NEW YORK, August 10, 2017 – Reuters, the world’s largest international multimedia news provider, announced today the launch of two new scholarships in partnership with the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ), for graduate journalism programs at Columbia University and New York University. Each scholarship, funded by Reuters and the universities and valued at more than $40,000 in tuition and credits, will be open to all NABJ members applying to Columbia Graduate School of Journalism and NYU’s Business and Economic Reporting graduate program. The scholarship program will begin with applications for the 2018-2019 school year.
In addition to the monetary benefits, the recipients of the Reuters-NABJ scholarships will receive on-site training in the Reuters New York newsroom, access to mentoring by Reuters editors and the option to intern at Reuters upon graduation.
“These scholarships for graduate training at Columbia University and NYU offer us an exciting opportunity to support NABJ members and help promote diversity in journalism, an issue of critical importance to Reuters and to the industry as a whole,” said Reuters Editor-in-Chief Stephen J. Adler. “We are proud to build upon our relationship with NABJ to help members continue their education and to provide Reuters training resources to further develop their journalism skills.”
"NABJ and Reuters collaborative efforts are the result of proactive attempts to positively impact our industry by addressing diversity issues that plague our newsrooms,” said NABJ President Sarah Glover. “The tuition benefits offered are significant and NABJ is excited to facilitate yet another opportunity for our members to become better journalists. Like NABJ, Columbia University and NYU understand the invaluable instruction that must occur in the classroom and Reuters provides the training and mentorship that breeds success and quality journalism.”
"American newsrooms are not as diverse as their audiences, a serious problem for journalism, and the challenge is especially severe in business journalism,” said Steve Coll, dean of Columbia Journalism School. “This scholarship program is a model of how partnerships between publishers and educators can advance a more inclusive profession. We are grateful to be a part of it and excited for the NABJ members who will benefit."
“The Reuters scholarships will help increase diversity among reporters and editors,” said Stephen D. Solomon, director of NYU’s Business and Economic Reporting program. “The result will be wider perspective in the coverage of important news events and greater insight into how these events affect the daily lives of people.”
To qualify for the Reuters-NABJ scholarships, candidates must be NABJ members and meet the requirements for admission to the university to which they are applying. The scholarship recipients will be selected by the universities. Potential applicants can find out more about the programs by visiting https://journalism.columbia.edu/programs and https://journalism.nyu.edu/graduate/programs/business-and-economic-repor....