Call for Board Nominations

By on July 17, 2014

Online News Association opens call for 2015 Board of Director nominations

The Online News Association is pleased to call for nominations for the six seats open for the 2015-16 Board of Directors.

Participation on the ONA Board of Directors is a unique opportunity for digital professionals to help guide the world’s largest organization of digital journalists in shaping the future of media and building a stronger industry. Board participation is a chance to grow personally and professionally, and to develop skills, experience and connections with a team of other passionate and motivated professionals.

There are six seats open for election. Here is the breakdown:

There are a total of 15 seats on the ONA board. Seven members are in the middle of their terms and not up for re-election, including one international appointee. Eight directors will be at the end of their two-year terms or appointments, creating eight open seats. Terms are for two years and begin Jan. 1, 2015.

Two of those seats will be filled by appointment to address immediate or future needs determined by the Board — for example, diversity or financial expertise.

The nomination period closes at 11:59 p.m. ET on Friday, Aug. 15.

To be considered for a seat on the ONA Board of Directors, you must be an ONA member in good standing, nominated by another ONA member in good standing. Join or renew.

Before you decide to run, please read over the following material carefully. There are very specific eligibility requirements and responsibilities that board members are fully expected to meet to run and to serve.

Nomination and Election Process and Important Dates
Nominee Criteria
ONA Board of Directors Responsibilities
ONA’s Mission

Once you have reviewed that information, you and your nominator must fill out the following to be considered:

Nomination Form (to be completed by the ONA member nominating the candidate)
Candidate Form (to be completed by the ONA member running)

Once reviewed and approved, the final nominees will be notified and the full slate posted on, along with photos, bios and stated qualifications for the seat, as submitted during the nomination process.

During the period leading up to voting, nominees can feel free to reach out to members via social media or other communications platforms. They also will be introduced at an open forum at ONA14, the Online News Association Conference & Awards Banquet in Chicago, on Friday, Sept. 26.

Voting will begin at ONA14 and end Oct. 14.

We look forward to seeing your applications.

Teresa Hanafin
ONA Nominations Committee Chair