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NABJ Congratulates Irving Washington on New Role as Executive Director of the ONA

Thursday, September 15, 2016   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Aprill Turner
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WASHINGTON (Sept. 15, 2016) - NABJ congratulates member Irving Washington on being named the new Executive Director of the Online News Association (ONA). The association announced on Monday that Washington will succeed Jane McDonnell as Executive Director, effective Jan. 1, 2017.

Washington currently serves as the Deputy Director of ONA, the world’s largest association of digital journalists. In his current role, Irving serves as a key contributor to short- and long-term planning and strategy, responsible for operations and programming. Since joining ONA in 2011, Washington has managed ONA’s highest-profile initiatives, including the $1M Challenge Fund for Innovation in Journalism Education, served as point person for all logistics for ONA’s annual conference and has grown the organization’s critical diversity and professional development programs.

Prior to joining NABJ, Washington served as Program Manager of NABJ for six years, where he managed professional and student development programs, the NABJ Media Institute, and the annual convention.

"ONA has made an excellent choice,” said Sarah Glover, NABJ President. “We could not be prouder of Irving and the announcement of his new role. On behalf of the entire NABJ family, we celebrate in his success and are happy to say he got his start at NABJ."  

Washington  has earned the designation of Certified Association Executive (CAE) by the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) and is a 2016 Fellow of the prestigious Punch Sulzberger Executive Leadership Program. Among the many honors he’s received are the Connect Magazine’s 40 under 40 award in 2013 and both the Ball State University Black Alumni Achievement Award (2016) and Journalism Young Alumnus Award (2012).

He is 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.

About the National Association of Black Journalists:

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.

*A report from The Online News Association was used to compile this release.

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