WHAT IS THE DISCOVER THE UNEXPECTED/NATIONAL NEWSPAPER PUBLISHERS ASSOCIATION FELLOWSHIP?
2019 Discover the Unexpected (DTU) is an 8-week road trip sponsored by Chevrolet in partnership with the National Newspaper Publisher Association. Six HBCU students will be selected as DTU Fellows, and each will receive a $10,000 scholarship and a $5,000 stipend. The fellows will be split into two teams of three, and each team will receive the use of an All-New 2019 Chevrolet Blazer. Over the course of eight weeks, each team will travel in the 2019 Blazer to two different cities where they will work for local NNPA newspapers. 2019 DTU 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 at least 18 (19 if residing in Alabama) years old. You must be 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 three skills that you would bring to the DTU Fellowship Road Trip Program?
- Why do you want to be a DTU Fellow?
MY MAJOR FIELD OF STUDY IS NOT IN JOURNALISM. AM I ELIGIBLE?
Yes. We encourage any applicants who are multi-media savvy, have strong writing skills, have a passion for storytelling, and want to promote positivity in African-American communities to apply.
HOW IS THE APPLICATION SUBMISSION EVALUATED?
Primary attention is given to the quality of submitted work samples, writing skill, and resume.
CAN MY EXPERIENCE WITH THE FELLOWSHIP BE APPLIED AS COLLEGE CREDIT?
The Fellowship may comply with your local university’s regulations. Please check with your particular college.
I AM NOT A U.S. CITIZEN. AM I STILL ELIGIBLE?
HOW DO I APPLY?
Applications are being accepted now through May 15, 2019. 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 May 15, 2019 at 11:59pm PST.
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. Please refer to the application instructions for greater detail.
HOW MANY WORK SAMPLES SHOULD I SEND?
Send only your best work and enough to give the 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, creative samples, resumes and supplemental information. 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 2019 Fellows will each receive a $10,000 scholarship and a $5,000 stipend. Each 3-person team will be provided an All-New 2019 Chevrolet Blazer 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 for four weeks before traveling to the next internship in the next city. In addition to NNPA-assigned stories, DTU Fellows will also share discoveries they make as they travel on their journey.
WHAT ARE THE EXPECTATIONS OF THE FELLOWS SELECTED?
Working for a newspaper, all Fellows including those with interest in video/broadcast journalism are expected to have strong writing skills to support assignments in print, digital, and social media. Fellows are expected to work well both individually and in team environments. Teams can expect to travel on a literal road trip as they journey between assignments at two different publications. Fellows are expected to highlight their work with Chevrolet and the NNPA.
IS THIS A MARKETING PROGRAM?
Yes. The Discover The Unexpected fellowship was created by Chevrolet to not only demonstrate their support of HBCUs, but to provide a group of promising students with a vehicle during the fellowship and highlight their experiences.
HOW ARE THE FELLOWS COMPENSATED?
The $5,000 stipend is delivered in 2 installments – at the beginning of the fellowship and at the mid-point. The stipend is in place to supplement expenses during the fellowship. While housing and a vehicle are provided within the program, fellows are expected to manage their own expenses otherwise.
$10,000 scholarship is provided at the conclusion of the program during the Closing Ceremony in late July to Fellow who completed the program.