Board Nominations and Election

The nomination period for the 2016-17 Board of Directors Slate is now closed. Sign up for our newsletter to be the first to know when the next round of nominations opens.

Nomination Application

To be considered for the ONA Board of Directors, an ONA member must be nominated by another ONA member. Both must be ONA members in good standing. Confirm your membership status or renew your membership or join ONA here.

All candidates must be able to perform specific duties if elected. Please carefully read the documents below, which spell out the criteria for nominees and the responsibilities of a Board member.

There are two online forms required to complete the nomination process.

The Nomination Form must be filled out by the ONA member who is nominating the candidate. The Candidate Form must be filled out by the candidate. Both forms must be completed for a candidate to be considered as eligible.

Nominations Review Process

The Nominations Committee, led by a former or current board member, will screen candidates and present a slate of eligible candidates to the current board for its approval. It is the responsibility of the Nominations Committee to present a slate that reflects a diversity of interests in the make-up of the board. Among the key factors the Nominations Committee looks for:

  • Past involvement with ONA
  • Diversity reflective of the communities that journalism serves
  • Diversity of media represented
  • Executive experience and fundraising capacity
  • ONA membership type (professional, academic or associate)
  • Professional experience in digital media

Once the slate has been reviewed, the nominees will be notified by the Executive Director and announced to the ONA membership. A page listing nominees will be posted on, along with their photos, bios, stated qualifications and vision for ONA as submitted during the nomination process.

Nominees will be given up to four weeks to reach out to ONA members via social media or other communications platforms. They are welcome to include any relevant links for posting with their candidate profile on

Important Dates

The dates below were for the 2016-17 slate.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015: Call for nominations
Friday, Aug. 14, 2015: Close nominations
Friday, Aug. 21, 2015: Nominee slate announced; campaigns begin
Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015: Voting opens; candidate forum held
Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2015: Voting closes; winners notified
October, 2015: Election results announced