CNN Diversity Fellowship

at ONA18 — Sponsored by CNN

As part of the CNN Diversity Fellowship at ONA18, four digital journalists from diverse backgrounds with experience reporting for mobile and social platforms will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to the ONA conference in Austin, Texas, Sept. 13.15. Scholarship winners will participate in one-on-one networking and mentoring events throughout the conference. For the fourth year, this opportunity is supported by CNN.

Applications for the 2018 class will open soon.

Applicants should have:

  • A passion for creative storytelling on mobile and social platforms
  • Experience with producing and/or curating content for mobile web and apps
  • Deep knowledge of the news mobile and social space
  • Understanding of how to build community around content and topics through listening, participation and interaction

Winners receive:

  • Complimentary registration for the 2018 Online News Association Conference in Austin, TX.
  • Roundtrip economy-class airfare to ONA18
  • Four nights’ lodging at the JW Marriott
  • Some meals included within conference registration.

Scholarship winners will also participate in one-on-one networking and mentoring events throughout the conference.

Questions? Email

Applications are open to journalists of diverse backgrounds, inclusive of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age and gender.


  • May 23: CNN Diversity fellowship applications open
  • June 28 at 11:59 p.m. ET – Applications due
  • Aug.: Fellows announced

2019 Selection Committee

John Ketchum, SB Nation (former fellow)
Emma Carew Grovum, The Daily Beast
Ray Ruiz, El Gato Media Network
Benet Wilson, Aviation Queen LLC

Meet the 2017 Fellows

Video Journalist
Education Reporter
Star Tribune
Entertainment Reporter
The Palm Beach Post
Digital Video Journalist
NBC News
Digital Video Journalist
Video Producer
The Washington Post