Fellowship alert: ONA opens MJ Bear, ONA16 Fellowships

By on June 14, 2016

ONA is now accepting applications for three fellowship programs: the MJ Bear Fellowship, which supports promising early-career journalists, and the CNN Diversity Fellowship and the HBCU Digital Media Fellowship at ONA16, which both support journalists attending the upcoming Online News Association Conference (ONA16) in Denver. We are thrilled to offer these opportunities for journalists to develop skills, connect with industry leaders and put a spotlight on their journalism schools. Applications for all of the fellowships are due by July 14 at 11:59 pm. ET.

Here’s a snapshot of each Fellowship:


The MJ Bear Fellowship

The MJ Bear Fellowships are awarded to three stand-out journalists under age 30 — two in the United States or Canada and one international, in partnership with MSN International — whose innovative work in independent, community and corporate news represents the best of new media. We’re looking for fellows who have been working on innovative digital journalism projects and who will benefit from working with mentors. Check out the previous classes of talented MJ Bear Fellows and read about their projects for inspiration.

Each MJ Bear Fellowship provides:

  • Three online workshop sessions with a Personal Advisory Board
  • Registration, travel and accommodations for ONA16
  • Recognition at ONA16
  • ONA membership, with three years’ dues paid in full

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The CNN Diversity Fellowship

The CNN Diversity Fellowship at ONA16 will be awarded to four digital journalists from diverse backgrounds with a passion for creative storytelling on mobile and social platforms and experience with producing and/or curating content for mobile web and apps.

Fellows receive:

  • Complimentary registration for ONA16
  • Roundtrip economy-class airfare to ONA16
  • Four nights’ lodging at the Hyatt Regency Denver, Sept. 15-17
  • Some meals, included within conference registration

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HBCU Digital Media Fellowship at ONA16

We’re now accepting applications for the HBCU Digital Media Fellowship at ONA16, supported by the Knight Foundation. Four students from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) will receive hands-on experience reporting over the three days of ONA16 and will learn from some of the best and brightest mentors in the industry.

Fellows receive:

  • Complimentary ONA16 conference registration and OJA Banquet ticket
  • Roundtrip economy-class airfare to ONA16 in Denver
  • Four nights’ lodging at the Hyatt Regency for out-of-town participants (shared room).
  • Some meals, included within conference registration

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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.