- Happy Hour at Denver Press Club
Come join us for the first ONA Rocky Mountain meeting of the year! We're having a little happy hour at Denver Press Club with drinks, snacks and some general chitchat on ONA. P.S. We will be raffling off a pair of custom #NewsMatters Converse!
- Denver NewsTrain Workshop (Scholarships Now Available)
Update -- The Associated Press Media Editors Foundation is offering diversity scholarships to attend the Denver NewsTrain digital-skills workshop on April 11-12, 2019. Journalists, journalism students and journalism educators from diverse backgrounds are invited to apply. Successful applicants for these competitive awards will have their $75 registration fee waived; they must pay their own travel expenses. Please apply BY FEB. 25, 2019. To apply, go to: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe67XUrIKbGLOa1P94nd8pcUy6jfjqC49cB358XOdA6ZMfNxA/viewform ______________________________________________________________________________________ ONA Members can register now for digital training at Denver NewsTrain April 11-12 at the Hyatt Regency Aurora-Denver Conference Center in suburban Denver. The draft agenda (PDF), planned by a host committee of local journalists led by Colorado State University’s Department of Journalism and Media Communication, includes sessions on: • social-media branding, led by Anthony Quintano, who's overseen social strategy for NBC News, the "Today" show, Recode.net and Honolulu Civil Beat; • data-driven enterprise reporting, led by Burt Hubbard, a data journalist who has worked with the Rocky Mountain News, Denver Post, Rocky Mountain PBS and 9News; • social-media reporting; • smartphone-video shooting and editing, led by Geoffrey Roth, who built the first iPhone-based TV newsroom in the country; • storytelling for mobile audiences; led by Christy Robinson, digital coordinator for public media station KERA in North Texas; and • becoming a verification ninja, led by Kelly Jones, news-intelligence journalist with Storyful.com, which provides social-media verification to media and business clients. Because of NewsTrain’s emphasis on immediately usable skills, attendees often rate its interactive training as 4.5, with 5 as highly effective and useful. The concurrent Colorado Press Association’s annual convention, April 11-13, will feature an additional day of training, meetings and keynote speakers, as well as a job fair, plus awards ceremonies for both the association’s Colorado Better Newspaper Contest and the Colorado Associated Press Editors and Reporters contest. #DenverNewsTrain will be the 93rd such workshop organized by the Associated Press Media Editors. APME, a nonprofit group of newsroom leaders, has sponsored NewsTrain since 2003, training more than 7,500 journalists and visiting every U.S. state and three Canadian provinces. NewsTrain last visited Denver in 2005 and Colorado (in Colorado Springs) in 2013. Registration Information: htttp://bit.ly/DenverNewsTrain Because the workshop is being held in conjunction with the Colorado Press Association (CPA) Convention, CPA members can register for NewsTrain at a discounted rate. If you or your media organization is not a member of CPA, register at bit.ly/DenverNewsTrain for the early-bird rate of $75 for 1.5 days of training; the first 20 to register will qualify for a free AP Stylebook.
