Calling student journalists: Apply now for the Student Newsroom at ONA12


Applications have closed. The deadline was 6 p.m. PT, March 29.

We’ll notify the selected students in late May and announcing the ONA12 Student Newsroom in June.

If you’d like to participate in the conference, volunteer applications will be opening up shortly. Student members also receive a discounted rate to attend ONA12 — register here.


Students, are you looking for a great opportunity to cover digital media and learn from top leaders in the industry? Apply to be a part of the all-expenses-paid ONA12 Student Newsroom at the Online News Association’s annual conference, Sept. 20-22, in San Francisco.

The Student Newsroom, sponsored for the third year in a row by Google, immerses college students in a digital media environment by providing hands-on experience producing content for the ONA12 website before and during the conference, under the personal guidance of professional mentors. Students also have the opportunity to attend sessions led by experts in digital journalism, network with attendees and acquire and flex new digital media skills.

Undergraduate and graduate students enrolled at a college or university as of Sept. 20, 2012, with a demonstrated interest in digital journalism, either pursuing a degree or producing digital media, are eligible. ONA membership is not required. Twenty students will be invited, and a waiting list will be maintained.

Transportation, lodging and conference registration are covered, as is entry to the Online Journalism Awards banquet. ONA will provide roommate-matching for out-of-town participants at the conference hotel, the Hyatt Regency.

In return, students must commit to attending all three days of the conference and will be expected to be at the conference venue early Thursday morning, Sept. 20, for coverage planning, newsroom set-up and training activities.

This year, two spots are reserved for international students to encourage journalists abroad to participate.

To apply:

  • Complete the ONA12 Student Newsroom application below.
  • All application materials must be submitted by 6 p.m. PT, March 29.