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 DC: Josh Korr at Medill

Event date: Nov. 20, 2014
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Join us in November for a conversation with Josh Korr of Viget.

The topic — “Everything You Always Wanted to Know About QA (But Were Afraid to Ask a Dev)” — should be good (and fun) for anyone who works on or has been part of the product development process. Josh has worked with major media brands on all types of testing. He’ll share his insights.

This meetup is $5. Thanks to Medill, as always, for being a good host and providing us with space to meet. Hope to see you on 11.11!

— Your ONADC co-organizers, Tiffany, Matt and Jessica


6:00 p.m.— Light refreshments and drinks
6:30 p.m. — Program starts
7:15 p.m. — Program concludes
7:15-7:30 p.m. — More networking and mingling


Volunteer to work the door, photograph or blog the event by emailing Jessica Estepa (jess.estepa@gmail.com). 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 Seattle: The ethics of reporting on scandal

Event date: Nov. 25, 2014
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Buzzfeed’s Anne Helen Petersen writes longform stories about celebrity gossip, recently gaining attention for taking critics and to task with an analysis of how the world responded to a change in Renée Zellweger’s appearance: What’s Really Behind The Ridicule Of Renée Zellweger’s Face. She’ll visit with ONA Seattle members and guests on Nov. 25 to talk about the ethics of reporting on gossip and scandal — and how journalists can and should guide public discourse.

Her book “Scandals of Classic Hollywood” from Plume/Penguin is a fascinating look at the smear campaigns of Hollywood’s golden era, and how our culture has always been riveted with the scandals of the rich and famous.

Anne Helen Petersen received her Ph.D. in media studies from the University of Texas, where she studied the industrial history of the gossip industry. After teaching in the university setting for several years, she transitioned to full-time feature writing, most recently with BuzzFeed. Her work has appeared in The Believer, The Awl, The Hairpin, Laptham’s Quarterly, The Baffler, Pacific Standard, The Guardian, Los Angeles Review of Books, and Virginia Quarterly Review.

This is the first in a series of events aimed at gathering ONA Seattle members after a long hiatus. Come to find out more about getting involved with ONA Seattle going forward. Non-members are welcome to attend. We’ll adjourn for drinks at a nearby bar after Q&A.

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