- ONA Rocky Mountain Digital Journalism Workshop
The Rocky Mountain Chapter of the Online News Association and the College of Media, Information and Communication at the University of Colorado, Boulder present a unique workshop highlighting the latest digital tools, techniques and business strategies for today's working journalists. Our mission is to provide tangible takeaways journalists can immediately put to use in their newsroom. We'll talk about what's driving revenue and how to use this knowledge to further your career. We'll explore newsletters, video, freelance, career strategies and methods to verify your content and combat "fake news." Our panelists and guests include thought leaders from around the country who are charting new ground and developing cutting-edge platforms featuring quality digital journalism. Schedule: 11-11:15 a.m. Welcome/Opening Remarks Mark Roberts, ONA Rocky Mountain Event Coordinator 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. A Business Guide for Journalists Christine Larson, University of Colorado, Jim Brady, Spirited Media CEO (owner of Denverite), Tracie Powell, Senior Fellow, Democracy Fund, Alexandra Smith, Whereby.Us, Moderator: Stephanie Snyder, Hearken Working in today’s news media requires journalists understand how to do more than just cover the “news of the day.” Today’s journalists need to understand how to apply audience engagement to their news coverage and story choices and balance those decisions against journalistic ethics. It’s a tough balancing act sometimes, but our group of panelists will help journalists understand the business side of journalism and how to leverage this knowledge to help grow careers and develop quality news coverage that achieves a desired audience. We’ll explore new revenue and subscription models and help journalists understand where the business is headed and how journalism and journalism careers will evolve in a digital society. 12:15-1:15 p.m. Demanding Engaged Ownership: A Conversation Over Lunch with Denver Post Editorial Page Editor Chuck Plunkett Lunch 1:15-2:15 p.m. Table Talks: Entrepreneurial Journalism Moderator: Dr. Christine Larson, University of Colorado Join us for an interactive exploration and discussion of Entrepreneurial Journalism. Learn from professionals, academics and your fellow journalists as they share new strategies and methods for developing and funding journalism projects and career opportunities. Find out how to engage with corporations, advocates and non-profits to develop journalism that meets a high ethical standard of fairness and quality storytelling. 2:15-2:30 p.m. Networking Break 2:30-3:30 p.m. Building an Award-Winning Newsletter Lisa Williams, Technologist Lisa Williams developed The Magic Pill, an 'audio newsletter' which won the Edward J. Murrow Award for Excellence in Innovation. In this workshop, you'll see examples of best practices from the field and learn an approach to starting new newsletters that succeed, and retooling existing newsletters for better performance. 3:30-4:30 p.m. You're So Fake News: Tools to Find and Verify Those Videos You See On Your Social Feed Kelly Jones, Storyful The Kremlin can’t take all the credit for fake news running rampant through your social media feed. So how do you know what's real and what's not? This workshop, run by verification and breaking news expert Kelly Jones, will run through a gauntlet of tools and tricks newsrooms are using to determine truth from lie — and how to find those videos in the first place. 4:30–6 p.m. Happy Hour Cafe Aion 1235 Pennsylvania Ave Boulder, CO 80302
- ONA Rocky Mountain Digital Journalism Workshop
ONA Rocky Mountain, in cooperation with the University of Colorado's College of Media, Communication and Information, presents a unique half-day workshop on the latest techniques and best practices involved in the development and production of digital journalism content. The workshop will offer sessions led by leading industry professionals and thought leaders and is free and open to journalists, publishers, storytellers, academics and other professionals involved in the production of digital news content. The development of programming for the workshop is currently underway. If you would like to participate in the development of the sessions for the event or would like to suggest a speaker, please contact Event Coordinator Mark Roberts through this meetup page. Volunteers are needed to help with registration, event coordination and social media engagement and all will have a unique opportunity to network with industry professionals.
- AI: Impacting Journalism, But Can It Prevent "Fake News"?
While Artificial Intelligence conjures images of Terminator machines taking over the world, AI has real applications in the world of journalism and the method by which we consume and process news and information. Join us for a thoughtful discussion on Artificial Intelligence and its impact on your career, your newsroom and the future of journalism. Our panel of AI experts will discuss the latest technology and the ability of AI to not only manipulate our thinking and behavior but also combat falsehoods and the proliferation of "fake news." Our panelists include: Jim Gunderson -- Cognitive Systems Architect with Gunderfish, LLC, a firm focused on applying artificial intelligence for applications in security, finances, planning and analysis. Jason Zuker -- CEO of Human Input Output, a platform to enhance personal and professional performance by applying tools from the emerging world of technology and insight into human behavior. David Mayer -- Principal Analyst, Artificial Intelligence at NelsonHall Research. David has over twenty-five years of experience in strategic marketing, data sciences, brand management, corporate finance, and management consulting. Join us at 5:30pm for a Holiday Happy Hour including drinks, snacks and networking. The panel discussion will begin at 6:00pm.
