Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017 • Chicago, IL

ONA Chicago: ONA17 Recap: 10 tech trends changing journalism – and what we can do about them

 An ONA Local event, hosted by ONA Chicago

We went to the big Online News Association Conference in Washington D.C. and came back with lots of ideas, materials, and insights to share with you!

Local journalism, chatbots, audience engagement, fake news. We heard about it all, but nothing struck us more than data futurist Amy Webb’s presentation on 10 emerging tech trends that will impact journalism. 

The good news is: We’re bringing this presentation to you! Come have dinner with us, learn about these trends and discuss with other Chicago journalists how we can prepare for the future of online journalism. 

We know it’s been a weird year for journalism, with political changes, conversations around trust and “fake news,” and the alleged impact of bots, Russians and social media ads on the U.S. election. Here’s a chance to take a step from our busy routines to think about the profession and how we can plan ahead in the future to avoid such issues going forward. 

We’ll have refreshments and plenty of time for networking. Product people, developers, storytellers, reporters, students, educators, web staffers, and editors are all welcome. Bring your ideas for future ONA Chicago events!


6:00 p.m.: Doors open

Grab some refreshments and meet new and old friends.

6:30-7:30 p.m.: Presentation  

10 tech trends in journalism

7:30-8:00 p.m.: Discussion – What can we do to better prepare for the future?

Our panel:

• Ligia Aguilhar – Content Strategist at Strike Social; ONA Chicago local leader and technology blogger at the Brazilian newspaper Estadão.

• Jenn Rourke – Executive Producer of Online Operations at ABC7 Chicago and ONA Chicago local leader.

8:30 p.m.: Networking

Hiring? We’ll open up the floor at the end of the presentation to anyone who wants to give a 30-second pitch about a role they’re hiring for. Then stick around to chat with your colleagues and peers.

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About ONA Chicago:

ONA Chicago 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 Chicago 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

Come for a screening and discussion of data futurist Amy Webb's ONA17 presentation on 10 emerging tech trends that will impact journalism.


Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017
6 pm-8:30 pm