On day two of the National Association of Black Journalists’ annual convention, Reuters and the NABJ have announced a partnership that creates two new scholarships for journalism graduate students.
The scholarships, one at the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism and one for NYU’s Business and Economic Reporting graduate program, are open to NABJ members. Reuters and the participating schools will jointly fund the scholarships, which provide more than $40,000 toward tuition and fees and will first be available to students applying for admission for the 2018-2019 school year.
Reuters’ contribution is not solely monetary. Each scholarship recipient will be mentored by a Reuters editor and have the opportunity to participate in training courses available to Reuters journalists, as well as a post-graduate paid summer internship at Reuters.
“NABJ and Reuters collaborative efforts are the result of proactive attempts to positively impact our industry by addressing diversity issues that plague our newsrooms,” said NABJ president Sarah Glover in a statement.
The scholarship program offers three components necessary toward creating newsrooms with diverse voices: access to funding and training, and the opportunity to build connections with those in the industry.
“These scholarships for graduate training at Columbia University and NYU offer us an exciting opportunity to support NABJ members and help promote diversity in journalism, an issue of critical importance to Reuters and to the industry as a whole,” said Reuters editor in chief Stephen J. Adler in a statement.