The Online News Association, the predominant organization representing digital journalists, announced on Tuesday the nominees for its upcoming 2012 Board of Directors election. ONA board members help shape programming, serve as representatives/spokespeople for the organization and are supposed to make ONA their largest annual charitable contribution, among other responsibilities.
The election — for two-year terms — promises to be highly competitive. Seven of the 15 seats of the board need to be filled, and one of the seven seats will be filled by appointment to allow for international representation. Seven new candidates and six incumbents are running for the remaining six seats. They are:
- Steve Fox, lecturer/multimedia journalism coordinator at the University of Massachusetts;
- Chrystia Freeland, the editor of Thomson Reuters Digital;
- Burt Herman, the CEO and founder of Storify and the founder of Hacks/Hackers;
- John Keefe, the news director of WNYC;
- Jim Roberts, an assistant managing editor of The New York Times;
- Evan Smith, the CEO and editor in chief of the Texas Tribune; and
- Juana Summers, a political reporter at POLITICO.
- Meredith Artley, vice president and managing editor of CNN Digital;
- Jim Brady, editor in chief of Journal Register Company (current board vice president);
- Liz Lufkin, vice president of front page programming at Yahoo!;
- Christine Montgomery, managing editor of PBS.org (current board president);
- Anthony Moor, managing editor, local, at Yahoo!; and
- Ken Sands, site manager of Bloomberg Government.
Polls open during the 2011 ONA Conference in Boston on Sept. 23 and will close on Oct. 13. An online candidate chat will be held in early September. In addition, a meet the candidates forum will be held during the conference. Good luck to all those running!