The US-based Online News Association needs to be more global, writes Alfred Hermida, professor of journalism at the University of British Columbia, before setting off to its annual conference.
“One major issue is the dominance of US panelists. While many of these have much to contribute, the ONA is doing its members a disservice by not noting that most of the world’s online news organisations are based outside of the US.
“This is a recurring issue for the ONA. Last year’s conference was also US-dominated, so it is disappointing that so little has changed.”
It should follow the lead of the recent Future of Journalism conference in Cardiff which brought together ‘scholars from across the world’ he says.