What Private Messaging Apps Mean for the Future of News


144 Second St, 2nd Floor · San Francisco, CA

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Messaging apps have emerged as the fastest-growing method of news sharing, with peer-to-peer dissemination serving as a way to cut through the noise of traditional social media. But it has also spread rumor and misinformation, as users retell what they've learned secondhand and more malicious actors deliberately share falsehoods.

The promise and problems for journalism in a world where private, closed messaging communities are ascendant and misinformation has proven to change the course of history was a significant focus at ONA's recent conference in New Orleans.

Attend this lively panel discussion with some of the Bay Area’s expert tech journalists along with technology innovators who are wrestling with the issues raised by these transformational products.

Panelists include:
Ed Bice - CEO of Meedan, a non-profit building products to help verify real time news anywhere in the world
Debbi Dougherty - VP of B2B Marketing at Viber, a calling and messaging app with over 1B registered users worldwide
Alex Kantrowitz - BuzzFeed News Senior Technology Reporter
Aviv Ovadya - Founder of the Thoughtful Technology Project
Queenie Wong - Social Media Reporter for CNET

RSVP now and put this important event on your calendar, and stay tuned for updates!

*** This program is produced by ONA SF in partnership with Muck Rack. Our colleagues at SmartNews are once again generously hosting us for this event.


Doors will open at 6 p.m. with wine, beer, food and networking. The program will start at 7pm -- please arrive by that time, as elevator access to the venue will be limited after that point.


6:00pm: Doors open with beer/wine, food and other beverages
7:00pm: Program starts
8:30pm: Program ends with opportunities for more networking
9:00pm: Event ends

Photo credit: Joel Muniz on Unsplash