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 Alison Schary, ONA General Counsel.

  • Joshua Hatch, Board President
  • Mandy Jenkins, Vice President
  • David Cohn, Treasurer
  • Benet Wilson,Secretary

Awards

The Awards 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.

  • David Smydra, Chair, ONA Board member
  • Joshua Hatch, ONA Board member
  • Jim Roberts, ONA Board member
  • P. Kim Bui, ONA Board member
  • Jeremiah Patterson, Staff

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
  • Meredith Artley
  • Dean Betz, Executive Producer, MSN News
  • P. Kim Bui
  • Robert Hernandez
  • Imaeyen Ibanga, Video/Web Producer, NBC News
  • 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
  • Michelle Baruchman
  • Robert Hernandez
  • Steve Herrmann
  • Greg Linch
  • Benét Wilson
  • 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.

  • David Cohn, Chair, Treasurer
  • Josh Hatch, President
  • Mandy Jenkins, Vice President
  • Benet Wilson, Secretary
  • Meredith Artley, Past 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
  • David Cohn
  • Greg Linch
  • Jess Strelitz, Staff

International

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

  • Steve Herrmann, Chair
  • Meredith Artley
  • Eric Carvin
  • Flor Coelho
  • Joshua Hatch
  • Mandy Jenkins
  • Benét Wilson
  • Jose Zamora
  • Irving Washington, Staff
  • Meghan Murphy, 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.

  • Mandy Jenkins, Chair
  • Alison Schary, ONA Legal Counsel from Davis Wright Tremaine
  • Meredith Artley
  • Eric Carvin
  • David Cohn
  • Joshua Hatch
  • Greg Linch
  • Jose Zamora
  • David Ardia, Assistant Professor of Law, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Jane McDonnell, Executive Director

Membership

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

  • Robert Hernandez, Chair
  • P. Kim Bui
  • Eric Carvin
  • David Skok
  • Benét Wilson

MJ Bear Fellowship

The MJ Bear Fellowship 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
  • Kathleen Bartzen Culver, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Mandy Jenkins
  • Jim Roberts
  • David Skok
  • 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