Two University of Miami School of Communication students have been selected for the 2012 Online News Association (ONA) Newsroom which includes a scholarship to travel and learn advanced multimedia skills from working journalists and journalism professors at the organization’s national convention, Sept. 20-22, 2012 in San Francisco.
Multimedia Journalism Graduate Students Aubrey Aden-Buie and Qin Chen were among 20 students selected for the scholarship. They were chosen from a pool of 400 applicants and will join students from universities including Northwestern, Penn State, and the University of California Berkeley.
“We saw double the number of applicants this year, and once again, the high overall quality made the selection process particularly challenging,” said Jane McDonnell, ONA Executive Director. “It’s a good sign for the profession to see such an impressive combination of professional experience and academic credentials.”
Mentored by the best journalism professors and professionals in interactive media, the students will bring a rich, varied set of multimedia skills and fresh perspective to conference coverage, using a range of digital formats and styles, including interactive text and graphics, live blogging, slideshows, audio and video, McDonnell said.
The ONA Student Newsroom will also give conference attendees a comprehensive digital preview of the conference, including details on session topics and interviews with presenters and speakers.
The Online News Association is the world’s largest membership organization of digital journalists. Each year, ONA honors excellence in digital journalism with awards to individuals, universities, and media outlets that are shaping the future of the industry.