U.S. newsrooms often don’t reflect the diversity of the audiences they cover. A 2019 survey by the American Society of News Editors estimates that less than a quarter of newsroom employees identify themselves as a person of color, compared to the U.S. population, which is 24 percent POC. The percentage is even smaller for newsroom leadership.
To help address the problem, the Google News Initiative, in partnership with the National Newspapers Publishers Association, the National Association of Hispanic Publishers, and Association of Alternative Newsmedia, has launched the Google News Initiative Student Fellowship program to support the development of students of color interested in careers at the intersection of technology, media, and journalism.
The program seeks to address the barriers of access to early-career opportunities that many students of color face and support investigative journalism, technological innovation, and digital transformation in local newsrooms serving diverse and underrepresented populations.
Host organizations for the ten-week term that will run from September to December include the Eugene Weekly (Eugene, Oregon), Houston Press (Houston, Texas), Isthmus (Madison, Wisconsin), alDia En America (Lexington, Kentucky), La Noiticia (Charlotte, North Carolina), Vida Newspaper (Ventura County, California), Washington Informer (Washington, D.C.), Omaha Star, (Omaha, Nebraska), and National Newspaper Publishers Association Newsroom (Washington, D.C.).
To be eligible, applicants must be at least 18 years of age as of January 1, 2020; enrolled in an accredited college or university as of January 1, 2020, or graduated from an accredited university within the last twelve months; eligible to work in the United States of America and able to work remotely if required by the host newsroom; and able to demonstrate financial need.
See the Google News Initiative website for additional information.