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.

Featured events

ONA SF Happy Hour

Event date: Apr. 17, 2014
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1. Join us in the Library Room of Le Meridien Hotel, 333 Battery St, San Francisco, CA 94111

2. Acquire a beverage (happy hour specials until 7 p.m.!)
3. Locate the journalist types and friends of journalist types in the Library Room (large space to the right of the bar).

4. (5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.) Help plan events for ONA/SF. We’ve gotten the year off to a great start. And the future looks bright. Bring your suggestions for events and activities for the next few months.
5. (6:30-9:00 p.m.) Retrieve part of a headline from the vessel and mingle. Delight in the ridiculousness of headline mashups, meet new people and share what you’re working on without the standard networking-event-business-card showdown.
6. Continue having fun!

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Event date: Apr. 29, 2014
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Please join the team from the U.S. edition of BBC online to learn more about the cross-platform successes — and challenges — the venerable broadcaster has been finding in the digital space.

Team members will share how they have innovated web first video content which is now shaping how the BBC is thinking about news video for television. They will also talk about the role of a public service broadcaster in a competitive commercial environment, and how the digital team competes for and marshals the resources of its global newsgathering operation for the US operation.

Thanks to our friends at Bingham for providing their lovely meeting space (veteran ONADC attendees will recall a successful meetup here when we heard from Homicide Watch D.C.), as well as Claudia Milne and Daniel Nasaw at BBC for shepherding what we know will be an interesting program.

See you in April!

— Tiffany, Matt, Jessica and Joey


6:00 — Light refreshments and drinks
6:30 pm — Program starts
7:15 p.m. — Program concludes
7:15-8 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 LA: Harnessing user generated content for the modern newsroom

Event date: May. 3, 2014
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This panel will look at the increase of user generated content (UGC) in the digital media space. What is UGC and how can media outlets utilize it? How can newsrooms train staff to verify UGC and find diverse voices to cover?

The Online News Association’s Los Angeles group will host the discussion at the Hub LA (830 Traction Ave., Third Floor, Los Angeles) on Saturday, May 3 with different experts in UGC and crowdsourcing.

Kirsten Browning, MuckRack Writer at Sawhorse Media and Associate Producer of “Losing LeBron” (@iJournalista)

Lucas Grindley, Editorial Director at Here Media (@lucasgrindley)

Stacey Leasca
, Social Media Editor at LA Times (@SLeasca)

Kristen Lepore, Digital Producer, Social Media at KPCC (@KristenLepore)

Alessandra Rizzotti, Community Manager at GOOD (@hellorizzotti)

Moderator: Clarissa Wei, Assistant Producer of New Media at KCET (@dearclarissa)

Doors will open at 10:30 a.m., the discussion will begin at 11 a.m. Light snacks and refreshments will be served. $5 cash at the door.

We hope to see you there, you can also follow the conversation online on Twitter with #ONALA!

Free street parking available on Traction Ave.
Parking lot fee $5-$7

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