ONA Weekly #332: Apply For The Women’s Leadership Accelerator

By on October 28, 2020

Apply for the 2021 Women’s Leadership Accelerator

We’ve opened applications for the 2021 cohort of the Women’s Leadership Accelerator, a tuition-free, yearlong program that supercharges the leadership skills of women working in digital media. The program is aimed at digital media practitioners—including freelancers, entrepreneurs and independent journalists—who are pushing innovation and have leadership experience managing people or projects.

Participants will receive support working through challenges specific to their careers, including intensive training, one-on-one mentorship from industry leaders and personalized coaching. Each cohort member will also receive complimentary registration to our annual conference. Learn more and apply.

ONA thanks the Dow Jones Foundation and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation for helping to keep the 2021 Women’s Leadership Accelerator tuition-free. Learn more about how your organization can get involved.

Nikole Hannah-Jones on belonging in journalism

On Oct. 30, Nikole Hannah-Jones, award-winning reporter for The New York Times Magazine and author of the 1619 Project, will discuss how newsrooms can support journalists of color, touching on experiences from her career. Register now to watch the conversation.

Moderated by Martin G. Reynolds, co-executive director of the Maynard Institute, this is the first installment of the Belonging in the News event series, part of our Vision25 initiative to build racial equity in newsrooms. Learn more and join the movement.

Vote in the ONA Board election by Oct. 30

There are just a few days left to cast your ballot in the 2021-22 ONA Board of Directors election. Get to know the eight candidates running for six open seats by watching their statements from our recent Board candidate forum, where they discussed their vision for journalism and answered questions from the community. All ONA members as of Oct. 16 are eligible to vote. 

Challenge Fund deadline extended to Nov. 4

Good news: You now have until Nov. 4 to apply for the 2021 Challenge Fund for Innovation in Journalism Education. Successful applicants will receive up to $20,000 for projects that hack the journalism curriculum through collaboration with local news. If you’re a journalism educator or work in local media, don’t miss out on this opportunity for funding to experiment and innovate. Apply now

ONA joins letter addressing proposed foreign journalist visa restrictions

We joined the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press and 36 other journalism organizations in a letter to the Department of Homeland Security, asking them to abandon, or revise plans that would restrict visas for foreign journalists working in the United States. The proposed changes put new limits on the duration of journalists’ stay in the U.S., and risks that the visa renewal process could be used to retaliate against reporting unfavorable to the U.S. government. Learn more

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