ONA, Poynter Announce Class for 2016 Women’s Leadership Academy

By on March 10, 2016

WASHINGTON, DC — The Online News Association (ONA) and the Poynter Institute are pleased to announce the 2016 class of women leaders selected for the tuition-free ONA-Poynter Leadership Academy for Women in Digital Media.

The participants, chosen from a pool of more than 400 applicants, represent need and diversity across ethnicity, geography, technology platforms, organization size and skill sets. Each class member is an emerging leader in digital media who has demonstrated an aptitude and potential for leadership through their projects, resumes and references.

“Once again, it was overwhelming to see the quantity and quality of talent emerging from newsrooms across the U.S.,” said Jane McDonnell, ONA Executive Director. “Our hope is that by combining experienced women executives, candid conversations and a growing cohort, there will be a built-in support system for a diverse field of leaders in digital journalism.”

“It’s a privilege to advance the cause of women leaders in media, because journalism will be better for it,” said Kelly McBride, Poynter’s vice president for academic programs. “Poynter has always promoted best practices of leadership as a critical component of media organization. I have no doubt that we are making newsrooms better by helping women break into the ranks of executive leadership.”

This year’s class includes:

Participants will spend May 1-6 at The Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg, Fla., where they’ll hear from women leaders in journalism, including Amy O’Leary, editorial director of Upworthy; Jennifer Brandel, founder and CEO of Hearken, and Charo Henriquez, executive digital editor for People en Español. Alumni from the 2015 academy — Kari Cobham, senior manager of digital content at Cox Media Group; Meghann Farnsworth, managing director, Reveal; Masuma Ahuja, social apps producer for CNN Digital, and Elite Truong, product manager, partner platforms at Vox Media, Inc. — will return as guest faculty this year. Other faculty include Katie Hawkins-Gaar, digital innovation faculty at Poynter, Butch Ward, senior faculty at Poynter, Jane McDonnell, executive director for the Online News Association and Will Neville-Rehbehn, director of talent brand and marketing, Prudential Financial.

The 2016 Academy is made possible through the generous support of the Ford Foundation, the McClatchy Foundation, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Google and Craig Newmark, founder, craigslist and craigconnects.

About the Online News Association
The Online News Association is the world’s largest association of digital journalists. ONA’s mission is to inspire innovation and excellence among journalists to better serve the public. Membership includes journalists, technologists, executives, academics and students who produce news for and support digital delivery systems. ONA also hosts the annual Online News Association conference and administers the Online Journalism Awards.

About The Poynter Institute
The Poynter Institute for Media Studies is a global leader in journalism education and a strategy center that stands for uncompromising excellence in journalism, media and 21st century public discourse. Poynter faculty teach seminars and workshops at the Institute in St. Petersburg, Fla., and at conferences and organizational sites around the world. Its e-learning division, News University, www.newsu.org, offers the world’s largest online journalism curriculum in 7 languages, with more than 400 interactive courses and 330,000 registered users in more than 200 countries. The Institute’s website, www.poynter.org, produces 24-hour coverage of news about media, ethics, technology, the business of news and the trends that currently define and redefine journalism news reporting. The world’s top journalists and media innovators come to Poynter to learn and teach new generations of reporters, storytellers, media inventors, designers, visual journalists, documentarians and broadcast producers, and to build public awareness about journalism, media, the First Amendment and protected discourse that serves democracy and the public good.


Trevor Knoblich

As ONA's Chief Knowledge Officer, Trevor works to coordinate information sharing internally, oversees learning for all ONA programs, as well as registration and logistics for events.