Online News Association

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The Online News Association (ONA), founded in 1999, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization made up of more 2,000 members. It is the world's largest association of digital journalists.

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;[1] 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[edit]

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; 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. Since 2015, it has also held a shorter conference in Europe. Past conferences:[2]

  • 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 Fellowship[edit]

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:

The 2015 MJ Bear Fellows:

The 2014 MJ Bear Fellows:

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

The 2013 MJ Bear Fellows:

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

The 2012 MJ Bear Fellows:

The 2011 MJ Bear Fellows:

AP Google Journalism and Technology Scholarship[edit]

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 and awarded six $20,000 scholarships to undergraduate and graduates students to apply to tuition.

The 2014-2015 AP Google Journalism and Technology Scholarship winners:[3]

The 2013-2014 AP Google Journalism and Technology Scholarship winners:[4]

  • Adam Allevato, 20, undergraduate student at Colorado State University
  • Lindsey Cook, 21, undergraduate student at the University of Georgia
  • Nonny de la Peña, graduate student at University of Southern California
  • Tyler Fisher, 22, undergraduate student at Northwestern University
  • Nilkanth Patel, 23, graduate student at Columbia University
  • Erik Reyna, 25, graduate student at University of California-Berkeley

The 2012-2013 AP Google Journalism and Technology Scholarship winners:[5][6]

  • 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.

ONA Local[edit]

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:


Board of directors[edit]



At-Large Members:

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

Board Presidents[edit]

  • Rich Jaroslovsky (now President Emeritus), 1999-2000
  • Bruce Koon, 2001-2002
  • Doug Feaver, 2003
  • Ruth Gersh, 2004
  • Michael Silberman, 2005
  • Kinsey Wilson, 2006-2007
  • Jonathan Dube, 2008-2009
  • Christine Montgomery, 2010-2011
  • Jim Brady, 2012–13
  • Meredith Artley, 2014-2015


  • Noack, David (1999-01-22). "Creation of Online News Association Moves Forward". Editor & Publisher. Archived from the original on 2007-09-30. Retrieved 2017-10-11.
  • Steve Outing, "Online News Association Forming; Interactivity, Part 2," Dec. 9, 1998, Editor & Publisher (Outdated)

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