Niketa Patel and Rubina Madan Fillion elected as new, Online News Association’s Board of Directors


Members of the Online News Association, the world’s largest membership organization of digital journalists, elected two new members to its Board of Directors and re-elected four incumbents to a two-year term.

The newest directors joining the Board Jan. 1, 2019 are:

“We are thrilled for Niketa and Rubina to contribute new perspectives and their expertise to the ONA Board,” said ONA Board Secretary Kim Bui. “They will start their terms as we finetune ONA’s three-year strategic plan and will impact the organization’s future from the get-go.”

The re-elected members are:

Eight Board members are serving out their current two-year terms through 2019:

An additional two seats will be appointed by the Board before the end of the year to help meet specific organizational goals.

We thank everyone who ran and voted, and encourage active participation in choosing ONA’s leadership in future elections. View more information on the election results.


Niketa has 15 years of experience in digital journalism and audience development at CNN, ABC News, CBS News, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Florida Times-Union and more. She’s also been a long-time member of ONA, AAJA & SAJA.

Rubina Madan Fillion is the director of audience engagement at The Intercept, where she focuses on social media, analytics, newsletters, comments, podcasts, events, SEO, and the membership program. Previously she spent seven years at the Wall Street Journal as a social media editor and graphics editor. She worked at the New York Times as a freelance graphics editor. She has written for Reuters, HuffPost, the New York Post, SPIN, and the Associated Press.


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