FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
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.
I am not a U.S. citizen. Am I still eligible?
Yes, Canadians and other foreign nationals are eligible to apply. However, the Fellowship does not sponsor visas or pay for travel to the final judging from outside the U.S. You qualify for the Fellowship if you have or can independently obtain a visa that would allow you to work in the United States for a total of eight weeks in the Spring and Summer of 2017, beginning in March. (You cannot obtain a visa based on acceptance into the Fellowship.)
I am a broadcast journalist. Am I eligible for the Discover the Unexpected/ NNPA Fellowship?
Yes, The Discover the Unexpected Fellowship focuses on multimedia skills which includes broadcast journalism. Our priority is to have candidates who demonstrate strong writing and digital skills.
What is the role of Chevrolet in the Discover the Unexpected/National Newspaper Publisher Association Fellowship?
The Discover the Unexpected/NNPA Fellowship is sponsored by the next-generation 2018 Chevrolet Equinox, which also provides pool vehicles to the NNPA affiliate newspapers. The pool vehicles are available for use by the Fellows as well as the NNPA staff for 30 days for transportation to create multimedia stories.
How do I apply?
Application packages are being accepted in person April 13, 2017 in Atlanta and April 17, 2017 in Washington D.C. Read the application instructions carefully. The instructions will answer most of your questions. The fellowship application is available electronically and can be found here.
When is the deadline?
The application form must be received via www.nnpa.org/dtu by 4pm, ET, April 13, 2017 for Atlanta applicants and 4pm, ET, April 17, 2017 for Washington D.C. (Howard University) applicants.
All other application materials will be accepted in person on the day of the DTU Fellowship interviews at the following locations:
Thursday, April 13, 2017
11:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Atlanta University Center
Robert W. Woodruff Library
111 James P Brawley Dr SW, Atlanta, GA 30314
Monday, April 17, 2017
12:00 Noon – 3:30 PM
Cathy Hughes School of Communications
525 Bryant St NW, Washington, DC 20059
How should I submit my work samples?
How many work samples should I send?
How many Fellowships are being awarded for the Discover the Unexpected NNPA Fellowship?
What is the judging process?
NNPA news professionals and participating school officials will interview and review applicants. Eight DTU Fellows will be selected based on their application score. The Fellowship application scoring criteria is as follows:
Grade Point Average 20%
Writing/Work Sample(s) 40%
Interview/Interpersonal skills 40%