HBCU Journalism Project

This fall, BNC and BNC GO launched a unique program designed to give journalism students at HBCUs across the country an opportunity to engage directly with BNC journalists and media professionals. 

We reached out to every HBCU in the country that offers a bachelor’s degree in journalism or communications with a concentration in journalism, and asked each school to nominate one standout student journalist to participate in the project. 

BNC then conducted a Virtual Media Day where the students’ questions were presented to a panel of BNC hosts, that included Charles M. Blow, Nayyera Haq, Jimmy Marlow and Michelle Fisher.

Following the event, each student was given 10 days to write and publish an original story in their on-campus student newspaper about topics that were discussed during the Virtual Media Day. Those topics included:

  • The Future of Black Journalism in America
  • Cable vs. Streaming vs. Social: Where is News Best Consumed?
  • The Rising Tide of Black and Brown Women in U.S. Media Leadership Positions
  • Journalism’s Influence on Race Relations in America

BNC’s Editorial Committee evaluated each article and selected eight finalists to advance and have their work showcased on BNC’s website, where visitors can cast their vote for their favorite story. The voting period will last from November 24 – December 1. Following voting, the finalists will then present their work to BNC’s Executive Panel, which will include members of senior leadership. Based on the panel’s recommendation, four students will be offered paid internships at BNC to take place during the summer of 2022! 

Through the HBCU Journalism Project, BNC hopes to motivate and uplift the next generation of Black journalists in the U.S.