By Stacy Brown, NNPA Newswire Correspondent

Chevrolet and the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) have selected six students from Historically Black Colleges and Universities to participate in the 2019 Discover the Unexpected Journalism (DTU) Fellowship.

With the help of NNPA editors and reporters, the Fellows will travel the country to discover and share positive, inspirational and relevant stories from African American communities during their eight-week summer internship.

The 2019 DTU Journalism Fellows are Tedarius Abrams (Bethune-Cookman), Tyla Barnes (Hampton University), Elae Hill (North Carolina A&T), Miana Massey (Howard University), Emani Nichols (Morehouse College) and Sharon Joy Washington (Florida A&M).

The 2019 Chevrolet Discover the Unexpected Fellows, alongside the DTU Advisor Fonzworth Bentley and Ambassador DJ Envy pictured in front of the all-new 2019 Chevrolet Blazer.

The 2019 Chevrolet Discover the Unexpected Fellows, alongside the DTU Advisor Fonzworth Bentley and Ambassador DJ Envy pictured in front of the all-new 2019 Chevrolet Blazer.

Chevrolet will award each DTU Fellow a $10,000 scholarship and a $5,000 stipend. Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is one of the world’s largest car brands, doing business in more than 100 countries and selling more than 4 million cars and trucks each year.

A trade association of more than 200 African American-owned community newspapers from around the country, the NNPA has consistently been the voice of the Black community for 77 years.

The organization has been an incubator for news that makes history and, as the largest and most influential Black-owned media resource in America, the NNPA delivers news, information and commentary to more than 20 million people each week.

For the DTU program, students form two teams of three Fellows each. Each team will have access to an all-new 2019 Chevrolet Blazer during their reporting assignments.

Launched in 2015 and now in its fourth year, the DTU program has awarded more than $330,000 in scholarships and stipends.

Initially, program participation was limited to students from Howard University, one of the nation’s most prestigious HBCUs. However, based on the overwhelming response and success of the program, the online submission process was eventually expanded to include students from any of the nation’s HBCUs in their sophomore through senior years with an interest in journalism, communications, mass media or visual arts.

“Our partnership with the NNPA continues to provide a unique platform to connect with young and remarkable storytellers.” said Paul Edwards, U.S. vice president of Chevrolet Marketing.

“From the inaugural launch at Howard University to the inclusion of all the HBCUs, it’s Chevrolet’s pleasure to partner with members of the African American community, ensuring a legacy is established for generations to come,” Edwards said.

“We’re thrilled to meet this year’s group of Fellows and immerse them in all things Chevrolet,” he said.

The NNPA “is excited to partner with Chevrolet for another year in support of young journalists to amplify community voices across our country,” said NNPA President and CEO Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis Jr.

“Having these young journalists in our newsrooms working side by side with our editors and writers is inspiring and we are committed to including young storytellers’ voices in our reporting,” Chavis said.

The DTU Fellowship will take place from June 6 to Aug. 1, 2019.

The 2019 DTU Fellows teams will each work with two of the four participating NNPA member publications: the Atlanta Voice, Chicago Crusader, Houston Forward Times and Washington Informer.

The Fellows’ journey has already begun in Atlanta, where they participated in two days of journalism training with Chevrolet and NNPA leadership in preparation for them to “hit the road” to begin their reporting assignments.

Their stories will be featured on the Chevrolet DTU website (www.nnpa.org/chevydtu) and distributed through NNPA’s Newswire service throughout the summer.

Disc jockey and music producer DJ Envy, a co-host of the syndicated radio show “The Breakfast Club,” serves as the program’s national spokesperson while musician and author, Fonzworth Bentley, will serve as the Fellows’ Road Trip Advisor.

(pictured left to right) The 2019 Chevrolet Discover the Unexpected Advisor Fonzworth Bentley and Ambassador DJ Envy with the all-new 2019 Chevrolet Blazer. During this 8-week program, these two gentlemen will serve as resources and mentors to the six HBCU students who were selected from a dynamic pool of applicants.

