Committees

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.

Awards

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, Chair
  • Shazna Nessa
  • David Smydra
  • Justina Sharp
  • Jose Zamora
  • Nathalie Malinarich
  • Eric Carvin

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.

  • Josh Hatch, Chair
  • Nathalie Malinarich
  • Mandy Jenkins
  • Benet Wilson
  • Versha Sharma

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.

  • Greg Linch, Chair
  • Eric Carvin
  • Jose Zamora
  • Imaeyen Ibanga
  • Elite Truong

Membership — Vision

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

  • Eric Carvin, Co-chair
  • Shazna Nessa, Co-chair
  • Charo Henriquez
  • Greg Linch
  • Josh Hatch

Membership — Audience

  • Benet Wilson, Chair
  • David Smydra
  • Justina Sharp
  • Celeste LeCompte
  • Elite Truong

Membership — Community/Programs

  • Charo Henriquez, Co-chair
  • Celeste LeCompte, Co-chair
  • Greg Linch
  • Imaeyen Ibanga
  • Versha Sharma

Advisory Groups

Diversity

The Diversity Advisory Group 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.

  • Versha Sharma
  • Elite Truong
  • David Smydra
  • Kim Bui
  • Charo Henriquez
  • Benet Wilson
  • Greg Linch

Educators

The Educators Advisory Group recruits and supports journalism professors, professional journalists, and teachers researching, teaching and producing digital journalism and technology at professional media organizations, undergraduate and graduate academic institutions.

  • Greg Linch
  • Elite Truong
  • Josh Hatch

Students

The Students Advisory Group recruits and supports journalism students studying digital journalism and technology.

  • Benet Wilson
  • Justina Sharp

International

The International Advisory Group 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.

  • Versha Sharma
  • Eric Carvin
  • Mandy Jenkins
  • Nathalie Malinarich

News Ethics and Standards

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

  • Eric Carvin
  • Mandy Jenkins