Calling student journalists: Apply now for the Student Newsroom at ONA12

By on March 5, 2012

Students, are you looking for a great opportunity to cover digital media and learn from top leaders in the industry? Apply to be a part of the all-expenses-paid ONA12 Student Newsroom at the Online News Association’s annual conference, Sept. 20-22, in San Francisco.

Applications are now open — find the full application here. Application deadline is 6 p.m. PT, March 29.

The Student Newsroom, sponsored for the third year in a row by Google, immerses college students in a digital media environment by providing hands-on experience producing content for the ONA12 website before and during the conference, under the personal guidance of professional mentors. Students also have the opportunity to attend sessions led by experts in digital journalism, network with attendees and acquire and flex new digital media skills.

Transportation, lodging and conference registration are covered, as is entry to the Online Journalism Awards banquet. ONA will provide roommate-matching for out-of-town participants at the conference hotel, the Hyatt Regency.

In return, students must commit to attending all three days of the conference and will be expected to be at the conference venue early Thursday morning, Sept. 20, for coverage planning, newsroom set-up and training activities.

This year, two spots are reserved for international students to encourage journalists abroad to participate.

To apply:

  • All application materials must be submitted by 6 p.m. PT, March 29.

Sara Kelly, Michelle Johnson, and Curt Chandler,
Student Newsroom Co-Chairs


Jennifer Mizgata

Jennifer Mizgata is Director of Programs at the Online News Association, where she leads the Women's Leadership Accelerator. At ONA, Jennifer focuses on identifying talented digital journalists and innovative journalism projects and providing them with support. Jennifer is a business and design strategist with over a decade of experience creating industry-changing training programs, investing in award-winning projects, and managing key relationships with journalism partners and tech stakeholders. She regularly coaches managers, senior leaders and entrepreneurs on challenges related to their careers and launching new ventures. Jennifer shares advice for navigating tough work challenges in Work Space, a monthly column for Fortune.