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The University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill is partnering with its local television station, WRAL-TV, on a fellowship program to encourage diversity within broadcast journalism. In its first year, the fellowship will run from March 13 to 17, and the deadline for applicants has been extended to January 25.
Dr. C.A. Tuggle, Reese Felts Distinguished Professor and head of the electronic communication specialization at UNC-Chapel Hill said WRAL general manager Steve Hammel initially approached the school after working with a similar program at Arizona State University.
“Lots of people are of the opinion that local television news quite often does not reflect visually the makeup of the market,” Tuggle told Madame Noire. “Local TV news as a whole has been talking for 10 years or more about how we need to develop more diversity in the ranks of news reporters, news anchors, news managers and more. This is a way to do that. If we can get an idea of who these students are, we can track their careers and build a pipeline.”
Students can apply if they are a graduating senior or a graduate student finishing his or her program this year at any college or university. The deadline was originally December 31, but due to the holidays, the program decided to extend the application period. Tuggle said that has been fruitful, and since early January, they have seen interest from students not only from UNC, but also Texas, Kentucky, and even abroad.
During the five-day intensive, 10 to 15 students will work with UNC professors and WRAL employees to learn more about what to expect upon entering the industry full-time and will gain on hands-on reporting experience. Because students should already be versed in the industry, as they are graduating this year, the program will mostly work to help them get polished up to head out into the workforce.
“On the resume reels sent to potential employers, they typically want to see three solid stories, so the main goal is to help the students develop their first story,” Tuggle said. “One that really shines and can be a selling point for the job applicant.”
Tuggle also highlighted the importance of reaching students as young as high school age, teaching them about journalism and working to build a diverse industry. This is the first year of UNC-WRAL program, so hopefully it will continue to grow and inspire other groups to work to increase diversity in broadcast journalism.
The University of California and black colleges are creating a pathway for black students to attend business school. Called the UC Summer Institute for Emerging Managers and Leaders, the program is geared to boost minority attendance in its graduate business programs.
The all-expensive paid fellowship program is a two week program for two consecutive years. While students from all majors at historically black colleges and universities are welcome to apply, they must possess and interest and experience in business. Participants meet with some of the leading CEOs and CFOs in the nation and take summer classes dealing with business development and entrepreneurship as network with their peers. At the end of the second program session, the students will receive a Certificate of Completion as an emerging manager and leader in business.
The LA Times reports that UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business will host the inaugural round of students. This summer the 25 selected students will visit UC Berkeley and five other UC campuses. The $125,000 budget for the fellowship was sponsored by Anthem Blue cross and Wells Fargo, as well as donations from other corporate and private entities. Fundraising for next year’s session has already begun.
The deadline for the summer program is March 30. More information can be found on UC’s website.