ONA Student Newsroom Application

Thanks for your interest in joining the Student Newsroom and Innovation Lab. Students work alongside mentors to produce content and tools for the Student Newsroom website before and during the Online News Association conference. To review participation requirements, please scroll down this form or visit our program page.
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We'll also need a couple of ways to get in touch:

Getting to Know You

We want to learn a bit more about your skills and interests.
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Select your top digital journalism skills (up to 3): *


An advisor or supervisor must submit a letter of recommendation in support of your application. Please enter that advisor or supervisor's information below and attach the recommendation. 

Check the box if you want us to reach out to your advisor directly for the recommendation, we will then email them using the email you provided above. Make sure you to let your advisor know we will be reaching out.

Work samples and Headshot

We want to see what you've done. Please share URL links of your best work.


The following questions are optional. Your response to these questions will not impact your chances of being selected. This information is collected for ONA's internal purposes only.
I most closely identify with this category (select all that apply):

Statement of Understanding

I understand and agree that the Online News Association (ONA), as program administrator, is under no obligation to select me or any other applicant for the Student Newsroom. If selected to be a Student Newsroom participant, I will agree to the conditions set forth in the following statement:

1. The primary purpose of the program is journalism training; I am not seeking this program for purposes of tourism, foreign news coverage, job seeking, or personal and professional reasons that are irrelevant or contrary to the program’s mission.

2. I understand that in order to maximize the use of program resources, all travel will be on an economy-class basis.
3. I understand that the program administrator may terminate my program participation at any time for reasons that are regarded as detrimental to the program, to be determined at the sole discretion of the program administrator.

4. I will be responsible for my own passport and visa arrangements and may be asked to assist with other logistical arrangements. (International applicants) 

5. The program will pay for the following expenses: round-trip economy airfare from my home base to the ONA23 Conference in Philadelphia, PA, Aug. 23-26, 2023, lodging, and conference registration. 

6. If I am selected and accept to participate in the Student Newsroom, I will permit my likeness to be used in ONA promotional material. This can be in print or electronic form.

7. I confirm that all statements in this application are true.
Please confirm you have read and agree to the conditions set in the statement above *