Meet the ONA19 Student Newsroom mentors

We’re excited to announce the volunteer mentors who will guide this year’s Student Newsroom and Innovation Lab. Now in its tenth year, the Student Newsroom is an opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students to gain hands-on experience during the three-day Online News Association Conference and Online Journalism Awards Ceremony. These volunteer mentors will guide students as they produce coverage of the conference, helping them build digital storytelling skills and experiment with multimedia techniques.

Newsroom co-chairs

Newsroom mentors

  • Brittany Mayes, Graphics Reporter, The Washington Post
  • Bonnie Layton, Senior Lecturer, Indiana University
  • Curt Chandler, Senior Lecturer, Multimedia, Pennsylvania State University
  • Jeff South, Associate Professor and Director of Undergrad Studies, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Jeremy Bowers, Director of Newsroom Engineering, The Washington Post
  • Jo Herrera, Social Engagement Specialist, Public Radio International/PRX
  • Justin Madden, The Associated Press, Desk Editor
  • Lisa Collins, Professor, Loyola University New Orleans
  • Lori Shontz, Instructor of Journalism, University of Oregon
  • Matt Sheehan, Director, Stories and Emerging Platforms, University of Florida
  • Peg Achterman, Assistant Professor of Communication & Journalism, Seattle Pacific University
  • Philip Tenser, Digital Media Manager, WCVB-TV
  • Rachel Piper, Senior Director of Digital News, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
  • Rodney Gibbs, Chief Product Officer, Texas Tribune
  • Sam Kirkland, Product Manager, BuzzFeed
  • Sarah Blaskovich, Food Writer, The Dallas Morning News
  • Stephanie TooneMartin, Sponsorship Content Coordinator, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
  • Steve Fox, Senior Lecturer, UMass Journalism Department

Twenty students will be selected to join these mentors in the ONA19 Student Newsroom and Innovation Lab. The deadline for students to apply is May 23, 2019, 11:59 p.m. EDT. Selected students receive complimentary badges, as well as travel and lodging support. Learn more about the program and application.