The Student Newsroom immerses undergraduate and graduate college students in a digital media environment by providing hands-on experience during the three-day Online News Association Conference & Awards Banquet. Supported for the sixth year by Google, these 20 select students will produce content for the ONA15 website before and during the conference under the personal guidance of professional mentors.

2015 Student Newsroom

University of Florida
North Carolina A&T State University
University of Texas at Austin
Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning
Ball State University
California State University, Chico
Boston University
Boston University
University of California, Berkeley
Azusa Pacific University
St. Francis College for Women
University of Missouri
University of Georgia
Texas Southern University
University of Southern California
University of Florida
Indiana University
Penn State University
Columbia Journalism School
University of Missouri


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Students get the chance to attend ONA15 programming led by experts in digital journalism, network with attendees and acquire and flex new digital media skills. All expenses — lodging, travel and registration fees — are paid.

Twenty Student Newsroom mentors with digital skills have an opportunity to guide one to two students before and during the conference, working one-on-one with them to help develop story ideas and advise coverage production. Mentors receive free conference registration. They also have a chance to pay it forward, shaping the skills of tomorrow’s leaders in digital journalism.