Three talented HBCU journalism students will join the staff of the New Journal and Guide on June 26 on the second leg of an eight-week national internship sponsored by Chevrolet.
The students are among six chosen from Historically Black Colleges and Universities for the 2018 Discover the Unexpected (DTU) Journalism Fellowship. Each of the Fellows was selected from among thousands of applications submitted by students attending HBCU schools across the country.
Chevrolet will award each DTU Fellow a $10,000 scholarship and a $5,000 stipend. The program began this week with students divided into two teams of three people, and each team has access to a new 2018 Chevrolet Equinox during their reporting assignments.
This is the third year Chevrolet and the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) representing Black newspaper publishers have come together to provide the summer experience. The Fellows will discover and share positive, inspirational and relevant stories from African-American communities during their eight-week summer internship.
Four African-American newspapers – the Atlanta Voice, the New (Norfolk) Journal and Guide, the New York Amsterdam News and the Washington (D.C.) Informer were chosen by Chevrolet as host newspapers for the 2018 DTU program.
To date, Chevrolet has awarded more than $300,000 in DTU scholarships and stipends. For its first two years, the program included only a select number of schools, but the 2018 online submission process was open to students at all HBCUs majoring in journalism, communications, mass media or visual arts.
“In 2016 Chevrolet launched the DTU fellowship at Howard University and last year added Clark Atlanta University, Morehouse College, and Spelman College,” said Paul Edwards, U.S. vice president of Chevrolet Marketing. “This year we want to give every HBCU student with a strong voice the opportunity to report the inspiring stories from around the U.S. as they Find New Roads behind the wheel of the 2018 Equinox.”
“The NNPA is looking forward to continuing our support of young storytellers to document positive stories in our communities,” said NNPA President and CEO Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis Jr. “Young journalists have the power to bring about positive change in our communities and this country through their words, so it is vital to include their voices in the conversation.”
Students coming to the New Journal and Guide on June 26 are currently working at the Atlanta Voice. They have named themselves “Team Authentic” and include Daja Henry of Howard University, Natrawn Maxwell of Claflin University and Ila Wilborn of Florida A&M University.
Team Two, “Team Optimistic,” is currently working at the New York Amsterdam News and heads to the Washington Informer on June 26 for the second leg of their fellowship. They are Tyvan Banks of Norfolk State University, Diamond Durant of Morgan State University, and Denver Lark of North Carolina A&T State University.
The Fellows’ journey began in Detroit last week, where they participated in two days of journalism training with Chevrolet and NNPA leadership at General Motors’ Global Headquarters.
Legendary lyricist and hip-hop pioneer MC Lyte, the program’s national spokesperson since its inception, will meet with the Fellows during the summer to share her wisdom about storytelling and advice on creating a unique voice. Dana Blair, an on-air correspondent, branding expert and entertainment producer, joins the team and will serve as mentor for the Fellows.
Learn more about the Discover the Unexpected Journalism Fellowship at www.nnpa.org/dtu.