Minutes – Oct. 10, 2008

Online News Association Board of Directors Meeting

In Attendance

  • Denise Polverine
  • Ju-Don Roberts
  • Kurt Greenbaum
  • Cory Haik
  • Tom Brew
  • Kinsey Wilson
  • Jody Brannon
  • Katharine Fong
  • Neil Budde
  • Anthony Moor
  • Christine Montgomery
  • Ken Sands
  • Katie King
  • Jon Dube
  • Teresa Hanafin
  • Tom Regan
  • Jane McDonnell (Executive Director)

Not in Attendance:

  • Jim Brady
  • Dick Meyer

The meeting was convened at 10 a.m. EST.

Minutes Approval: September minutes (and second meeting) approved.

Financials: Neil Budde said he’s still working on sorting out expenditures/revenues from the ONA conference. We are also preparing finances for auditing.

Executive Director’s Report: Jane McDonnell says the online, post-conference survey was successful. 231 people took the survey. The top 3 factors from the conference were: learning, networking, conference location. People rated the pre-conference workshops very highly. Space was a common concern. Many said location doesn’t matter but preferred being near a large city. Those who took survey overwhelmingly wanted more webinars, regional events, online how-to guides, more tech resource opportunities, discounts. We continue to hear clearly defined takeaways, such as tech training as it applies to journalism. Results will soon be released.

Web Site: The board and members are looking forward to the redesign which is coming soon. We are looking at rebranding journalists.org with a contest and relaunching with new content and tools.

Relationships: The board continues to discuss which relationships make sense for us. We’re looking at a few upcoming joint events with several groups. Jane is creating a list of potential partners. Meanwhile, we’re working with both ASNE and RTNDA on conference tracks. Christine Montgomery said we will be working with Poynter on News U webinar training series focusing on using cutting-edge technology to do extraordinary journalism.

’09 Strategic Plan Outline and Fundraising: Jane said she is looking at board and committee input, partnership opportunities, budget and fundraising needs, and most important, membership needs – based on input and feedback. All of that will go into putting together our 10th Anniversary campaign, which will begin to roll out in January. Factored into all of the plans will also be meeting requirements for potential grants.

’09 Conference Location: Tom, Liz, Katharine and Jane will visit San Fran location in late October and discuss wireless, etc. They will report back to the board during the November board call.

Events: We have upcoming events in L.A., Nashville, Richmond, Columbus (March) and D.C.

The meeting was adjourned at 11:05 a.m. EST.