Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017 • San Jose, CA

ONA San Jose: Digital Storytelling Workshop

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

Join us for an afternoon of inspiring discussions and meet the people and organizations doing innovative digital journalism in the Bay Area and beyond.

Lunch will be served free of charge. Please RSVP here on Eventbrite so we know how much food to order. We’ll update the schedule here as sessions are confirmed.


12 p.m.
Doors open; get lunch and check in

12:30-12:45 p.m.
Welcome and Opening Remarks
Meghan Murphy, Online News Association, and Tim Ritchie, The Tech Museum of Innovation

12:45-1:45 p.m.
Digital Tools for Solutions Journalism
Catherine Cheney, Solutions Journalism Network
We’re partnering with the Solutions Journalism Network, a nonprofit that trains and connects journalists to cover how people are responding to problems, to talk digital tools for solutions journalism. We’ll talk about what solutions journalism is, why it’s important, and how to do it across a range of platforms. We’ll explore our recently revamped Solutions Story Tracker, and discuss other tips and tricks for investigating what’s working, including travel grants the Solutions Journalism Network makes available to journalists who complete its core training.

1:45-2 p.m.

2-3 p.m.
Roundup Session: Apps and Tools for Digital Storytelling
Michael Grant, John S. Knight Journalism Fellow
Recent studies give us insights on state of digital journalism and the appetite for creating it amongst the journalism community. The good news is, you don’t have to be a technologist to create compelling digital content and the opportunities for doing so are many. In this session, we’ll run through a roundup of the best, most accessible tools for digital storytelling that you and your newsroom should know about. We will touch on opportunities within the CMS and in social. We’ll also dive into mobile, desktop and online tools that include the creation of gifs and video. We will look at packaging media items, as well as use cases for for this media with content such as explainers, instructionals, data storytelling, profiles, teasers/promos and social videos.

3-3:45 p.m.
Break and join us for a brief tour of two exhibits at the Tech Museum of Innovation featuring immersive technology, Body Worlds Decoded and Reboot Reality

3:45-4:45 p.m.
VR/360 Strategies for Journalism
Geri Migielicz, Stanford University; and Laura Hertzfeld, Journalism 360
Please join Journalism 360 for a workshop on immersive storytelling. We will take attendees through a playlist of 360 content and discuss in context the challenges of growing audience for VR/360, alternative approaches to immersive storytelling, and success stories in covering breaking news in VR and 360.

4:45-5 p.m.

5-6:30 p.m.
Happy Hour Hosted by The Mercury News
The Mercury News invites you to a post-workshop Happy Hour on the patio at Mezcal, where brothers Adolfo and Octavio Gomez recreate recipes learned from their mother and grandmother in their native Oaxaca. It’s at 25 W. San Fernando Street, a five-minute walk from The Tech, and we’ll be there from the end of the workshop until about 6:30.

This ONA Local program is generously supported by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Thanks also to our host, the Tech Museum of Innovation.

If you can’t make it but would like find out more about getting involved with ONA Local, please contact

About ONA Local:
ONA Local is a network of meetup groups around the world 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 South Bay 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

About The Tech Museum of Innovation:
The Tech is a hands-on technology and science museum for people of all ages and backgrounds. The museum — located in the Capital of Silicon Valley — is a non-profit experiential learning resource established to engage people in exploring and experiencing applied technologies affecting their lives. Through programs such as The Tech Challenge, our annual team-design competition for youth, and internationally renowned programs such as The Tech for Global Good, The Tech endeavors to inspire the innovator in everyone.

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Join us for an afternoon of inspiring discussions and meet the people and organizations doing innovative digital journalism in the Bay Area and beyond.


Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017
12:30 pm-5 pm

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The Tech Museum of Innovation
201 S Market St San Jose
CA 95113