ONA Local

ONA Local is a global network of volunteer organizers hosting networking and training events for local journalism and technology communities. These collaborative and resource-sharing communities are essential to achieving ONA’s mission, connecting journalism, technology and innovation.

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ONA Local Manifesto

We are greenhouses for journalism innovation. We are here to help you make things that make you proud. We bring together storytellers, innovators, trailblazers and problem solvers. We believe in connecting face to face, in nerding out, in collaboration, and in high fives.

We seek out perspectives that are different from our own. We elevate the best and brightest innovations in our communities. We experiment. We are teachers and lifelong learners, sharing inspiration and skills that we can take back to our newsrooms and classrooms to help serve the public.

Local Leaders on Twitter

Follow the volunteers that lead ONA groups across the world

Local Groups on Twitter

Find the official account of your local ONA group

ONA Local Slack Community

Join the local conversations in our Slack channel

Learn more about ONA Local groups in your area — or how to start your own — by selecting from the options in the right sidebar.


Thank you to our generous partners and sponsors who have supported ONA Local events. Their support helps our ONA Local volunteer group organizers secure meeting space and refreshments for attendees, helps us get the word out about events, and defrays travel expenses for trainers.

To find out more about how you can support training and networking for local journalists through an ONA Local group near you, contact Jessica Strelitz at jessica@journalists.org.

Special thanks to John S. and James L. Knight Foundation for its generous support of ONA Local.

John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

Parse.ly, Facebook, Google News Initiative, The Christian Science Monitor, Northeastern University, Medill News Service, National Association of Broadcasters, Native American Journalists Association, National Association of Hispanic Journalists, National Association of Black Journalists, The Association of LGBTQ Journalists, Society for News Design, Society of Professional Journalists, National Press Club, Denver Press Club, Social News Desk, Community Impact, Hearken, Trendkite, ASNE, Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute, OwnLocal, data.world, APME/GateHouse, SpokenLayer Tito’s Vodka, Austin American-Statesman, GateHouse, PublicSource, Solutions Journalism Network, Hacks/Hackers, Pen & Pencil Club (Philadelphia), General Assembly