Resources from ONACamp Minnesota; Grants and Scholarships for Journalists

By on December 6, 2012

AP/Google Scholarship
The Online News Association is accepting applications now for the AP-Google Journalism and Technology Scholarship, which awards six $20,000 scholarships for the 2013-14 academic year to undergrad and grad students doing great work in digital news. Each applicant is required to submit a project proposal, so now is the best time to get your materials together. Deadline to apply is Feb. 8, 2013. Get inspired by last year’s AP/Google Scholars, then apply here.

ONACamp Minnesota = expert resources
ONA took over the University of Minnesota School of Journalism and Communication Dec. 1 to host ONACamp Minnesota. Over 80 journalists, students and educators took part in the day of digital training, learning how to build charts, develop a mobile strategy, improve storytelling with sound and more. We’ve pulled together a list of resources, so head over to to get tips from the expert trainers

ONA Local
ONA Local groups have a lot to celebrate, including one-year birthdays for new groups, great meetups, trainings and local partnerships.  To get involved with ONA Local, find a group in your area or learn more about starting a group.

Upcoming ONA Local events:

The International Women’s Media Foundation will award three $20,000 grants to entrepreneurial women journalists to help them launch their own digital media start-ups. Deadline is Jan. 25, 2013. Apply here.

The Alexia Foundation, which supports photojournalists documenting humanitarian and social justice issues, is offering grants to students who produce still photos and multimedia projects and to professional photographers. Deadline is Jan. 18, 2013 for professionals and Feb. 1, 2013 for students.

J-Lab: The Institute for Interactive Journalism and the McCormick Foundation are accepting applications for the McCormick New Media Women Entrepreneurs award, which will provide four women-led media projects with $14,000 each. Applications are due by Jan. 23, 2013. Apply here.

Workshops and trainings
“Nobody was born a successful media titan. They developed a set of skills that allowed them to succeed.” The Maynard Media Academy at Nieman Foundation at Harvard University, which trains media entrepreneurial leadership and management, is accepting applicants for 2013. Participants attend two sessions, in January and March, 2013, to develop their business and leadership skills. Tuition is $3,5000 and applications are due by Dec. 31. Apply here.

Get an introduction to Infographics and Data Visualization with a free online course offered by the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas. The six-week course runs from Jan. 12 through Feb. 23, 2013. Sign up.

American Press Institute’s Transformation Tour is a series of workshops on digital skills for journalists. If you register in December, the cost is only $100 — that goes up to $200 in 2013. The next session, on Transformational Communities, will focus on connecting news organizations to their digital communities and increasing engagement. The session, led by Chuck Peters of the Gazette Co. and Jeff Sonderman of Poynter Institute, is Dec. 7 in Arlington, Va. Register here.

Internships, awards and survey on journalists at work
AP is now accepting applications for its global news internship program. AP will accept as many as 20 interns for summer 2013. The program, open to full-time students and recent college graduates, places interns throughout the U.S. and in Jerusalem, Johannesburg, London, Mexico City, Moscow, New Delhi, Rome, Sao Paulo, Seoul and Tokyo. Visit for information on how to apply.

Students can win a $5,000 scholarship by participating in Free to Tweet, a celebration of First Amendment rights funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and organized by 1 for All. High school and college students can participate through Dec. 15 by tweeting their support for their favorite First Amendment freedom with #FreetoTweet.

The Radio Television Digital News Association is accepting applications for the 2013 Edward J. Murrow Awards, which honor excellence in digital journalism. Apply now.

The Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma is asking journalists to help them assess the occupational risks and stress that journalists face at work. This anonymous survey is aimed at working journalists and will inform how news organizations and member organizations can better serve journalists. Take the survey.


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.