Thursday, May 11, 2017

ONA St. Louis: MAPS & MAPPERS: ONA St. Louis Second Thursday Meetup

 An ONA Local event, hosted by ONA STL

The map is not the territory and yet the medium is the message. At our May 11 meetup, we’re talking about MAPPING, a journalistic skill of increasing usefulness.

We’ll talk about maps in several forms, first hearing an update about the community engagement efforts of the recently-completed ST. LOUIS MAP ROOM. Then, we’ll hear from St. Louis Public Radio’s BRENT JONES about the different mapping skills/applications you can put to use — as well as a deep dive into one such tool you can start implementing right away.

Bring your computer if you’re interested in sticking around after the session to informally work on creating your own map with those in the know.

We also want to hear about what you’re working on. At this meetup, we’re going to try something new: LIGHTNING TALKS. In an informal 3-5 minute chat, share interesting projects/reporting you’re working on or a recent challenge/success you’ve encountered. Want to share? Email

As always, we’ll have free beer, soda, pizza and a little time to get to know one another during the meetup. Product people, developers, storytellers, reporters, students, educators, web staffers, and editors are all welcome.

Here’s the rundown of the night:

5:30 – 6 p.m.: Pizza, beer, meet one another

6-6:15 p.m.: Lightning Talks/share session

6:15 p.m.- 6:30 p.m.: What is the future of the St. Louis Map Room?

6:30 – 7 p.m.: What mapping skills and applications does the modern journalist need to know? St. Louis Public Radio’s Brent Jones gives us the rundown to get you started.

7 p.m. onward: Questions, informal work time, more pizza + beer

A big thank-you to TechArtista, who’s hosting our monthly meetups all spring!

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About ONA Local: 

ONA St. Louis 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 St. Louis 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 TechArtista:

TechArtista is a platform that enables diverse and independent creatives to be successful. We offer professional spaces along with convenient amenities to grow communities, launch businesses, and make our neighborhood a better place to be. Learn more at

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A discussion about maps and a chance to work on your own mapping project.


Thursday, May 11, 2017
5:30 pm-8 pm