WHAT IS THE DISCOVER THE UNEXPECTED/NATIONAL NEWSPAPER PUBLISHERS ASSOCIATION FELLOWSHIP?
Discover the Unexpected 2018 (DTU) is an 8-week journalistic road trip sponsored by the National Newspaper Publisher Association in partnership with Chevrolet. Six HBCU students will be selected as DTU 2018 Fellows and each will receive a $10,000 scholarship and a $5,000 stipend. Each 3-person team will be provided with the use of an all-new 2018 Chevrolet Equinox for the duration of the DTU road trip. Over the course of 8-weeks, each team will travel to two different cities where they will work for two NNPA newspapers. DTU 2018 Fellows will pitch, produce and share stories of their travels and assigned NNPA news stories.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO APPLY FOR THE DISCOVER THE UNEXPECTED/NATIONAL NEWSPAPER PUBLISHERS ASSOCIATION FELLOWSHIP?
To be eligible, you must be between 18-years-old (19 if residing in Alabama) and 22 and enrolled in a Historically Black College & University by the application deadline.
AM I STILL ELIGIBLE FOR THE $10,000 SCHOLARSHIP IF I'M AN HBCU GRADUATING SENIOR?
As a graduating senior, the $10,000 scholarship can be applied to any outstanding HBCU student loans and/or post-graduate education tuition for any accredited college or university.
WHAT SHOULD MY VIDEO SUBMISSION INCLUDE?
Your video submission is your opportunity to tell us who you are and express your creativity. Here are some suggestions:
- Describe your passion for journalism and storytelling.
- What are your top 3 skills that you would bring to the DTU Fellowship Road Trip Program?
- Why do you want to be a DTU Fellow?
DO I NEED A DRIVER'S LICENSE TO BE ELIGIBLE?
No, but at least two members of the 3-person team are required to have a valid and clean U.S. driver’s license in order to share driving duties.
MY MAJOR FIELD OF STUDY IS NOT IN JOURNALISM. AM I ELIGIBLE?
Yes. While we give preference to those pursuing careers in the journalism field, we encourage any applicants who are multi-media savvy, have a passion for storytelling and want to promote positivity in African-American communities.
I AM NOT A U.S. CITIZEN. AM I STILL ELIGIBLE?
Yes, Canadians and other foreign nationals are eligible to apply. However, the program does not sponsor visas or pay for travel from outside the U.S. You qualify for the program if you have (or can obtain independently, not based on acceptance into the program) a visa that would allow you to work for six months starting in April 2018.
HOW DO I APPLY?
Applications are being accepted now through April 30, 2018. Read the instructions with the application carefully. The instructions will answer most of your questions.
WHEN IS THE DEADLINE?
All application materials must be received by April 30, 2018 at 10:59pm EST.
HOW SHOULD I SUBMIT MY WORK SAMPLES?
All submissions should be clearly labeled and sent in the PDF format. If you have a digital portfolio, please provide a link.
HOW MANY WORK SAMPLES SHOULD I SEND?
Send 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.
WHAT IS THE JUDGING PROCESS?
Editors and professionals will review applications and applicant videos. Six finalists will be selected for the program based on their application score. The decisions of the judges and Sponsor are final.
HOW DOES THE DISCOVER THE UNEXPECTED PROGRAM WORK?
Six selected Discover the Unexpected 2018 Fellows will each receive a $10,000 scholarship and a $5,000 stipend. Each 3-person team will be provided an all-new 2018 Chevrolet Equinox for use during an 8-week journalism road trip. Each 3-person team will have a route that takes them to two different cities where they will work for an NNPA newspaper in the first city for four weeks before traveling to the next city and NNPA newspaper for the next four weeks. In addition to NNPA-assigned stories, DTU Fellows will also share discoveries they make as they travel on their journey.