ONA Weekly #502: Apply For The 2024 Women’s Leadership Accelerator

By on March 6, 2024

Apply for the 2024 Women’s Leadership Accelerator

Applications are now open for the 2024 Women’s Leadership Accelerator, a six-month intensive program that supercharges the leadership and management skills of women in digital media. The program provides tailored mentoring and candid discussions with some of the industry’s most inspiring leaders. Cohort members will connect through several virtual learning and networking sessions from May to November and an in-person workshop Sept. 20-22, alongside the ONA24 conference in Atlanta. 

The 2024 program is supported by lead funder Dow Jones Foundation with additional funding from the Tiffany Shackelford Foundation and Ballard Spahr LLP. Learn more about joining the cohort and apply by March 22.** 

** Note: The application asks for a letter of recommendation, which needs to be submitted by the end of the application period. We encourage all applicants to request the letter as soon as possible.

From Bucha under attack, making sense of the neighborhood group chat

On the second anniversary of the Russian invasion and occupation of Bucha, Ukraine, we are looking back at the Online Journalism Awards winner The Banality of Brutality, a project from OCCRP that details the experiences of a close-knit group of neighbors captured through a record of their Telegram group chats. The project was honored in the Excellence and Innovation in Visual Digital Storytelling category for the 2023 OJAs. Hear from OCCRP Investigative Reporter Elena Loginova about how the unique storytelling and delivery came together.

The call for entries for the 2024 Online Journalism Awards will open April 4. Revisit more of the 2023 honorees for inspiration as you consider the projects you might submit this year.

Experience the AI x Journalism House

We are excited to partner with Hacks/Hackers to bring to life the AI x Journalism House at SXSW 2024 — register today. From March 11-12, join fellow journalists, technologists and researchers for two full days of networking, workshops and talks. The programming includes learning opportunities with leaders like Zach Seward, Editorial Director of AI Initiatives at The New York Times; Jay Alammar, Director at Cohere; Brigitte Tousignant, Head of Communications at Hugging Face; Ben Toff, Assistant Professor at the University of Minnesota, and more. If you are in Austin, Texas, we look forward to seeing you there!

AI uses beyond the editorial team

Rodney Gibbs, ONA board member and National Trust for Local News consultant, will lead the discussion at the AI Innovator Collaborative’s next virtual gathering — coming up next Tuesday, March 12. The collaborative is a space for ONA members who are already using AI in their journalism work to exchange ideas and experiment. For this month’s meeting, we’ll discuss examples of how news organizations are using AI tools for business strategy and operations, i.e. non-editorial ways. Join the collaborative.


What’s next for media and journalism

The Next Challenge is awarding $150k to groundbreaking for-profit and nonprofit startups that will reinvent media in the coming decade. Move your idea forward, strengthen your business plan, and connect with industry mentors with funding and support. Apply by March 25.

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Career opportunities

ONA’s Career Center is an excellent resource for jobs, fellowships and internships in digital journalism. Recent postings include:

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