Opportunities

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.

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.

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.

This opportunity is open to our global community. Applications are due July 14.

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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.

This opportunity is open to our global community. We are reviewing applications in three phases, in late May, late June and mid-July. The final deadline is July 15 11:59 p.m. EDT (03:59 a.m. UTC).

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

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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.

This opportunity is open to our global community, with thanks to the Student Newsroom Patron Sponsor, the Content Authenticity Initiative. Learn how you can support this and other great ONA22 opportunities.

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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 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. Applications open in July.

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

Showcase your work at the 2022 Online Journalism Awards, which honor excellence in digital journalism around the world. Finalists and winners represent a wide range of nonprofit, public, academic, major media, independent and emerging technology organizations. ONA22 will close with the 2022 OJAs Ceremony and Banquet on Saturday, Sept. 24.

This opportunity is open to our global community. The call for entries is open May 5–June 9.

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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.

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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. Contact Jessica Strelitz, jessica@journalists.org, (571) 212-1363.

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. We expect to share the conference schedule in June/July.

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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.

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

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