Panel With the Online News Association

August 31, 2017/ by Tara Moore

On Wednesday, August 16th, the Online News Association in Philly hosted a meetup and panel discussion at The Yard: Midtown Village. The event was as educational as it was insightful as we learned of the challenges and successes in today’s newsrooms, straight from the mouths of Philly’s top journalists!

Insight From Philly’s Newsroom Experts

The event, called “How did you do that?” brought together local newsroom experts for lightning talks about about successful Philly news projects.

Presenters at the event included:

  • Anna Orso of Billy Penn on “Street harassment in Philly: Unsafe, uncomfortable and untracked”
  • Roberto Torres and Juliana Reyes of Technical.ly Philly on the realLIST
  • Patrick Kerkstra of Philadelphia Inquirer/Philly.com on their opioid coverage
  • Bobbi Booker of Philadelphia Tribune on her interview with Rodney King which became a podcast
  • Lindsay Lazarski and Annette John-Hall of WHYY on their “Cosby Unraveled” podcast

As each presenter shared their story, attendees were able to engage with them and pose questions and commentary. The informal structure of the event, coupled with the collaborative energy of the space, helped to facilitate a truly interactive experience.

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Anna Orso of Billy Penn on “Street harassment in Philly: Unsafe, uncomfortable and untracked”

Strengthening Community Through Journalism

Event Organizer, Julie Zeglen of social impact news site Generocity, said it best: “The goal of the ONA is to convene local journalists and build community, which can be tough when so many newsrooms feel like they’re in competition with each other. Events like this, where we had reporters, producers and editors sharing lessons from what they’re doing really well, help break down those walls. I loved hearing from such a variety of news outlets while getting to cheer them on and learn from them.”

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At the end of the night, we brought the conversation to the roof and enjoyed Philly’s breathtaking views.

After the presentations, attendees were able to enjoy refreshments generously provided by Herb Scott Catering on the beautiful roof deck.

At The Yard, we know the importance of maintaining a collaborative, supportive environment, and we were thrilled to welcome the ONA and the wonderful presenters into our space to lead an honest, eye-opening dialogue. We hope to keep the conversation going to generate positive impact within the industry and ultimately the surrounding Philadelphia community.


We’d like to extend a special thanks to the Event Organizers, Julie Zeglen and Kim Fox, and all of the inspiring presenters!