1619 Project Co-Founder Nikole Hannah Jones has partnered with The 19th to launch a fellowship for recent HBCU graduates. Funded by Michelle Mercer and Bruce Golden, the $3.8 million program will provide mid-career and recent HBCU graduates will year-long, paid fellowships in the following areas:
- Audience Engagement
- Newsroom Technology
In addition to work experience, benefits and a full-time salary, fellows will also receive support from Nikole Hannah-Jones.
“I have not typically supported newsroom fellowships because I have not felt that news organizations have demonstrated a real commitment to using these fellowships to make lasting change in the industry by ensuring fellows get the support, experience, guidance, and assistance necessary to turn fellowships into full-time reporting jobs,” Jones told Diverse Education.
“But this fellowship is unlike any I have seen in the industry. That is why I am so excited to support this work, which aligns with the goals of the Center for Journalism and Democracy that I am building at Howard University.”
Applications for the fellowship program will open in the spring of 2022 and the first class of fellows will begin work in September.