(pictured left to right) The 2019 Chevrolet Discover the Unexpected Advisor Fonzworth Bentley and Ambassador DJ Envy with the all-new 2019 Chevrolet Blazer. During this 8-week program, these two gentlemen will serve as resources and mentors to the six HBCU students who were selected from a dynamic pool of applicants.

Both Envy and Bentley are HBCU alums — Envy graduated from Virginia’s Hampton University and Bentley is a Morehouse College graduate.

To learn more about the Discover the Unexpected Journalism Fellowship, visit www.nnpa.org/chevydtu.

Why I Chose to Be a Mentor for the “Discover the Unexpected” Program

This program gives students and recent graduates the opportunity to put what they have learned to work in real time at some of the most powerful press outlets in the nation. In a global economy where work experience is increasingly important, this program gives individuals who have matriculated through these prestigious universities not only a jump start on their careers, but it also invests in them as a network of untapped entrepreneurial talent.

Houston Airwaves: A Summer Breeze

I had an experience of a lifetime this weekend when my team was invited to one of the biggest radio stations in Houston, Majic 102.1. The conversation on air was a breeze and even comical at times. After the interview, I got the chance to see how much work is actually put in producing a radio show.

Keeping Busy In The Chi

With my first two years completed at North Carolina A&T I have had on-campus experiences pertaining to writing news, interviewing and developing journalism skills. But I’ve never had the opportunity like the one Chevy Discover The Unexpected has given me this summer, to not only travel the country and develop genuine connections, but to also learn about our Black communities and the triumphs and downfalls that occur within them, that are rarely shared on a broader scale in the mainstream media.

Coast To Coast: L.A. To Chicago

After getting back to Chicago, my team and I prepared to attend ComplexCon, a convention hosted by a leading urban magazine. It is a leading convention in showcasing what’s trending in mainstream culture. It was a nice experience, but I realized that I’m not in touch with popular culture. From the fashion down to the hottest new artist(s), I feel like I’ve been living under a rock for the past few years. And you know what, I don’t care.

I Could Make Chicago a Thing

The Chicago Crusader has shown us a great time, and they have also been challenging me to do things that I am not naturally comfortable with. I’m actually a published journalist now, which is crazy because I am not a great writer, but it is still cool to say that some of my work has been published.

A Message to The Chevy DTU Fellows: Boot Camp Opening Remarks

Introducing Michelle Matthews-Alexander, Multicultural Marketing Manager at General Motors. Michelle has dedicated her career to enhancing major corporations’ relationship with diverse communities. Since joining GM in 2015, Michelle has not only advocated for, but helped spearhead Chevrolet’s Discover the Unexpected Journalism Fellowship program. In partnership with the National Newspaper Publishers Association, she and Chevrolet have invested in the future of Black Journalism while simultaneously supporting students at Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Now in its fourth year, the 2019 Chevrolet Discover The Unexpected program continues to provide opportunity to young journalists as they work to tell the stories that matter.

Life After Discover The Unexpected

My Discover the Unexpected experience at the Louisiana Weekly newspaper was very influential to my life. I was fresh out of Clark Atlanta University and I was looking for an opportunity to produce current and cultural news stories. The Louisiana Weekly gave me the opportunity to write and report my own stories.

Getting Started With The Houston Forward Times

First week in Houston is in the books, and I wrote my first cover story! On the first day in the office, we got breaking news about a press conference that would be happening the next morning on some recent killings of innocent children in the Houston area.

Week Five: Landing In Houston

My 5th week as a DTU fellow has been very challenging. I’ve been faced with the task of writing stories at a speed that I’m not accustomed to, but I appreciate the discomfort and growth.

Hello Chicago!

With my first two years completed at North Carolina A&T I have had on-campus experiences pertaining to writing news, interviewing and developing journalism skills. But I’ve never had the opportunity like the one Chevy Discover The Unexpected has given me this summer, to not only travel the country and develop genuine connections, but to also learn about our Black communities and the triumphs and downfalls that occur within them, that are rarely shared on a broader scale in the mainstream media.

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