ONA Local student group application

Thank you for your interest in starting an ONA Local student group. Please make sure you’ve read our new student group instructions before you complete this application.

Before you get started, please make sure there isn’t already an ONA Local group at your campus, and see if there’s a professional group nearby that you could partner with.

The deadline to apply for a new ONA Local student group for the 2019-2020 academic year is October 18, 2019.

In order to be considered an active ONA Local student group, you must fulfill these requirements:

  1. Student groups must be based on a college campus. Individual students and educators are also welcome to participate in ONA Local professional groups, and we have several hybrid student/professional groups that are open to both students and professionals and sometimes even meet on campuses. See if there’s one nearby.
  2. Each student group must have at least one faculty advisor and one or two student organizers, who will be the main point of contact with ONA. If your university requires your group to have an elected board of directors, you can list the club president and vice president with us. We’ll list advisors and organizers on our website.
  3. Student groups must meet at least four times per year to be considered active and continue to be listed on our website. We’ll offer a set of suggested events in our student group toolkit you can choose from to build your calendar, or you can plan your own events.
  4. Since most student groups do not post their activities publicly, we need each group to check in at least once per semester so we know you are still active. ONA will send you a status report to fill in towards the end of each semester, but you are also welcome to email meghan@journalists.org anytime with questions or to let us know how we can help anytime.