Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016

ONA LA: Excellence in Journalism Day

 An ONA Local event, hosted by ONA LA

Join dozens of high caliber journalists and discover how much inspiration and how many ideas and skills you can acquire in five hours! Topics include the rise of investigative news sites, digital disruption in journalism, race and society, entertainment reporting, digging into politics and government, and more.


Gustavo Arellano, editor of OC Weekly and author of “Orange County: A Personal History” and “Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America”

Alexandra Berzon, Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter in Los Angeles bureau of Wall Street Journal covering gambling and hotel industries

Cindy Carcamo, covering immigration for the Los Angeles Times

Norman Coulter Jr., leadership expert

Nancy and John Casper, CasperNews breaking news

Anh Do, covering Asian American issues and general assignments for the Los Angeles Times

Tom Feuer, director of the Los Angeles bureau of Cronkite Sports

Vanessa Franko, entertainment and features editor at The Press-Enterprise

Sally French, drone expert and social media lead at

Jeff Gottlieb, team member of the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service Reporting in 2011 for uncovering widespread corruption in city of Bell

Kim Guimarin, senior editor for The Press-Enterpise, San Bernardino Sun, the Facts of Redland, and Inland Valley Daily Bulletin

Ryan Hagen, reporter for the San Bernardino Sun

Todd Harmonson, senior editor for the Orange County Register

David Hasemyer, reporter for InsideClimate News

Robert Hernandez, associate professor of professional practice at USC and ONA national board member

Salvador Hernandez, breaking news reporter for BuzzFeed

Xavier Higgs, general assignment writer and photographer

Jennifer LaFleur, senior editor for data journalism at The Center for Investigative Reporting

Greg Lee, Orange County bureau general assignment reporter at ABC7 Eyewitness News

Joe Little, television reporter with 10News, ABC affiliate in San Diego

Bret Marcus, award-winning TV executive, producer, and showrunner

Mariecar Mendoza, arts content editor for the San Francisco Chronicle

Mary Plummer, senior politics reporter for KPCC

Rem Reider, media industry editor and columnist at USA Today

Norberto Santana Jr., publisher of Voice of OC

Jan Schaffer, American University School of Communication’s Entrepreneur in Residence

Teri Sforza, OC Watchdog columnist for the Orange County Register


If you’re driving to campus, review the parking map; if you have questions about parking, look at the parking FAQ.

For information about bus ride times, fares, passes, discounts, and routes, visit the Orange County Transportation Authority website.

Or take the train – the closest station is right behind Chapman’s very own Partridge Dance Studio (on Atchinson near Maple) and tickets can be purchased at the electronic kiosk on site. Check out the train tab of the OCTA website for more information about times or call their automated system to plan your trip from point A to point B.


Have an idea for future ONA LA topics, speakers and events? We are always looking for cool suggestions, as well as places to hold meetups. Let us know (email LA [at] if you have thoughts about topics or if you want to host!

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Join dozens of journalists for a day of discussions on digital disruptions, race and society, political reporting, and more.


Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016
9:30 am-3:30 pm



Chapman University, Argyros Forum 209A
1 University Dr.
Orange, CA