Monday, Mar. 6, 2017

ONA SF: Diversity Into Action: Practical Tips for Journalists, Editors, Technologists

 An ONA Local event, hosted by ONA SF

Diversity in journalism has been a critical conversation in 2016, and the conversation is only growing in 2017. So how do we change conversation into action? How do we build teams that are more diverse, and cultivate more diverse sources? And how is diversity defined across the spectrum?

As Medium’s Katie Zhu wrote recently in the Nieman Journalism Lab: “We need more minorities in the news landscape of 2017 and beyond. But not as token identity politics writers, or the reporter who can cover Beyoncé or Ferguson with ‘authenticity.’ Structural change must happen. In 2017, the news industry has to change the structure to support minorities, to elevate the work they do, to help them grow and translate their skills into a career, and to ascend to positions of leadership.”

On March 6, ONA Local SF/Bay Area and the Asian American Journalists Association’s Bay Area chapter invite you to Northwestern University’s new San Francisco campus for an engaging session with guest speakers and, most importantly, you! Let’s talk about what diversity looks like in practice, and workshop ideas and solutions.



Sarah Burke is a journalist, critic, and curator. She is a former Managing Editor at East Bay Express.

Katie Zhu is a product manager at Medium, where she started as an engineer. katie has been published in The Guardian and Quartz, and co-hosts the Sweet and Sour podcast with her sister, which is centered on Asian American issues. She previously worked at The New York Times, NPR, GOOD, and the Knight Lab. katie graduated from Northwestern University with majors in computer science and journalism.

Another guest speaker to be announced


Julia B. Chan is a multiplatform journalist, project manager and digital strategist. She’s currently the Digital Editor at Reveal and The Center for Investigative Reporting, and the President of AAJA’s Bay Area chapter. This year, she was accepted to ONA’s Women’s Leadership Accelerator and just spent a week developing management skills and creative approaches to media challenges.


Dinner and beverages will be provided by the ONA national office.

6:30 PM: Doors open
7:00 PM: Panel begins
7:30: Breakout sessions and workshops
8:30: Group share-out and discussion
9:00 PM: Close out (and continue at a bar nearby!)

This event is generously hosted by Northwestern University’s Media Innovation Program.

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Let's talk about what diversity looks like in practice, and workshop ideas and solutions.


Monday, Mar. 6, 2017
7 pm-9 pm



Northwestern University
44 Montgomery St.
San Francisco, CA