- ONA17: Journalism Innovation on Display
It's been a strange year for journalism with presidential criticism, "fake news" and Russian involvement in the U.S. election all making headlines and influencing the public's perception of the news media. But in the midst of the controversy, advancements in storytelling, technology and revenue generation continued unabated for much of the journalism industry. Much of this innovation was on display earlier this month at ONA17 -- the national conference of the Online News Association. From immersive storytelling, to push notifications, analytics and the latest in journalism tech trends, the ONA17 Conference featured the latest in journalism innovation while highlighting the issues on the minds of some of world's foremost journalists, newsroom managers and entrepreneurs. For those who didn't get the chance to attend ONA17, we're doing our best to re-cap the conference as part of lively discussion about journalism innovation. Join Dan Petty, Digital Director of Audience Development of Digital First Media and Stephanie Snyder, Engagement Specialist for Denverite as they offer their thoughts and take-a-ways from ONA17. We'll be gathering for drinks, snacks and networking at the Denver Press Club at 5:30pm on October 24. Hope to see you there!
- ONA Rocky Mountains, et al.: Summer Journalism Happy Hour
The Rocky Mountain Chapter of the Online News Association in cooperation with the Society of Professional Journalists, the Denver Press Club and the Colorado Association of Black Journalists would like to invite you to a summer happy hour on Wednesday, August 30 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm at the Open Media Foundation in Denver. The purpose in holding this event is two-fold: 1. Our groups operate independently but have a similar mission -- to promote journalism and provide networking, educational and professional opportunities for our members. We thought it might be a great idea to gather under one roof to celebrate our strengths, encourage engagement and educate each other about the events and professional development opportunities available to journalists in Colorado. 2. We would like to acquaint our members with the facilities and services available to journalists at the Open Media Foundation (http://openmediafoundation.org/). The non-profit foundation provides training, tools and affordable, high-end media and technology services to nonprofits, governments and individuals so they can "represent their own voice in the media conversation, engage in their community and bring about the change they wish to see in the world." During the event, we will serve light food and drinks. (Stay tuned for more information!) We look forward to meeting you at the Summer Journalism Happy Hour! Sponsors:
- ONA Rocky Mountains: New Video Strategies for Digital Journalists
Join the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the Online News Association as we discuss new strategies for creating engaging and shareable digital video. Our experts will will provide tips and best practices to help journalists and news producers understand: • The evolution of digital video production and the future of online news video. • How to develop a video strategy for each specific social platform (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Snapchat, etc.) and website. • Compelling storytelling and production techniques that encourage users to share video. • How best to re-purpose video across multiple digital platforms and how to manage this process when working in a traditional media vs. a digital-only environment. Our panelists include: Misty Montano -- Digital Content Producer at KUSA-T (http://www.9news.com/about-us/team-bios/misty-montano/32663068)V. Misty is an Emmy award winning journalist who supports and teaches others to use and develop social media communities. Since 2009, Misty has successfully integrated journalism with social media to provide information where and how people want to get it. She works to create social TV where TV, digital and social all work together to engage journalists with the audience. Kevin Beaty/Video Producer for Denverite (https://www.denverite.com/author/kevin/). Kevin has developed multimedia projects for a variety of news organizations and websites including Westword, the Estes Park Trail Gazette, and the Society of Environmental Journalists. Kevin currently brings a suite of video production skills that he says adds "a dash of magic" to important stories developed by Denverite, the local news startup with a digital-first mentality. Aaron Ontiveroz/Director of Emerging Media at the Denver Post. Aaron manages video production for the Denver Post and has pioneered a number of cutting edge video techniques, particularly involving the use of 360 degree video. Aaron is also well-versed in creating workflows that help journalists develop shareable content across a variety of platforms. Schedule: • 5:30pm -- Networking/Snacks and Cash Bar • 6:00pm -- Welcome/Presentation/Panel Discussion/Questions ONA welcomes all journalists, wanna-be journalists, digital innovator, newsroom managers, academics, internet enthusiasts and concerned citizens who want to take part in this networking event and lively discussion about news video strategies that help ensure the development of quality, shareable content. --- The