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ONADC: Vox at AU

Event date: Oct. 23, 2014
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A conversation with editors Melissa Bell and Yuri Victor, sponsored by American University School of Communication

Please join Melissa Bell and Yuri Victor from on Thursday, Oct. 23, to discuss the intersection of editorial and technology at their startup, which has quickly become known for its ambitious product launches.
Melissa, a Vox co-founder, editor in chief and senior product manager, and Yuri, senior UX designer, will also talk about the unique culture that has made Vox nimble as it adds more storytelling tools. Unlike many media companies that delegated web publishing to the IT department, Vox has built a platform from the ground up by iterating with bloggers who know how to tell stories and build communities on the web.

Thanks to our friends at the American University School of Communication for providing the lovely meeting space in the renovated McKinley Building that will be fun to see on AU’s campus. The building will be opening for guided tours at 6 p.m. Come early to see the cool digital media space.

Here’s a link to the campus map:

Attendees are encouraged to take Metro to Tenleytown-AU. A free AU shuttle is available from the station to AU’s main campus at 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW.

There also is limited parking on campus, in the garage underneath the School of International Service (SIS) building, or the Sports Center garage. Parking is free after 5 p.m.

Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Mobile service is fine; if you think you will need WIFI access we’ll send an announcement closer to the event about signing up for guest access ahead of time.

See you in October!

— Tiffany, Matt and Jessica


6 p.m. — Opening early for tours
6:30 p.m. — Light refreshments
6:45 p.m.— Program starts
7:30 p.m. — Program concludes
7:30-8 p.m. — More networking; mingling and building tours


Volunteer to work the door, photograph or blog the event by emailing Jessica Estepa ( 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 LA: Karaoke

Event date: Oct. 23, 2014
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Inspired by ONA’s infamous Greg Linch, let’s meet post-ONA14 for some drinking, bonding and bad singing (no judgement)!

As you may already know, Los Angeles (well, technically Century City) will be the host of ONA15. Let’s have a little party now before the official one visits.

Karaoke Max (inside Little Tokyo Shopping Center mall)
333 S Alameda St, #216, Los Angeles, CA 90013
Cross Streets: Between E 4th St and E 3rd St

Parking: validated in parking structure or street parking

The largest room holds max 25. And we are doing a room so we act like fools among friends.

It’s be around $15 a person, or less, depending on how many people attend and how many rooms we need.

For this event we are requiring RSVPs, so we can pre-determine size of room(s) and budget.

NOTE: They will charge $1 extra PER PERSON if we bring in our own food and drink. The guy said they don’t check our food and drink tho, just clean up after ourselves. This is a BYOB jam.

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ONA Philly: #ONA14 National Conference Show and Tell

Every year, after our friends go to the national Online News Association conference (this year in Chicago), we bring everyone together to share what they learned so we can all benefit.

Come on out, have a good time, get a few drinks and learn something about the changing world of digital reporting and news.

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ONACamp Phoenix

Event date: Nov. 8, 2014
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Looking to deepen your knowledge of the business side of journalism?

Join us for a free day of hands-on training with some of the top minds in digital journalism.

(The event is free; $5 ticket covers lunch.)

Sessions at ONACamp Phoenix will explore business  and revenue models that are working well for news outlets across the country and the editorial overlap with business. You’ll hear from leaders at newsrooms large and small about how they are experimenting with ads, how they handle product management, and how user engagement can tie in with business goals.

Register TodayIn this full-day training, you’ll learn learn how to collaborate to align journalism and business goals in your strategy and news projects.

Date and Time
Saturday, November 8, 2014 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM (MST)

First Amendment Forum
Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication
555 N. Central Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85004

Featured Sessions

Capturing Value: Audience Engagement and the Business of Digital News, a keynote conversation with Jake Batsell, assistant professor at Southern Methodist University’s Division of Journalism in Dallas, and author of the forthcoming Engaged Journalism: Connecting With Digitally Empowered News Audiences

Beyond Words: How Live Events Support Your Daily Journalism
Olivia Allen-Price, Interactive and Engagement Producer, KQED, and Megan Finnerty, Founder of the Arizona Storytellers Project, Arizona Republic

How to Manage Your Community and Help Meet Business Goals
Steve Buttry, Lamar Visiting Scholar at Louisiana State University’s Manship School

Sponsored Content: Balancing Journalistic Standards with Making Money
Julia Thompson, Digital Content Director and Isaac Moya, Director of Creative Development, The Arizona Republic

Creating Structured Content That Engages Readers
David Cohn, AJ+ (formerly Circa)

Maximize Social Media Engagement and Advance Your Business Strategy
Emma Carew Grovum, Homepage and Social Media Editor, Foreign Policy

The Product Side: Workflows and Lessons From Project Management
Sara Catania, Vice President of Digital News, NBC4 Southern California

Join the Club: Learn From Successful Membership Models
Speaker to be announced

Metrics Worth Sharing with Advertisers
Chartbeat, Speaker to be announced

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