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The 2017 “Discover the Unexpected” Atlanta Fellows. (From left to right) Jordan Fisher, Clark Atlanta University; Kelsey Jones, Spelman College; Darrell Williams, Morehouse College; Tiana Hunt, Clark Atlanta University; Ayron Lewallan, Morehouse College and; Taylor Burris, Spelman College.

Chevrolet is putting more students in the driver’s seat with the expansion of its Discover the Unexpected (DTU) fellowship program. Now in its second year, DTU provides college students from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) the opportunity to change the narrative of media reporting in the African American community with the help of the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA).

The eight 2017 DTU Fellowship Program students are: Taylor Burris of Spelman College, Darrell Williams of Morehouse College, Jordan Fisher of Clark Atlanta University, Tiana Hunt of Clark Atlanta University, Kelsey Jones of Spelman College, Ayron Lewallen of Morehouse College, Noni Marshall of Howard University and Alexa Imani Spencer of Howard University.

The official launch of the 2017 “Discover the Unexpected” Fellowship Program in Atlanta, GA. (From left to right) Chevrolet Diversity Marketing Manager, Michelle Alexander; Emcee-Songwriter, Philanthropist, Actress & DTU Ambassador and Spokesperson, MC Lyte; National Newspapers Publishers Association (NNPA) President and CEO, Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis Jr. and; Clark Atlanta University School of Arts and Sciences, Dean Danille K. Taylor, Ph.D. (Courtesy)

The official launch of the 2017 “Discover the Unexpected” Fellowship Program in Atlanta, GA. (From left to right) Chevrolet Diversity Marketing Manager, Michelle Alexander; Emcee-Songwriter, Philanthropist, Actress & DTU Ambassador and Spokesperson, MC Lyte; National Newspapers Publishers Association (NNPA) President and CEO, Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis Jr. and; Clark Atlanta University School of Arts and Sciences, Dean Danille K. Taylor, Ph.D. (Courtesy)

Students will work in partnership with NNPA member papers in Washington D.C., Atlanta, New Orleans and Raleigh.

“Last year we were honored to launch the DTU fellowship program at Howard University and meet a group of very talented journalism students,” said U.S. Vice President of Chevrolet Marketing Paul Edwards. “Their enthusiasm, insight and determination made the selection process extremely difficult. We’re excited to send more trailblazers on the road to highlight the positive, inspire hope and document the legacy of African American voices for generations to come.”

The 2017 “Discover the Unexpected” Howard University Fellows. (From left to right) Alexa Imani Spencer, Howard University; National Newspapers Publishers Association (NNPA) President and CEO, Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis Jr. and; Noni Marshall, Howard University. (Courtesy)

The 2017 “Discover the Unexpected” Howard University Fellows. (From left to right) Alexa Imani Spencer, Howard University; National Newspapers Publishers Association (NNPA) President and CEO, Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis Jr. and; Noni Marshall, Howard University. (Courtesy)

This year, DTU fellows will work with editors and reporters from the Washington Informer, Atlanta Voice, Louisiana Weekly and The Carolinian.

“The NNPA is looking forward to welcoming the next group of fellows to the program,” said NNPA President and CEO Dr. Ben Chavis Jr. “Our 2016 fellows showed that despite the negative perceptions seen in the media, there are also beautiful and powerful stories in African American neighborhoods across the country. Our 2017 Fellows will continue sharing stories of community advocates, making impactful and lasting changes on a local and global level.”

The fellowship program is open to communications, mass media, and visual arts students. A panel of judges consisting of NNPA and AUCC staff will conduct on-site interviews during the program’s AUCC launch.

Chevrolet will award eight $10,000 scholarships to each fellow and provide a stipend to defray the costs of traveling to and from school as they report on their stories. In addition to the financial investment, Chevrolet will provide each fellowship team access to the Next Generation 2018 Chevrolet Equinox during their reporting assignments.

Legendary lyricist and hip hop pioneer MC Lyte will return as the program’s national spokesperson and will be on-hand to kick-off the launch in Atlanta.

Information about the Discover the Unexpected Fellowship Program can be found at
www.nnpa.org/dtu.

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