The Student Newsroom and Innovation Lab 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 Ceremony.
Applications for students and mentors are now closed. The application period was Feb. 20–March 29.
Supported for the ninth year by Google News Initiative, twenty select students will produce content and tools for the ONA18 Student Newsroom website before and during the conference under the personal guidance of professional mentors.
As part of the application, students and mentors are asked what they would like to implement as part of their role in the Student Newsroom and Innovation Lab. This innovation ranged from unexpected story ideas, to creative storytelling techniques, to new tools built by participants themselves — these are ideas that live at the intersection of content and product.
Columbia Journalism School
Penn State University
University of Florida
University of Georgia
UC San Diego
Seattle Pacific University
University of Nevada, Reno
University of Maryland
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Point Park University
University of Houston
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Western Michigan University
Students get the chance to attend conference 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.
Eighteen 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.