The ONA22 Student Newsroom at the Online News Association annual conference, Sept. 21-24, 2022 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Diana Henderson for the Online News Association)

Student Newsroom

The Student Newsroom and Innovation Lab immerses 20 undergraduate and graduate college students in a digital media environment by providing hands-on experience during a paid trip to the 2023 Online News Association Conference (Aug. 23–26 in Philadelphia) and Online Journalism Awards Ceremony.

Each year, students and mentors are selected from pools of applicants and tasked with producing content and tools for the Student Newsroom website before and during the conference.

The Student Newsroom and Innovation Lab is generously supported by Microsoft Start and Democracy Forward, TEGNA Foundation and Canva.

ONA23 Student Newsroom

Multimedia Journalism Student
State University of New York Brockport
Journalism & Spanish Student
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Journalism and Social and Cultural Analysis Student
New York University
Public Relations Student
Murray State University
Journalism Student
Seattle Pacific University
Journalism, emphasis in Social and Audience Strategy
University of Missouri-Columbia
Communication and Media Student
New Jersey Institute of Technology
Journalism Student
San Diego State University
Journalism Student
University of Southern California
Journalism Student
Columbia College Chicago
Journalism Student
University of Georgia
Journalism and French Student
American University
Journalism Student
California State University, Los Angeles
Mass Communication/ Business Student
Shaw University
Society and Environment Student
University of California, Berkeley
Journalism and Economics Student
University of Georgia
Communications Studies
Georgia Southern University
Specialized Journalism (Social Justice and Investigations)
University of Southern California
Journalism, Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies
American University

Newsroom Leads

Associate Professor of Communication & Journalism
Seattle Pacific University
Interim Director of Communications
Georgia State University College of Law

ONA23 Newsroom Mentors

Managing Director, Center for Public Interest Communications and senior lecturer of journalism
University of Florida
Social Media Strategist
Pineapple Street
Photo Editor
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Associate Professor of Professional Practice
Texas Christian University
Audience and SEO editor
The Globe and Mail
Multiplatform Reporter, Race & Identity
The New Tropic
Director, Digital Media and Storytelling Program
Loyola University
City Editor
The Philadelphia Tribune

Stories from the Newsroom

The student newsroom has been a signature component of ONA’s annual conference for over a decade. Get to know past participants and their experience.

See the ONA22 Student Newsroom coverage

Meet Past Students  Meet Past Mentors

Staff Lead

Program Coordinator
Online News Association