All ONA committees and advisory boards, chaired and run by Board members and other community leaders, work with the ONA Executive Director and staff to focus on issues of importance to digital journalists.


The Awards Committee directs the entry and judging process for the Online Journalism Awards, meeting via teleconference to discuss and refine the categories and rules governing the awards. The committee also advises on promotion and execution of the awards banquet, as well as the online presence of the awards (citations, archives, etc).

  • P. Kim Bui, Co-chair
  • David Smydra, Co-chair


The Diversity Committee supports geographic, gender, cultural, racial and ethnic diversity within ONA and the media industry. Our goal is to work on initiatives to bring more diversity — in the broadest sense — to membership, training, research, networking and jobs.

  • Benét Wilson, Chair
  • Celeste LeCompte
  • Greg Linch
  • David Smydra


The Education Committee recruits and supports journalism professors, professional journalists, teachers and students researching, studying, teaching and producing digital journalism and technology at professional media organizations, undergraduate and graduate academic institutions. Members plan training sessions, seminars and workshops, as well as bring together educators through social media platforms to discuss syllabi, teaching strategies and career and professional development.

  • Celeste LeCompte, Co-chair
  • Elite Truong, Co-chair
  • Michelle Baruchman, Student Representative
  • Greg Linch

Executive Committee

All Board officers are members of the ONA Executive Committee, which guides decision-making and offers advice on high-level strategy and initiatives and organizational operations. Its members also may serve on or chair other ONA committees. The committee is supported and advised by Irving Washington, Executive Director, and Alison Schary, ONA General Counsel.

  • Joshua Hatch, Board President
  • Mandy Jenkins, Vice President
  • David Cohn, Treasurer
  • Benét Wilson, Secretary

Financial Oversight

This committee provides oversight for ONA’s revenue development, annual budget and audit and monitors success in reaching financial goals.

  • David Cohn, Chair, Treasurer
  • Josh Hatch, President
  • Mandy Jenkins, Vice President
  • Benét Wilson, Secretary
  • Meredith Artley, Past President

Governance Committee

The Governance Committee is responsible for ongoing review and recommendations to enhance the quality and future viability of the board of directors. The work of the committee revolves around the following five major areas: board roles and responsibilities, board composition, board knowledge, board effectiveness and board leadership.

  • Kim Bui, Chair
  • David Skok
  • Benét Wilson


The International Committee aims to support and expand ONA’s global community by maintaining a network of engaged international ONA members, through regular social media communication and calls, external partnerships and events, our annual international and domestic conferences, training opportunities and ONA Local groups.

  • Steve Herrmann, Chair
  • Eric Carvin

Legal Affairs

The Legal Affairs Committee works with the board to formulate ONA’s position on legal issues that may be of interest to the members. Among other things, the Committee advises the board on the lawsuits ONA should get involved in, either as a party or as an amicus (or “friend of the court”), and reviews and comments on proposed briefs to make sure that the positions taken are consistent with the interests of ONA’s members. The Committee also evaluates proposed legislation that may have an impact on journalists, particularly journalists whose work is distributed in digital formats, with a view toward weighing in on pending legislation as appropriate.

  • Mandy Jenkins, Chair
  • Joshua Hatch
  • Greg Linch

News Ethics and Standards

The News Ethics and Standards Committee researches, crowd-sources, refines and shares ethical best practices and high journalistic standards related to digital news.

  • Eric Carvin, Chair
  • Fergus Bell
  • Katy Culver


This Membership committee works with a representative slice of ONA membership to research the tangible benefits that most help members.

  • Joshua Hatch, Chair
  • Benét Wilson