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 Philly: #SRCCON Meetup


Meet news coders from around the country.

SRCCON is a global conference for developers, interactive designers, and other people who love to code in and near newsrooms that is happening in Old City Thurs. July 24-25.

So let’s get some local Philadelphia news and media leaders to come have a beer to mix with such leaders from around the world.

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ONA Twin Cities: Happy Hour

Join ONA-TC members for a start of summer happy hour at Chatterbox Pub in St. Paul. Come say hi to old friends, make new ones and brainstorm ideas for upcoming meetups.

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ONA Boston: Why Diversity Matters in Online Journalism

Online news startups are popping up everywhere from legacy news organizations to new media companies, as digital entrepreneurs rethink how journalists report, promote, and present stories. But for all this digital innovation, these startups lag behind the times in one crucial area: their hiring choices.

In a much-discussed column in The Guardian, media pundit Emily Bell argued that startups, such as FiveThirtyEight, Vox.com, and First Look Media, perpetuated the status quo by hiring “clubhouses” of white men. As Bell wrote, “remaking journalism in its own image, only with better hair and tighter clothes, is not a revolution, or even an evolution.”

Gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, and experience disparities remain in many online newsrooms, despite the widely accepted view that diverse staffs produce more well-rounded news coverage.

Join the Online News Association’s Boston group for a panel discussion about diversity in online newsrooms on July 23 at 7 p.m. at WBUR. Food and drinks will be served.

About the panelists:

Michelle Johnson is Associate Professor of the Practice, Multimedia Journalism, Boston University. Johnson is a former editor for the Boston Globe and boston.com. For more than 15 years, she has conducted multimedia workshops for professional journalists and worked with student training programs for a variety of professional journalism organizations including the Maynard Institute, the Online News Association, the National Association of Black Journalists, the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association, the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, the Asian American Journalists Association and UNITY. Johnson currently oversees Boston University News Service, a web-only award-winning news site which showcases work produced by BU’s journalism students.

Zuri Berry is a sports writer and producer for the Boston Globe’s Boston.com, covering the New England Patriots. He also serves as the vice president of the Boston Association of Black Journalists.

Jeanne Brooks is the co-founder and director of News Disruptors, where she designs immersive community experiences that bridge personal and digital connections. She also works for WNYC on audience development and engagement. Previously the Digital Director at the Online News Association, she led the organization’s web, social and communications strategy and produced training programs for digital journalists, including spearheading conference programming and coverage for the acclaimed ONA13 event.

Caroline O’Donovan will moderate the discussion. O’Donovan is a staff writer at Harvard’s Nieman Journalism Lab, where she covers, media, technology and the future of the news business. As a Lab staffer, she’s been heard on both NPR’s All Things Considered and CBS radio. Previously, she was a fellow at Chicago Public Media, where she reported and produced stories in the Chicago area, as well as for American Public Media’s Marketplace.

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Google for Media: New York City

Join us for a free summit with news industry leaders from New York City and beyond. ONA is thrilled to partner with Google, SPJ, NAHJ, ICFJ, NABJ and AAJA to present this training opportunity.

The event will feature speakers, panels and hands-on workshops with Google product experts. Bring your laptop and be prepared to dive in with the latest tips and tricks to hone your digital skills.

Featured speakers:

  • Joe Ruffolo,Senior Vice President, ABC News Digital
  • Callie Schweitzer, Director of Digital Innovation, TIME
  • Chrys Wu, Developer Advocate, The New York Times
  • Daniel Sieberg, Head of Media Outreach, Google
  • Journalists from the New York area presenting sessions ranging from collaborative reporting, using the internet to better tell stories, skill sets for the modern journalist and why local matters.

    Google experts in Search/Trends, Google Maps and Earth, Fusion Tables, Google+, Google News, and YouTube.
    This event is free for all registered attendees.

    Please email mediasummit@google.comif you have any questions.

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ONA Austin: Tableau 8.2 on a Mac

Tableau has released their looooong-awaited Mac version with Tableau 8.2, and the folks from Tableau Public are coming to town to give us a tour of the new features.

Tableau is drag ‘n’ drop data visualization software that anyone can use to SEE and EXPLORE data. Journalist can use it to explore data to FIND the story and do better reporting, and then to help TELL the story as you publish.

Join Jewel Loree, Senior Data Analyst for Tableau for a demo and question answer question.

Feel free to bring your laptop and follow along.

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ONA Jerusalem: Summer Digital Media Gala

Join the Summer Digital Media Gala, at 7 pm on July 31, hosted by Online News Association Jerusalem.

Enjoy drinks, beautiful photographs and great conversation. Don’t forget to bring your smart phone so you can Tweet from the gala using #ONAJerusalem.

The summer event will be hosted by:

Alan D. Abbey, Director of Media Relations at the Shalom Hartman Institute, @alanabbey

Dan Williams, Senior Jerusalem Correspondent at Reuters and author of “Strip Mine: A Jodie Moore Thriller,” @DanWilliams

Lahav Harkov, Knesset reporter for The Jerusalem Post, @LahavHarkov

Special Guests Hani Alami and Yazeed Ghandour, founders of JEST (Jerusalem entrepreneurs society technology), the first tech hub in East Jerusalem.

Topics: Digital media ethics, self-publishing and photojournalism
Discussion will be followed by networking, refreshments and a photojournalism exhibit. The exhibit will feature esteemed work from Israel/Palestine.

Come from 7-9 pm on July 31st at PICO, talk and munch and mingle with digital journalists.

PICO Address: Poale Tzedek 2, 4th floor (corner of Pierre Koenig), Talpiot

Please come and invite your colleagues to this free event.

RSVP by emailing jerusalem@journalists.org.

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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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