Online News Association

The Online News Association (ONA), founded in 1999, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization located in Washington D.C., United States.[1] It is the world's largest association of digital journalists,[2] with more than 2,000 members.[3]

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)Edit

The Online News Association administers the Online Journalism Awards, the only awards honoring excellence in digital journalism. The OJAs focus on independent, community, nonprofit, major media and international news sites. Ten awards now come with a total of $60,000 in prize money, courtesy of the Gannett Foundation and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.[4] The awards were launched in May 2000 as a joint effort of the Online News Association and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.[5][1] Winners are announced at the annual conference.

Online News Association Conference & Awards BanquetEdit

The organization holds an annual conference and awards banquet in the U.S., 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;[6] Vivek Kundra, Chief Information Officer of the United States in the Obama administration;[7] AOL CEO Tim Page; then-NPR CEO Vivian Schiller,[8] and journalists instrumental in the Arab Spring uprising. Since 2015, it has also held a shorter conference in Europe. Past conferences:[9]

  • 2019: New Orleans
  • 2018: Austin
  • 2017: Washington, D.C.
  • 2017: Dublin
  • 2016: Denver
  • 2016: London
  • 2015: Los Angeles
  • 2015: London
  • 2014: Chicago
  • 2013: Atlanta
  • 2012: San Francisco
  • 2011: Boston
  • 2010: Washington, D.C.
  • 2009: San Francisco
  • 2008: Washington, D.C.
  • 2007: Toronto
  • 2006: Washington, D.C.
  • 2005: New York
  • 2004: Los Angeles
  • 2003: Chicago
  • 2002: New York City
  • 2001: Berkeley, Calif.
  • 2000: New York City

MJ Bear FellowshipEdit

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 2016 MJ Bear Fellows:

  • Alex Laughlin, News Audio Fellow, BuzzFeed[10]
  • Rose Eveleth, Producer, 30 for 30 Podcasts, ESPN
  • Sohara Mehroze Shachi, Programme Associate, United Nations Development Programme

The 2015 MJ Bear Fellows:

  • Keron Bascombe, Freelancer Writer/Blogger, Trinidad and Tobago[11]
  • Nadia Tamez-Robledo, Communication Specialist, Texas Nurses Association, Austin, TX[11]
  • Ariana Tobin, Engagement Reporter, ProPublica, New York City, NY[11]

The 2014 MJ Bear Fellows:

  • Anika Anand, Director of Engagement at Chalkbeat, an education news network[12]
  • Rajneesh Bhandari, Independent Multimedia Journalist
  • Aaron Williams, News Applications Developer, Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR)[13]

The 2013 MJ Bear Fellows:

  • Armie Garde, Assistant Content Editor, Multimedia Journalist, Sun.Star Publishing, Cebu City, Philippines[14]
  • Ashley Lohmann, Freelance journalist and Associate Editor, Fair Observer, San Francisco[14]
  • Kyle Stokes, Reporter, StateImpact Indiana, a collaboration of WFIU and Indiana Public Broadcasting[14]

The 2012 MJ Bear Fellows:

  • Hagit Bachrach, video producer at the Council on Foreign Relations[15]
  • Tricia Fulks, freelance digital journalist; founding story director of "Hollow" interactive documentary[15]
  • Denise Hassanzade Ajiri, web writer for Web writer for Radio Farda, Radio Free Europe.[15]

The 2011 MJ Bear Fellows:

  • Lucas Timmons, a data journalist and web producer for The Edmonton Journal[16]
  • Laura Amico, the founder and editor of Homicide Watch in Washington, D.C
  • Lam Thuy Vo, formerly multimedia reporter for The Wall Street Journal in Hong Kong, now at NPR's Planet Money.

AP Google Journalism and Technology ScholarshipEdit

ONA administers a 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 and awarded six $20,000 scholarships to undergraduate and graduates students to apply to tuition.[17]


  • Executive Director: Irving Washington;[18]
  • Head of Strategic Partnerships: Jessica Strelitz;
  • Head of Programs and Events: Trevor Knoblich;[19]
  • Senior Digital Manager: Adam Nekola;
  • Senior Communications Manager: Jennifer Mizgata;
  • Community Manager: Meghan Murphy.[20]

Board of directorsEdit



  • Celeste LeCompte, Director of Business Development, ProPublica[24]
  • David Skok, Managing Editor & Vice President, Digital, The Boston Globe
  • David Smydra, Editorial Director, Google Play Newsstand, Google[25]
  • Elite Truong, Product Manager, Partner Platforms, Vox Media[26]
  • Eric Carvin, Social Media Editor, The Associated Press[27]
  • Greg Linch, Data Developer, McClatchy[28]
  • Imaeyen Ibanga, Senior Digital Video Producer and Manager, AJ+[29]
  • José Zamora, Vice President of Strategic Communications, Univision Network News[30]
  • Meredith Artley, Editor-in-Chief, CNN Digital[31]
  • Michelle Baruchman, Student, University of Georgia
  • P. Kim Bui, Editor-at-Large, NowThis
  • Steve Herrmann, Editorial Director, BBC Monitoring, The BBC

At-Large Members:

  • President Emeritus Rich Jaroslovsky, Vice President for Content & Chief Journalist, SmartNews Inc.[32]


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  22. ^ "Mandy Jenkins". International Journalism Festival. Retrieved 2020-12-07.
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  30. ^ "Jose Zamora". LensCulture. Retrieved 2020-12-07.
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  32. ^ "Jaroslovsky to Leave Journal". The Wall Street Journal. 2002-03-08. ISSN 0099-9660. Retrieved 2020-12-08.

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