ONA21 is the can’t-miss global festival for innovation in digital journalism. You can still experience many of the exciting learning opportunities and inspiring discussions from the four-day online gathering (June 22–25)!

Check the schedule page for the screen icon to see which sessions are available to view on-demand once you register. Sessions will be available into the future.

Your registration also includes access to the ONA21 Midway on the Grip platform, where you can learn about and connect with attendees, recruiters and exhibitors via text chat through Sept. 30, 2021. After you register, you will receive an activation email with how-to tips on setting up your profile and using the platform.

Members-only benefit

For ONA21 on-demand, members save more than 30% ($125) on registration prices. A one-year membership is $75. Learn more about ONA membership and join your peers in sustaining our work year-round.

To get the ONA member discount: Log in to your ONA membership account first and copy your ONA21 coupon code. Then, you’ll see a button to click through and purchase your registration!  Not an ONA member? Join here first.

Account creation note: ONA’s online event platform is separate from the ONA membership platform. If you have attended an ONA event online since June 2020, please use those credentials to register for and participate in ONA21. If you have not, you’ll need to create an account for ONA21 during registration, and use those credentials to participate in the conference.

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ONA21 Full Conference Pass

Ticket Type Pricing
ONA members $250 Purchase
Non-members $375 Purchase
Students $50 Purchase

👋 Have you already attended an ONA virtual event, such as ONA20? If you registered for an online event with ONA since June 2020, please log in with the same email and password credentials when prompted during checkout to save time and avoid confusion!

Networking Pass for the ONA21 Midway on Grip

This no-cost registration grants you access to the ONA21 Midway on the Grip networking platform to connect with fellow digital journalists, exhibitors and recruiters during conference week, June 22-25 and through Sept. 30! It includes opportunities to text chat, as well as build other connections to news and technology recruiters, companies and organizations. Learn more about the ONA21 Midway on Grip.

IMPORTANT NOTE: If you already have purchased a Full Conference Pass (or received one via a scholarship or other complimentary path), please DO NOT register for a Networking Pass! Doing so will disrupt your access to ONA21 conference sessions and events.

Register for a Networking Pass

Group Registration Discount

Groups of 10 or more registering together receive a $50 discount per ticket. Order your non-member rate group here. Student registrations are not eligible for the group discount. If you would like to purchase a group of registrations at the ONA member rate for a further discount or you need an invoice to purchase your ticket, please email your request to

Student Registration

ONA21 student registrations are reserved for high school, college and university students, including undergraduate, graduate and associate degree students. Student Pass attendees should include the name of their affiliated educational institution in the Organization field of the registration form. Graduate students who are employed full time and students in certificate programs are not eligible for an ONA21 student registration.

Complimentary Passes

We offer several opportunities to get involved with ONA21 and receive complimentary registration, including through speaking, fellowships, and volunteering. Learn more here.

Press Passes

Since the ONA annual conference is an event for journalists, we do not offer press passes. We encourage all who want to attend to explore opportunities for complimentary registration.


We consider many aspects of accessibility when planning our conference sessions and networking events. We’ve compiled a detailed explanation of what to expect in terms of accessibility and will update the page as we learn more about our capabilities for ONA21.

Refund & Transfer Policy

We understand plans can change. If you are unable to attend the conference, we’ll do our best to support you. Please read the following carefully.

All refunds and transfers must have been requested by Friday, June 11, 2021. No refunds or transfers are given after that date. Refunds will incur a $20 administrative fee. (There is no fee for a student registration refund.)

All transfers are complementary. However, registrations made at the ONA member rate may only be transferred to another ONA member. If not already a member, the prospective attendee should join ONA before the transfer is requested. (Membership fees are non-transferable and non-refundable.)

Non-attendance does not constitute a cancellation.

To request a refund or transfer, please complete this form by June 11, 2021.

Online Journalism Awards

Historically, we have hosted the Online Journalism Awards Ceremony and Banquet, honoring the year’s best in digital journalism, on the final night of the annual conference. With ONA21 happening earlier in the year than usual, we will organize a separate celebration in September or October for this year’s award honorees. Submissions to the 2021 OJAs closed in June.