With everything going on in the world in around us, it’s great to hear about positive changes happening. Our media and news are sources of great power and often change the conversations that can be had about current events. I remember watching a video clip recently about how responsible journalism is becoming scarce by the day. I truly appreciate journalists that are fact checking and taking the work that they do seriously. With all the stories of police brutality and race relations it’s important to have more great journalists with diversified voices to share each story in a fair way. In order to do that we have to encourage our journalism students and provide them with the right opportunities and tools.
I recently found out that National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) and Chevrolet launched a Journalism Fellowship at Howard University and I was ecstatic. As we continue to live our lives and try to make a positive difference, it is important to provide our youth and future leaders with the proper tools to lead us into a positive future. “Discover the Unexpected” (DTU) is a fellowship program that will provide students studying at Howard University’s School of Communications opportunities with NNPA member papers in Washington D.C., Atlanta, Chicago and Detroit.
It is believed that this DTU fellowship will help cultivate and prepare leaders in the next generation of African American journalists and storytellers. “The ‘Discover the Unexpected’ fellowship program will highlight and celebrate positive stories of men and women making a tremendous impact in their communities,” said Paul Edwards, U.S. vice president, Chevrolet Marketing. Chevrolet is fully committed to this important initiative.
I’m always excited when I see brands using their influence for good, as you know Your Life After 25 has a strong belief in social responsibility. Seeing Chevrolet commitment and passion for the “Discover the Unexpected” (DTU) fellowship program really warmed my heart. We consume so much news 24/7 through TV and social media and we the people have become citizen journalists in our own right, but it’s important that news is being delivered in the right way. As Dr. Benjamin Chavis, Jr., president and CEO, NNPA said “We want to share our knowledge about news gathering and pass the torch to the next generation of journalism professionals”. I’m truly grateful for both Chevrolet and the NNPA for putting together the fellowship.
So here’s a bit of information about how this will all work. The DTU/ NNPA Fellows were selected by a panel of NNPA Publishers, Editors and Howard University faculty and paired in teams of two with an NNPA professional advisor. Fellows will receive hands-on experience, networking opportunities and recognition for delivering stories that most embodies discovering the unexpected. The students will also be paid a stipend and earn tuition scholarships. In addition to sponsoring the program, Chevrolet will provide each fellowship team an all-new 2016 Chevrolet Malibu for use during their reporting assignments to help them discover great news stories and digital/social media content. Sounds like an AMAZING opportunity and experience for everyone involved. I know that this will be a valuable time for all the fellows.
And to top it off, another person continuing to use her influence for good is legendary lyricist and hip hop pioneer MC Lyte, who signed on as the program’s national spokeswoman. So much #BlackGirlMagic! I can’t wait to see all the great things that these Journalism fellows at Howard University are able to accomplish!
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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Chevy . The opinions and text are all mine.