Newsrooms want to diversify. These programs can help

At a time when diversity in education is under attack, a slew of new apprenticeships are providing pathways for young journalists of color to step into the profession


Dow Jones, in collaboration with Columbia University’s journalism school, started a program in the spring it calls the HBCU Media Collective to train journalism students from historically Black colleges and university in covering financial news. The Wall Street Journal last year launched a one-year finance reporting fellowship in collaboration with the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, or NAHJ, and City University of New York’s Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism. 

NBC News and others are cultivating talent from historically Black, Hispanic-serving, and tribal colleges and universities. Politico founding publisher Robert Allbritton this year committed $20 million to fund the Allbritton Journalism Institute, which, while not aimed solely at aspiring journalists from underrepresented groups, promises to train young people “from a wide variety of backgrounds and perspectives” who will get a $60,000-a-year stipend to cover government and politics for two years. 

Also just last year The New York Times Company revamped and renamed its training program for aspiring journalists of color or who are from low-income families.

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