Chevrolet Sponsors Howard University Journalism Fellowship
Chevrolet announced today that it will be partnering with the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) to launch “Discover the Unexpected” (DTU), a fellowship program at Howard University’s School of Communications that will give eight students the opportunity to work at NNPA-member papers in Detroit, Chicago, Atlanta, and Washington DC.
“The ‘Discover the Unexpected’ fellowship program will highlight and celebrate positive stories of men and women making a tremendous impact in their communities,” said Chevrolet Marketing vice president Paul Edwards. “Chevrolet is fully committed to this important initiative. We believe our DTU fellows are leaders in the next generation of African American journalists and storytellers, and we are proud to support them in their mission to create meaningful narratives that foster a collective sense of pride.”
The eight DTU/NNPA Fellows will be paired in teams of two with an NNPA professional adviser, after having been chosen from a pool of applicants by a panel of NNPA Publishers, Editors, and Howard University faculty. The Fellows will receive a stipend and tuition scholarships, as well as hands-on experience and networking opportunities provided by working at these newspapers. Additionally, Chevy will give each fellowship team a 2016 Malibu to use for their reporting assignments.
Howard University communications majors who are interested in applying for the DTU/NNPA Fellowship can go to www.nnpa.org/dtu, but must do so before the deadline, April 10, 2016.
“We want to share our knowledge about news gathering and pass the torch to the next generation of journalism professionals,” said NNPA CEO Dr. Benjamin Chavis, Jr. “These students get a lot of their news from social media twenty-four hours a day. Videos are posted as events are happening and they go viral, with most of them focusing on the violent aspects of what’s happening in their neighborhoods and to their generation. Our fellows are going to discover and report those unexpected stories, the ones that say their generation is making a difference, the ones that say we’re greater than what you see on the nightly news or read in the papers.”
Hip hop artist MC Lyte will act as the program’s national spokesman.
“I’m excited to be involved with emerging young writers who have the power to shape our voices the same way hip hop emcees broke ground telling our stories,” MC Lyte said in a statement.
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