Online News Association is a leader in the rapidly changing world of journalism; a catalyst for innovation in story-telling across all platforms; a resource for journalists seeking guidance and growth, and a champion of best practices through training, awards, community outreach. Since 1999, ONA has been at the forefront of a truly revolutionary age in digital media. The programs and services we provide help digital journalists in news organizations around the globe and across the corporate, independent and non-profit sectors adapt to the changing environment. Our mission, inspiring innovation and excellence among digital journalists to better serve the public, has never been more important. Our leadership status is reflected in ONA’s growth. Our more than 2,250 members are the producers, content editors, news directors, technologists, reporters, bloggers, designers, data analysts, academics, students and newsroom decision-makers who are creating and refining the digital medium at breakneck speed. Not as obvious in the data but just as critical is the spirit of ONA, which welcomes non-traditional members and fosters community, out-of-the-box thinking and excitement about the future of journalism and informed citizen engagement. Some of the topics we will discuss: · Journalism innovation/technology · Data Journalism · Digital Journalism Tools · New Journalism Business Models · Fake News · Journalism Ethics
- Journalism Innovation: A Discussion with Denverite Editor Dave Burdick
Join the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the Online News Association as we celebrate and support journalism innovation and creative digital media during a discussion with Denverite (https://www.denverite.com/) Editor Dave Burdick. Burdick is a former deputy features editor at the Denver Post who now manages one of the country’s most innovative local journalism start-ups. Featured in Politico, Denverite is "part of a local news reinvestment trend with a lineage — both in funding and in thinking — that compels our attention." (http://www.politico.com/media/story/2016/05/denverite-launches-as-first-of-would-be-nationwide-digital-only-local-news-chain-004544) If you’re a journalist, wanna-be journalist, digital innovator, newsroom manager, academic, internet enthusiast, or concerned citizen join ONA Rocky Mountains for a spring happy hour and lively discussion about the future of journalism with Dave Burdick. Happy Hour/Networking -- 5:30pm -6pm ONA Welcome/Discussion with Dave Burdick -- 6:00pm - 7:00pm --- The Online News Association is a leader in the rapidly changing world of journalism; a catalyst for innovation in story-telling across all platforms; a resource for journalists seeking guidance and growth, and a champion of best practices through training, awards, community outreach. Since 1999, ONA has been at the forefront of a truly revolutionary age in digital media. The programs and services we provide help digital journalists in news organizations around the globe and across the corporate, independent and non-profit sectors adapt to the changing environment. Our mission, inspiring innovation and excellence among digital journalists to better serve the public, has never been more important. Our leadership status is reflected in ONA’s growth. Our more than 2,250 members are the producers, content editors, news directors, technologists, reporters, bloggers, designers, data analysts, academics, students and newsroom decision-makers who are creating and refining the digital medium at breakneck speed. Not as obvious in the data but just as critical is the spirit of ONA, which welcomes non-traditional members and fosters community, out-of-the-box thinking and excitement about the future of journalism and informed citizen engagement. Some of the topics we will discuss: · Journalism innovation/technology · Data Journalism · Digital Journalism Tools · New Journalism Business Models · Fake News · Journalism Ethics
- Hacks/Hackers Colorado #ONA16 Meetup
Join us as we welcome the Online News Association 2016 conference to Denver! We're partnering with Hacks/Hackers Colorado (http://www.meetup.com/hackshackersco) to host the afterparty to the official #ONA16 (http://ona16.journalists.org/) Opening Night Reception on Sept. 15. From 8 p.m., you can find us in the downstairs lounge at the historic Denver Press Club (http://www.denverpressclub.org/) – the oldest press club in America. Founded in 1877, the Press Club is just a three-minute walk from the Hyatt Regency Denver (the ONA venue). What's more, the drinks are on Name.com (https://www.name.com/) – for some of the night at least! And on Sept. 16, Name.com and the Open Media Foundation are hosting a hackathon to help sustain journalism. Learn more at hackthe.news (https://www.name.com/hackthedot/hackthenews). AFter the Name.com drinks fund runs dry, The Press Club is offering us a deal on drinks — beer, wine and mojitos for $5 — and a hot Mexican buffet will be available for $12 per person. Any ONA16 attendee is welcome to come along (plus one guest), but please RSVP here on Meetup, so we have a head-count. If you find out later that you can't make it, please change your RSVP to free up a space for somebody else. Hope to see you there! If you would like to sponsor drinks at this event, please contact abigail [at] abigailedge [dot] com