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

Given the significance of ONA24’s host city of Atlanta to the history of HBCUs, the fellowship program is being expanded in 2024, providing more students from Historically Black Colleges and Universities mentorship and hands-on training.

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

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.

"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.

Meet the Past Fellows

2023 HBCU Fellows
2022 HBCU Fellows
2021 HBCU Fellows
2019 HBCU Fellows
2018 HBCU Fellows
2017 HBCU Fellows
2016 HBCU Fellows
2015 HBCU Fellows
2014 HBCU Fellows

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