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ONA San Diego: Online Tips and Mean Tweets

Come celebrate the fun and future of journalism with the San Diego chapters of the Online News Association and the Society of Professional Journalists. We’re getting together for a lively slideshow presentation on the 10 biggest tips and takeaways from the 2015 ONA conference – and to share our meanest tweets. Yes, mean tweets. We’ll take turns on the mic reading the actual awful things people have said about us online.

Come for the camaraderie. Come for the comedy. Come for the beer.

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ONA LA: Holiday Drinks

Event date: Dec. 9, 2015
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Ring in the holidays with ONA LA! Seventy7 is a neo classic cocktail bar/lounge that ushers memories of a bygone cocktail era. Your first glance through the wooden peep hole door immediately conjures a Roaring 20′s vibe. Once you have entered, your eye will be drawn to the gold crushed velvet wall paper, brown leather banquettes and amber chandelier lighting. Make yourself comfortable at the magnificent bar with a full compliment of high end spirits. These include five varieties of Absinthe; which is served in both cocktails, and traditionally from Absinthe fountains similar to those used during the Belle Epoque era in the cafes of Paris. Find us at the reserved tables on the left side of the venue – be merry and enjoy a wide selection of food and drink.

The LA Weekly writes:

“Tucked in an alley behind the Bank of America on Culver Blvd lies Seventy7. The small candle lit lounge makes you feel like you’re in an underground club far, far away from here. The bar’s trendy, yet oddly seductive, ambiance makes all concept of time go out the window. What goes down behind the bar is what makes Seventy7 special. The staff knows exactly how to make a strong drink taste great. Cocktails come fast, the bartenders are down to earth, there’s live music and the food is tasty. What else is there to ask for?”

Time Out says:

“There’s a sultry vibe to this back-alley speakeasy, where antique chandeliers cast dim light on crushed velvet wallpaper and scenes of Paris and scantily-clad femmes. Absinthe is the poison of choice here, with five varieties available in cocktail form or via traditional Absinthe fountain, for true followers of the Green Fairy.”

Seventy7 is located near the Cardiff Parking Structure in Culver City with a glowing red sign stating “Cocktails.” Parking is available at nearby parking structures (first two hours free) – Cardiff Parking Structure or the parking structure next to Trader Joe’s (9290 Culver Blvd.). Seventy7 is also metro accessible – take the Metro Expo line (blue line) to the Culver City stop (8817 Washington Blvd.) and walk about half a mile.

We hope to see you there!

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ONA South Florida: Holiday Party!

Usher in the holidays with this awesome party organized by our buddies at ONA South Florida. All of South Florida’s journalism organizations will be there, including Hacks/Hackers Miami, SPJ Florida, AAJA Florida, NAHJ South Florida Chapter, South Florida Black Journalists Association (SFBJA), NGLJA, Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE and NICAR) and more. Enjoy one free drink (thanks to the Miami Herald – if you belong to any of the journalism organizations). And NAHJ, SFBJA and SPJ Florida will be providing appetizers. Go team!

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ONA Philly: What’s next for PlanPhilly?

Founded in 2006, built-environment news site PlanPhilly has entered an entirely new era in the last year. From its founding at the University of Pennsylvania to its new home at WHYY, the niche journalism site has remained one of Philadelphia’s most respected independent reporting organizations, while undergoing prominent changes.

In recent years, PlanPhilly has unveiled a complete site overhaul, changed publishers, faced high-profile staff turnover and evolved its editorial mix. All the while, it has contributed consistently important reporting on otherwise underserved coverage areas. But it’s at another moment of change. Its founding funders, in the William Penn Foundation and the Wyncote Foundation, have supported the transition to WHYY. What’s next?

Come meet with the PlanPhilly staff, who will share some of their plans for 2016 and want your own feedback on what’s coming. Cash bar, with some happy hour specials.

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