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 selected cities over the course of 8 weeks during their 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 city. This fellowship does not provide academic credit.

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 participating HBCUs 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 Summer, beginning in June. (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?

Discover the Unexpected Fellows have been selected for 2017. Check back here for application information in 2018!

When is the deadline?

The application form must be received via 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

Washington D.C.
Monday, April 17, 2017
12:00 Noon – 3:30 PM
Howard University
Cathy Hughes School of Communications
525 Bryant St NW, Washington, DC 20059

How should I submit my work samples?

The format is not as important as the content, as long as publication is verifiable. Stories and photos from the internet are acceptable, as are legible PDFs. If you have a digital portfolio that contains your best work, please come prepared to show samples on your own portable device.

How many work samples should I send?

Bring only your best work and enough to give judges an idea of your range and abilities. Think practically. How a previous news organization played or presented your stories is less important than the content itself. Do not submit double-bylined material.

How many Fellowships are being awarded for the Discover the Unexpected NNPA Fellowship?

There will be eight DTU Fellows who are paired into teams of two for story assignments. Fellows will work with NNPA professionals and may be assigned to call and verify sources, work with a staff reporter, develop profile stories and other duties to support journalism activities and help meet publishing deadlines.

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%

How does the Discover the Unexpected Fellowship work?

NNPA editors will assign stories based on news developments and your ideas. You will work in teams of two to complete the assignments. The DTU Fellowship will take place over the course of 8 weeks during summer break (June 5 – July 28, 2017). If your work meets the standards of your assigned publication, it will be published both in print and digitally. Content highlighting the good news in the community will be featured on as well as on DTU social media.

Will I be disqualified if I do not have a valid U.S. driver’s license?

No. However, at least one Fellow per market must have a valid driver’s license so your team can utilize the all-new 2018 Chevrolet Equinox that will be provided.

Will I be disqualified if I have family/friends associated with or employed by General Motors or the NNPA?

No. DTU Fellowship applicants will be evaluated and selected based on how well they meet the program criteria.