New ONA Board member; AP-Google Scholarship opens; free webinar on journalism trends

By on January 14, 2014

ONA welcomes BBC’s Steve Herrmann, new International Board appointee

ONA is delighted to announce the appointment of Steve Herrmann, Editor of BBC News Online, who joined the Board in January as our international member. Steve replaces Mario Tedeschini-Lalli, whose two-year term as our first overseas director ended in December, and who worked tirelessly to build up our partnerships and community as Chair of our International Committee.

Since January 2006, Steve has had overall responsibility for the digital output of BBC News on desktop website, tablet and mobile, in the UK and internationally. He leads a team of online journalists and also oversees content from a wide range of others across BBC News who contribute to the BBC’s online, on demand and multimedia output. He is a board member of the Global Editors Network and serves on the media advisory panel of the International Broadcasting Trust. Steve also ran for election for the ONA Board in 2013. Learn more about Steve.

Apply for the AP-Google Scholarship

Now in its final year, the AP-Google Journalism and Technology Scholarship will award two $7,500 scholarships to undergraduate or graduate students pursuing innovative, creative projects in digital journalism.

Our two-year partnership with the Associated Press and Google is at an end, but we’re fortunate to have excess funds to support two more winners for the 2014-15 academic year. The deadline to apply is Feb. 21. Learn more about the scholarship, past winners and their projects.

We’re thankful to both AP and Google for supporting our inaugural program. We’re looking for additional scholarship partners for the 2015-16 academic year. If you or your organization are interested, please contact Irving Washington at

The Scripps Howard Foundation has honored the nation’s finest journalism for more than 60 years, including digital contributions in innovation, public service, investigative reporting, human interest writing, commentary, First Amendment, breaking news, environmental reporting, community journalism, business and economics reporting and editorial writing. Staff members, freelance contributors and bloggers are eligible. Rules and entry form: Entry deadline: Feb. 10.

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Discover 2014’s top journalism trends in a free webinar

Join Chartbeat product and user experience experts on Jan. 22 as they share their thoughts on what 2014 will mean for data-driven journalism. They’ll reveal data studies collected from thousands of media sites over the last 12+ months showing the shift in newsroom roles, publishers’ goals, content types and performance metrics. Can’t attend? Chartbeat is offering allONA members who are not currently Chartbeat clients a 14-day free trial complete with one-on-one education from newsroom consultants. Get in touch at

Awards and Fellowships

  • Enter your best online, print, and design work into the Azbees, the ASBPE Awards of Excellence, which honor excellence in B2B publishing. Deadline is Jan. 27.
  • The Livingston Awards honor outstanding achievement by professionals under the age of 35 in local, national and international reporting. Three $10,000 awards are available this year. Applications are due Feb. 1.
  • The American Society of News Editors is now accepting entries to the ASNEAwards, which honor the best in print, online and mobile content. Entries are due by Feb. 5.
  • Applications for the 2014 Donald W. Reynolds Fellowships are due Feb. 15 from people and institutions with innovative ideas to improve the practice or understanding of journalism, connect citizens with news and advertising more efficiently and grow revenues.
  • The Radio Television Digital News Association is now accepting applications for a number of fellowships and scholarships aimed at students pursuing careers in electronic journalism. Application deadline is May 2, 2014.
  • The National Press Foundation has announced the winners of the 2014 Awards for Accomplishment, who will be honored at NPF’s 31st Annual Award dinner, Mar. 5, at the Washington Hilton Hotel.

Jeremiah Patterson

Jeremiah Patterson

Jeremiah was ONA's Digital Manager from 2012 to the fall of 2016 and was responsible for ONA's collection of websites, including, conference websites, the membership center, awards platforms and more. Before joining ONA, he served as a web producer and content developer at The Wildlife Society, maintaining the organization’s website, email marketing and other online services. An Ohio native and media enthusiast, Jeremiah grew up with a deep interest in video production and graphic design. He now focuses in user experience and human-centered design.