NABJ Congratulates Irving Washington on New Position as Deputy Director of ONA
Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Posted by: Aprill Turner
WASHINGTON, D.C. (January 21, 2015) — The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) congratulates Irving Washington on being named Deputy Director of the Online News Association (ONA).
In his new role Washington will act as ONA’s second-in-command and key contributor to short- and long-term planning and strategy, responsible for all operations, academic programs and professional awards.
After serving as Operations Director over the past two years, Washington has helped oversee administration, HR, budgeting and all conference and event logistics and platforms. He has also been responsible for the administration — and success — of ONA’s scholarship programs, including the $1M Challenge Fund for Innovation in Journalism Education, the MJ Bear Fellowships, the Knight HBCU Scholarships and the AP-Google Scholarships.
Previously, Washington served as program manager for NABJ. While with NABJ, Washington created new partnerships for student programs, as well as launched the organization’s all-digital platform for the annual Salute to Excellence National Media Awards, the largest journalism awards competition, recognizing issues affecting the worldwide black community and African diaspora.
"This is such fantastic news, NABJ could not be more proud of Irving, and happy for his new role,” said NABJ President Bob Butler. “While with NABJ Irving was always such a dependable and reliable asset. ONA has made a great choice with this promotion, we wish Irving much continued success “
In 2014 Washington earned the designation of Certified Association Executive (CAE) by the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) and received Connect Magazine’s 40 under 40 award for 2013.
He is also a member of ASAE’s Diversity Executive Leadership Program (DELP), Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. and serves on the Journalism Alumni Society Board of Directors of his alma mater, Ball State University, from which he received a degree in Journalism.
An advocacy group established in 1975 in Washington, D.C., NABJ is the largest organization for journalists of color in the nation, and provides career development as well as educational and other support to its members worldwide.