Mentor the ONA12 Student Newsroom, get a conference discount

The Online News Association needs veteran media professionals and instructors to work with student journalists at our annual conference in San Francisco, September 20-22.

The ONA12 Student Newsroom will bring together 20 promising digital-journalists-in-training from around the world to cover the industry’s largest digital gathering. Your job: To train, encourage and motivate them to provide professional-quality, multimedia coverage.

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Mentors will receive a $100 discount on conference registration and the opportunity to work closely with some of the best budding and established journalists working in digital media today.


Volunteers should have a background in both journalism and teaching. Prior mentoring experience is ideal. You don’t need to know how to do every job in the digital newsroom, but you do need to know how to work with a team and facilitate experiential learning.

Mentor duties include:

  • Meeting with students at the San Francisco Hyatt Regency each day of the conference, Thursday, Sept. 20, through Saturday, Sept. 22.
  • Providing direct support to one or more students.
  • Planning coverage and editing content produced by students (generally a two-hour time commitment each day but can be longer).
  • Adapting schedules to meet news deadlines while enjoying what the conference has to offer.

It’s a demanding but highly rewarding job, and it’s also your chance to pay it back by sharing what you’ve learned from your own mentors with the next generation of journalists.

Apply to be a mentor here. Take a look at last year’s newsroom here. We’ll be in touch in the coming weeks if we have a student for you to work with.

All the best,
Curt Chandler, Michelle Johnson, Sara Kelly
ONA12 Student Newsroom Co-Chairs