WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwire - Jan 25, 2012) - The Online News Association, the world's largest membership organization of digital journalists, announced today that Jim Brady, Editor-in-Chief, Digital First Media, was elected President at ONA's January Board of Directors meeting.

Joining Brady as officers of the organization are: Meredith Artley, Vice President & Managing Editor, CNN Digital, elected Vice President; Will Sullivan, Director of Mobile News, Lee Enterprises, elected Secretary, and Jody Brannon, elected to continue her second year as Treasurer.

At Digital First Media, Brady oversees the 75 daily newspapers, 292 non-daily publications and 341 online sites that are owned by Journal Register Company and MediaNews Group. He is also overseeing the launch of Project Thunderdome, which will redefine how DFM produces journalism by centralizing the production of non-local content so that local papers can focus on their local communities.

"I am thrilled and humbled by this opportunity," said Brady. "As a longtime ONA board member, I've seen this organization's membership and influence expand dramatically, and working with ONA's staff and board, we'll continue to do whatever is necessary to serve our members and prepare them for the exciting days ahead for journalism."

In his fourth two-year term as an ONA Board member, Brady has most recently held the offices of Treasurer and Vice President, and has chaired or served on formative committees, including Legal Affairs and Strategy.

Jim succeeded Christine Montgomery, Chief Digital Officer, Center for Public Integrity, who served as president from 2010-2012, leading the organization during a time of unprecedented growth.

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.

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For more information, contact:
Jane McDonnell
Executive Director