canterbury advances public policies to combat corruption and to promote openness and accountability in government. She has been instrumental in efforts that have improved the financial regulatory system, lobbying and congressional ethics rules, whistleblower protections, the Freedom of Information Act, and other open government initiatives. She has testified before Congress and been quoted or appeared in several news outlets. Prior to joining POGO, Canterbury served as the director of advocacy for Public Citizen’s Congress Watch division, and before that she worked with the League of Women Voters of the U.S. Prior to that she worked with democracy and civil society programs in Ukraine, and was formerly a campaign manager and political consultant.

This meetup is $6.


Jessica, Matt and Tiffany

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ONA Boston: New Year kickoff

Our resolution for 2014: Get this group together more often.

We’re kicking off the New Year with a meet-up at The Field in Central Square on Jan. 15 at 7 p.m. Come, have a couple, chat with fellow online journos, and give us your feedback on our plans for ONA Boston in 2014.

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ONA Atlanta: First Event!

Come and mingle with online news folks from the ATL and have a drink and a nosh on us.

Let’s share what projects we’ve been up to, and let’s come up with some great ideas for future meetups, talks, and whatever else inspires you.

For more updates about ONA Atlanta, follow us on Twitter @ONAATL.

Looking forward to seeing you at Mellow Mushroom!
Cynthia, Sarah, Melanie and your friends at ONA

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