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
  • Jody Brannon, Vice President
  • Josh Hatch, Treasurer
  • Mandy Jenkins,Secretary

AP-Google Scholarship

The AP-Google Journalism and Technology Scholarship Committee is composed of dedicated volunteers who select and/or make recommendations to recipients of the AP-Google Journalism and Technology Scholarship.

  • Benet Wilson, Chair
  • Katharine Fong
  • Michelle Johnson
  • Mohamed Nanabhay
  • Josh Williams
  • Maggie Shiels, Google
  • Irving Washington, Staff


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
  • Richard Koci Hernandez, ONA Board member
  • David Cohn, ONA Board member
  • Jeremiah Patterson, Staff
  • Gabriel Dance
  • Scott Klein
  • Tasneem Raja
  • Kat Downs Mulder

Conference 2014

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, Benet Wilson
  • Jane McDonnell and Staff
ONA14 Conference co-chairs:
  • Vivian Schiller, Twitter
  • John Bracken, Knight Foundation
ONA14 Program:
  • Heather Billings, Chicago Tribune
  • Matt Mansfield, National Geographic
  • Trevor Knoblich, Staff Liaison


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
  • Robert Hernandez
  • Mandy Jenkins
  • P. Kim Bui
  • Jennifer Preston
  • Greg Linch


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
  • Richard Koci 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
  • Joshua Hatch, Treasurer
  • Meredith Artley, President


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.

  • David Cohn, Chair
  • P. Kim Bui, Chair
  • Jim Brady
  • Robert Hernandez
  • Meredith Artley
  • Jess Strelitz, Staff


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
  • Eric Carvin
  • Jim Roberts
  • Benet Wilson
  • 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


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
  • Jennifer Preston

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
  • Jim Brady
  • Mandy Jenkins
  • Jennifer Preston
  • Tom Kent, AP
  • Fergus Bell, SAM
  • Jen Mizgata, Staff


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

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