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 Rocky Mountains: Using analytics to inform stories & emerging tech for journalists

This is a cooperative event with Hacks/Hackers Colorado group.

It will be hosted by Syntax Physic Opera on 554 South Broadway, Denver. Doors open at 6pm for a 6:30pm start.


1) Lauren Gustus, @laurengustus, Fort Collins Coloradoan

Lauren is executive editor at The Coloradoan, a Gannet-owned outlet which takes a platform-specific approach to breaking news.

She will talk about how her award-winning team is embracing new technology within the newsroom, including using analytics to inform stories, and how other journalists can incorporate metrics into their work.

2) Robert Hernandez, @webjournalist, USC Annenberg School

Robert is an associate professor at USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism in Los Angeles.

He is an ONA board member, a co-organizer of Hacks/Hackers LA and the co-founder of #wjchat, a weekly Twitter chat for journalists.

Robert will talk about emerging technology for journalists, including experiments in virtual reality storytelling.

Other info

Happy Hour at Syntax runs until 7pm and includes $1 off small plates and $2 off paninis (check out the delicious menu). If anyone wants to stick around after Hacks/Hackers, the venue is also hosting a Songwriters’ Open Mic Night from 8.30pm.

Looking forward to seeing you on the 30th!

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ONA Pittsburgh: Data Visualization for Journalists and Media

Online News Association Code Academy

Are you interested in making your stories more dynamic, but not sure how to do it? This four hour workshop will explore basic workflows and techniques for using data to tell stories. We will also be using data to generate maps and charts that are dynamic and generated from real civic data provided in partnership with Pittsburgh OpenData, our Code for America brigade. We will also explore ways to take the visualizations created and place them online!
The software we will be using is Tableau Public, the free version of Tableau, one of the most popular data visualization packages in journalism. It works on both PCs and Macs, and is a free download at https://public.tableau.com/s/.

Bring your own laptop. No coding skills are required—basic computer literacy is all that’s needed.

We know that you all are busy individuals, so we are offering this workshop on two consecutive days. Note that the content of two days will be identical—no need to come to both!

Workshop hours:
Friday 9am to 1pm, Saturday 9am to 1pm

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ONA Rocky Mountains: Show Us Your Apps

I’ll show you mine if you show me yours… apps I mean.

We’re going to meet at the Denver Press Club on July 10 at 7 p.m. to network, share ideas and show off your favorite mobile journalism tools. Please bring at least one app or smartphone tool to show off and teach to the rest of us.

It’ll be like speed-dating for our phones.

Bring a few dollars for the bar and meet us there!

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ONA Jerusalem: Summer Meetup

Come network with local journalists at ONA Jerusalem's summer meetup, July 23rd at the Voice of Free Jerusalem Radio Bar (5 Heleni Hamalka, Jerusalem).

Enjoy drinks and great conversation. Don't forget to bring your smart phone so you can Tweet and post to Instagram with the hashtag #ONAJerusalem. Best post of the night wins a prize!

For more information about the global ONA, visit journalists.org. For more details, or to RSVP, send an email jerusalem@journalists.org.

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ONA Mobile dCamp: Seattle

Event date: Jul. 17, 2015
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Join ONA and Breaking News for a mobile-first workshop.

From audio to maps to infographics, mobile devices invite us to rethink which stories we tell, and how we tell them.

Join the Online News Association in Seattle on Friday, July 17, for ONA Mobile dCamp: Seattle, a day-long design camp to discuss and develop new ideas for mobile-first news.

Supported by the Gannett Foundation, ONA Mobile dCamp will use a human-centered design process to identify reader needs and propose practical mobile-first solutions. A cross-section of media’s leading mobile experts will participate in the discussions and lead teams in brainstorming and prototyping mobile-first story forms.

This facilitated, interactive workshop is for journalists, editors, designers, developers and fans of great mobile news content. Join mobile experts from BreakingNews, ChalkBeat, MSN News, Reported.ly, The Washington Post, and others to help imagine the future of mobile storytelling. Along the way we’ll help you enhance your mobile-first thinking and human-centered design skills.

Join ONA Mobile dCamp: Seattle and you’ll be on your way to producing visually compelling projects that tell richer stories, engage audiences and leverage new technologies.

Attendance is limited to 60 people. Applications are due by July 8 and selected participants will be notified no later than July 10. There is a $5 fee to cover the cost of meals.

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