Applications are now being accepted for the 2012 Online News Association conference student newsroom.

The student newsroom provides college and graduate students the opportunity to attend the ONA conference, free of charge. Also included is transportation and lodging costs (compliments of Google). This year, the conference will be held in San Francisco.

In exchange, students cover the conference for its website. Coverage can mean traditional written stories, photos, video and interactives. I believe last year they even had students whose specialty was coding.

Let me speak from my personal experience as a member of the 2010 ONA conference student newsroom: If you’re a student with any interest in Web journalism, apply. If you’re a college professor, encourage your students to apply. If you’re a professional journalist reading this blog who happens to have kids in j-school, encourage them to apply. Read more