Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017 • Akron,

NE Ohio: Digital Storytelling Meetup and Kickoff for ONA Northeast Ohio

 An ONA Local event, hosted by NE Ohio

ONA Local is coming to Akron, and we want to meet you! 

Join us for a morning of inspiring discussions and meet the people and organizations doing innovative digital journalism in NE Ohio and beyond.

A light breakfast and lunch will be served free of charge. Please RSVP here on Meetup so we know how much food to order.


8:30-9 a.m.
Check-in and Breakfast

9-9:15 a.m.
Welcome and Opening Remarks
Meghan Murphy, ONA

9:15-10 a.m.
The Ethics of Social Newsgathering
Mandy Jenkins, Storyful
Learn how to bring social newsgathering into your storytelling safely, accurately and ethically.

10-10:45 a.m.
Cross-Platform Storytelling
Tasha Stewart and Kevin Necessary, WCPO
How do you know which stories are best for which platforms, and how should you adapt them to be told in different ways? WCPO’s Tasha Stewart and Kevin Necessary will discuss innovative ways they’ve approached cross-platform storytelling for a broadcast news organization.

10:45-11 a.m.

11-11:45 a.m.
Community-Powered Journalism
Andrea Hart, City Bureau
Hear from the community director and co-founder of Chicago’s City Bureau on civic journalism program, partnerships and building a nonprofit community-driven news organization.

11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m.
Gathering the digital journalism community in NE Ohio: What’s next?
Maria Young and Glen Flanagan, ONA West Virginia
Stay for lunch and hear from the leadership team from another new ONA Local community, ONA West Virginia, on why they started a digital journalism community and what their plans are for gathering journalists in West Virginia. Then, brainstorm with your colleagues about what networking and training opportunities you’d like to see in Northeast Ohio for the digital journalism community.

12:45-1 p.m.
Wrap Up and Closing Remarks
Meghan Murphy, ONA


This ONA Local program is generously supported by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Thanks also to our host, the Akron-Summit County Public Library.

If you can’t make it but would like find out more about getting involved with ONA Local, please contact local AT journalists DOT org.

About ONA Northeast Ohio:

ONA Northeast Ohio is a local meetup group made up of writers, editors, innovators, photographers, producers, academics, entrepreneurs and technologists who produce news for and support digital news delivery systems. We’re the Northeast Ohio outpost of the Online News Association, the world’s largest association of digital journalists. ONA’s mission is to inspire innovation and excellence among journalists to better serve the public. ONA Local programs are generously supported by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. For more information, check out

Help us kick off ONA Northeast Ohio with a morning of digital journalism sessions and planning for the future of ONA Local in the region.


Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017
8:30 am-1 pm

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Akron-Summit County Public Library
60 S High St