General Volunteer Application

See the other volunteer opportunities for ONA19, including the Audio Team, Social Team and Video Team.

Thank you for your interest in volunteering at ONA19! It’s a great experience to not only help advance digital journalism, but also meet other volunteers and attendees. Make sure to read the details below before you apply.

ONA selects over 100 volunteers to support its annual conference, so this is a great opportunity to participate. Our volunteers are a critical part of the conference and help to staff the registration desk, support our exhibit and Midway spaces, guide attendees in finding sessions and greet folks at special events like receptions. Volunteers are required to work a total of eight to 10 hours throughout the conference, with shifts assigned by their team leader.

In return, you’ll get free and guaranteed registration to what has been a sold-out conference for 12  years running. There’s plenty of camaraderie, lots of food and caffeine, and reasonable hours that allow you time to network and take advantage of the inspiring educational sessions at the conference. If you’re selected, positions will be assigned during the summer.


  • a love of digital journalism and the journalists who make it happen
  • a flexible and friendly approach to resolving questions
  • a firm commitment to completing your shift

We’re also giving special consideration to applicants from smaller organizations this year.

Please note: If you applied for other teams, you can still apply to be a general volunteer!