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 email@example.com.
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 alleyinteractive.com or on Twitter.
Join us for drinks and mingling with local digital media professionals at Villains Tavern in the Arts District of Los Angeles. It was named one of LA Weekly’s top ten bars in downtown Los Angeles and the steampunk-themed bar has a variety of late night snacks and beverages to choose from. We look forward to seeing you there!
Mark your calendars for our next ONA Singapore social on April 6. It’s at a new venue – L’Entrecote The Annex – opening today in Duxton hill, which serves fantastic french wine, cheese and cold cuts and has a great courtyard.
From 6-8pm drinks will be $5 for house pours, beer and house wine. On top of that, our sponsor this month PR Newswire is putting $500 behind the bar for drinks – so don’t get there too late!
Also coming up in April: UC Berkeley is hosting a 2-day coding workshop for non-programmers working in digital, April 27-28. We have a special discount code for ONA members – instead of the US$925 fee it’s just $500! Email us for the code: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Ken Doctor, from Newsonomics, will be the keynote speaker at a three-day conference sponsored by the University of Oregon.
“Ken Doctor is a news industry analyst and the author of Newsonomics: Twelve New Trends That Will Shape the News You Get,” — Neiman School of Journalism.
His lecture will be held in the main event room and is free to the public.
The What is Journalism? conference, April 9-11, will explore the past and the future of reporting and how digital technology continues to shape the news industry.
“The conference features a unique coalescing of journalism professionals, media scholars and students, government and community officials, as well as engaged community groups and the public. The event features keynote speakers, roundtables, paper presentations, and productions, in an attempt to answer questions about the changing nature of journalism.”
Journalism can never be silent: that is its greatest virtue and its greatest fault. It must speak, and speak immediately, while the echoes of wonder, the claims of triumph and the signs of horror are still in the air.