ONA Local Events

ONA Local events help you connect with people and resources to support innovation in journalism and technology. From parties to panels to trainings, you’ll find the latest journalism and technology events hosted by ONA Local organizers, as well as related community events. To host an ONA Local event or request your event be posted, contact Jennifer Mizgata at jennifer@journalists.org.

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ONA dCamp: Digital Security

Event date: Aug. 23, 2014
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Join the Online News Association in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, August 23, for ONA dCamp: Digital Security, a day-long training and design camp which will focus on how digital journalists can better protect their work and sources.

Supported by the Gannett Foundation, this facilitated, interactive workshop is for journalists, editors, designers, developers, tech support and those concerned about digital security in the newsroom.

Keeping your work secure is a challenge when digital security is often compromised. This design camp will explore new and emerging security issues and identify tools journalists are using now to help protect themselves and their sources.

The afternoon will focus on hands-on teamwork, taking a human-centered design approach to how journalists and technologists can create better tools and processes for enhanced digital security.

Attendance is limited to 75 people. Applications are due by August 13 and selected participants will be notified by August 15. The training is free but there is a $5 fee to cover the cost of meals.

Working Agenda

Introduction and goals for the day

Exploring digital security issues for journalists with Delphine Halgand, Reporters Without Borders, Shauna Dillavou, CommunityRED and Seamus Tuohy, Internews. Moderated by Chrys Wu, The New York Times.

Threat modeling with Runa Sandvick, Freedom of the Press Foundation.

Tools that journalists use now to keep their work secure with Mike Tigas, Propublica.


Design Challenge: How might we create better tools and processes for enhanced digital security?

Facilitators will guide groups through brainstorming, prototyping and iteration as they design processes and tools to help journalists be more secure online.

Facilitators include:

Maite Fernandez, International Center for Journalists
Tran Ha, Knight Fellow, Stanford
Alex Howard, Tech Republic
Pete Karl, Upstatement
Joey Marburger, Washington Post
Reggie Murphy, Electronic Ink
Jeremy Pennycook, NPR
Daniel Stringer, Stanford
Chrys Wu, The New York Times

This training is brought to you with the generous support of the Gannett Foundation. ONACamps are free, all-day, intensive digital journalism training sessions offered by the Online News Association (ONA), a nonprofit membership organization for digital journalists, connecting journalism, technology and innovation. This special ONACamp is design-focused, enabling you to collaborate with industry peers, drill down on a project and hone your skills. Find out more about ONACamps.

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ONA LA: Picnic/Summer Jam

Event date: Aug. 23, 2014
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Join us for an end-of-summer bash!

We’re having a get-together with food, fun and friends. Feel free to bring a frisbee or two and board games. It’s a potluck picnic, so please sign up and let us know what you’re bringing.

Meet at the park benches next to Trails Cafe and parking is available on the street.

Trails Cafe:
2333 Fern Dell Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90068

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ONA Sacramento: How to succeed in social media

Do your cop calls. Write your web text. Take photos. Film your teases. Make deadlines.

With all the demands faced by modern journalists, how can they find the time to be active on social media?

In an effort to answer that question, ONA Sacramento has assembled a panel of four journalists and social media stars for a free discussion at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 26 in the Sacramento Bee’s third-floor conference room. The panelists will talk about how they got involved in social media, their social strategies and what they do to fit social into their day.

The panel includes:

• Sam Amick, USA Today (@sam_amick)

• Joe Davidson, the Sacramento Bee (@SacBee_JoeD)

• John Myers, KQED (@JohnMyers)

• Cristina Mendonsa, News10 (@CristinaNews10)

The moderator will be ONA Sacramento’s own Nate Miller (@journalistnate)

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.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

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ONA DC August Meetup — Trove

Event date: Aug. 26, 2014
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Trove welcomes ONA members to hear what it takes to move from a traditional newsroom to a tech startup environment.

If you aren’t familiar with Trove, we aggregate news from thousands of sources, allowing readers to create customized news streams on any topic.

In addition the reader-curated “Troves”, readers can also follow verticals curated by a team of editors.

Trove editors bring a wealth of journalism experience in both traditional and digital newsrooms. They will be there to answer your questions about what it is like to work at a tech company and the skills you need.

Trove’s director of engineering can also answer any questions about technical skills journalists should learn.

Feel free to check out Trove online (or visit us in the app store) before the meeting,

Hope to see you there.

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ASJA New Avenues in Journalism

Event date: Oct. 10, 2014
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Faced with sweeping changes in their industry, three leading journalism organizations are holding a conference to help freelance writers re-envision their careers.

New Avenues in Journalism will bring together media innovators to coach freelancers about custom content, new publishing models, crowd, funding, venture capital, grants and fellowships and other sources of income.
Sponsored by the American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA), San Francisco State University (SFSU) Journalism Department and the Online News Association (ONA), the conference will take place Oct. 10-11, 2014, in the SFSU Humanities Building.

Keynoter and preeminent tech journalist Kara Swisher is the former co-host of AllThingsD. She will give her view of the shifting world of independent journalism in her address. Swisher recently embarked in her own entrepreneurial venture as co-CEO of the tech blog Re/code

Much of the meeting will address the burgeoning field of custom content — journalistic articles commissioned to support products and services.

Other speakers will discuss how writers can secure funding from investors, foundations and philanthropists; successfully act as their own publishers; and sell merchandise and consulting as auxiliary income.

Attendees can choose the full day on Friday ($195 for 10 am – 4:30 pm plus networking event) and/or the half day on Saturday ($95 for 9 am to noon). Admission includes an informal lunch and a wine reception Friday. ONA and ASJA members will receive a discount.

For more information visit http://asjaconferences.org/sf2014/ starting August 1, 2014 when registration opens.

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