UPDATE, 7/10/11: The Society for News Design is also on the prowl for some new leadership! Nominations for their Secretary/Treasurer position is now open (they use a ladder system for the executive leadership, so in three years you could be the president). As you may know, I’m also heavily involved in SND and working as co-director of the SND St. Louis convention. The deadline for nominations is Sunday, July 31st and the winner of the election will actually be announced in St. Louis at the shindig, so bust a move. Check out all the details here.
ONA is becoming one of the largest and most influential journalism organizations in the world, so the role the Board of Directors plays is not only steering the organization, but the potential future of journalism. So we really need the best and brightest allies at the helm. Please come join us or consider if any leaders you know might be interested and spread the word!
It may seem like an insurmountable goal to get elected, and believe me, I know. When I ran for election last year I didn’t think I really had a chance going up against more than 20 amazing leaders from around the country, including seven excellent incumbents, but thanks to your support, I was elected and have been rocking out and making a difference with the MJ Bear Fellowships, student and educators committee (and with that helping found ONA Mizzou) and ONA Issues. Also at board meetings, I’ve done my best to help drive the strategy, represent ‘fly-over country’ and made strong (sometimes unpopular) stances on issues I believed in, including challenging the removal of term limits for board members. (Fyi, Liz Lufkin and I were the only votes against. See page 5 of the Jan. meeting minutes if you want more info.) The board has a lot of power and a heavy hand in the organization, and with removal of term limits it’s exponentially important that we reach out to find the best, active leaders to help steer the organization.
Don’t get me wrong, ONA is doing fantastic, but as Uncle Ben in Spiderman said, “With great power comes great responsibility.” We need to keep up the great progress and continue to move forward and lead past the digital transition into the future. If you’re at all considering running, please contact me [Will -at- Journerdism.com] and feel free to ask any questions.
I’d also especially encourage those potential candidates who are based in the Midwest, South, West and international, and who believe in / work in entrepreneurial projects, community news or emerging technologies. We’re seeking out candidates who can help us represent more diversity in medium and geographic location on the board to help reflect members’ interests and growth areas in the industry.