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Ball State: Engagement Workshop

What: A workshop on engagement, use of analytics and social media featuring Indianapolis Star engagement editor Amy Bartner.

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ONA DC: Data Visualization for the Real World

Event date: Mar. 24, 2015
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We’re back this month for a data viz discussion! Josh Kadis from Alley Interactive will be thinking about the range of emerging tools out there in his talk “Data Visualization for the Real World” — How do we find a balance between ease-of-use vs. powerful data visualization tools for journalists? Josh will look at examples from recent work with media clients and showcase a new data visualization plugin developed for newsrooms.

We hope to see you on Feb. 24!

— Matt, Tiffany and Jessica

About Josh — Josh Kadis runs product development at Alley Interactive and is responsible for bringing Alley’s internally developed technologies and products to market. He advises clients on their long-term product life cycle and helps digital publishers and content producers build modern sites that meet editorial and advertising needs. Prior to Alley Interactive, Josh was senior technologist at Quartz where he led efforts to improve design processes by incorporating site analytics data and A/B testing. He developed Quartz’s custom WordPress API and plugins for editorial, sales and marketing consumers while overseeing the development of Quartz’s Backbone.js web application. Josh began his career at Big Spaceship and has experience in digital strategy and marketing in the bicycle industry.

About Alley — Alley Interactive is a full-service digital agency that designs and builds large-scale content sites for top publishers and leaders in news media. The firm offers strategy, design and development services across the entire digital product development lifecycle.

Headquartered in New York, Alley Interactive has worked with news media brands including The New Republic, the New York Post, Digiday, European Voice, Sportsnet, Fortune, TIME and nonprofits such as The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. Alley was the only digital agency honored in the News category of the 2014 Webby Awards for our work on The New Republic. More information is available at or on Twitter.

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ONA LA: Narrative storytelling for the digital age

Event date: Feb. 26, 2015
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A shift toward e-reading over the last five years has led to a reemergence of longform journalism, with the rise of digital publications devoted to in-depth feature stories, such as Narratively, Kindle Singles, The Big Roundtable, Byliner, The Atavist and many more. This panel will be devoted to what makes for beautiful, captivating feature stories in the digital age, drawing from experts in writing, editing and multimedia. Panelists will discuss how longform journalism will be edited, published, disseminated and valued as it evolves in the digital age.

This panel will also focus on the craft of narrative: how to find great characters, how to report for sense of place details, how to keep readers captivated with cliffhangers, and how to write and structure longform pieces that will be shared widely online. We will discuss narrative writing techniques, and how new and veteran writers can break into narrative storytelling for the web.


Caroline Pham, managing editor of GOOD Magazine (@CoralinePham)

Eric Neel, deputy editor of ESPN Enterprise (@EricNeel)

Lily Mihalik, Digital Design & UX at the Los Angeles Times (@mazet)

Mona Gable, SheBooks author of “Blood Brother” (@monalgable)

Zachary Pincus-Roth, deputy editor overseeing arts and culture at L.A. Weekly (@zpincusroth)

Moderator: Erika Hayasaki, assistant professor in the Literary Journalism Program at the University of California, Irvine (@ErikaHayasaki)

Doors will open at 7 p.m., the discussion will begin at 7:30 p.m. Light refreshments and snacks will be served. If bringing a guest, please list full name in the RSVP. At the door fee: $5 cash.

Maker City LA is located on the 11th floor at 1933 South Broadway, Los Angeles. Street parking is available.

If you’re interested in volunteering for the event, please email Connie at [masked] by Thursday, Feb. 19.

Follow the conversation at #ONALA and special thanks to our sponsor, Maker City LA.

About Maker City LA

Maker City LA, a workspace collective for creative businesses, makers, and entrepreneurs, is housed on the 11th floor of The Reef in downtown Los Angeles. They are dedicated to serving the needs of LA’s creative community by providing inspiring workspace, essential tools of the trade, classes, unique events, and a collaborative environment – all in one place.

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ONA Singapore Launch

Event date: Mar. 9, 2015
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We are pleased to announce the first ONA Asia group is being launched in Singapore. The group is committed to connecting like-minded professionals working in digital journalism across Singapore.

Join us for casual drinks for our first networking event on March 9. It will be a good chance for everyone to connect and for us to hear from you about what you expect from ONA in Singapore.

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