For the 4th year in a row, Chevrolet is offering their HBCU Journalism Fellowship. Chevy has and the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) partnered together to choose 6 lucky winners from HBCUs.
The name of the program is called the Discover the Unexpected Journalism Fellowship. For 2019, the participants are Miana Massey (Howard University), Elae Hill (North Carolina A&T), Tedarius Abrams (Bethune-Cookman), Emani Nichols (Morehouse College) Tyla Barnes (Hampton University), and Sharon Joy Washington (Florida A&M). Each participant will receive a $10,000 scholarship and a $5,000 stipend.
The students are tasked with assisting the NNPA editors and reporters to tell stories of African American positivity to inspire the world! They will be doing so for 8 weeks, seeking out the best stories to share. There will be two teams of 3 students, and they will travel around in a brand new 2019, Chevy Blazer. Before hitting the road, the students will go to Atlanta to receive training in journalism tactics from Chevy and the NNPA. The students will work with news outlets such as The Washington Informer, Atlanta Voice, Houston Forward Times, and Chicago Crusader.
Paul Edwards, the Vice President of Chevrolet Marketing said, “Our partnership with the NNPA continues to provide a unique platform to connect with young and remarkable storytellers. From the inaugural launch at Howard University to the inclusion of all the HBCUs, it’s Chevrolet’s pleasure to partner with members of the African American community, ensuring a legacy is established for generations to come. We’re thrilled to meet this year’s group of fellows and immerse them in all things, Chevrolet.” Howard University has a team of freshmen that is sponsored by the company every year. Chevy also brings a car on campus and does a marketing campaign with the Howard chapter of the American marketing Association.
NNPA President and CEO, Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr. said, “The NNPA is excited to partner with Chevrolet for another year in support of young journalists to amplify community voices across our country. Having these young journalists in our newsrooms working side by side with our editors and writers is inspiring and we are committed to including young storytellers’ voices in our reporting.”
So far, this program has awarded over $330,000 to students at HBCUs since its inception in 2015. The program is now open to all sophomores, juniors, and seniors at HBCUs in the nation who have an interest in journalism, media, or communications. Celebrity supporters of the program include Dj Envy of The Breakfast Club, who is a Hampton University alum and also is the program's national spokesman. In addition to Dj Envy, there is Mr. Fonzworth Bentley, Morehouse College alum, who serves as the road trip advisor for the fellows.