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Forbes launches fellowship program for HBCU students

December 16, 2020

Posted by Chris Roush

Forbes announced Wednesday a new fellowship program for journalism students at historically black colleges and universities.

The Forbes Fellowship for Business Journalism was created as a step toward realizing this ideal, focusing on preparing and supporting emerging black journalists and journalists of color from HBCUs interested in business journalism.

This paid fellowship offers workshops and mentoring programs, leading up to 8-12 weeks (June – August) of real-world experience working in the Forbes newsroom.

While students are completing their spring semester, the Fellowship program will begin in March with 6 (virtual) workshops. Led by members of the Forbes Editorial staff, workshops will cover important elements of business journalism—instilling confidence and competence so fellows will flourish in our newsroom.

The fellows will be assigned to a beat (business, education, innovation, lifestyle, money, etc.) and a mentoring editor within that beat with whom they will work closely throughout the summer. They will receive support and mentorship to meet professional goals, accelerate their learning, and hone writing and storytelling skills. Newsroom responsibilities will include: pitching and writing on Forbes.com, conducting research related to list rankings, fact-checking stories, and researching emerging trends, among other responsibilities.

As a final project, each Forbes Fellow will submit an original piece of business journalism in Fall 2021, which could (but is not required to) cover a topic that is important/relevant to an under-represented population, a topic that receives inadequate coverage in the media or a topic that— even if regularly covered—could benefit from greater diverse perspectives. (Pieces may be published in an anthology of works on the topic).

To apply, go here.

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