Whitney Houston once sang a song lyric that said, “I believe the children are our future – teach them well and let them lead the way.” This statement, also considered a charge, may just be one mantra that the Chevrolet Discover the Unexpected program has been built on. I recently sat down for dinner with the Chevrolet team, Media Maven and creative curator Fonzworth Bentley, music aficionado DJ Envy and six HBCU students, who’ve been chosen as DTU fellows, and each received a $10,000 scholarship and a $5,000 stipend, to participate in a 8-week road trip, that includes traveling in the all-new 2019 Chevrolet Blazer, during the program’s kickoff dinner in Atlanta.
The program, which includes a partnership with the National Newspaper Publisher Association, will position the fellows to travel the country to discover and share positive, inspirational and relevant stories from African American communities during their 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 program started with a select number of schools and, based on the overwhelming response, the online submission process was opened to all HBCU students 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. We’re thrilled to meet this year’s group of fellows and immerse them in all things, Chevrolet.”
“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.”
Disc jockey and music producer DJ Envy, a co-host of the syndicated radio show “The Breakfast Club,” will be the program’s national spokesperson. Musician and author Fonzworth Bentley will serve as the fellows’ Road Trip Advisor. Both are HBCU alums — DJ Envy graduated from Virginia’s Hampton University and Bentley is a Morehouse College graduate.
Learn more about the Discover the Unexpected Journalism Fellowship at www.nnpa.org/chevydtu.