Member Benefits


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Membership in the Online News Association connects you with the sharpest minds in digital journalism — multi-platform news professionals who are rethinking the industry, finding innovative ways to tell stories with emerging technology and starting up the news sites of the future.

Members also enjoy a range of benefits, from free and discounted training, conferences and seminars to regional, national and international communities and events.

If you’re already a member, you can access our discounts page, offered specifically to ONA members, by logging in.

If you’re not yet a member, consider joining ONA to take advantage of these great benefits.

All members — professional, associate, academic and student — receive full benefits. Here are some of the many reasons to join ONA:

Discounts for the annual conference and OJAs

  • Members get steep discounts on registration fees for the Online News Association Conference, the historically sold-out, state-of-the-art national event offering a premier networking forum and the chance to hear from the leading practitioners and bold-faced names in online news and technology.
  • Members also receive discounts on entry fees for the Online Journalism Awards, the only annual awards competition that acknowledges the best and the brightest work in digital news, identifying and publicly honoring models of excellence for the profession, with more that $50,000 in cash awards.

Unparalleled networking

Membership gives you exclusive access to ONA’s online membership directory, as well as these other unique networking opportunities:

  • Career Center: ONA’s online job board, open to the entire digital journalism community, offers access to hundreds of career opportunities. For recruiters, we offer a targeted approach that allows you to find only the most relevant candidates, including instant resume access, easy online account management and significant discounts for ONA members. For job seekers, we offer free access to everyone in the journalism community, member and non-members, including confidential resume posting, career-related content and multiple ways to search for jobs. Learn more.
  • ONA Local meet-ups: ONA encourages and supports our members in holding regular meet-ups focused on networking, skills and career development, new technology and journalism issues. Check our our growing list of ONA Local cities and activities around the world.
  • Social networks: Share, discuss and learn with other members through ONA’s Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn communities that connect educators, students, conference and local event attendees all over the world.
  • ONA Issues: Have a burning journalism issue you’d like to learn more about? Join our Tumblr forum, where content — whether breaking news or cool new ideas — is constantly updated.


Our members benefit from ONA’s specialized digital training and significant discounts for events and workshops from our partner organizations, as well as free and low-cost legal help:

  • Online Media Legal Network: ONA’s partnership with the Citizen Media Law Project at Harvard University’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society points our members to free or reduced-fee legal help, including advice on forming and governing a business, copyright licensing and fair use, freelancer agreements, access to government information, pre-publication review of content and representation in litigation.

Policy and legal issues

The ONA legal committee is always at work on behalf of our members and the community.

  • The filing of amicus briefs in court cases important to digital journalists
  • The release of position papers on legislation crucial to the work of digital journalists
  • Serving as a point of contact for media working on stories on digital news

Publications and tools

  • JPASS: ONA members receive 25% off a one-year JPASS plan. JPASS is a new tool for writers, editors, and researchers looking for story ideas, resource material and in-depth facts and analysis on JSTOR.