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.


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
Technology/social media proficiency
Work samples
Interview performance

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.


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.