Committees

All ONA committees and advisory boards, chaired and run by Board members and other community leaders, work with the ONA Executive Director and staff to focus on issues of importance to digital journalists.

Executive Committee

All Board officers are members of the ONA Executive Committee, which guides decision-making and offers advice on high-level strategy and initiatives and organizational operations. Its members also may serve on or chair other ONA committees. The committee is supported and advised by Jane McDonnell, Executive Director, and Michael Kovaka, ONA General Counsel.

  • Meredith Artley, Board President
  • Joshua Hatch, Vice President
  • David Cohn, Treasurer
  • Mandy Jenkins,Secretary

Awards

The committee directs the entry and judging process for the Online Journalism Awards, meeting via teleconference to discuss and refine the categories and rules governing the awards.

  • Joshua Hatch, Chair
  • Jim Roberts, Co-Chair, ONA Board member
  • Jim Brady, ONA Board member
  • Jeremiah Patterson, Staff

Conference 2015

The committee works with the Executive Director and ONA staff to drive the premier annual conference dedicated to digital journalism, planning cutting-edge sessions and tracks and recruiting thought-leading speakers. Many volunteers help with the details and logistics that ensure a smooth experience.

  • Board Liaison, Robert Hernandez
  • Jane McDonnell and Staff
ONA15 Conference co-chairs:
  • Megan Garvey, Los Angeles Times
  • David Smydra, Google
ONA15 Program:
  • Julie Westfall, Los Angeles Times
  • Luis Gomez, Investigative News Network
  • Trevor Knoblich, Staff Liaison

Diversity

The committee supports geographic, gender, cultural, racial and ethnic diversity within ONA, as well as diversity in media and platform, by working on initiatives in membership, training, research and networking.

  • Benet Wilson, Chair
  • P. Kim Bui
  • Robert Hernandez
  • Greg Linch
  • Jose Zamora

Education

The committee recruits and supports professors, teachers and students researching, studying and teaching digital journalism and technology at undergraduate and graduate academic institutions. Members plan training sessions, seminars and workshops, and form Student Clubs on college campuses, as well as bring together educators through social media platforms to discuss syllabi, teaching strategies and academic and industry research.

  • Jody Brannon, Chair
  • Robert Hernandez
  • Steve Herrmann
  • Greg Linch
  • Irving Washington, Staff

Financial Oversight

This committee provides oversight for ONA’s revenue development, annual budget and audit and monitors success in reaching financial goals.

  • Jim Brady, Chair, Past President
  • David Cohn, Treasurer
  • Josh Hatch, Vice President
  • Meredith Artley, President

Fundraising

This committee focuses on creative ways to raise financial support for all ONA programs and outreach from donors, contributors, members, the journalism community and the public.

  • P. Kim Bui, Chair
  • Meredith Artley
  • Benet Wilson
  • Jose Zamora
  • Jess Strelitz, Staff

International

The committee supports and expands ONA’s global community through partnerships, our annual conference, training and ONA Local groups.

  • Steve Herrmann, Chair
  • Mario Tedeschini Lalli, Chair
  • Meredith Artley
  • Eric Carvin
  • Jim Roberts
  • Benet Wilson
  • Jose Zamora
  • Jen Mizgata, Staff

Legal Affairs

The Legal Affairs Committee works with the board to formulate ONA’s position on legal issues that may be of interest to the members. Among other things, the Committee advises the board on the lawsuits ONA should get involved in, either as a party or as an amicus (or “friend of the court”), and reviews and comments on proposed briefs to make sure that the positions taken are consistent with the interests of ONA’s members. The Committee also evaluates proposed legislation that may have an impact on journalists, particularly journalists whose work is distributed in digital formats, with a view toward weighing in on pending legislation as appropriate.

  • Joshua Hatch, Chair
  • Michael Kovaka, ONA General Counsel
  • Jim Brady
  • Mandy Jenkins
  • Greg Linch
  • David Ardia, UNC School of Law
  • Jane McDonnell, Staff

Membership

This committee works with a representative slice of ONA membership to research the tangible benefits that most help members.

  • Robert Hernandez, Chair
  • Benet Wilson
  • Jody Brannon

MJ Bear Fellowship

This committee serves as the Selection Committee for our annual MJ Bear Fellows and provides guidance on administering all donations given in the name of founding member MJ Bear for the Fellowships, dedicated to giving opportunity and a voice to promising early-career journalists.

  • Amy Eisman, Chair
  • Anne Saul, Coordinator
  • Jody Brannon
  • Blake Carpenter, Bear Family
  • Jake Carpenter, Bear Family
  • Sarah Hoye, CNN
  • Justin Dewhirst, MSN International
  • Laura Amico, Homicide Watch
  • Irving Washington, Staff

News Ethics

The committee researches, crowd-sources, refines and disseminates ethical best practices related to digital news-gathering and distribution.

  • Eric Carvin, Chair
  • P. Kim Bui
  • Mandy Jenkins
  • Jim Roberts
  • Tom Kent, AP
  • Fergus Bell, SAM
  • Jen Mizgata, Staff

Website

The committee advises the Executive Director and staff on the continuing process of developing journalists.org on an open-source platform.

  • Greg Linch, Chair
  • Andy Nacin, WordPress
  • Yuri Victor, Vox Media
  • Jeremiah Patterson, Staff