Senior mass communications major Natrawn Maxwell
(far right) was one of six students chosen for the 2018 Discover the Unexpected (DTU) Journalism Fellowship sponsored by Chevrolet and the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA). During this 8-week summer internship (ending July 26), the fellows will discover and share positive, inspirational and relevant stories from African-American communities. Each fellow received a $10,000 scholarship and a $5,000 stipend.
For the internship, the students divided into two teams of three people, each having access to a new 2018 Chevrolet Equinox during their reporting assignments. They will work with The Washington Informer in Washington, D.C.; The Atlanta Voice in Atlanta, Georgia; The New Journal & Guide in Norfolk, Virginia; and New York Amsterdam News in New York City. Before beginning their on-the-road reporting assignments, the fellows participated in two days of journalism training with Chevrolet and NNPA leadership at General Motors' Global Headquarters.
"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."
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. The 2018 online submission process was open to students at all HBCUs majoring in journalism, communications, mass media or visual arts.
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