ONA Local events

ONA Detroit: Data and digital journalism

Join ONA Detroit for a discussion on local data and journalism. We’re inviting experts in the field to share their experiences and lead a group discussion on how best to find and use data in your reporting. More details to come. Want to help plan the September meeting? Contact Dustin at dblock@mlive.com

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ONADC: Summer Happy Hour

Event date: Aug. 24, 2015
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We’re partnering with DC Media Innovations and Hacks/Hackers DC for happy hour later this month. Join your ONADC friends and meet some other cool people interested in tech and media. If you’ve been coming to our events already we want to see you again!

Come chat with us about what’s coming up this fall in Washington (lots of cool stuff) and get excited for the annual Online News Association conference in L.A.: ONA15 happens Sept. 24-26.

Hope to see you at Science Club!

— Tiffany, Matt and Jessica

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ONA LA: Pre-ONA15 mixer

Event date: Aug. 25, 2015
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The Arsenal is West L.A.’s pre-eminent bar – offering food, classic cocktails, spirits and tap beers to an eclectic mix of local westside patrons. Sitting at the gateway of the Pico Corridor (on the corner of Pico and Bundy Blvd.), The Arsenal is proud to serve as one of the first bars to the Pico area’s booming social scene.

Meet us in The Red Room, which has a speak-easy theme and is the original location from the 1940s and 1950s. Starters include All American Sliders, Southern Fried Chicken Strips and Mac N’ Cheese (a chef’s selection!) plus a varied cocktail and drink menu. You’ll have a chance to meet and mingle before the ONA Conference, the premier gathering of highly engaged digital journalists who are shaping the future of media, taking place at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles from Sept. 24 to 26.

Parking options for The Arsenal include street parking or valet parking – special thanks to The Arsenal for providing space for the evening, we hope to see you there!

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ONA Philly: Can sponsored content be good for journalism?

Each summer, we plan a couple simple happy hours with a topic to prod conversation. This month, come to Morgan’s Pier with your thoughts and fears and excitement over ‘sponsored content’ or ‘native advertising’ or ‘branded coverage’ or whatever you call it: advertorials with client influence that are getting new blood in online news properties. Let’s talk about how it’s working and how it isn’t.

Grab yourself a beer, enjoy the sun (weather permitting) and let’s talk.

As always, we’re looking for future event programming ideas and volunteer organizer interest! See ya then.

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ONA Singapore: August Monthly Social Drinks

We’re getting everyone together in early August, just before everyone leaves town for THAT 4-day weekend. Data analytics firm Cxense will buying a couple of rounds.

See you at Lucha Loco at 15 Duxton Hill; look for us in the garden.

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ONA Sacramento x Google News Workshop

Improve your love-hate relationship with Google. Find what, and whom, you are looking for faster! Stacie Chan, community manager for Google News in California, will join us to offer tips and tricks for journalists trying to get the most out of story-related searches, dispel common Google News myths and take your questions.

The workshop will be followed by a mixer and snacks. You’ll have the opportunity to learn more about ONA Sacramento.

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 and mention @ONASacramento!

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ONADC: A culture-based strategy for innovation

Event date: Jul. 29, 2015
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Join Jeff Sonderman and Tom Rosenstiel of the American Press Institute to discuss — as well as get feedback and direction on — a culture-based strategy for creating innovation in news organizations.

Along with new tools for innovative journalism, and the knowledge of how to use them, news organizations need help with the underlying issues of transformation. A new API report, based on months of research into the opportunities and obstacles to innovation, explores a new way to do that.

With the support of a grant from the Knight Foundation, a team from the American Press Institute visited a variety of news organizations and conducted human-centered design research to better understand the human, cultural and institutional factors that either enable or stifle innovation. Separately and simultaneously, API also commissioned an in-depth report examining best practices and ideas from some of the most innovative news organizations and news leaders.

Let’s talk about what the reports reveal and share strategies for moving ahead. We look forward to seeing you at ONADC in July!

— Tiffany, Matt and Jessica


6:30 – 7:00 pm – Mix and mingle (your $5 entry fee includes beer/wine/soft drinks and light snacks)

7:00 pm – Program begins


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. It’s a great organization!

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ONADC: Startup DC Weekend

Event date: Jul. 31, 2015
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ONADC is partnering with Startup Weekend DC for a fun and fabulous weekend.

Do you have an idea that will change the way media and content is created, delivered, distributed, consumed, measured or monetized? Do you want to work together with other entrepreneurs to get your concept off the ground?

Then Startup Weekend DC Media Edition is the place to be!

Advancements in technology, such as streaming audio and video, social networks, and mobile apps, have forced media companies of all types to create and deliver content in new, engaging ways and adapt to changing business models. Now you have the chance to make your mark on the industry.

Whether you’re a seasoned entrepreneur or new to the startup world, Startup Weekend DC Media Edition is where you can pitch your idea, form a team, validate your concept, build your product, get valuable insight from mentors, and present your work to a panel of esteemed judges all in just 54 hours.

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ONA NYC Summer Social

Come beat the summer heat and join all your Snapchat, Twitter, Facebook and IRL friends at ONA NYC’s summer social.

All local journalists are invited to join us in Dart Alley at Stout NYC’s 33rd Street location. We’ll be celebrating the end of the coldest winter ever, talking shop and networking. We can’t promise there won’t be selfie sticks, but we can promise it will be great fun.

Planning to attend? Follow @ONANYC for more details and use the hashtag #ONANYC when tweeting about our events.

One free drink ticket is included with admission. The bar also has food and beer specials that night.

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ONA Rocky Mountains: Using analytics to inform stories & emerging tech for journalists

This is a cooperative event with Hacks/Hackers Colorado group.

It will be hosted by Syntax Physic Opera on 554 South Broadway, Denver. Doors open at 6pm for a 6:30pm start.


1) Lauren Gustus, @laurengustus, Fort Collins Coloradoan

Lauren is executive editor at The Coloradoan, a Gannet-owned outlet which takes a platform-specific approach to breaking news.

She will talk about how her award-winning team is embracing new technology within the newsroom, including using analytics to inform stories, and how other journalists can incorporate metrics into their work.

2) Robert Hernandez, @webjournalist, USC Annenberg School

Robert is an associate professor at USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism in Los Angeles.

He is an ONA board member, a co-organizer of Hacks/Hackers LA and the co-founder of #wjchat, a weekly Twitter chat for journalists.

Robert will talk about emerging technology for journalists, including experiments in virtual reality storytelling.

Other info

Happy Hour at Syntax runs until 7pm and includes $1 off small plates and $2 off paninis (check out the delicious menu). If anyone wants to stick around after Hacks/Hackers, the venue is also hosting a Songwriters’ Open Mic Night from 8.30pm.

Looking forward to seeing you on the 30th!

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