The 2022 HBCU Digital Media Fellows at ONA22 in Los Angeles.
The 2022 HBCU Digital Media Fellows at ONA22 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Diana Henderson for the Online News Association)

HBCU Digital Media Fellowship

About the Program

This fellowship provides students from Historically Black Colleges and Universities unique mentorship and hands-on training opportunities at ONA’s annual conference, this year in Atlanta from Sep. 18-21.

Students selected as the 2024 Fellows through a competitive application process will each receive a free conference registration to ONA24 and a one-year ONA student membership.

Throughout the week of the conference, fellows work closely with longtime lead mentor Michael Grant, founder of Get Current Studio, and are immersed in intensive digital journalism training. Fellows also receive training from industry leaders, which in the past have included Microsoft and Canva. Their schedules are tailored to their individual career interests and include time to attend conference sessions and networking events where they connect with journalism innovators from across the industry. Fellows put their new skills into practice by producing multimedia packages for the conference.

Ianna Fenton, a young woman with blonde hair, wearing a black blazer, smiles while seated at a news anchor desk with a "Howard University Newsvision" logo in the background.Participating in ONA23 with the HBCU Fellowship gave me more clarity on my path for my career. It’s because of ONA that I was able to secure my first job post grad and create meaningful friendships with the other HBCU fellows.Ianna Fenton, 2023 fellow from Howard University, now Associate Producer for Bay News 9 in Tampa, Florida

For more information about how you can support the 2024 HBCU Digital Media Fellowship, email Hanaa Rifaey, Head of Strategic Partnerships.

How to Apply

The application window opens May 2 and will close May 30, 11:59 p.m. EDT.

Candidates should plan to spend 30 minutes to an hour on the application, which includes responding to questions and uploading and sharing required materials (including resume, headshot and 1-3 samples of work). ONA uses Submittable, an online platform, for the application, which requires candidates to have or create an account. Candidates may save their progress and do not need to complete the application in one sitting.

Apply now for the 2024 Digital Media Fellowship

Meet the Past Fellows

Volunteer Lead

CEO & Founder
Get Current Studio

Staff Lead

Lauren Anderson
Events and Membership Manager
Online News Association