For the third year in a row, Chevrolet is teaming up with the National Newspaper Publishers Association to choose students to discover and share positive experiences around the country.
This program is called the 2018 Discover the Unexpected Journalism Fellowship and its goal is to help share stories and inspire others from African- American communities during an eight-week summer internship. Six students were selected to participate in this program and share the journey they take over the next several weeks as they work to discover different places and learn more about the communities around them.
In its third year in existence, this program was started in 2016 at Howard University and then expanded to add Clark Atlanta University, Morehouse College, and Spellman College just last year. This year, the entire community of Historically Black Colleges and Universities are able to participate in the program which gives the selection team even more diversity in geographic region to choose from. Submissions were open to all students majoring in journalism, communications, mass media, or visual arts to be able to take part in the internship and be able to experience what it means to discover the unexpected.
Awarding the Deserving Recipients
Those that participate in and have been chosen for this program are each awarded a $10,000 scholarship and a $5,000 stipend. The students are put into two teams of three and have access to a new 2018 Chevrolet Equinox during the reporting assignments. To date, Chevrolet has awarded more than $300,000 in DTU Fellow scholarships and stipends and it’s been a program that’s allowed students to explore and experience the wonder of the country and showcase their talents as journalists. All through philanthropical efforts nationwide, and of course, a few sales of models like their new Equinox, Malibu, Cruze, Silverado, etc. Chevy drivers can be proud of their part in making all of this happen. These young people have the power to bring about positive change in the communities and throughout the world to bring their voices to the conversation.
The DTU Fellows will work with the Washington Informer in Washington, D.C.; the Atlanta Voice in Atlanta, GA; the New Journal & Guide in Norfolk, VA; and the New York Amsterdam News in New York City, NY. The teams will meet with legendary lyricist MC Lyte during the fellowship as well. MC Lyte has been the national spokesperson for the program since it began three years ago. Dana Blair will also serve as a mentor for the Fellows and will meet with the teams during the summer to give guidance and serve as a mentor.
The winners of the 2018 DTU Journalism Fellowship are Tyvan Banks of Norfolk State University, Diamond Durant of Morgan State University, Daja Henry of Howard University, Denver Lark of North Carolina A&T State University, Natrawn Maxwell of Claflin University, and Ila Wilborn of Florida A&M University. These may be six names you grow to know and admire in the future for the writing they will offer to the world as they look to explore the country during the Fellowships and finish their studies to become the people who tell us the stories we pay close attention to in the future.