By Elae Hill

Figuring out your dreams before college life ends is the biggest stress for any undergraduate. I chose multimedia journalism as a career path because I feel that I would rather work with English for the rest of my life than math or any other subject.

My dreams are to work within the entertainment industry as a host, or within the music industry, helping behind a content creating team with public relations roll outs for artists. 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.

I’ve previously been unsuccessful in obtaining an internship. This is my first. The Chevy DTU internship is the opportunity I needed to propel my enthusiasm in this field and to figure out exactly what I want to do in life.

Being selected for this fellowship along with five other teammates was very exciting for me. From the start, we were flown out of the states we currently reside in and treated like family once we arrived in Atlanta. Boot camp was one of my funniest moments because the experience of being on camera and acting is a job I can see myself doing in the future. We were placed with a great production crew, great Chevy DTU employees and our ambassadors, who told us this would be a trio of a lifetime.

After boot camp, the teams split up; Team Igneous stayed in Atlanta for a month and my Fellows and I headed over to Washington, DC. Before that we stopped in Greensboro, NC where we covered the “Green Book” info at the Magnolia House, which was a story we carried over to Washington, DC as well.

The importance of the story merited a carry-over because not many people know about the importance of the “Green Book” and why it’s necessary that we value and never forget the times when it wasn’t possible for African American people to travel comfortably throughout different states. Our road trips have been a lot of fun, traveling through different cities and just getting the chance to explore is an opportunity a lot of students wish they could have as interns.

Our time at the Washington Informer was my first eye opener to the newspaper industry pertaining to the Black community. DC is filled with a lot of historic landmarks, so the Fellows and I had plenty of sightseeing to conduct.

The Washington Informer’s main focus was to increase our broadcast skills. There the work day consisted of working in front of the camera, doing real world interviews, as well as developing features and TV packages to which we could attach our names. The experience of covering movie premieres, and museums like the National Portrait Gallery and the National Museum of African American History and Culture is an experience none of us will forget.

Ending our time in Washington, DC on a good note and wrapping up the “Green Book” story, we left and headed to Chicago to work with the Chicago Crusader. The drive to Chicago from DC was nearly 13 hours so we made an overnight pit stop in Cleveland, Ohio, a state I’ve never been to before. We then made our way to the third largest city in America, Chicago, Illinois.

Our first day going out into the city was nothing short of delightful. Seeing the major restaurants and hotels that the city is known for, shopping areas, the Bean, the crowds of people on the move, the lake view and of course the feature that makes the city of Chicago, the skyscrapers. We also got to see historic landmarks located around the Chicago Crusader, like former President Obama’s private home, Emmit Till’s house, and other notable monuments.

As we spend a month in Chicago, we want to experience and learn as much as we can about the history of the city. I wish, and I know my Fellows wish to thrive and  progress in this journalism field, and to acquire knowledge for hard news in the Black community and why it’s important that those stories are shared as well.

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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