ONA Weekly #426: Get Ready To Vote!

By on September 7, 2022

Get ready to vote for the ONA Board

Voting for the 2023-24 ONA Board of Directors opens on Sept. 12. All active ONA members as of Thursday, Sept. 8, are eligible to cast a ballot. Join ONA or confirm your membership status and get ready to vote!

Get to know the candidates running for six open seats on the board: 

New Candidates

  • Dan Gilgoff, Executive Editor, Digital & Content, AARP
  • Robin Kwong, New Formats Editor, The Wall Street Journal
  • Kristen Reed, Content Director, TEGNA
  • Margaret Schneider, Head of Training & Documentation, Newspack, Automattic
  • Allison Shirk, Digital and Engagement Editor, Chattanooga Times Free Press
Incumbent Candidates
  • Ashley Alvarado, Vice President, Community Engagement + Strategic Initiatives, Southern California Public Radio (KPCC/LAist)
  • Rubina Madan Fillion, Director of Strategy, Opinion, The New York Times
  • Andrew Fitzgerald, SVP, Streaming Video Services, Hearst Television
  • Rodney Gibbs, Senior Director, Strategy & Innovation, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
  • Imaeyen Ibanga, Presenter/Senior Producer, AJ+
  • Niketa Patel, Senior Director, Partnerships & Platforms, The 19th
  • Anita Zielina, Director Strategic Initiatives, Newmark J-School at CUNY


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Excellence in Social Justice Reporting

This year’s finalists in the Online Journalism Awards (#OJA22) Excellence in Social Justice Reporting category covered topics from climate change and pandemic relief to pollution and the criminal justice system. The award honors exceptional works of digital journalism that highlight and report on systemic inequities encountered by marginalized and underrepresented communities.

Single story finalists:

  • Inaccessible cities, AJ Contrast and Al Jazeera Digital
  • Postcard from Thermal: Surviving the climate gap in eastern Coachella Valley, ProPublica
  • Rising up in the heartland: Latino workers fight for pandemic relief, Univision
  • This Rap Song Helped Sentence a 17-Year-Old to Prison, The New York Times and Type Investigations

Portfolio finalists:

  • Denied, The Markup
  • Ghosts of polluters past, Grist and Voice of OC
  • Prison dispatches from incarcerated writers, The Appeal
  • The stench of death: On Canada’s Highway of Tears, Al Jazeera Digital 

Winners will be announced during the Online News Association’s annual conference (Sept. 21–24 in Los Angeles).

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Career opportunities

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