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ONA Pittsburgh: Data Visualization for Journalists and Media

Online News Association Code Academy

Are you interested in making your stories more dynamic, but not sure how to do it? This four hour workshop will explore basic workflows and techniques for using data to tell stories. We will also be using data to generate maps and charts that are dynamic and generated from real civic data provided in partnership with Pittsburgh OpenData, our Code for America brigade. We will also explore ways to take the visualizations created and place them online!
The software we will be using is Tableau Public, the free version of Tableau, one of the most popular data visualization packages in journalism. It works on both PCs and Macs, and is a free download at https://public.tableau.com/s/.

Bring your own laptop. No coding skills are required—basic computer literacy is all that’s needed.

We know that you all are busy individuals, so we are offering this workshop on two consecutive days. Note that the content of two days will be identical—no need to come to both!

Workshop hours:
Friday 9am to 1pm, Saturday 9am to 1pm

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ONA Toronto: Inside The Globe and Mail’s new mobile app

Earlier this spring, The Globe and Mail launched a radical redesign of its mobile apps. We chat with Matt Frehner, The Globe’s Senior Editor for Mobile & Interactive News, about the strategy behind the Globe’s app and how the newsroom has changed in order to serve its growing mobile audience.

You can see the app here.

Q&A to start at 7 pm.

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ONA Rocky Mountains: Show Us Your Apps

I’ll show you mine if you show me yours… apps I mean.

We’re going to meet at the Denver Press Club on July 10 at 7 p.m. to network, share ideas and show off your favorite mobile journalism tools. Please bring at least one app or smartphone tool to show off and teach to the rest of us.

It’ll be like speed-dating for our phones.

Bring a few dollars for the bar and meet us there!

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ONA PDX: Hollywood Theatre “Media Mingle”

ONAPDX is tagging along as the Hollywood Theatre holds its first Media Mingle. Let’s mingle with them at the Waypost on June 8. Here’s the info:

Our inaugural Media Mingle is scheduled for Monday, June 8th with Portland’s first Creative Laureate, Julie Keefe at The Waypost, 3120 N Williams Ave, Portland from 6:30pm – 8:00pm. This event is free and open to the public.

Julie Keefe is a professional documentary photographer who work has been featured in publications such as the Skanner, Oregonian, New York Times, The National, Washington Post, NW Examiner, Glamour. Julie will be speaking about the Hello Neighbor project she created in partnership with Caldera from 7pm – 7:30pm. We are fortunate to have her as our first Media Mingle presenter!

The Hollywood Theatre Education Programs’ Media Mingle is an ongoing series of informal get togethers featuring thought provoking presentations by compelling media artists. With these events we hope to spark collaboration, inspiration and further community amongst media arts educators, advocates and enthusiasts living and working in the Pacific Northwest.

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ONA DC: Secrets of a Top-Notch Email Newsletter

Event date: Jun. 3, 2015
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We are excited to hear from Caitlin Dewey of The Washington Post next week.

Have you heard? Blogs are over and email newsletters are here. Tools like MailChimp and Tinyletter make it easier than ever to reach your audience in the space that’s never closed— their inbox. But how do you make sure yours doesn’t end up in the trash?

Caitlin Dewey, editor of the Washington Post’s Intersect blog and creator of the amazing daily newsletter “Links I would chat you if we were friends,” is here to help. She’ll share some of the secrets of her successful newsletter, talk about what makes some of her favorite newsletters great, and even take a look at yours and give you some pointers.

We had been trying to schedule this for May, but all the timing just worked out so we’re doing this one in early June. Thanks to Elizabeth Scheltens at Scripps for hosting and coordinating this excellent evening. Hope you can join us!

— Tiffany, Matt and Jessica


6:45 – 7:15 pm – Mix and mingle

7:15 pm – Newsletter program starts


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: Planning Meeting

ONA Sacramento is working to provide local journalists with opportunities to learn more about new and emerging technologies while better reaching their communities, and we need your help! On May 12 we’ll be holding an open board meeting to discuss our plans for the coming year and exciting ways you might contribute to our efforts and organization. Stop by, have a drink and chat with the ONA Sacramento organizing committee for more details!

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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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