CNN Diversity Fellowship

at ONA17 — Sponsored by CNN

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Digital journalists from diverse backgrounds with experience reporting for mobile and social platforms are encouraged to apply for the CNN Diversity Fellowship at ONA17. Four winners will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to the ONA conference in Washington, D.C., Oct. 5-7. For the third year, this opportunity is supported by CNN.

Applications for the 2017 class are now closed.

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 2017 Online News Association Conference in Washington, D.C.
  • Roundtrip economy-class airfare to ONA17
  • Four nights’ lodging at the Marriott Wardman Park
  • 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.


  • Aug. 8: CNN Diversity fellowships announced
  • Aug. 21 at 11:59 p.m. ET – Applications due
  • Sept.: Fellows announced


2016 CNN Diversity Fellows

News Producer, All Things Considered
WAMU 88.5
Social Media Coordinator
The New Yorker
Video Journalist
The New York Times
Producer, Digital Video
Associated Press

2016 Selection Committee

Emma Carew Grovum, Assistant Managing Editor, The Daily Beast
Geraldine Moriba, Executive Producer, Program Development and VP of Diversity, CNN
Tracie Powell, Founder, All Digitocracy
Erik Reyna, Web Developer, The Washington Post
Benet Wilson, Owner/Editor-In-Chief, Aviation Queen LLC