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Chevrolet taps Fonzworth Bentley and DJ Envy to mentor HBCU journalism students

The 2019 Chevrolet Discover the Unexpected Advisor Fonzworth Bentley (left) and Ambassador DJ Envy with the all-new 2019 Chevrolet Blazer. (Photo credit: Carol H Williams Agency)

Chevrolet and the National Newspaper Publishers Association selected six students from Historically Black Colleges and Universities for the 2019 Discover the
Unexpected Journalism Fellowship. Deejay and music producer DJ Envy, co-host of the syndicated radio show “The Breakfast Club,” will be the program’s national spokesperson. Musician and author Fonzworth Bentley will serve as the fellows’ road trip advisor.

Both are HBCU alums. DJ Envy graduated from Virginia’s Hampton University, and Bentley is a Morehouse College graduate.

“The NNPA is excited to partner with Chevrolet for another year in support of young journalists to amplify community voices across our country,” said NNPA President and CEO Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis Jr. “Having these young journalists in our newsrooms working side by side with our editors and writers is inspiring, and we are committed to including young storytellers’ voices in our reporting.”

The 2019 DTU Journalism Fellows are: Tedarius Abrams (Bethune-Cookman), Tyla
Barnes (Hampton University), Elae Hill (North Carolina A&T), Miana Massey (Howard
University), Emani Nichols (Morehouse College) and Sharon Joy Washington (Florida

DTU fellows will work with the Atlanta Voice, Chicago Crusader, Houston Forward Times and The Washington Informer. The fellows’ journey begins in Atlanta, where they’ll participate in two days of journalism training with Chevrolet and NNPA leadership before they hit the road to begin their reporting assignments. Their stories will be featured on the NNPA website ( throughout the summer.

You can learn more about the Discover the Unexpected Journalism Fellowship at