Click here to close now.


News Feed Item

UPDATE: Meet ONA's MJ Bear Fellows, Exceptional Journalists Under 30

WASHINGTON, DC -- (Marketwired) -- 08/01/13 -- The Online News Association, the world's largest membership organization of digital journalists, today announced its third class of MJ Bear Fellows, three journalists under age 30 whose innovative work in independent, community and corporate news represents the best of new media.

The selection committee combed through applications from 18 countries to choose the winning up-and-coming journalists -- two in the United States or Canada and one international, in partnership with MSN International -- who are making their voices heard in the industry.

The 2013 MJ Bear Fellows are:

Ashley Lohmann, 25, a freelance journalist and former associate editor for the Fair Observer, a crowd-sourced media site, where she edited and wrote analyses of Middle Eastern issues. She is a graduate of Stanford University. She said, "I see myself as a storyteller and a mediator -- one who hopes to open people's eyes to the beauty, wonder, and diversity in our world and help them recognize the common humanity that we share." The selection committee said: "She's an entrepreneurial content strategist. Her plan to focus her storytelling skills on a deserving region of conflict is worthy unto itself, but Ashley wisely plans to supplement the journalism with approaches sure to extend its impact. Supplemental to the Beyond the Bombs website, her ideas for a film could give added exposure on TV, and items from the region seem to have more merit than selling plastic yellow bracelets. This multifaceted approach is one to watch -- and so is she." See Lohmann's project.

Kyle Stokes, 24, is a reporter for StateImpact Indiana, a collaboration of WFIU and Indiana Public Broadcasting focusing on how a particular issue affects people and communities. A graduate of the University of Missouri, his work has won Edward R. Murrow and Public Radio News Directors Incorporated (PRNDI) awards and he has been a finalist in the Society for Professional Journalists (SPJ) Best of Indiana awards. Said Kyle of his work, "I see myself developing traditional journalism organizations' capacity for not only reporting news online but in developing authority and presence in online communities." The selection committee said: "The reporting, blogging, tweeting, data-viz-ing journalist at Indiana's StateImpact makes his beat come alive. His charming videos are so clear they've been used in classrooms and budget meetings." See Stokes' work.

Armie Garde, 24, is assistant content editor and multimedia journalist for Sun.Star Publishing, Cebu City, Philippines. She is a graduate of Ateneo de Manila University, Quezon City, Philippines. Armie said of her focus, "An online journalist is needed to play the role of a well-informed gatekeeper on top of being a watchdog of democracy -- an authority in reporting double-checked facts online. I want to be actively part of this changing communication landscape, most especially in my country." The selection committee said: "This video heartwarmingly showcases a slice of real life in the Philippines not readily seen by the outside world. Its documentary-like approach is full of color, hope and impact that creates a personal, even intimate, connection between the individuals on the screen and the viewers watching. Armie's storytelling instincts shine through powerfully in the digital space. The subject here is dance, but it is also a touching exploration of a facet of the human condition." See Garde's work.

"You hear this a lot, but we had a really hard time picking top fellows this year," said Amy Eisman, Chair of the MJ Bear Fellowship Committee. "All of the finalists' entries were creative, crisp, surprising -- and they left us confident about the future of our industry. We also were pleased to see a steadily growing number of applicants, which means MJ Bear's intent -- to spotlight upcoming digital journalists -- was spot on."

Each fellow will be paired with a digital news leader as a career development mentor for one year, and also will receive a free three-year ONA membership and an expense-paid trip to the Online News Association Conference & Awards Banquet, Oct. 17-19, in Atlanta.

Ashley will work with mentor Georgia Popplewell, managing director of Global Voices, an international community of bloggers who report on blogs and citizen media from around the world; Kyle with Josh Williams, a multimedia editor on the graphics desk of The New York Times, and Armie with Geoff Spencer, Head of Programming in Greater Asia Pacific for Microsoft Apps, Media and Publishing.

