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ONA SF: What’s New with Google News: Evolving in the Digital Age

Event date: May. 13, 2015
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For 15 years, Google News has been connecting news junkies from around the world to over 60,000 publishers via the magic of news clustering. How can an algorithm aggregate and personalize hundreds of thousands of articles in near real-time? How is Google News evolving with a rapidly shifting, increasingly social and mobile media landscape? What can news creators do to become trusted sources in this new media world?

Find out what Google News has been up to and how the team makes product decisions with Community Manager Stacie Chan and Product Manager James Morehead.

Mingle: 5-5:30pm

Event: 5:30-7pm, Q&A to follow

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ONA LA: May Mixer with IRE Los Angeles

Event date: May. 12, 2015
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Located on the same property of the historic Sportsmen Lodge, the River Rock Lounge is a swanky watering hole with the feel of 1960s “Mad Men” cool. The River Rock offers an extensive menu of fine wines, specialty cocktails, craft beers and bar staples such as Hot Wings and Calamari as well as more exotic offerings like Roasted Pears in a Balsamic Reduction. Here’s a sneak peek of what’s in store.

We’ll be hanging out on the patio, so come buy a drink and meet colleagues from IRE Los Angeles who will be joining us for this special joint event.
Parking: Free lot parking (no valet)

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ONA Sacramento: Using online video to engage your community

Did you know that billions of people watch video on Facebook and YouTube every day? On April 28 you can learn tips and tricks from three local journalists who have used online video to engage with their community.

Our panelists will include:

• Andrew Nixon, multimedia producer, Capital Public Radio – Bio | On Twitter: @cpr_andrew

• Darren McQuade, multimedia journalist/photographer, Fox40 – On Twitter: @breakinnewsboy

• Hayley Guenthner, morning reporter, News10 – Bio | On Twitter: @news10_cahayley

Our discussion will be followed by a mixer and snacks. You’ll have the opportunity to learn more about ONA Sacramento and the great services we’re providing to local journalists.

On-street parking is plentiful.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Want to help ONASacramento spread the word about this great event? Tweet the URL for this Meetup with the hashtag #ONAvideo and mention @ONASacramento!

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ONA PDX: Trivia for Portland Journalism Nerds

Online News Association Portland is back.

After a year in hibernation, we’ve brought new and old blood together to bring you what the Portland area has long yearned for: an email events list and a regular series of social gatherings for journalists and journalist sympathizers.

Our first gathering is a TRIVIA FOR PORTLAND JOURNALISM NERDS meetup and happy hour mixer at The Waypost. Roll in before 7 pm for the best prices.

There will be prizes.

You should also sign up with our Facebook and Twitter feeds and for Portland Newsies, ONA board member Sarah Mirk’s awesome new twice-a-month email newsletter of journalism-related events around the Portland area. Great things are happening, so bring a friend! We’re eager to see you there.

(Also listed as a Facebook event.)

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ONALA: Happy Hour with JAWS SoCal

Event date: Apr. 21, 2015
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Meet up with local media folks and the Journalism and Women Symposium (JAWS) SoCal for Happy Hour – menu and drink specials offered at Far Bar until 7 p.m. Enjoy dishes such as Wasabi Fries, Teriyaki Sliders and Ming’s Wings. Far Bar was named one of the 10 best pub grub happy hours by LA Weekly and one of the best late-night happy hours by LAist – here’s a sneak peek of what’s in store.

Parking is available for a $3 flat rate after 5 p.m. at the Aiso Parking Lot (101 N Judge John Aiso St., Los Angeles) or you can get to Far Bar by taking the Metro Gold Line (Little Tokyo/Arts District station).

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ONA San Diego: Spring Journalism Mixer

The local Online News Association group has reserved a patio for us at The Rabbit Hole in Normal Heights – the perfect venue for gabbing and gossiping over drinks.

Who: Asian American Journalists Association SD, Society of Professional Journalists SD, SD Association for Black Journalists, the Online News Association SD, and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists SD

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ONA DC: Welcoming SND

Event date: Apr. 8, 2015
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Join us at NPR on the eve of the annual Society for News Design workshop, SNDDC, as we welcome this awesome collection of creative professionals to Washington. The event should be a fun way to mix and mingle — and sneak a peak inside NPR’s creative process.

We’ll hear from NPR’s creative director, Liz Danzico, who will give us a look at how her team approaches design challenges and builds such fascinating, engaging user experiences.

At the cocktail hour before Liz speaks, ONA regulars can meet SND attendees from around the world, people whose interests overlap with ours in meaningful ways. Many of us are members of both excellent journalism organizations.

Our special thanks to NPR for coordinating this event and generously supporting both ONA and SND. The fine folks at NPR continue to rock.

Please join us for what promises to be an excellent evening.

See you at NPR on April 8!

— Tiffany, Matt and Jessica


6:00 – 7:00 pm – Mix and mingle: Light appetizers, beer, wine and soft drinks on NPR’s gorgeous first floor.

7:00 pm – Inside NPR: The program starts in Studio 1 with Liz Danzico, who will talk about the work her team has been doing recently.


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 PDX: Ken Doctor on Journalism

Ken Doctor, from Newsonomics, will be the keynote speaker at a three-day conference sponsored by the University of Oregon.

“Ken Doctor is a news industry analyst and the author of Newsonomics: Twelve New Trends That Will Shape the News You Get,” — Neiman School of Journalism.

His lecture will be held in the main event room and is free to the public.

The What is Journalism? conference, April 9-11, will explore the past and the future of reporting and how digital technology continues to shape the news industry.

“The conference features a unique coalescing of journalism professionals, media scholars and students, government and community officials, as well as engaged community groups and the public. The event features keynote speakers, roundtables, paper presentations, and productions, in an attempt to answer questions about the changing nature of journalism.”

For more information, follow this link.

The Portland Online News Association Meetup group will gather for a social drink after the event. Details to come.

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ONA Singapore: April Social

Event date: Apr. 6, 2015
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Mark your calendars for our next ONA Singapore social on April 6. It’s at a new venue – L’Entrecote The Annex – opening today in Duxton hill, which serves fantastic french wine, cheese and cold cuts and has a great courtyard.

From 6-8pm drinks will be $5 for house pours, beer and house wine. On top of that, our sponsor this month PR Newswire is putting $500 behind the bar for drinks – so don’t get there too late!

Also coming up in April: UC Berkeley is hosting a 2-day coding workshop for non-programmers working in digital, April 27-28. We have a special discount code for ONA members – instead of the US$925 fee it’s just $500! Email us for the code: onasingapore@gmail.com

Don’t forget to sign up to our mailing list to get all of our updates and special deals here, and please make sure it doesn’t get marked spam.

As always your feedback and ideas are welcome – we want ONA to be useful and relevant to you.

Thank you,

Asha, Alan + Janie

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ONA Toronto: Making UGC work

A decade after the term first hit the mainstream, how is the media industry faring when it comes to embracing user-generated content? Robin McMillan, head of Gastropost Canada, and Jayne Hoogenberk, digital communities strategist for The Weather Network, join us to discuss the state of UGC in Canada and what they’ve learned working with user-generated content. What works, what doesn’t, and who’s ahead of the curve? How has our understanding of UGC evolved over the years? And in a world teaming with nimble, user content-fuelled start-ups, how can legacy media outlets compete?

The event will start at 6:45 pm, with our panelists taking the stage at 7 pm. Bring your questions, and join us afterward for drinks and conversation.

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