ONA Local events

ONA Boston: Post-ONA14 recap

Attending the annual Online News Association conference this month? Not going and wish you were? Join us for drinks and a discussion about lessons from ONA14.

We’ll be meeting up at Fort Point’s Lucky’s Lounge on Oct. 7 at 7 p.m. Come with notes from the conference, questions, or just a desire to mingle with other local online journalists.

Hope you can join us!

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ONA Miami: News team, assemble!

The Online News Association conference in Chicago is approaching and it’s been a while since we’ve seen each other.

Let’s get together on Sat., Sept. 20 at 7 p.m. at Gramps in Wynwood. Anyone interested in digital news and storytelling is welcome.

This gathering is made possible by the Miami Herald Media Company and the South Florida Black Journalists Association.

The first 40 people will get 1 drink ticket. Gramps is extending its happy hour, which is half off on wells and select drafts, to our group from 7 p.m.-9 p.m.
Ask And Offer

As a huge fan of Shine Theory, we’re going to do an Ask and Offer exercise during the event. When you RSVP, you will be asked to answer these questions.

Ask: Share what you want to learn. Want to know how to make a GIF? How about learning Javascript? Don’t be afraid to ask.

Offer: Share what you can teach others in return. It can be anything, like pet training or headline writing tips.

Can’t make it? No worries. In the meantime, ask us what you want to learn and offer skills you can share with the group. We hope to get together more often.

If you have any questions, contact Stefania Ferro at [masked] or on Twitter @cantcacheme.

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ONA ATL & SPJ Georgia: Social Media Panel

Join the ONA Atlanta local group and Society of Professional Journalists Georgia for a panel and discussion on how journalists can expand their reach and tailor their market using social media.

Featured Panel Speakers:
Anna Gonzalez, Social Media Manager for CNN

Candace McCaffery, Principal, CKM Communications

Sunni Thompson, Director of Content Marketing for JWT Atlanta

Michelle Serra, Social Media Manager for AJC

The panel will be preceded and followed by a mixer with your fellow journalists. Attendees pay for their own food and drinks.

To contact ONA Atlanta, email Atlanta@journalists.org or tweet at @onaatl.

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ONA at Mizzou: ONA Open Newsroom

Student are welcome to come in and work on journalism assignments, ask for help with software and provide peer edits and reviews of stories they’re working on. ONA at Mizzou’s executive board and Amy Simons, the faculty mentor, will be there to help facilitate discussion and assist students.

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ONA Sacramento: How to succeed in social media

Do your cop calls. Write your web text. Take photos. Film your teases. Make deadlines.

With all the demands faced by modern journalists, how can they find the time to be active on social media?

In an effort to answer that question, ONA Sacramento has assembled a panel of four journalists and social media stars for a free discussion at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 26 in the Sacramento Bee’s third-floor conference room. The panelists will talk about how they got involved in social media, their social strategies and what they do to fit social into their day.

The panel includes:

• Sam Amick, USA Today (@sam_amick)

• Joe Davidson, the Sacramento Bee (@SacBee_JoeD)

• John Myers, KQED (@JohnMyers)

• Cristina Mendonsa, News10 (@CristinaNews10)

The moderator will be ONA Sacramento’s own Nate Miller (@journalistnate)

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.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

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ONA LA: Picnic/Summer Jam

Event date: Aug. 23, 2014
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Join us for an end-of-summer bash!

We’re having a get-together with food, fun and friends. Feel free to bring a frisbee or two and board games. It’s a potluck picnic, so please sign up and let us know what you’re bringing.

Meet at the park benches next to Trails Cafe and parking is available on the street.

Trails Cafe:
2333 Fern Dell Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90068

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ONA San Diego: Technology as an equalizer in journalism?

We know it’s been a while, but we’re ready and excited for our next meet-up event!

Victor Hernandez, News Futurist with CNN Worldwide, will be joining us for a conversation about the current and future role of technology in the news cycle.

With the rise of citizen journalists, bloggers, social media and new media, technology has created a space for just about anyone to contribute to the creation of news – and at a much faster pace. Some argue it’s become the great equalizer for available resources in the arena of news.

But do the growing trends of “click-bait” and the sensationalization of headlines encouraged by technology threaten the quality of journalism?

In this role, Hernandez is charged with shaping critical vision and strategies around emerging technologies against CNN’s journalistic objectives and opportunities, giving him a unique perspective on the subject.

We’re also inviting the SD Bloggers MeetUp Group and journalists from around San Diego for a lively dialogue including a variety of perspectives and experiences.

Our goal is to create a space for San Diego journalists, bloggers, social media professionals, and anyone interested in journalism to come together and discuss these issues – and of course to meet new people!

Join us on Wednesday August 6th at Co-Merge Work Space (downtown) to join the conversation.

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ONA DC August Meetup — Trove

Event date: Aug. 26, 2014
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Trove welcomes ONA members to hear what it takes to move from a traditional newsroom to a tech startup environment.

If you aren’t familiar with Trove, we aggregate news from thousands of sources, allowing readers to create customized news streams on any topic.

In addition the reader-curated “Troves”, readers can also follow verticals curated by a team of editors.

Trove editors bring a wealth of journalism experience in both traditional and digital newsrooms. They will be there to answer your questions about what it is like to work at a tech company and the skills you need.

Trove’s director of engineering can also answer any questions about technical skills journalists should learn.

Feel free to check out Trove online (or visit us in the app store) before the meeting,

Hope to see you there.

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ONA Philly: #SRCCON Meetup

Meet news coders from around the country.

SRCCON is a global conference for developers, interactive designers, and other people who love to code in and near newsrooms that is happening in Old City Thurs. July 24-25.

So let’s get some local Philadelphia news and media leaders to come have a beer to mix with such leaders from around the world.

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ASJA New Avenues in Journalism

Event date: Oct. 10, 2014
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Faced with sweeping changes in their industry, three leading journalism organizations are holding a conference to help freelance writers re-envision their careers.

New Avenues in Journalism will bring together media innovators to coach freelancers about custom content, new publishing models, crowd, funding, venture capital, grants and fellowships and other sources of income.
Sponsored by the American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA), San Francisco State University (SFSU) Journalism Department and the Online News Association (ONA), the conference will take place Oct. 10-11, 2014, in the SFSU Humanities Building.

Keynoter and preeminent tech journalist Kara Swisher is the former co-host of AllThingsD. She will give her view of the shifting world of independent journalism in her address. Swisher recently embarked in her own entrepreneurial venture as co-CEO of the tech blog Re/code

Much of the meeting will address the burgeoning field of custom content — journalistic articles commissioned to support products and services.

Other speakers will discuss how writers can secure funding from investors, foundations and philanthropists; successfully act as their own publishers; and sell merchandise and consulting as auxiliary income.

Attendees can choose the full day on Friday ($195 for 10 am – 4:30 pm plus networking event) and/or the half day on Saturday ($95 for 9 am to noon). Admission includes an informal lunch and a wine reception Friday. ONA and ASJA members will receive a discount.

For more information visit http://asjaconferences.org/sf2014/ starting August 1, 2014 when registration opens.

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