Selection Committee

The MJ Bear Fellowship Selection Committee is a volunteer team of digital media leaders, ONA affiliates and a member of MJ Bear’s family who review and select the fellowship recipients each year.

The 2023 committee includes:

  • Laura Amico, 2011 MJ Bear Fellow, MJ Bear Fellowship Chair
  • Amy Eisman, Director, Journalism Division, School of Communication, American University
  • Jake Carpenter, President of Carpenter Creative, Network Photojournalist (MJ Bear’s nephew and family representative)
  • Jody Brannon, Digital News Strategist, Editorial Director, Educator
  • Anne Saul, News/Video Consultant, retired Gannett News Executive