There are a variety of ways to get involved with ONA22. Many include complimentary registration. This page includes details and timelines associated with each opportunity.

If your organization is looking to connect with innovators in digital media, we also provide compelling sponsorship opportunities, or can craft something to your needs. Reach out to Chief Strategic Partnerships Officer Jessica Strelitz: jessica@journalists.org.

ONA relies on its dedicated volunteers to help make ONA22 a warm and welcoming environment. Volunteers will assist in production aspects of the conference, such as greeting attendees and editing transcriptions to make the conference more accessible. While we will review each application based on its strength, ONA prioritizes freelance and local news volunteer applicants.

This opportunity is open to our global community.

We are still accepting applications for both in-person and virtual volunteers!

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Here are more opportunities to get involved that do not include complimentary registration.

The Online Journalism Awards Ceremony and Banquet tickets are still available for Saturday, Sep. 24. Banquet tickets can be purchased separately from ONA22 tickets.

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A great way to get a jump start on finding your next opportunity in the digital media space — job, internship or fellowship — is to share your resume with recruiters participating in ONA22.

We’ve made the process easy: simply add your information below, and we’ll share it with the recruiters for follow-up and to schedule interviews. You can submit a resume regardless of whether you are registered to attend ONA22, but your information will only be shared with recruiters officially participating in ONA22.

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Closed Opportunities

These opportunities have closed for this year. Subscribe to the ONA Weekly for updates throughout the year, including when these opportunities open again for ONA23.

Present at ONA22

Most of the programming for the annual conference comes together through our Suggestion Box, our public call for session and speaker ideas. The ONA22 Suggestion Box closed in April. Our volunteer Program Team reviews all submissions. This opportunity closed in April. We expect to share the conference schedule in June/July.

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Sponsor the conference

Whether you’re looking to introduce your new product to thousands of innovators or join some of the most elite organizations in digital media in supporting ONA, we have sponsorship opportunities at a variety of levels for all of our events. Details: https://ona22.journalists.org/sponsor/


ONA is offering five types of scholarships to ensure a more inclusive and accessible event. These opportunities include support for journalists typically underrepresented in newsrooms, students and early career professionals, local reporters, caregivers and digital journalists working in micro newsrooms. These opportunities closed on July 15.

ONA22 scholarships are supported by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and Tegna Foundation. Learn how you can support ONA22 opportunities.

HBCU Digital Media Fellowship

Five students from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) will receive hands-on experience during ONA22 as part of the HBCU Digital Media Fellowship. The students will create a digital project during the fellowship, as well as participate in mentorship focused on emerging technologies, tools and approaches to reporting and distributing news online. This opportunity closed on April 21.

The HBCU Digital Media Fellowship is made possible through generous support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

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MJ Bear Fellowship

This one-year fellowship provides support and guidance to early-career journalists on a digital journalism project, as well as their own professional development. Fellows receive a complimentary pass to ONA22 with hotel and travel included, plus a three-year ONA membership, among other benefits. this opportunity closed on July 14.

The MJ Bear Fellowship is made possible through generous contributions by the MJ Bear Estate, friends of MJ Bear and ONA, MSN International and Microsoft.

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Student Newsroom and Innovation Lab

The Student Newsroom and Innovation Lab immerses undergraduate and graduate college students in a digital media environment by providing hands-on experience during the Online News Association conference. This year, 20 select students will produce content and tools for the ONA22 Student Newsroom under the personal guidance of professional mentors. The application period closed on June 30.

This opportunity is possible thanks to the Student Newsroom Patron Sponsor, the Content Authenticity Initiative. Learn how you can support ONA22.

Midway Programming and Start-Up Alley

The Midway features a wide range of companies, hands-on product demonstrations, our signature Start-Up Alley and learning sessions presented by organizations that are supporting the conference.

Applications for the Start-Up Alley and Midway Programming are now closed. Missed your opportunity? Please email midway@journalists.org to learn about other ways to connect to ONA22.