The selection committee felt so strongly about the work and potential of three other applicants that they were awarded honorable mention. They are: Ivan Yanushkevich, 25, a freelancer in Kyrgyzstan and developer of Politmer.KG, a project for a civic foundation that tracks the promises of politicians; Leslie Young, 28, web coordinator for Global News, the news division of the Global Television Network in Toronto, Canada and Alejandra Matos, 22, data visualization reporter for the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

The selection committee includes: Chair Amy Eisman, Director, Media Entrepreneurship & Interactive Journalism, School of Communication, American University; Anne Saul, News/Video Consultant, former Gannett Systems Editor, MJ Bear Fellowship Coordinator; Jody Brannon, Editor, The Next America, The National Journal, ONA Board Secretary; Dominique Lempereur-Babeanu, General Manager, Microsoft Online Media Publishing Americas; Klemens Dreesbach, Global Strategy Manager, Microsoft Online Media Publishing Media Academy, Blake Carpenter, Audit Associate, Grant Thornton, LLP, and MJ Bear's nephew; Sarah Hoye, All-Platform Journalist, CNN; Laura Amico, CEO, Homicide Watch and Founder, Editor, Homicide Watch D.C. and 2011 MJ Bear Fellow; Jonathan Hart, Member, Dow Lohnes PLLC, and ONA Counsel, and Jane McDonnell, ONA Executive Director.

Bear, whose wide-ranging career took her to pivotal roles at Microsoft's MSN Portals and MSN International, NPR and American University, was renowned for her kindness and digital know-how. She played a vital role in ONA's history as a member of the original Board of Directors, helping to incorporate the organization in 1999 and serving on the Education, Fundraising, Conference and Legal Affairs committees until 2003.

So far, Friends of MJ Bear and ONA, MSN International and the MJ Bear estate have contributed more than $100,000 to the Fellowship fund, which will continue to spotlight and encourage promising journalists. Donate to the MJ Bear Fellowship here.

The Online News Association is the world's largest association of digital journalists. ONA's mission is to inspire innovation and excellence among journalists to better serve the public. The membership includes news writers, producers, designers, editors, bloggers, developers, photographers, educators, students and others who produce news for and support digital delivery systems. ONA also hosts the annual Online News Association conference and administers the Online Journalism Awards.

For more information, contact: Anne Saul, [email protected]

The Online News Association is the world's largest association of digital journalists. ONA's mission is to inspire innovation and excellence among journalists to better serve the public. The membership includes news writers, producers, designers, editors, bloggers, developers, photographers, educators, students and others who produce news for and support digital delivery systems. ONA also hosts the annual Online News Association conference and administers the Online Journalism Awards.

For more information, contact:
Jane McDonnell
Executive Director
Email Contact

More Stories By Marketwired .

Copyright © 2009 Marketwired. All rights reserved. All the news releases provided by Marketwired are copyrighted. Any forms of copying other than an individual user's personal reference without express written permission is prohibited. Further distribution of these materials is strictly forbidden, including but not limited to, posting, emailing, faxing, archiving in a public database, redistributing via a computer network or in a printed form.

