Jane McDonnell

Jane has a long history of creating and supporting digital journalism in the commercial, independent and nonprofit sectors. From 2008-2016, she was Executive Director of the Online News Association (ONA), the world’s largest membership organization of digital journalists, overseeing daily operations and long-term financial and program strategy, working closely with the Board of Directors. She’s also served as consulting senior editor for the Project for Excellence in Journalism’s 2008 State of the News Media Report. and oversaw the communications, marketing and digital efforts at the Center for Public Integrity, part of a CPI team that won online awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, Investigative Reporters and Editors, the National Press Foundation, the Society of Environmental Journalists, the Association of Healthcare Journalists and Harvard’s Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy. She started up Public Access Journalism in 2001 to examine social issues in print, broadcast and themed public websites, funded by foundations. As a Managing Editor at Knight Ridder/Tribune Information Services, Jane led work on Knight Ridder’s nascent digital projects and received the company’s Excellence Award for her work as president of Partners in Journalism, a volunteer group that helped Washington D.C. public high schools produce newspapers.