Whether you’re applying to one of our student programs, looking for volunteer opportunities or submitting a topic idea, there are plenty of ways to get involved with ONA15. Check out our opportunities below and see if there’s an option that’s right for you. (Looking for the session schedule? That’s here.)
Online Journalism Awards
The Online Journalism Awards (OJAs) were launched in May 2000 to honor excellence in digital journalism around the world. Finalists for the 2015 Online Journalism Awards, representing a wide range of nonprofit, public, academic, major media, and emerging technology organizations from around the globe, were announced in August. The winners will be announced at the Online Journalism Awards Banquet on Saturday, Sept. 26, in Los Angeles.
The Midway is journalism’s lab of the future. Join us to explore new tools, tell amazing stories, play with interactive landscapes and more. Discover emerging products to elevate your work. Experiment with new tools to increase your reach. Design new narrative forms using cutting edge platforms.
The ONA15 Career Fair offers two days of immersion into prime networking, job-seeking and recruiting. It will match new, mid-career and veteran digital journalists and technologists with emerging and leading media companies, organizations and schools.
Bring your most innovative ideas to ONA15! We’ll host a series of rapid-fire lightning talks on Saturday, September 26. All conference attendees are welcome to apply. Submissions will open in mid-July.
Tell us what we’ve missed! The unconference is a chance for you to propose conversations on topics we may not have covered elsewhere. You’ll be able to submit ideas in July, and conference attendees will vote on their favorite topics right through the start of ONA15. The unconference is open to all ONA15 attendees.
The Student Newsroom immerses undergraduate and graduate college students in a digital media environment by providing hands-on reporting experience during the three-day Online News Association Conference Awards Banquet. (The deadline to apply was April 27.)
HBCU Digital Media Fellowship
Historically Black College and University (HBCU) students with impressive academic and journalistic achievements are invited to apply for an all-expenses-paid trip to the ONA15 as well as a free, one-year ONA Student membership. (The deadline was July 24.)
ONA15 CNN Diversity Fellowship
Digital journalists from diverse backgrounds with experience reporting for mobile and social platforms are encouraged to apply for the ONA15 CNN Diversity Fellowship. Four winners will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to the ONA conference in Los Angeles Sept. 24-26. (The deadline to apply was Aug. 11.)
The Suggestion Box was our way of inviting ideas for topics and speakers for this year’s conference. (The Suggestion Box closed April 10.)
The ONA15 Volunteer Committee looks for volunteers to work before, during (and a little bit after) the conference. Volunteers work alongside the best minds in online journalism, and revel in the satisfaction of pulling off one of the best events in the industry. (The deadline to apply was April 27.)