Online News Association
ONA's mission: Inspiring innovation and excellence among digital journalists to better serve the public. The organization is a leader in the rapidly changing world of journalism; a catalyst for innovation in story-telling across all platforms; a resource for journalists seeking guidance and growth, and a champion of best practices through training, awards and community outreach.
The majority of ONA members are professional online journalists. The association defines "professional members" as those "whose principal livelihood involves gathering or producing news for digital presentation." These include news writers, producers, programmers, bloggers,designers, editors, photographers and others who produce news for the Internet or other digital delivery systems. Other members include journalism educators, journalism students, business development, marketing and communications professionals in the media and those interested in the field of online journalism.
Online Journalism Awards (OJAs)
The Online News Association administers the Online Journalism Awards, the only awards honoring excellence in digital journalism, in partnership with the University of Miami's School of Communication. The OJAs focus on independent, community, nonprofit, major media and international news sites. Six awards now come with a total of $33,000 in prize money, courtesy of the Gannett Foundation and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. The awards were launched in May 2000 as a joint effort of the Online News Association and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Winners are announced at the annual conference.
Online News Association Conference & Awards Banquet
The organization holds an annual conference and awards banquet, the Online News Association Conference & Awards Banquet, which features three days of training, leading media keynotes and a Career Summit & Job Fair. Past keynote speakers include: Twitter’s Evan Williams; Vivek Kundra, Chief Information Officer of the United States in the Obama administration; AOL CEO Tim Page; then-NPR CEO Vivian Schiller, and journalists instrumental in the Arab Spring uprising. The 2008 conference was held September 11–13 in Washington, DC; the 2009 conference was held Oct. 1-3 in San Francisco; the 2010 conference was held Oct. 28-30 in Washington DC, and the 2011 conference was held in Boston. The 2012 conference, Sept. 20-22, was in San Francisco.
MJ Bear Fellowship
Starting in 2011, MJ Bear Fellowships have been awarded to three promising journalists under the age of 30. The fellowships “identify and celebrate young digital journalists, working independently or for a company or organization, who have demonstrated — through professional experimentation, research or other projects — that they deserve support for their efforts and/or vision.” The first fellowships were awarded for the 2011-12 academic year.
The 2011 MJ Bear Fellows:
- Lucas Timmons, a data journalist and web producer for The Edmonton Journal
- Laura Amico, the founder and editor of Homicide Watch D.C. in Washington, D.C
- LamThuy Vo, formerly multimedia reporter for The Wall Street Journal in Hong Kong, now at NPR’s Planet Money.
The 2012 MJ Bear Fellows:
- Hagit Bachrach, video producer at the Council on Foreign Relations
- Tricia Fulks, freelance digital journalist; founding story director of “Hollow” interactive documentary
- Denise Hassanzade Ajiri, web writer for Web writer for Radio Farda, Radio Free Europe.
AP Google Journalism and Technology Scholarship
ONA administers this national scholarship program funded by the Associated Press and Google Inc. to foster digital, computer science and new media skills in student journalists. The scholarship, launched in 2011, awarded six $20,000 scholarships to undergraduate and graduates students to apply to tuition during the 2012-2013 academic year. Applications are now open for the 2013-14 academic year.
- Emily Eggleston, 24, graduate student at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, studying journalism and geography.
- Reginald James, 30, undergraduate student at the University of California, Berkeley, studying political science and African American studies.
- Katie Zhu, 21, undergraduate at Northwestern University, studying computer science and journalism.
- Rebecca Rolfe, 25, graduate student at the Georgia Institute of Technology, studying digital media.
- Kevin Schaul, 20, undergraduate student at the University of Minnesota, studying journalism and computer science.
- John Osborn, 29, graduate student at the University of California, Berkeley, studying journalism.
The ONA Local program supports and connects thousands of journalists and technologists at the local level around the world, helping them network and share information through regular trainings, panels and meet-ups.
ONA brings free training sessions to cities across the United States through ONACamps, funded by the Gannett Foundation, typically day-long, intensive workshops which focus on introducing or honing practical digital media skills, including mobile, social media, data visualization, legal issues, revenue-building and tools and tech. ONACamps have been held in:
- Minneapolis, Minn. — Dec. 1, 2012
- NABJ12, New Orleans, La. — June 20, 2012
- Missoula, Mont. — April 13, 2012
- Denver — June 23, 2011
- Honolulu, Hawaii — Jan. 21-22, 2011
- Hollywood, Calif. — Aug. 4, 2010
- Birmingham, Ala. — June 5, 2010
- Bradenton, Fla. — Feb. 20, 2010
- Ann Arbor, Mich. — Oct. 21-22, 2009
- Executive Director: Jane McDonnell;
- Digital Director: Jeanne Brooks;
- Director of Operations: Irving Washington;
- Senior Manager, Business Development and Sales: Branden Smith;
- Communications and Social Media Manager: Jennifer Mizgata;
- Digital Manager: Jeremiah Patterson;
- Digital Coordinator: Kevin Loker.
Board of Directors
- President Jim Brady, Editor-in-Chief, Journal Register Company;
- Vice President Meredith Artley, Vice President & Managing Editor, CNN Digital, CNN;
- Treasurer Jody Brannon, Editor, Next America, The National Journal;
- Secretary To Be Elected;
- Past President Christine Montgomery, Chief Digital Officer, Center for Public Integrity.
- Joshua Hatch,Senior Editor for Data and Interactives, Chronicle of Higher Education;
- Burt Herman, CEO and Founder, Storify and Hacks/Hackers;
- Robert Hernandez, Assistant Professor of Professional Practice, University of Southern California Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism;
- Mandy Jenkins, Interactives Editor, Digital First Media;
- John Keefe, News Director, WNYC Radio;
- Richard Koci Hernandez, Assistant Professor New Media, UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism;
- Greg Linch, Special Projects and News Apps Producer, The Washington Post;
- Jim Roberts, Assistant Managing Editor, New York Times;
- Juana Summers, Political Reporter, Politico;
- Mario Tedeschini-Lalli, Deputy Director, Innovation and Development, Gruppo Editoriale L’Espresso.
- President Emeritus Rich Jaroslovsky, Technology Columnist, Bloomberg News and Bloomberg Businessweek.
- Rich Jaroslovsky (now President Emeritus), 1999-2001
- Bruce Koon, 2001-2003
- Doug Feaver, 2003-2004
- Ruth Gersh, 2004-2005
- Michael Silberman, 2005-2006
- Kinsey Wilson, 2006-7
- Jonathan Dube, 2007-2009
- Christine Montgomery, 2010-2011
- David Noack, "Creation of Online News Association Moves Forward," Jan. 22, 1999, Editor & Publisher(Outdated)
- Steve Outing, "Online News Association Forming; Interactivity, Part 2," Dec. 9, 1998, Editor & Publisher (Outdated)
- Submissions open for 2012 Online Journalism Awards, May 31, 3012.
- Celebrating six students receiving the AP-Google Journalism & Technology Scholarship, April 5, 2012.
- Google and AP Announce Winners of Journalism and Technology Scholarships, April 6, 2012.