NBCUniversal does its part to support historically black colleges and universities. The entertainment and media company announced that it will partner with a number of educational institutions to create the NBCU academy.
The new program provides training and development workshops for students, the opportunity to work with established journalists from NBC News, and funds journalism grants.
The initiative represents a $ 6.5 million investment each for universities like Clark Atlanta and Morgan State, and is part of the parent company's $ 100 million commitment to racial injustice and social change, launched earlier this year as a Response was taken to the police shooting of unarmed black civilians.
"Creating an inclusive culture for journalism that represents the communities we serve is at the heart of what we do," said Cesar Conde, chairman of NBCU News Group, in the statement. "The NBCU Academy gives us an opportunity to expand our extraordinary legacy by building ramps for a talented generation of journalists and storytellers who – for so long – may have been overlooked."
The participating universities and colleges are:
- Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta, GA
- Manhattan neighborhood community University in New York, NY
- California State University, Fullerton in the Fullerton, CA.
- Claflin University in Orangeburg, SC
- Dallas College in the Dallas, TX
- El Camino College in the Torrance, CA.
- Florida International University in the Miami, Florida
- Hampton University in the Hampton, VA
- Institute for Indian Art in the Santa Fe, NM
- Miami Dade University in Miami, Florida
- Morgan State University in the Baltimore, MD
- North Carolina A&T State University in the Greensboro, NC
- Orangeburg-Calhoun University of Technology in the Orangeburg, SC
- The City College of New York in the New York, NY
- University of North Texas in the Denton, TX
- University of Texas at El Paso in the El Paso, TX
- Xavier University of Louisiana in the New Orleans, LA
"We appreciate investing in Morgan State University," DeWayne Wickham, dean of the Morgan State School of Global Journalism and Communication, said in a press release.
“The NBCU Academy is a diversity of newsrooms commitment, putting your money where your mouth is. It is a substantial partnership that strengthens our faculty and improves our students' ability to enter the journalism profession, which is heavily endowed with the skills they need to be successful. "
“Words cannot express how grateful we are to be selected to offer our students to a world class initiative like NBCU Academy Clark Atlanta University"Said Dr. George T. French Jr., President of Clark Atlanta University in a written statement. "Such a partnership will support our vision of producing the most skilled, experienced, and globally competitive students who not only enter, but excel in the journalism and communications industries."
– Additional coverage from Cedric "BIG CED" Thornton