2017 UNITY Reporting Fellow logoThis is a rare opportunity for college students to develop immersive multimedia and reporting skills from all over the country. The fellowship is designed to simulate convergence journalism, technology and cross-cultural communications. It will also provide recipients a chance to apply for positions and internships at some of the country’s best represented job fairs.

One UNITY fellow will be selected to cover the AAJA, NABJ, NAHJ, NAJA and NLGJA conventions, with travel and hotel accommodations provided. The student fellow will participate in convention and student training that will include topics such as interviewing, multimedia, ethics, and visual and audio techniques. The student fellow will also be given convention assignments to cover issues related to the journalism industry. A group of skilled journalists and media professionals will also be selected to act as mentors and guide the UNITY fellow as they report on each convention.

Deadline midnight (EST) March 10, 2017


  • Applicants must have a strong commitment to UNITY’s mission.

UNITY Journalists for Diversity, Inc. was founded in 1994 and incorporated in 1998 as a nonprofit 501(c)3 strategic alliance that:

Advocates fair and accurate coverage about diversity, especially race, nationality, ethnicity, gender identity and sexual orientation.

Aggressively challenges the industry to staff its organizations at all levels to reflect the country’s diversity.

  • Applicants must be enrolled as a full-time college or graduate student or recent graduate (within one year) with a major or degree in journalism or related field and a serious interest in pursuing journalism as a career.
  • Applicants must be 18 years of age or older.
  • AAJA, NLGJA and NAJA membership is not required to apply; however, accepted students will have to sign up for a student membership in at least one of the UNITY alliance organizations.
  • Applicants must be available for all conventions during:
    • AAJA convention in Philadelphia from July 26-29
    • NAJA and NAHJ conventions in Anaheim from Sept. 7-9
    • NLGJA convention in Philadelphia from Sept. 7-10
    • NABJ convention in New Orleans Aug. 9-13


  • Recent unofficial college transcript (PDF or JPG only)
  • Average GPA: 3.0 or higher
  • Two letters of recommendation from a journalism professional, a supervisor at a journalism internship, a journalism publication advisor or college professor (PDF only)
  • An essay answering the following questions below: (500 words limit)

○ What does diversity mean to you?

○ Why do you want to pursue a career in journalism?

○ What role does diversity play in the field of journalism?

  • Two (2) best work samples

○ Please provide links to your work or upload a PDF.

Application Timeline

  • Application deadline – March 10, 2017
  • Review of applications – March 13-17, 2017
  • Decision deadline – March 24, 2017
  • All applicants will be notified of results by – March 27, 2017

For questions, please contact Eloiza Altoro, Executive Director at executive@unityjournalists.org or 414-335-1478.

The deadline to apply for the 2017 fellowship has passed.

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