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ONA Opens 2014 MJ Bear Fellowships for Under-30 Digital Journalism Stars

WASHINGTON, DC -- (Marketwired) -- 05/05/14 -- The Online News Association, the world's largest membership organization of digital journalists, today opened applications for the 2014 MJ Bear Fellowships for early-career digital journalists, in honor of founding member MJ Bear.

For the fourth year, the search committee will again select three promising, up-and-coming digital journalists -- two in the United States or Canada and one internationally, in partnership with MSN International -- who are just beginning to make their voices heard in the industry.

Selected Fellows will be paired with digital news leaders who will act as guides in their professional development; receive a free three-year ONA membership and an expense-paid trip to the Online News Association Conference & Awards Banquet, Sept. 25-27, in Chicago, where they'll have a chance to share their fresh perspectives.

Last year's Fellows -- Armie Garde, Assistant Content Editor and Multimedia Journalist, Sun.Star Publishing, Cebu City, Philippines; Ashley Lohmann, freelance journalist and founder of "Beyond the Bombs," an interactive documentary, and Kyle Stokes, a reporter for KPLU NPR radio station in Seattle and former Reporter, StateImpact Indiana -- will be posting regular blogs on journalists.org that explain their work, their professional progress and the tools and technology they use. Learn more about the Fellowship and past Fellows here.

Applicants must be working journalists between the ages of 23 and 30 and fluent in English. They will be asked to describe recent concepts, experiments or projects that move digital journalism forward or resulted in valuable lessons or outcomes, and also provide a recommendation and a personal statement. Application deadline is June 6, 11:59 p.m. ET.

Review the criteria and apply here.

"Over the past four years, MJ's Fellowships have identified, highlighted and supported nine creative journalists with big, bold ideas on how to tell stories," said ONA Board President Meredith Artley, Vice President & Managing Editor, CNN Digital, CNN. "Their work has had an impact on the field, and the Fellowships have helped make an impact in their careers."

Bear, whose wide-ranging career took her to pivotal roles at Microsoft's MSN Portals and MSN International, NPR and American University, was renowned for her kindness and digital know-how. She played a vital role in ONA's history as a member of the original Board of Directors, helping to incorporate the organization in 1999 and serving on the Education, Fundraising, Conference and Legal Affairs committees until 2003.

For more information, contact [email protected].

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. The membership includes news writers, producers, designers, editors, bloggers, developers, photographers, educators, students and others who produce news for and support digital delivery systems. ONA also hosts the annual Online News Association conference and administers the Online Journalism Awards.

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