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, and including the Online Journalism Awards Ceremony and Banquet.

Twenty students will produce content and tools for the ONA22 Student Newsroom website before and during the conference under the personal guidance of professional mentors.

As part of the application, students are asked what they would like to implement as part of their role in the Student Newsroom and Innovation Lab. These projects have ranged from unexpected story ideas, to creative storytelling techniques, to new tools built by participants themselves. We’re looking for students who exhibit strong problem-solving skills and want to experiment at the intersection of product and content.



Special thanks to the Content Authenticity Initiative for their support of the ONA22 Student Newsroom and Innovation Lab as our Patron Sponsor.

Google News Initiative logoSpecial thanks to Google News Initiative for their support of the ONA22 Student Newsroom and Innovation Lab as a Patron Sponsor.

Microsoft logoThanks to Microsoft for being a Supporting Sponsor of the Student Newsroom.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution logoThanks to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution for being a Supporting Sponsor of the Student Newsroom.


Students will produce content and/or create new products using a variety of digital storytelling tools while learning from experienced mentors in the field.
Students will also get the chance to attend conference programming led by experts in digital journalism and network with other attendees. All expenses — lodging, travel and registration fees — are paid.

The Role

  • Learn from the best and brightest mentors in the industry.
  • Produce content and/or building tools for ONA22 Student Newsroom website.
  • Attend meetings and working assigned shifts on the day before the conference and throughout its duration, Tuesday, Sept. 20, through Saturday, Sept. 24. (When you’re off the clock you’ll be free to attend and enjoy the programming!)


  • In June 2022, students must be a sophomore, junior, senior or graduate student enrolled full-time at a college or university — anywhere in the world.
  • Must be at least 18 years of age at the time of application.
  • Must be able to participate during the entire program dates: Sept. 20-24, in Los Angeles.
  • Students do not need a background in programming, but those with technical skills are encouraged to apply.


  • Complimentary ONA22 Conference Registration and OJA Banquet ticket.
  • Roundtrip economy class airfare to ONA22 in Los Angeles.
  • Four-night lodging accommodations at the host hotel for out-of-town participants (shared room).
  • Some meals included.
  • International applicants are responsible for their own passport and visa arrangements and may be asked to assist with other logistical arrangements.

The application period closed on June 30.

  • Any questions, email Program Coordinator Diana López at
  • There will be a waiting list for qualified students not accepted.