Thanks to all our supporters

We are deeply grateful for the generosity of our funders, donors, partners and sponsors who support key initiatives that move digital journalism forward. ONA gift policy statement.

Major Funders

The Democracy Fund’s generous grant supports ONA’s efforts to provide training and education to journalists.
John S. and James L. Knight Foundation grants support the Online Journalism Awards, HBCU Digital Media Fellowship and Women’s Leadership Accelerator. Knight has also supported ONA’s local community-building initiative and the Challenge Fund for Innovation in Journalism Education.
Hearst Foundations Hearst Foundation funding in 2022 supported ONA’s efforts to provide more training and education to journalists.
The Inasmuch Foundation supports the Women’s Leadership Accelerator and ONA’s work to support education on emerging tech trends for local news.
Dow Jones Foundation A generous grant from The Dow Jones Foundation supports our Women’s Leadership Accelerator, a yearlong intensive program that supercharges the leadership and management skills of women who are pushing digital innovation.
Ford Foundation funding supports ONA’s efforts to provide more training and education to journalists. The foundation also helped support the launch of the ONA-Poynter Leadership Academy for Women in Digital Media in 2015.
The Carpenter Family Charitable Fund Ongoing support for the MJ Bear Fellowship.

Leading Partnerships

MSN and MSN International’s generous donation and committee involvement makes possible the selection of current and future MJ Bear Fellows. VIP generously provides support for development of the ONA websites, as well as hosting beginning in August 2018.
News Revenue Hub works with ONA on its member strategy for supporting the journalism community and driving innovation and excellence in digital news.


Major Donors

MJ Bear Fellowship Fund
The MJ Bear fellowship fellowship identifies and nurtures journalism stars under 30. On behalf of our Board and staff, our warmest appreciation goes to the Bear and Carpenter families — Philip Bear, Robin Bear, the late Jeanette B. Bear, Dinah Bear, Linda Carpenter, Bob Carpenter, Jake Carpenter and Blake Carpenter — for ensuring the legacy of ONA founding member and digital journalism pioneer MJ Bear.

We are also grateful to the many individual donors who continue to support this fellowship in MJ’s memory.

Board of Directors
We are deeply grateful for the annual financial support and leadership of our board members.

Major Sponsors

Sponsorships make possible our state-of-the-art annual conference, and support our ONA Local group activities and events.

  • Microsoft
  • Google News Initiative/YouTube
  • The Wall Street Journal
  • SnapStream
  • TEGNA/TEGNA Foundation
  • SmartNews
  • Canva
  • McKinsey and Company
  • Skoll Foundation
  • Knight Wallace Fellows at the University of Michigan
  • William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
  • Reuters
  • Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson
  • Arc XP
  • Atlanta Journal-Constitution
  • Letterhead
  • Chartbeat
  • Reynolds Journalism Institute
  • University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications
  • Storyful
  • Viafoura
  • Spectrum Networks
  • American Press Institute
  • University of Maryland Philip Merrill College of Journalism
  • The Lenfest Institute
  • NBCUniversal
  • Echobox
  • Tagboard

General Supporters

Our deepest thanks go out to each and every Friend of ONA who has donated to help support digital journalists and the critical work they do.

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As part of the CARES Act, ONA received Paycheck Protection Program funds in 2020 and 2021 to support payroll expenses during the COVID-19 pandemic.