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Chevrolet gives HBCU students an opportunity to ‘Discover the Unexpected’
Published Wednesday, June 19, 2019
by Stacy M. Brown, NNPA

Chevrolet and the National Newspaper Publishers Association have selected six students from Historically Black Colleges and Universities to participate in the 2019 Discover the Unexpected Journalism Fellowship. With the help of NNPA editors and reporters, the Fellows will travel the country to discover and share positive, inspirational and relevant stories from African American communities during their eight-week summer internship.

The 2019 DTU Journalism Fellows are Tedarius Abrams (Bethune-Cookman), Tyla Barnes (Hampton), Elae Hill (North Carolina A&T), Miana Massey (Howard), Emani Nichols (Morehouse e) and Sharon Joy Washington (Florida A&M).

Chevrolet will award each DTU Fellow a $10,000 scholarship and a $5,000 stipend. Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is one of the world's largest car brands, doing business in more than 100 countries and selling over 4 million cars and trucks each year. Launched in 2016, the DTU program has awarded more than $400,000 in scholarships and stipends.

A trade association of more than 200 black-owned community newspapers from around the country, the NNPA has consistently been the voice of the black community for 77 years. The organization has been an incubator for news that makes history and, as the largest and most influential black-owned media resource in America, the NNPA delivers news, information and commentary to more than 20 million people each week.

For the DTU program, students form two teams of three Fellows each. Each team will have access to an all-new 2019 Chevrolet Blazer during their reporting assignments. Initially, program participation was limited to Howard students. However, based on the overwhelming response and success of the program, the online submission process was eventually expanded to include all HBCU students in their sophomore through senior years with an interest in journalism, communications, mass media or visual arts.

“Our partnership with the NNPA continues to provide a unique platform to connect with young and remarkable storytellers.” said Paul Edwards, U.S. vice president of Chevrolet Marketing.

“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.”

The DTU Fellowship runs through August 1. The teams will each work with two of the four participating NNPA member publications: the Atlanta Voice, Chicago Crusader, Houston Forward Times and Washington Informer.

 “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,” NNPA President and CEO Benjamin Chavis Jr. said.

The Fellows’ journey has already begun in Atlanta, where they participated in two days of journalism training with Chevrolet and NNPA leadership in preparation for them to “hit the road” to begin their reporting assignments.  Disc jockey and music producer DJ Envy, a co-host of the syndicated radio show “The Breakfast Club,” serves as the program’s national spokesperson, while musician and author Fonzworth Bentley is the road trip adviser.

Envy graduated from Hampton University and Bentley is a Morehouse alum.

To learn more about the Discover the Unexpected Journalism Fellowship, visit www.nnpa.org/chevydtu.



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