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

ONADC: A culture-based strategy for innovation

Event date: Jul. 29, 2015
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Join Jeff Sonderman and Tom Rosenstiel of the American Press Institute to discuss — as well as get feedback and direction on — a culture-based strategy for creating innovation in news organizations.

Along with new tools for innovative journalism, and the knowledge of how to use them, news organizations need help with the underlying issues of transformation. A new API report, based on months of research into the opportunities and obstacles to innovation, explores a new way to do that.

With the support of a grant from the Knight Foundation, a team from the American Press Institute visited a variety of news organizations and conducted human-centered design research to better understand the human, cultural and institutional factors that either enable or stifle innovation. Separately and simultaneously, API also commissioned an in-depth report examining best practices and ideas from some of the most innovative news organizations and news leaders.

Let’s talk about what the reports reveal and share strategies for moving ahead. We look forward to seeing you at ONADC in July!

— Tiffany, Matt and Jessica


6:30 – 7:00 pm – Mix and mingle (your $5 entry fee includes beer/wine/soft drinks and light snacks)

7:00 pm – Program begins


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. It’s a great organization!

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ONADC: Startup DC Weekend

Event date: Jul. 31, 2015
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ONADC is partnering with Startup Weekend DC for a fun and fabulous weekend.

Do you have an idea that will change the way media and content is created, delivered, distributed, consumed, measured or monetized? Do you want to work together with other entrepreneurs to get your concept off the ground?

Then Startup Weekend DC Media Edition is the place to be!

Advancements in technology, such as streaming audio and video, social networks, and mobile apps, have forced media companies of all types to create and deliver content in new, engaging ways and adapt to changing business models. Now you have the chance to make your mark on the industry.

Whether you’re a seasoned entrepreneur or new to the startup world, Startup Weekend DC Media Edition is where you can pitch your idea, form a team, validate your concept, build your product, get valuable insight from mentors, and present your work to a panel of esteemed judges all in just 54 hours.

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ONA Singapore: August Monthly Social Drinks

We’re getting everyone together in early August, just before everyone leaves town for THAT 4-day weekend. Data analytics firm Cxense will buying a couple of rounds.

See you at Lucha Loco at 15 Duxton Hill; look for us in the garden.

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ONA Philly: Can sponsored content be good for journalism?

Each summer, we plan a couple simple happy hours with a topic to prod conversation. This month, come to Morgan’s Pier with your thoughts and fears and excitement over ‘sponsored content’ or ‘native advertising’ or ‘branded coverage’ or whatever you call it: advertorials with client influence that are getting new blood in online news properties. Let’s talk about how it’s working and how it isn’t.

Grab yourself a beer, enjoy the sun (weather permitting) and let’s talk.

As always, we’re looking for future event programming ideas and volunteer organizer interest! See ya then.

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