UNITY 2017 Fellowship applications open through March 10

Posted by UNITY: Journalists for Diversity on 02/22/2017

For the fourth consecutive year, a college student dedicated to both journalism and diversity will have the opportunity to attend four different minority media conventions in four cities. The hosts will be the Asian-American Journalists Association - AAJA (Philadelphia), the National Lesbian and Gay Journalism Association - NLGJA (Philadelphia), the Native American Journalists Association – NAJA, the National Association of Hispanic Journalists – NAHJ (combined convention with SPJ and RTDNA - Anaheim), and the National Association of Black Journalists – NABJ (New Orleans). Travel and hotel accommodations will be covered.

The UNITY fellow will contribute to press coverage of each convention and receive training and mentorship opportunities. He or she will also have access to job fairs, workshops and special events at each convention.

“At a time when diversity in our newsrooms is as important as ever, this fellowship offers an aspiring young journalist a unique opportunity to learn from a variety of voices and cultures,” UNITY Board Member Graham Lee Brewer said. “The lessons learned through this fellowship could greatly inform the recipient’s future work.”

Previous recipients are: 2014 Fellow: Melanie Balakit; 2015 Fellows: Raji Ramanathan and Ben Bartenstein and 2016 Fellow: Charlie Kadado.

“The UNITY fellowship was an incredible opportunity to attend and connect with every organization for journalists of color in one summer,” said Kadado. I learned more about the industry, its future and job prospects in two months than in four years of schooling.”

Applications for this award are due March 10, 2017. For questions, contact Eloiza Altoro, UNITY executive director at [email protected]. For more information and to apply please visit http://bit.ly/2lM3OaW.


UNITY Journalists for Diversity is a strategic alliance that:

Advocates fair and accurate coverage about diversity — especially race, nationality, ethnicity, gender identity and sexual orientation.

Aggressively challenges that industry to staff its organizations at all levels to reflect the country’s diversity.

The UNITY board is made up of representatives from the Asian American Journalists Association, the Native American Journalists Association, and NLGJA: The Association of LGBT Journalists.