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Student Services

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 Membership

All 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 Khorri Atkinson at




NABJ SEED Donation Booklet




NABJ Scholarships

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 Internships


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.


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 the spring.


NABJ Student Multimedia Project »

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 supervision.


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 the spring.




Student Multimedia Short Courses

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.

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.

  • Florida A&M University Multimedia Short Course

Student Career Mentoring Program

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.

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.

Sports Journalism Institute

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.


For more information about S.E.E.D. Programs, contact Scott Berry at 301-405-7520 or

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