Online News Association receives $40K EEJF grant to create digital J-tools

By on February 25, 2015

WASHINGTON DC — The Online News Association, the world’s largest membership organization of digital journalists, today announced a $40,000 grant from the Excellence & Ethics in Journalism Foundation (EEJF) to fund the first phase of a digital toolkit that will offer journalists access to ethics and live scheduling tools.

At start-up, the kit will include two tools: One will allow journalists with little or no coding experience to customize, implement and publish a digital ethics code based on a guide ONA has built and crowd-sourced over the past year; the other will facilitate easy set-up of online schedules for revenue-generating live events.

“EEJF has supported us every step of the way as we’ve built journalists.org, expanded its resources and search capabilities and challenged J-schools to collaborate and innovate,” said Jane McDonnell, ONA Executive Director. “We’re proud to be working with them to continue to give digital journalists the tools they need to do their jobs with integrity — and generate revenue.”

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 journalists.org, 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.