In an effort to bolster journalism education to historically underrepresented groups, NBCUniversal said Thursday it is partnering with 17 historically Black colleges and universities, Hispanic-serving institutions and colleges with significant Latino, Asian, Black, Indigenous and tribal populations through its NBCU Academy.
The program promises to offer students from diverse racial and economic backgrounds a broad scope of on-campus training, online programs, scholarships and opportunities for interaction with NBC News Group journalists.
NBCUniversal is investing $6.5 million in the initiative, including scholarships worth $3.5 million over the next two years, according to the company.
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"Creating an inclusive culture for journalism that represents the communities we serve is at the very core of what we do," NBCU News Group Chairman Cesar Conde said in a statement. "Through NBCU Academy, we have the opportunity to widen our extraordinary legacy by building on-ramps for a talented generation of journalists and storytellers who — for so long — may have been overlooked."
The schools participating in the program are:
- Borough of Manhattan Community College in New York
- California State University, Fullerton
- Claflin University in Orangeburg, South Carolina
- Clark Atlanta University
- Dallas College in Dallas
- El Camino College in Torrance, California
- Florida International University in Miami
- Hampton University in Hampton, Virginia
- Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico
- Miami Dade College in Miami
- Morgan State University in Baltimore
- North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro
- Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College in Orangeburg, South Carolina
- City College of New York
- University of North Texas in Denton
- University of Texas at El Paso
- Xavier University of Louisiana in New Orleans
The program will provide equipment and collaborate with professors to develop the courses.
Additionally, NBCU News Group journalists, executives and management from editorial and production teams across NBC News, MSNBC, CNBC and Telemundo News will participate as guest lecturers to provide real-world insight and mentorship, according to a statement.
In June, Comcast NBCUniversal announced a multi-year $100 million pledge to help address systemic racism and inequality.
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