- How to Create a Successful Facebook Group
Want to talk to your readers about politics? Or looking for a good movie recommendation? Odds are, there's a Facebook group for that. Facebook groups are one of the oldest features of the world’s biggest social network. But recently, Mark Zuckerberg has shown new interest in this product, proving what we journalists knew all along: Facebook Groups are an important tool for reaching readers and building community. The panelists will give a series of short lightning talks about how they're using Facebook Groups to build community. We'll hear what's worked and what hasn’t based on practical examples. You'll leave knowing how to start a group and what to consider beforehand. You'll hear from: Lainna Fader and Saira Khan, The New Yorker, The New Yorker Movie Club (https://www.facebook.com/groups/newyorkermovieclub/?ref=br_rs) Diane Jeanty, WNYC, We The Commuters Facebook group (https://www.facebook.com/groups/wethecommuters/) Aryn Braun, The Economist, Democracy in America (https://www.facebook.com/groups/democracyinamerica/) Michael Gold and Samantha Henig, New York Times, The New York Times Podcast Club (https://www.facebook.com/groups/nytpodcastclub/) Veronica de Souza and Shep McAllister, Fusion Media Group, Kinja Deals Community Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Please note your ticket to this event is non-refundable and non-transferable. You must use your full name in your Meetup profile in order to ensure entry. There’ll be plenty of food and drinks, courtesy of our sponsor Fusion Media Group, home of Gizmodo, Splinter, Jezebel, Deadspin, The Onion, The Root, and more. They’re a great place to work and currently hiring ‒ check it out! https://gizmodo.com/careers
- Mid-Summer Mixer at TwitterNYC
Take a break from this demanding news cycle to join us for ONA NYC's annual summer mixer on Wednesday, July 12. We're pleased to announce it will be hosted by our friends over at @TwitterNews. Come grab a drink, check out Twitter's impressive NYC headquarters and network with other digital journalists. This completely free event will include hors d'oeuvres and drinks, courtesy of Twitter. Our events often sell out, so please RSVP quickly if you'd like to attend. Important: Tickets are nontransferable. Please make sure your full name is on your Meetup profile, and that you bring your photo ID to get through security. We'd recommend arriving close to 6 p.m. to maximize your time. We'll be wrapping up promptly at 9 p.m. Hope to see you there!
- Can I use that? Legal tips for digital journalists
We all love the First Amendment, but what does "freedom of the press" actually cover? Why can't I just grab that photo from Google to put in my story? How do I cover my bases with the Trump administration? Join us for a training session on legal issues in the current media environment, hosted by ONA legal counsel, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP. Sam Bayard, a Partner at DWT, will be leading the training session. Snacks and drinks will be provided by our generous host and sponsor, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP. Doors open at 6 p.m. The program will begin at 6:30 p.m. Please make sure your full name is used in your Meetup profile as we'll need to submit the attendee list to building security to ensure you can enter the building. Instructions: http://help.meetup.com/customer/portal/articles/1233373-change-my-name (http://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fhelp.meetup.com%2Fcustomer%2Fportal%2Farticles%2F1233373-change-my-name&h=qAQFLXR6s)
- Bots and Your Newsroom: More Than a Passing Fad?
"Alexa, tell me the news." From Facebook to Amazon to Google, newsrooms are looking to bots as an innovative way to deliver the news and engage audiences. But are bots more than just a passing trend? During this panel discussion, we will dig into how various newsrooms are experimenting with bots. We'll review what works and what doesn't based on practical examples. What should you consider before you start building a bot? How can your newsroom get started in this area? What are the privacy implications for users? We'll have: Masuma Ahuja (@masumaahuja (https://twitter.com/masumaahuja)), producer, CNN John Keefe (@jkeefe (https://twitter.com/jkeefe)), developer, Quartz Bot Studio Liat Kornowski (@LiatKornowski (https://twitter.com/LiatKornowski)), director of social strategy and innovation, Refinery29 Hailey Persinger (@HaileyErin (http://www.twitter.com/haileyerin)), product manager, The New York Times Moderator: Todd Olmstead (@toddjolmstead (https://twitter.com/toddjolmstead)), senior audience engagement editor, Wall Street Journal Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The price of admission includes drinks and snacks. Thank you to Alley Interactive (https://www.alleyinteractive.com) for sponsoring this event. Before the panel starts, Tom Harrigan, Alley Interactive's VP of strategic technology, will give a lightning talk on voice services. Alley Interactive are strategists, researchers, designers, and developers who create digital solutions for large-scale digital publishers including news organizations and non-profit institutions.
