PROGRAM OVERVIEW


Join our DTU Fellows on their journey of a lifetime. Learn more about our DTU Fellows for 2017 and the NNPA newspapers that they will work for this summer.

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HBCU STUDENTS Discover the Unexpected in Journalism

Discover the Unexpected (DTU) is an amazing journalism fellowship that offers HBCU students an opportunity to gain real-life experience, explore exciting cities and discover the unexpected stories in our communities.

Presented by the all-new 2018 Chevrolet Equinox and the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA), Discover the Unexpected offers each DTU Fellow an invaluable NNPA mentorship, $15,000 in stipends and scholarships, access to the all-new 2018 Chevrolet Equinox, exciting surprises and more.

Using NNPA’s professional resources and the all-new 2018 Chevrolet Equinox’s leading edge technology, DTU Fellows will share stories that shatter perceptions, jump-start their journalism careers and encourage us all to Discover the Unexpected.

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HOW FELLOWS ARE SELECTED

A panel of judges from NNPA and participating HBCUs will conduct interviews and evaluate DTU applications to select finalists. Selection criteria for the Discover the Unexpected program will include:

Journalism/Communications, Mass Media and Visual Arts Majors
G.P.A.
Technology/social media proficiency
Work samples
Interview performance

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PROFESSIONAL ASSISTANCE TO ENSURE YOUR BEST CHANCE OF SUCCESS

As an NNPA Fellow for this Discover the Unexpected opportunity, you will be assigned an advisor. Your advisor will be a seasoned member of the NNPA who will provide mentorship and assistance to help you make the most of your journey. New for 2017, DTU teams will also have a digital strategist as a Road Trip Navigator. This seasoned professional will help Fellows craft and share their stories with his/her award-winning writing and social media expertise.

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PROGRAM FEATURES AND BENEFITS

Discover the Unexpected is a summer program focusing on multimedia journalism. Each team of NNPA Fellows commits to completing several news assignments aided by the next-generation 2018 Chevrolet Equinox’s innovative technology and NNPA professional advisors. Fellows will be rewarded with hands-on experience, networking with journalism professionals, a generous stipend, a scholarship and the opportunity to share stories that help us all Discover the Unexpected.

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APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

Take a moment to review all of the application requirements and program information.
After reviewing, click below to start your application.


PROVIDE A BRIEF BIO

including:


One page brief biography on yourself.


resume

including:


Academic major and minor, GPA, and date or expected date of graduation

Permanent and current addresses

Email, website and social media addresses


COMPLETED APPLICATION FORM

including:


Completed Application Form

Hot links to digital work samples


WORK SAMPLES


Upload or link to your best work samples.

FAQs

What is the Discover the Unexpected/National Newspaper Publishers Association Fellowship?
The Discover the Unexpected/NNPA Fellowship offers student journalists and mass media art students the opportunity to cover print and multimedia stories in Atlanta, New Orleans, Raleigh or Washington, D.C., over the course of 8 weeks during summer break. The Fellowship is managed by the National Newspaper Publishers Association and sponsored by Chevrolet.
Does the Fellowship offer financial compensation or academic credit?
The Fellowship provides a $5,000 stipend and a $10,000 scholarship to recipients. However, students must provide their own housing accommodations in their assigned market: Atlanta, New Orleans, Raleigh or Washington, D.C.

I am a journalism graduate looking for a job. Am I eligible for a Discover the Unexpected/National Newspaper Publishers Association Fellowship?
Undergraduate students attending a Howard University, Clark Atlanta University, Spelman College and Morehouse College in their sophomore, junior or senior year are eligible. Candidates may also include recent college or university graduates who will have completed coursework by June 1 following the application deadline/interview period.
I have worked in journalism, but my major is in another subject. Am I eligible?
Yes. Your degree can be in any subject, but preference is given to students with a journalism degree or some experience in journalism, such as work for a campus or professional media outlet. Students with experience in Mass Media or in other forms of professional storytelling are also eligible to apply. You must submit work samples with your application.