Bui, Carvin, Cohn and Preston elected to Online News Association Board

By on November 8, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Members of the Online News Association (ONA), the world’s largest membership organization of digital journalists, elected four new members to its Board of Directors and reelected two incumbents to two-year terms.

The newest members — Kim P. Bui, Interim Mobile Product Manager, Southern California Public Radio; Eric Carvin, Social Media Editor, The Associated Press; David Cohn, Director of News, Circa and Jennifer Preston, Staff Writer, The New York Times — will join the Board Jan. 1, 2014.

“Jennifer, David, Eric and Kim will make fantastic additions to the Board,” said ONA President Jim Brady, Editor in Chief, Digital First Media. “This group brings us strong experience with mobile and social journalism, some much-needed expertise in radio and represents organizations from two-year-old Circa to the 167-year-old Associated Press.”

Two incumbent members also were reelected: Jim Brady and Meredith Artley, Board Vice President and Vice President & Managing Editor, CNN Digital, CNN. A 15th seat will soon be appointed by the Board to help meet the organization’s financial goals.

Serving out their current terms are Josh Hatch, Treasurer, and Jody Brannon, Secretary; Robert Hernandez, Mandy Jenkins, Richard Koci Hernandez, Greg Linch, Jim Roberts, Benet Wilson and Mario Tedeschini-Lalli, who was appointed by the Board as an international member.

Four current board members will leave the board after Dec. 31: Past President Christine Montgomery, Manager, Web Program, World Bank; John Keefe, Senior Editor for Data News & Journalism Technology, WNYC; Juana Summers, Defense Reporter, Politico, and Burt Herman, VP, Editorial, Livefyre and Co-Founder, Storify and Hacks/Hackers.

“Christine, John, Juana and Burt each have worked incredibly hard to push ONA forward during their time on the board and as ONA members," Brady said. “We will miss their talent, skill and dedication, but will continue to draw inspiration from them. I’d like to give particular thanks to my good friend Christine, who joined the board with me in 2005, and did a wonderful job as ONA’s president in 2010 and 2011."

Vote count
At the close of voting, 369 voters — representing 18 percent of ONA’s total membership of 2,109 — cast 1,908 votes.

Jim Brady, with 11.27 percent, 215 votes (Incumbent)
Jennifer Preston, 10.64 percent, 203 votes
Kim Bui, 10.01 percent, 191 votes
David Cohn, 9.54 percent, 182 votes
Eric Carvin, 9.07 percent, 173 votes
Meredith Artley, 8.75 percent, 167 votes (Incumbent)

Other nominees:
Burt Herman, 7.60 percent, 145 votes (Incumbent)
Jan Schaffer, 7.02 percent, 134 votes
Victor Hernandez, 5.87 percent, 112 votes
Evonne Benedict, 5.61 percent, 107 votes
Steve Herrmann, 5.61 percent, 107 votes
Michael Bolden, 4.56 percent, 87 votes
Dave Stanton, 4.45 percent, 85 votes

We thank everyone who ran and voted, and encourage active participation in choosing ONA’s leadership in future elections.


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.