Newsrooms at HBCUs to Receive $200,000 to Boost Journalism

( – Ten student newsrooms at Historically Black Colleges and Universities will receive two hundred thousand dollars. The grants, which were given by the Center for Journalism & Democracy at Howard University via its Newsroom Innovation Challenge, will help to improve campus newsroom technology, business operations, engagement, and reporting.

Nikole Hannah-Jones, the center’s founder said “HBCU student newsrooms brim with talent, but often lack the resources needed to give students access to the cutting-edge technology and operational support that so many of their peers at predominately white institutions have.”

The money will also help to pay stipends to student journalists as many of them are not able to volunteer at their campus because they have to work jobs that pay them.

The schools will all receive money from four thousand dollars to almost thirty thousand dollars and a one-time technology award. These newsrooms will be given the opportunity to hire contributing writers as well as expand the newsroom teams to include a faculty advisor, a student staff member, and two other students responsible for implementing growth plans.

Among the awarded colleges are Howard University’s Hilltop and HU News Service as well as the University of the District of Columbia, Morehouse College, Morgan State University, Florida A&M University, North Carolina A&T University, North Carolina Central University, Savannah State University and Texas Southern University.

The Trilogy, the campus paper from the University of the District of Columbia, has not been published in over ten years, but with the grants received by the Center for Journalism and Democracy, they’re bringing it back.

This newsroom Innovation Challenge was announced just after the Knight Science Journalism Program at MIT announced its HBCU Science Journalism Fellowship, which includes ten different journalists across multiple colleges.

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