ONA Local's hot summer events; newest ONA member; free stuff

By on August 8, 2012

ONA welcomes Kevin Loker
We’re happy to welcome Kevin Loker, who joins ONA as our consulting Digital Coordinator. Members will be seeing and hearing a lot from Kevin, as he works closely on your needs, maintains and helps develop ONA’s web presence, content management systems, webhosting, e-mail systems and other digital assets.

We also say good-bye to Sean Connolly, who after two years as ONA’s Digital Manager will be moving on to New York, but will still be a familiar face at the ONA12 registration desk in San Francisco, and managing this year’s Online Journalism Awards entries and judging.

Learn to Build a Twitter App
If you missed our recent ONAvations webinar on how to create your first Twitter app, the full webinar, along with notes, is still available via Poynter’s NewsU. Get great tips from Katherine Jarmul, vice president of technology at Pop-Up Pantry, on how to dive into Twitter’s API and build a unique app for your site. The webinar is only $9.95 for ONA members and $29.95 for others.

ONA Local
Our ONA Local groups have been beating the heat and meeting up across the country. Find a local group in your area or learn more about starting a group.

A big welcome to our two newest groups, ONA San Diego and ONA NC Triangle, launched this week. If you’re in San Diego or Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill, be sure to check them out.

ONA SF meets up tonight, Aug. 8, to learn how to create interactive stories with Meograph.

ONA LA features NBC4 on Aug. 9 discussing the digital strategy behind its Olympics coverage. RSVP has been entexded until today, so be sure to claim your space. 

ONA Local at Penn State/ State College plans for the coming school year on Aug. 15.

ONA Austin checks out innovations in the newsroom at the Texas Tribune on Aug. 20.

ONA Sacramento hosts their second meetup at Republic Bar and Grill Aug. 23, offering a great chance to meet local journalists.

ONA San Diego: Our newest ONA Local group will meet Aug. 31. Location is still TBD so check out the new meetup group.

ONA NC Triangle will host its first event in September. Join their Meetup group for updates.

Nieman Reports digs into social media verification
The Summer 2012 issue of Nieman Reports, "Truth in the Age of Social Media”, has been posted online. The cover package explores how newsrooms are addressing issues of truth and verification. ONA members might be especially interested in pieces which explore the BBC’s User-Generated Content Hub, the new challenges the wire service faces with citizen journalism and the ease of digital manipulation, and how Storyful validates information on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.

Free Symposium for Journalists on Medicare
The Medicare NewsGroup is hosting a free symposium on covering Medicare Oct. 2 in Ann Arbor, Mich. Its goal: "To give journalists, who sometimes are thrown into the beat with limited resources and research budgets, an intensive Medicare basics course so they can hit the ground running when it comes to Medicare reporting.” For more info and to register, visit their Eventbrite invitation.


Jennifer Mizgata

Jennifer Mizgata is Director of Programs at the Online News Association, where she leads the Women's Leadership Accelerator. At ONA, Jennifer focuses on identifying talented digital journalists and innovative journalism projects and providing them with support. Jennifer is a business and design strategist with over a decade of experience creating industry-changing training programs, investing in award-winning projects, and managing key relationships with journalism partners and tech stakeholders. She regularly coaches managers, senior leaders and entrepreneurs on challenges related to their careers and launching new ventures. Jennifer shares advice for navigating tough work challenges in Work Space, a monthly column for Fortune.