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ONLINE NEWS ASSOCIATION

  • Washington, DC
  • www.journalists.org

Mission Statement

Inspiring innovation and excellence among digital journalists to better serve the public.

Main Programs

  1. Online Journalism Awards
  2. ONA Local
  3. ONA Annual Conference
  4. MJ Bear Fellowship
  5. Student Newsroom
  6. Diversity Programs
  7. Leadership Academy for Women in Digital Media
  8. Challenge Fund for Innovation in Journalism Education
  9. ONA Career Center
Service Areas

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International

ONA's membership is domestic and international.

ruling year

1999

Principal Officer since 2017

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Irving Washington

Keywords

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journalism, digital, innovation, media, technology, training, multi-media, web, membership, organization, bloggers, new media, independent

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Also Known As

ONA

EIN

51-0389878

 Number

1815385663

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Media, Communications Organizations (A30)

Professional Societies, Associations (W03)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

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Programs

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Program 1

Online Journalism Awards

Since 1999, the OJAs have recognized major media, international and independent sites and individuals producing innovative work in multimedia storytelling, placing special emphasis on entries that demonstrate mastery of the special characteristics and emerging technology of digital journalism.

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ONA Local

ONA Local communities are at the heart of what ONA does, cultivating our most valuable resource, our digital journalists. Community-generated meet-ups, networking and training sessions have formed and grown in many domestic and international cities.

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ONA Annual Conference

Our Conference & Awards Banquet has become the premier gathering of highly engaged digital journalists who are shaping the future of journalism and technology. Record-breaking numbers of journalists travel to ONA’s conference each year to learn about new tools, techniques and technologies, to discuss advancements and challenges in the industry, take advantage of the rare opportunity to network face-to-face, hear from headline-making keynotes and share best practices with peers from all over the map. They also come to soak up the vibrant entrepreneurial spirit that distinguishes ONA conferences.

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MJ Bear Fellowship

Fellowships in the name of a late ONA founding member are awarded to three journalists under age 30 — two in the United States or Canada and one international, in partnership with MSN International — whose innovative work in independent, community and corporate news represents the best of new media. Fellows get personalized training; paid expenses for and recognition at our annual ONA conference, and a three-year ONA membership.

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Student Newsroom

Each year, 20 students are chosen in a highly competitive process to work in the newsroom at our annual conference, where they are responsible for three days of coverage and the conference website. Registration and all travel expenses are covered. Students work side by side with mentors from leading academic institutions, and are encouraged to think creatively about how to communicate and share the extraordinary resources that emerge from a typical ONA conference.

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Diversity Programs

ONA offers scholarships and fellowships to connect talented journalists with our conference, professional development and employers. Historically Black College and University (HBCU) students with impressive academic and journalistic achievements are invited to apply for an all-expenses-paid conference trip and a free, one-year ONA Student membership. Digital journalists from diverse backgrounds with experience reporting for mobile and social platforms are encouraged to apply for one of four CNN Diversity Fellowship, providing all-expenses-paid trip to our annual conference.

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Leadership Academy for Women in Digital Media

The academy is a week-long, tuition-free leadership program that addresses the unique needs of women in digital media, focusing on developing emerging leaders. We bring rock-star faculty and speakers to build critical skills for women moving up the ladder in digital journalism and technology organizations to help with the challenges they face on the path to leadership.

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Challenge Fund for Innovation in Journalism Education

The goal of the Challenge Fund for Innovation in Journalism Education is to hack the journalism curriculum. Our first rounds of grant winners are busy experimenting with teams of educators, technologists, researchers, students and media professionals, all excited about collaboratively exploring the possibilities. Winners receive up to $35,000 in micro-grants to support live, local news experiments. Winners can then compete to win up to $100,000 in grand prizes for best project and evaluation. We’ve partnered with the Excellence and Ethics in Journalism Foundation, the Robert R. McCormick Foundation, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Democracy Fund and the Rita Allen Foundation to launch this challenge over four years.

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ONA Career Center

ONA’s online job board, open to the entire digital journalism community, gives job seekers free access to the most recent listing by employers, who will find easy online account management and significant discounts for ONA members.

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Service Areas

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International

ONA's membership is domestic and international.

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ONLINE NEWS ASSOCIATION
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Principal Officer

Irving Washington

BIO

Irving W. Washington III is responsible for directing the overall business operations of the organization, managing the annual conference, and overseeing programmatic objectives for the AP-Google Journalism and Technology Scholarship, MJ Bear Fellowship and Online Journalism Awards.

As a media diversity advocate, Irving has managed programming and fundraising initiatives for journalists, media professionals and students nationwide. As program manager for the National Association of Black Journalists, he launched the organization's first all-digital platform for the annual Salute to Excellence National Media Awards, the largest journalism awards competition recognizing issues affecting the worldwide black community and African diaspora. He also managed the organization's annual convention hosting a sitting United States executive office official, Vice President Joseph Biden in 2012.

As an advocate for education, he developed the organization's first national high school journalism program, held in conjunction with the annual convention, and created new partnerships for its student programs, which annually gave over $100,000 in scholarships.

Previously, Washington served as Diversity Education Coordinator for the Radio-Television Digital News Foundation, which promotes the hiring, training, promotion and retention of professionals of color in television, radio, and digital news. He managed Foundation events and projects, including the High School Journalism Project, Educators in the Newsroom Project, and the scholarship, fellowship and internship programs. He served on the team that launched the nation's first website exclusively for high school broadcast journalists in 2006.

During the academic year, he serves as an adjunct professor at the University of the District of Columbia Community College and the Journalism Alumni Society Board of Directors of his alma mater, Ball State University, from which he received degrees in Journalism and Public Relations.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"The Online News Association 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, community outreach.

Since 1999, ONA has been at the forefront of a truly revolutionary age in digital media. The programs and services we provide help digital journalists in news organizations around the globe and across the corporate, independent and non-profit sectors adapt to the changing environment. Our mission, inspiring innovation and excellence among digital journalists to better serve the public, has never been more important.

Our leadership status is reflected in ONA's growth. Our more than 2,250 members are the producers, content editors, news directors, technologists, reporters, bloggers, designers, data analysts, academics, students and newsroom decision-makers who are creating and refining the digital medium at breakneck speed.

Not as obvious in the data but just as critical is the spirit of ONA, which welcomes non-traditional members and fosters community, out-of-the-box thinking and excitement about the future of journalism and informed citizen engagement.

ONA already offers a variety of online and in-person trainings and exposure to the latest technology and how to use it; our website brings these valuable resources to a wider audience. Members are offered access to expertise and best practices from the most innovative minds in the business."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Joshua Hatch

Assistant Managing Editor, Data and Interactives, Chronicle of Higher Education

Term: Jan 2016 - Jan 2018

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