Minutes – August 10, 2012

Online News Association Board of Directors Meeting

In attendance:

  • Jim Brady, President
  • Jody Brannon, Treasurer
  • Will Sullivan, Secretary
  • Christine Montgomery
  • Joshua Hatch
  • Katie King
  • Robert Hernandez
  • Mario Tedeschini-Lalli
  • Juana Summers
  • John Keefe
  • Jane McDonnell, Executive Director
  • Jennifer Mizgata, Communications and Social Media Manager
  • Jeanne Brooks, Director of Innovation and Community Engagement
  • Jon Hart, General Counsel
  • Kevin Loker, Digital Coordinator
  • Teresa Hanafin, Nominating Committee Chair


  • Cory Haik
  • Amy Webb
  • Burt Herman
  • Rob King


1:06 p.m. Jim Brady calls the meeting to order.

June Meeting Minutes

Jody Brannon moved to approve the June meeting minutes (the board did not have a meeting in July due to vacations), Brady seconded the motion and the board unanimously approved the minutes.

Board elections

Executive Director Jane McDonnell introduced Teresa Hanafin, Nominating Committee Chair, who discussed the slate of candidates who had been nominated to run for the 2013 Board of Directors.

Hanafin said there are three incumbents running for additional terms and a total of 13 others who submitted nominations. Hanafin introduced the candidates. The board engaged in a lengthy discussion of the appropriate role of the board in vetting the slate of nominees, the criteria to be applied in evaluating nominees (in particular, the level of prior involvement in ONA that should be required of each candidate), and the qualifications of the individual candidates. Final approval of the slate was deferred to permit the members of the board to review the individual nominations.


McDonnell updated the group on the on-going search for a Digital Manager to replace Sean Connolly, who is going to continue working on a contract basis up through the convention in San Francisco.


McDonnell also updated the group on the 2012 budget, noting that everything is right on target, with the exception of accounting expenses, which are higher than expected , largely because of an increase in the number of employees and consultants which required additional attention to human resources issues. She also said the additional expense was mitigated by higher revenue
than projected in other areas.

ONA12 Conference

McDonnell said that she and Brady had another call with the Hyatt about the potential impact of union activities on the conference during which the hotel outlined its plans to ensure that the conference will not be disrupted. She also mentioned that board members should refer anyone with questions about the dispute between the hotel and the union to the FAQ on the website.
McDonnell said registrations were going well and that she would email the board information about conference registration numbers.

The meeting concluded at 2:07 p.m. EST.