Reuters has announced the recipients of three Reuters-National Association of Black Journalists scholarships — Doyinsola Oladipo, Joyce Philippe and India Walton for graduate journalism programs at New York University, Columbia University and Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, respectively.
As part of the scholarship, students will receive a value of more than $40,000 in tuition and credits for the 2020-2021 academic year funded by Reuters and the universities while also receiving training opportunities by Reuters newsroom, including access to mentoring by Reuters editors.
Oladipo has worked as a video production intern at Breakthrough, U.S. Human Rights Group and has also served as social media audience engagement intern at CultureBanx. She was also a “Voices of Color video” writing fellow at Insider and held the post of litigation legal assistant at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP. Additionally, she was also a summer intern in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor at U.S. Department of State. Currently, Oladipo is enrolled in a master’s degree program, business and economic reporting at New York University.
Philippe is a graduate student at the Columbia University School of Journalism and was previously working as a news reporter and fill-in anchor at WLOX-TV. Before that, she was a digital content producer at WLOX-TV. Additionally, Philippe is also an active member of the National Association of Black Journalists and the Online News Association.
Walton is a master’s candidate at Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism and is a recent bachelor’s degree graduate of Dillard University. During her time there, she interned with the New Orleans City Council and for the Committee on Homeland Security. She was also editor-in-chief of her university’s newspaper, The Courtbouillon.
Stephen J. Adler, editor-in-chief Reuters, said:
“Building diverse and inclusive newsrooms within our organization and throughout the news industry is critical to Reuters, as we aim to better reflect the world we cover. Continuing our work with NABJ enables us to deepen our commitment to supporting the next wave of journalists and, together, to create a more diverse news industry.”
NABJ president Dorothy Tucker added:
“NABJ is excited about our partnership with Reuters, an organization that understands our mission and the role our 45-year-old organization plays in helping our media organizations find the most qualified talent to deliver news to the world. We also congratulate Doyinsola, Joyce and India for their achievements that garnered these scholarships. We are extremely proud of them. They represent the future of newsrooms, a future we are hopeful will reflect the communities they serve. Our scholarship winners will help us achieve the parity we are seeking in America’s newsrooms.”