Jane McDonnell

Jane has a long history of creating and supporting digital journalism in the commercial, independent and nonprofit sectors. She is President/CEO of free range media LLC, advising nonprofit media organizations on start-up structure, long-term strategy, sustainability and scale, diversity, leadership and culture change. 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 also has 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 IntegrityAs 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.