ONA Weekly #422: Introducing The 2022 MJ Bear Fellows

By on August 10, 2022

Introducing the 2022 MJ Bear Fellows

Six journalists have been selected as 2022 MJ Bear Fellows. The fellowship identifies and supports journalists under 30 whose work represents the best of digital news. This year’s fellows are:

  • Alex Castro, Senior Social Media Producer, GMA Network
  • Caitlin Hernández, Southern California Public Radio
  • Jessica Lee, Reporter, Snopes
  • Myrka Moreno, Audience Engagement Producer, The 19th
  • Tazeen Pathan, Data Consultant, Freelancer
  • Claire Thompson, Associate Editor, Grist

During the yearlong program, fellows will benefit from guidance on digital journalism projects, networking within the industry and opportunities to showcase their work to ONA’s global community. The fellowship will kick off with a trip to Los Angeles for ONA22.

The MJ Bear Fellowship is made possible through generous contributions by the MJ Bear Estate, friends of MJ Bear and ONA, MSN International and Microsoft.


Finally, a content management system for local journalists

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Welcome, Jason!

We’re glad to welcome Jason Murtha as ONA’s Director of Technology. Jason will be responsible for developing and leading our web, technology and data strategy and will leverage cutting-edge tools and analytics to grow the products and services offered to ONA members and the digital journalism community. Learn more about Jason.

ONA Board takes over This Week in Digital Media — all month!

This week marks the start of a four-week takeover by ONA board members of This Week in Digital Media on Subtext, a text messaging platform that connects you directly with an expert. Niketa Patel, Versha Sharma, Rodney Gibbs and Anita Li will each host one week this month and will be available to chat about ONA22, journalism, storytelling and more via text message. If you are in the U.S., Canada, Puerto Rico, Australia or the UK, text ONA to (707) 209-7170 now through Sept. 3 to chat with them directly. 

Call for nominees for ONA’s Board of Directors

We are accepting candidates for eight seats open for election to the 2023-24 ONA Board of Directors. Submit your candidacy or nomination by Thursday, Aug. 18.

ONA board members have a unique opportunity to help guide the strategic direction of the world’s largest organization of digital journalists and to influence the future of the media industry as they build skills and make meaningful connections with a team of other dedicated professionals. 

ONA members in good standing may declare their own candidacy or nominate a peer for a two-year board term.

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Career opportunities

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

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The Google News Initiative 

The Google News Initiative is Google’s effort to help journalism thrive in the digital age through evolving business models to drive sustainable growth, elevating quality journalism and empowering news organizations with new technology.

Dozens of technology companies, foundations, consultants and journalism organizations contribute to ONA’s mission throughout the year. Explore our Industry Directory to discover new tools and potential partners, or learn how to get listed.

Support ONA

There are many ways to help sustain ONA’s mission to inspire and support innovation in digital journalism.