Latest Stories
We all know that data growth is exploding and storage budgets are shrinking. Instead of showing you charts on about how much data there is, in his General Session at 17th Cloud Expo, Scott Cleland, Senior Director of Product Marketing at HGST, showed how to capture all of your data in one place. After you have your data under control, you can then analyze it in one place, saving time and resources.
Today air travel is a minefield of delays, hassles and customer disappointment. Airlines struggle to revitalize the experience. GE and M2Mi will demonstrate practical examples of how IoT solutions are helping airlines bring back personalization, reduce trip time and improve reliability. In their session at @ThingsExpo, Shyam Varan Nath, Principal Architect with GE, and Dr. Sarah Cooper, M2Mi’s VP Business Development and Engineering, explored the IoT cloud-based platform technologies driving t...
As organizations shift towards IT-as-a-service models, the need for managing & protecting data residing across physical, virtual, and now cloud environments grows with it. CommVault can ensure protection & E-Discovery of your data - whether in a private cloud, a Service Provider delivered public cloud, or a hybrid cloud environment – across the heterogeneous enterprise.
In recent years, at least 40% of companies using cloud applications have experienced data loss. One of the best prevention against cloud data loss is backing up your cloud data. In his General Session at 17th Cloud Expo, Sam McIntyre, Partner Enablement Specialist at eFolder, presented how organizations can use eFolder Cloudfinder to automate backups of cloud application data. He also demonstrated how easy it is to search and restore cloud application data using Cloudfinder.
The Internet of Things (IoT) is growing rapidly by extending current technologies, products and networks. By 2020, Cisco estimates there will be 50 billion connected devices. Gartner has forecast revenues of over $300 billion, just to IoT suppliers. Now is the time to figure out how you’ll make money – not just create innovative products. With hundreds of new products and companies jumping into the IoT fray every month, there’s no shortage of innovation. Despite this, McKinsey/VisionMobile data...
Internet of @ThingsExpo, taking place June 7-9, 2016 at Javits Center, New York City and Nov 1-3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, is co-located with the 18th International @CloudExpo and will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world and ThingsExpo New York Call for Papers is now open.
With major technology companies and startups seriously embracing IoT strategies, now is the perfect time to attend @ThingsExpo 2016 in New York and Silicon Valley. Learn what is going on, contribute to the discussions, and ensure that your enterprise is as "IoT-Ready" as it can be! Internet of @ThingsExpo, taking place Nov 3-5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, is co-located with 17th Cloud Expo and will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty ...
Just over a week ago I received a long and loud sustained applause for a presentation I delivered at this year’s Cloud Expo in Santa Clara. I was extremely pleased with the turnout and had some very good conversations with many of the attendees. Over the next few days I had many more meaningful conversations and was not only happy with the results but also learned a few new things. Here is everything I learned in those three days distilled into three short points.
DevOps is about increasing efficiency, but nothing is more inefficient than building the same application twice. However, this is a routine occurrence with enterprise applications that need both a rich desktop web interface and strong mobile support. With recent technological advances from Isomorphic Software and others, rich desktop and tuned mobile experiences can now be created with a single codebase – without compromising functionality, performance or usability. In his session at DevOps Su...
As organizations realize the scope of the Internet of Things, gaining key insights from Big Data, through the use of advanced analytics, becomes crucial. However, IoT also creates the need for petabyte scale storage of data from millions of devices. A new type of Storage is required which seamlessly integrates robust data analytics with massive scale. These storage systems will act as “smart systems” provide in-place analytics that speed discovery and enable businesses to quickly derive meaningf...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Alert Logic, Inc., the leading provider of Security-as-a-Service solutions for the cloud, will exhibit at SYS-CON's 18th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Alert Logic, Inc., provides Security-as-a-Service for on-premises, cloud, and hybrid infrastructures, delivering deep security insight and continuous protection for customers at a lower cost than traditional security solutions. Ful...
In his keynote at @ThingsExpo, Chris Matthieu, Director of IoT Engineering at Citrix and co-founder and CTO of Octoblu, focused on building an IoT platform and company. He provided a behind-the-scenes look at Octoblu’s platform, business, and pivots along the way (including the Citrix acquisition of Octoblu).
The buzz continues for cloud, data analytics and the Internet of Things (IoT) and their collective impact across all industries. But a new conversation is emerging - how do companies use industry disruption and technology enablers to lead in markets undergoing change, uncertainty and ambiguity? Organizations of all sizes need to evolve and transform, often under massive pressure, as industry lines blur and merge and traditional business models are assaulted and turned upside down. In this new da...
In his General Session at 17th Cloud Expo, Bruce Swann, Senior Product Marketing Manager for Adobe Campaign, explored the key ingredients of cross-channel marketing in a digital world. Learn how the Adobe Marketing Cloud can help marketers embrace opportunities for personalized, relevant and real-time customer engagement across offline (direct mail, point of sale, call center) and digital (email, website, SMS, mobile apps, social networks, connected objects).
Culture is the most important ingredient of DevOps. The challenge for most organizations is defining and communicating a vision of beneficial DevOps culture for their organizations, and then facilitating the changes needed to achieve that. Often this comes down to an ability to provide true leadership. As a CIO, are your direct reports IT managers or are they IT leaders? The hard truth is that many IT managers have risen through the ranks based on their technical skills, not their leadership ab...