The Online News Association is a nonprofit membership organization for digital journalists, connecting journalism, technology and innovation. 

The 2020 Women’s Leadership Accelerator is an intensive program that supercharges the leadership and management skills of women who are pushing digital innovation. The Accelerator kicks off at the University of California Los Angeles with a week of tailored, immersive programming March 1-6, 2020. ONA provides support and coaching to participants throughout the year; the program culminates with a workshop at ONA’s annual conference. There is no tuition cost or conference registration fee for the program. 

In addition to learning leadership skills and tools for navigating change, participants will focus on a challenge specific to their careers, whether an obstacle to overcome or an aspirational goal to achieve, either within their organizations or as an independent project.

The Accelerator, supported by lead funder, the Dow Jones Foundation, as well as other funders and sponsors, is open to all women working in digital media, including freelancers, entrepreneurs and independent journalists around the world. ONA will screen candidates for potential, need and diversity across ethnicity, age, geography, technology platforms and skill sets. Applications are due by 11:59 p.m. ET on Thursday, Oct. 31. 

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Before you get started, please read about the application requirements, which include a letter of recommendation and several short answer questions. Prepare your answers before starting the application. The full application contains five pages of questions.

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