In the four years I have served on the board, ONA has gone through some significant changes. And while I serve alongside some of the industry’s best and brightest leaders, I – humbly – would like to think I’ve played an active role in the organization’s positive changes.
During my time, I have tried to truly represent the diversity of our needs as members, from different skillsets to different backgrounds.
ONA is the one journalism conference that brings diversity in digital together. Whether we do social media or data or multimedia storytelling or something emerging, ONA brings us together in the hopes of sharing our knowledge and experiences with one another. ONA believes in the strength found in the sharing of our differences.
My work reflects this core mission:
- Teaching professors how they can be more digital, by co-teaching at Poynter’s Teachapalooza.
- Outside of my classroom, talking to students as a keynote for Journalism Association of Community Colleges and Associated Collegiate Press conference.
- With colleagues, recently re-launching the Diversify Journalism Project, which is on a mission to eliminate the we-can’t-find-a-digital-journalist-of-color excuse.
- #wjchat, more than four years old, continues to bring people together to nerd out about what we do. One recent highlight was an international edition with ONA Jerusalem.
- Sharing my work, most recently with my Glass Journalism class. No, I’m not a Glasshole. I’m a nerd that is putting on this dorky looking supercomputer on my face in the name of journalism… and sharing via Twitter, Tumblr, WordPress and IRL meetups.
What’s the point of gaining knowledge if you don’t share it? What’s the point of having access, if you don’t bring others with you? What’s the point of being part of an organization if your not actively participating?
With that in mind, I’d like to declare my candidacy for re-election.
And I’d like to call on you to do one simple act: participate.
How? Step one: vote.
I don’t care if you vote for me or for one of the other amazingly candidates are running, but please vote.
In addition to voting: Speak up.
Using your voice to express what you want from ONA is vital to the organization’s future and relevance.
Don’t be on the sidelines simply complaining about or just benefiting from this community. Give back. In fact, take over. This is yours.
I’m asking for your vote.
I’m asking you for your voice.
I’m asking you to act.
This organization works for me. As a board member, I work for you. As a whole, this community works for us. I am proud and honored to have had a seat at the table shaping how this community grows and develops.
There is still more work to be done. I’d like to continue to help.