Fully Funded 2019 Online News Association MJ Bear Fellowships in USA


Description of Mj Bear fellowships

Application are invited for the fully funded 2019 Online News Association in the USA  for the MJ Bear Fellowships for digital journalists in 2019.

The one-year fellowship is designed to provide support and guidance to early-career journalists on a digital journalism project as well as their own professional development. Projects might include a unique way of looking at news coverage, creative data visualizations, intrapreneurial or entrepreneurial efforts, new efforts in video, or other digitally-focused approaches to news coverage.

The MJ Bear Fellowship identifies and supports digital journalists under 30 whose work represents the best of digital news. In 2019, ONA will select six fellows from around the world who are up-and-coming journalists and leading innovative digital journalism projects.

Scholarship Benefits:

The fellowship provides:

  1. Speaking opportunity at ONA’s annual conference. Fellows earn recognition at digital journalism’s largest event and participate in a panel discussion to share their work. The fellowship covers registration, travel and accommodations for ONA19, Sept. 12–14, in New Orleans.
  2. ONA membership,with three year’s dues paid in full.
  3. Three tailored coaching sessions. Based on the projects that fellows are working on and the skills they are looking to build, ONA works with industry leaders to design custom coaching sessions for the group. Past sessions have covered topics such as pitching projects, stories and oneself; career advancement in a changing world; audience engagement; marketing and entrepreneurship.
  4. Additional opportunities to showcase work and expertise. During their fellowship year, fellows share insights from their projects and career journeys on ONA’s website. These insights become evergreen resources for the digital journalism community.


  1. The Awards is open to working journalists under 30 who are leading a digital journalism project.
  2. Applicants  must be born between Sept. 15, 1989 and Sept. 14, 1996.
  3. Applicants can be working either for a company or organization or be self-employed.
  4. ONA encourages freelancers and journalists from diverse backgrounds to apply. Full-time students are not eligible for this fellowship.

How to Apply

  1. The application has five parts. Applications and all submitted materials must be in English. Any links you provide as part of the application must be public — with no password required.
  2. Provide name, date of birth, address, email, phone number, relevant online presences, photo and resume.
  3. The selection committee is looking for projects that show spark, creativity and innovation. Applicants should explain how their strategy moves digital journalism forward or provides valuable lessons or outcomes. Length: 500 words or fewer; or a multimedia presentation no longer than three minutes.
  4. Tell us about yourself in a personal statement or a multimedia presentation. Length: 300 words or fewer; or a multimedia presentation no longer than one minute. Video presentations are strongly encouraged.
  5. Provide a description of and link to your digital journalism experiment or project, which is either ongoing or started after Jan. 1, 2018. You should specify your role — whether you were the sole creator or a member of a team. The project should be more than a concept or idea; it should be far enough along to show substantial progress. Some examples: a new take on complex data visualization, a unique approach to news coverage or news gathering, a novel form of news content distribution or a fresh approach to using social media, mobile technology, video or streaming or intrapreneurial and entrepreneurial efforts.
  6. One letter of recommendation from employer, instructor or technology partner affirming the candidate as a standout young digital journalist — a capable presenter fully deserving of this opportunity. The letter must confirm the applicant’s description of his/her role in the project, if possible. Length: One typed page.
  7. Fellows will receive three group coaching sessions with leaders in digital journalism who offer practical advice and guidance. Sessions are based on what Fellows need most to advance their projects and their careers. Past sessions have covered topics such as skills building; pitching projects, stories and oneself; career advancement in a changing world; audience engagement; marketing and entrepreneurship. In 200 words or less, what topics would you most like covered?

Deadline: The deadline is July 11, 2019.

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