Wanted: Student journalists and mentors for the ONA13 Student Newsroom

By on April 4, 2013

Students, want to get your work in front of over 1,400 digital journalism professionals and network with leaders in the industry — not to mention potential employers? Would it seal the deal if it were all free?

It’s not too good to be true. Apply to be one of 20 select students in the ONA13 Student Newsroom, sponsored by Google, at the 2013 Online News Association Conference and Awards Banquet, Oct. 17–19, in Atlanta.

The Student Newsroom, supported for the fourth year by Google, immerses college students in a digital media environment by providing hands-on experience producing content for the ONA13 website before and during the conference, under the personal guidance of professional mentors. Students also have the opportunity to attend ONA13 programming led by experts in digital journalism, network with attendees and acquire and flex new digital media skills. Lodging, travel and registration expenses are covered.

Applications for both students and mentors must be received by May 2 at 11:59 p.m. ET.

Learn more about student eligibility and how to apply.

Read about last year’s students and their conference coverage.


We’re also looking for mentors

Sixteen Student Newsroom mentors with digital skills have an opportunity to guide one or two students before and during the conference, working one-on-one with them to help develop story ideas and advise coverage production. Mentors receive free conference registration. They also have a chance to pay it forward, shaping the skills of tomorrow’s leaders in digital journalism.

Learn more about mentor eligibility and how to apply.

We look forward to seeing your applications,
Michelle Johnson, Associate Professor of the Practice, Journalism, Boston University
Katia Hetter, Features Writer/Producer, CNN.com
ONA13 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.