- Surveillance Self-Defense for Journalists
As we prepare for a new administration, journalists can’t merely focus on covering the news. They need to think about how to protect themselves and their sources from exposure and retaliation. Thanks to the expansion of executive power under Presidents Bush and Obama, Donald Trump is poised to inherit vast powers of surveillance in an already hostile climate for whistleblowers. What measures can journalists take to limit their risks and ensure their ability to report important stories? The panelists will discuss the current state of media security, and how journalists can communicate securely with whistleblowers and other sources. Each attendee will leave with practical advice about improving their digital security. Speakers: Jennifer Valentino-DeVries (@jenvalentino (https://twitter.com/jenvalentino)), former WSJ reporter and interim communications director at the Knight Columbia First Amendment Institute Betsy Reed (@betsyreed2 (https://twitter.com/betsyreed2)), editor-in-chief of The Intercept Matt Mitchell (@geminiimatt (https://twitter.com/geminiimatt)), digital safety trainer at Global Journalist Security, founder of CryptoHarlem, and 2016 Mozilla Ford Open Web Fellow at ColorOfChange Moderator: Rubina Madan Fillion (@rubinafillion (https://twitter.com/rubinafillion)), director of audience engagement at The Intercept Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The price of admission includes beer, wine and snacks. Due to the high security at The Intercept, tickets are nontransferable and nonrefundable. Important: Please make sure your full name is on the RSVP list, as photo IDs will be required for entrance. Edit your Meetup page profile to make sure it's your full name that shows up. Instructions: http://help.meetup.com/customer/portal/articles/1233373-change-my-name (http://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fhelp.meetup.com%2Fcustomer%2Fportal%2Farticles%2F1233373-change-my-name&h=qAQFLXR6s)
- ONA NYC Holiday Party
'Tis the season to eat, drink and be merry! We hope you can join us for the ONA NYC Holiday Party on Tuesday, Dec. 6. We'll be drinking away memories of the 2016 election and indulging in tasty cheese plates at Jules Bistro from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. For $10, enjoy some great company, a complimentary drink and some light refreshments. There will also be a cash bar and live jazz. Planning to attend? Follow @ONANYC for more details and use the hashtag #ONANYC when tweeting about our events.
- ONA NYC Summer Social
Take a break from the Democratic National Convention and join us for ONA NYC's annual summer social! We know it's been a while since our last event so consider this our welcome back party. All local journalists and interns are invited to join us at Windfall on 39th St. from 6-9 p.m. to enjoy a beverage or two, talk shop and network. Even interns who are under 21 can join. (And more regular ONA NYC programming will start up again this fall. We promise!) Planning to attend? Follow @ONANYC for more details and use the hashtag #ONANYC when tweeting about our events. This event is free but it is a cash bar. Some light snacks will be provided.
- ONA Summer Social
Come beat the summer heat and join all your Snapchat, Twitter, Facebook and IRL friends at ONA NYC's summer social. All local journalists are invited to join us in Dart Alley at Stout NYC's 33rd Street location. We'll be celebrating the end of the coldest winter ever, talking shop and networking. We can't promise there won't be selfie sticks, but we can promise it will be great fun. Planning to attend? Follow @ONANYC for more details and use the hashtag #ONANYC when tweeting about our events. One free drink ticket is included with admission. The bar also has food and beer specials that night. We cannot accept any payments at the door.
- Virtual Reporting: When Hi-Tech Meets Journalism
Virtual reality offers journalists the ability to immerse readers in situations they wouldn't have access to. But how can journalists create innovative narrative journalism to match this exciting new technology? Join us as we partner with the duPont-Columbia Awards (http://www.journalism.columbia.edu/dupont) and the Brown Institute for Media Innovation (http://brown.columbia.edu/) at the Columbia Journalism School for a May 26th panel all about reporting using virtual reality. You'll also get to see virtual reality journalism in action. We'll have one Oculus Rift goggle for attendees to demo and several other iPhone versions. Panelists Raney Aronson, FRONTLINE's Deputy Executive Producer (@raneyaronson (https://twitter.com/raneyaronson)) Fergus Pitt, senior fellow The Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University (@fergle (https://twitter.com/fergle)) John Albert, team member of the Brown Magic Grant VR project "Reframe Iran (http://brown.columbia.edu/magic/reframe_iran)." Gabo Arora, UN Senior Advisor, producer "Clouds Over Sidra (http://vrse.works/clouds-over-sidra/)" (@gaboarora (https://twitter.com/gaboarora)) Doors will open at 6:30 p.m.; the discussion will begin at 7:00 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. Please include your first and last name when you RSVP. There is no at-door registration for this event.