As part of its commitment to our student members and aspiring journalists, NABJ provides the following services as part of its Student Education Enrichment and Development (SEED) Program.
Student MembershipAll NABJ student programs require membership to participate. For only $40 per year, students receive access to:
- Scholarships, Internships, and Multimedia programs
- Members-only web access, including the online membership directory
- Free subscriptions to NABJ E-News and NABJ Journal
- Discounts to the annual Convention and Career Fair, Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, Salute to Excellence Gala, Media Institutes, media regional conferences
- Award recipients and program participants receive recognition on NABJ's website and in the NABJ Convention program book
- Access to NABJobs Online
- Networking access to professional journalists
To join the NABJ student listserve and receive the nabj studentinformer e-newsletter, email NABJ Student Representative Wesley Lowery at email@example.com.
CLICK HERE TO DONATE TO NABJ SEED PROGRAMS! NABJ SEED Donation Booklet
NABJ awards scholarships annually
to deserving high school and college students interested in pursuing journalism
careers. Over the last decade, NABJ has
awarded more than a half a million dollars to students studying broadcast, print,
and online journalism; photography; graphic design; and communications.
NABJ’s scholarships are up to
$2,500 each and are named in honor of NABJ Founders DeWayne Wickham, Les Payne,
and Maureen Bunyan; and Past President Merv Aubespin. Scholarships are also named in honor of
pioneer Carole Simpson, late journalists Larry Whiteside and Allison Fisher,
and NABJ’s Visual Task Force.
Applications are available online
via NABJ’s website every fall and scholarships are awarded in the spring. NABJ Scholarships »
NABJ offers summer internships
annually to college students interested in pursuing a career in
journalism. Students gain hands-on
training in reporting, editing, photography, graphic design, video production,
and public relations at various U.S. news organizations. Past internships sites
include NBCUniversal, CBS, NPR, The Associated Press, and Bloomberg News.
Students can apply for internships
online via NABJ’s website during the fall semester. Winners are selected and notified of their
internship placement sites in the spring.
Download the Intern Booklet compiled by NABJ Regional Director Elliott Lewis to make the most of your NABJ or industry internship.
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NABJ Student Multimedia Project
NABJ offers students an
expenses-paid fellowship to work in a fully operational newsroom to cover
NABJ’s annual convention and local stories in the host city.
During the week-long program,
students work alongside professional journalists and public relations experts
to produce daily television newscasts and newspapers; create and maintain the
convention website; and coordinate and manage corporate communications for
workshops, special events and NABJ’s sponsors.
Five students are selected for each
of the following program area: print, TV reporting, TV production, graphic
design, photography, multimedia, copy desk, and public relations. Mentors are selected based on their
experience and availability. Students
and mentors can apply online via NABJ’s website. Winners are selected and notified annually in
NABJ Student Multimedia Project »
NABJ offers print and broadcast short course to journalism students on the campuses of historically black colleges or on college campuses with a large African-American student enrollment.
NABJ JSHOP (High School Journalism Workshop)
NABJ’s JSHOP is a four-day workshop
for local high school students in the host city of NABJ’s annual convention.
The program provides interactive
learning opportunities through lectures, presentations, hands-on training and
field trips. The students learn
journalism fundamentals for newsgathering, writing, photography, video
production, radio, graphic design, editing, and social media. Professional
journalists, educators, and journalism college students provide mentorship and
Successful applicants possess an
interest in pursuing a career in journalism.
Applications are available online via NABJ’s website. Winners are selected and notified annually in
NABJ JSHOP »
Student Multimedia Short Courses
The short courses are taught by teams of professional journalists who provide students with information about careers in the industry, training in writing, reporting and editing, and tips on job interviews and landing the first job or internship.
The NABJ Career Mentoring Program matches students and new professionals with dedicated members wanting to ensure that the next generation of black journalists thrives in the newsroom. This year-long process will help young journalists understand the proper protocol and the culture of the newsroom. It will also give them the chance to listen to people who have already gone through what they will have to face and that can help guide them through the proper channels for their professional expectations.
Student Career Mentoring Program
A new mentor program will be coming soon. In the meantime, student members are encouraged to access the NABJ member database to reach out to professional members. You can search for members by area, company, and job title. We encourage students to send introductory emails to members stating your name, school, and what specific questions you have about career paths or the journalism industry.
The Sports Journalism Institute is a nine-week training and internship program for college students interested in sports journalism careers. The Institute is designed to attract talented students to print journalism through opportunities in sports reporting and editing and to enhance racial and gender diversity in sports departments of newspapers nationwide.
Sports Journalism Institute
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For more information about S.E.E.D. Programs, contact Tiane Johnson, Program Manager, at 301-405-2573 or firstname.lastname@example.org.