Voting opens for the ONA 2013 Board of Directors

By on September 25, 2012

Voting opens for the ONA 2013 Board of Directors

SAN FRANCISCO — Voting for the 2013 Board of Directors for the Online News Association opened Sept. 22 as the world’s largest digital journalism organization celebrated its sold-out annual conference.

Elections once again opened during the 2012 Online News Association Conference & Awards Banquet. Candidates addressed attendees in a streamed session, “Decision 2013: Lightning Round,” a series of three-minute presentations Saturday, Sept. 22, at 2:15 p.m. PT, and answered live questions and tweets curated by Steve Buttry, Digital First Media. They are also encouraged to use the social networking tools at their disposal during the three-week voting period to tell voters how they will help ONA move forward.

Members, please check your email from Sept. 22 for your user name and password to access the voting system.

Under the bylaws, the board may be comprised of up to 15 voting members. For the 2013-14 Board term, seven seats will be filled by incumbent board members who are completing the second year of their terms, and one will be filled by appointment, leaving seven seats open.

Twelve new candidates and three incumbents, representing a wide and diverse range of digital media, are running.

Here is the slate; voting directions are below:

New candidates

Amy Eisman, Director, Media Entrepreneurship & Interactive Journalism, School of Communication, American University

Hayes Ferguson, Chief Operating Officer,

Kate Gardiner, Founder,

Kathy Gill, Lecturer, University of Washington

Mandy Jenkins, Digital Project Editor, Digital First Media

Richard Koci Hernandez, Assistant Professor New Media, UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism

Greg Linch, Special Projects and News App Producer, The Washington Post

Thomas Loebig, VP Digital Media Content and Operations, AccuWeather

Maribel Perez Wardsworth, Digital News Executive, Gannett

Jim Roberts, Assistant Managing Editor, The New York Times

Ingrid Sturgis, Professor, Howard University

Benet Wilson, Director of Media Relations/Social Media Editor, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association


Jody Brannon, Editor, Next American, National Journal

Joshua Hatch, Online Content Manager, Sunlight Foundation

Robert Hernandez, Professor/Web Journalist, USC Annenberg

All ONA members in good standing as of Sept. 20, 2012, are eligible to vote at (Renew or join here.) Voters can click on the icon next to candidates’ photos on the ballot page to find out more about them and read their nomination and vision statements.

Voting will close Oct. 11, 5 p.m. ET. Elected board members will be announced Oct. 25.

Our deepest thanks to our Nomination Chair, Teresa Hanafin, Director of User Engagement, / The Boston Globe, a former ONA Board member.

About ONA

The Online News Association is the world’s largest association of online journalists. ONA’s mission is to inspire innovation and excellence among journalists to better serve the public. The membership includes news writers, producers, designers, editors, bloggers, technologists, photographers, academics, students and others who produce and distribute news for digital delivery systems. ONA also hosts the annual Online News Association annual conference and administers the Online Journalism Awards.


Jennifer Mizgata

Jennifer Mizgata is Director of Programs at the Online News Association, where she leads the Women's Leadership Accelerator. At ONA, Jennifer focuses on identifying talented digital journalists and innovative journalism projects and providing them with support. Jennifer is a business and design strategist with over a decade of experience creating industry-changing training programs, investing in award-winning projects, and managing key relationships with journalism partners and tech stakeholders. She regularly coaches managers, senior leaders and entrepreneurs on challenges related to their careers and launching new ventures. Jennifer shares advice for navigating tough work challenges in Work Space, a monthly column for Fortune.