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.

HBCU Digital Media Fellowship

Up to five students from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) will receive hands-on experience during the annual three-day Online News Association Conference as part of the HBCU Digital Media Fellowship, which also gives them high-profile exposure and advanced practical knowledge of emerging technologies, tools and approaches to reporting and distributing news online.

Past Programs

CNN Diversity Fellowship

From 2014-2018, digital journalists from diverse backgrounds with experience reporting for mobile and social platforms were selected for the CNN Diversity Fellowship at the annual Online News Association Conference.