ONA Weekly #329: Introducing The 2021-22 ONA Board Candidates

By on October 7, 2020

Introducing the 2021-22 ONA Board candidates

All active ONA members as of Oct. 16 will be eligible to submit a ballot in the election for the 2021-22 ONA Board of Directors—check your membership status today. We are pleased to introduce the slate of eight candidates running for six open seats:

  • Andrew Fitzgerald, Chief Digital Content Officer, Hearst Television
  • Anita Zielina, Director of Strategic Initiatives, Newmark J-School at CUNY
  • Dustin Block, Audience Development Lead, Graham Media Group
  • Imaeyen Ibanga, Presenter, AJ+
  • Niketa Patel, Senior News Partnerships Manager, Twitter 
  • Rodney Gibbs, Executive Director, RevLab at The Texas Tribune
  • Rubina Fillion, Director of Audience, The New York Times Opinion
  • Susan Gonzalez, Social Media Strategist, Chalkbeat
Voting opens Oct. 20. Candidates will speak about their vision for ONA and digital journalism during a canditates’ forum on Oct. 21. Learn more about the election process.

Start an ONA Local group

Applications are open to start a new ONA Local group (or lead an existing one!). ONA Local groups provide an opportunity to connect with other innovators in your area to share best practices and ideas. As an ONA Local organizer, you’ll gain hands-on experience in team management, event organizing, building partnerships, public speaking and more. You’ll make new contacts in your local journalism industry and have an opportunity to shine in front of the entire ONA community. Apply now

Outstanding video and visual storytelling

We’re announcing winners in the 2020 Online Journalism Awards at events throughout ONA20 Everywhere—live online now through Oct. 16. Congratulations to the latest winners, announced yesterday:

Excellence and Innovation in Visual Digital Storytelling: Digital Video Storytelling: 

Join the movement to build racial equity in newsrooms 

We’re working with OpenNews and the Maynard Institute for Journalism Education to go beyond conversations about diversity and inclusion to build anti-racist institutions, where journalists of color truly belong. Will you join us? Learn about our hypothesis and approach.

ONA20 Everywhere is in full swing!

ONA20 kicked off last week with invigorating discussions about the latest trends in digital journalism. We heard from Katie Couric on the media landscape, Washington Post “TikTok Guy” Dave Jorgenson on how he’s connecting with Gen Z and thoughtful discussion on becoming a member-driven newsroom

If you haven’t registered yet, come join us. We’re recording every session, and videos will be available to registered attendees as soon as they conclude—so you won’t miss out on a single conversation. 

Upcoming events

Career opportunities

ONA’s Career Center is an excellent resource for jobs, fellowships and internships in digital journalism. Recent postings include:

On our radar