HBCU Digital Media Fellowship

At Online News Association (ONA), the HBCU Digital Media Fellowship is sponsored and supported by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. All Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) students are encouraged to apply for the fellowship. Through the programs and services they provide help digital journalists in news organizations around the globe and across the corporate, independent and non-profit sectors adapt to the changing environment.The 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 ONA17 Conference in Washington, D.C., Up to five HBCU Fellows will work closely with professional mentors throughout the three-day conference.

The Online News Association is the world’s largest association of digital journalists. ONA’s mission is to inspire innovation and excellence among journalists to better serve the public.Since 1999, ONA has been at the forefront of a truly revolutionary age in digital media.


The program is open to all students from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU).

How to Apply:

In order to apply, the applicant can submit the online application through the given link: https://journalists.org/programs/fellowships/hbcu-digital-media-fellowship/apply/

Supporting Documents:

  • They want to learn a bit more about your skills and interests.
  • Twitter Handle (Enter Full URL)
  • Personal Website(Enter Full URL)
  • Write Bio (200 words max)
  • Short Essay: What do you hope to gain from the HBCU Digital Media Fellowship? (250 words max)
  • Three Sample Links (place URL links to three pieces of your best work.)
  • Resume Web Link
  • Upload Photo or Headshot

Financial Aid and Award Money:

  • Up to five students from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) will receive hands-on experience during the three-day Online News Association Conference, Oct. 5-7 in Washington, D.C., as part of the HBCU Digital Media Fellowship.
  • The program also gives them high-profile exposure and advanced practical knowledge of emerging technologies, tools and approaches to reporting and distributing news online.
  • Supported for the fourth year by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, each fellow will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to the conference, as well as a free one-year ONA membership.
  • Over the three days, fellows will work closely with lead mentor Michael Grant, Creative Director, San Francisco Business Times and 2017-18 John S. Knight Fellow at Stanford University, and Michelle Johnson, chair of the ONA Student Newsroom and Innovation Lab and Associate Professor of Practice, Multimedia Journalism at Boston University, to produce multimedia packages for the conference and be immersed in intensive digital journalism training.
  • Fellows also participate in group workshops led by industry leaders that range from learning about emerging media trends to hands-on training in current storytelling tools and techniques.

Application Deadline:

The deadline for the HBCU Digital Media Fellowship is Thursday, July 20, 11:59 p.m. ET

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