ONA Community Circles are designed to address the challenges within the community created by the COVID-19 pandemic. Each circle is essentially a small virtual discussion group, which presents an opportunity for a deeper connection among peers. They address a range of needs from immediate logistical issues to anxiety over the long-term implications of this global crisis.

The Women’s Leadership Accelerator is an year-long, intensive program that supercharges the leadership and management skills of women who are pushing digital innovation. Participants will focus on a challenge specific to their careers and learn leadership skills and tools for navigating change. The Accelerator kicks off with a week of tailored, immersive programming March 1-6, 2020, provides support and coaching to participants throughout the year and culminates with a workshop at ONA’s annual conference.

The Online News Association Conference has become the premier gathering of highly engaged digital journalists who are shaping the future of media.

ONA20: Sept. 30—Oct. 3, 2020 in Atlanta, GA. 

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The Online Journalism Awards (OJAs), launched in May 2000, are the only comprehensive set of journalism prizes honoring excellence in digital journalism around the world. Submissions usually open in late Spring, with finalists announced in August and winners awarded during a ceremony at the end of the annual ONA Conference.

The goal of the $1M Challenge Fund for Innovation in Journalism Education is to hack the journalism curriculum using customized versions of the teaching hospital model. The fund supports universities to partner with news organizations, and explore new ways of providing information to their local communities.

Make connections, share resources and showcase talent in your area — global or regional — with ONA Local. Organizers host professional development events for journalists and technology innovators. Join a group near you.

This fellowship, sponsored by Knight Foundation since 2014, selects up to five students from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) to attend our three-day annual conference. The students receive hands-on experience in creating multimedia packages, as well as mentorship focused on emerging technologies, tools and approaches to reporting and distributing news online.

Journalism 360 is a global network of storytellers accelerating the understanding and production of immersive journalism. Our mission is to help news organizations, journalists, technologists, content creators and journalism educators experiment with all forms of immersive storytelling, including but not limited to 360 video, augmented reality, virtual reality and mixed reality.

Members of the ONA community have often cited the lack of diversity in newsrooms as one of the biggest challenges in journalism. Newsrooms need clarity on mentorship, training, retention and more. The Collaborative’s goal is to make newsrooms more inclusive by sharing best practices and fresh ideas on mentorship programs.

Each year, ONA awards Fellowships in the name of the late MJ Bear, a much-loved ONA founding member, to three stand-out journalists under age 30 — two in the United States or Canada and one international — whose innovative work in independent, community and corporate news represents the best of new media.

The Student Newsroom and Innovation Lab immerses undergraduate and graduate college students in a digital media environment by providing hands-on experience during the three-day Online News Association Conference & Awards Ceremony.

Previous Programs

For the past three years, the CNN Diversity Fellowship has recognized digital journalists from diverse backgrounds with experience reporting for mobile and social platforms. Selected fellows receive an all-expenses paid trip to our annual conference to participate in one-on-one networking and mentoring events.

The AP-Google Journalism and Technology Scholarship Program, which ended with our last class in 2014, fostered new journalism skills in undergraduate and graduate students developing projects at the intersection of journalism and technology.

ONACamps, which ended in 2016, were free intensive digital journalism training sessions, courtesy of generous renewed grants from the Gannett Foundation. Sessions were tailored specifically to the needs of independent, community, non-profit, displaced and employed journalists, bloggers and entrepreneurs.