For Immediate Release
Eric Davis, Marketing & Communications Director
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Program offers on-campus Training and Education to Universities and Colleges across the country
Initiative Includes Scholarships, Journalism Program Funding, and Access to World-Class NBCU News Group Journalists - 
Creating Pathways for Diverse Storytellers

SANTA FE, N.M: January 14, 2021

IAIA has been selected by NBCUniversal News Group to be a part of the initial group of institutions to participate in the launch of NBCU Academy.

NBCUniversal News Group recently launched NBCU Academy, a new, innovative, multi-platform journalism training and development program for four-year university and college students through education, on-campus training, and online programming. The initiative includes a curated onsite curriculum for hands-on learning experience with world-class NBCU News Group journalists, funding for accredited journalism programs, and scholarships.
In keeping with Comcast and NBCU News Group's commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, the multi-year partnership involves 17 academic partners including Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Hispanic-Serving Institutions and colleges with significant Latino, Asian American and Pacific Islander, Black, Indigenous, and tribal populations - reaching students from underrepresented groups including those from diverse racial, ethnic, sexual orientation, gender identity, ability, economic, and geographic backgrounds.

"Creating an inclusive culture for journalism that represents the communities we serve is at the very core of what we do," said NBCU News Group Chairman Cesar Conde. "Through NBCU Academy, we have the opportunity to widen our extraordinary legacy by building on-ramps for a talented generation of journalists and storytellers who, for so long, may have been overlooked."
NBCU Academy will invest a total of $6.5 million to the initiative, including scholarships worth $3.5 million over the next two years. In addition to providing equipment and collaborating with professors to develop seminar courses, NBCU News Group journalists, executives, and management from editorial and production teams across NBC News, MSNBC, CNBC, and Telemundo will participate as guest lecturers to provide real-world insight and mentorship
Academic partners include:
·         Borough of Manhattan Community College in New York, NY
·         California State University, Fullerton in Fullerton, CA 
·         Claflin University in Orangeburg, SC 
·         Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta, GA
·         Dallas College in Dallas, TX 
·         El Camino College in Torrance, CA 
·         Florida International University in Miami, FL 
·         Hampton University in Hampton, VA 
·         Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, NM 
·         Miami Dade College in Miami, FL 
·         Morgan State University in Baltimore, MD
·         North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro, NC 
·         Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College in Orangeburg, SC 
·         The City College of New York in New York, NY 
·         University of North Texas in Denton, TX
·         University of Texas at El Paso in El Paso, TX 
·         Xavier University of Louisiana in New Orleans, LA 
NBCU Academy builds on the foundation of NBC University, which NBC News launched nearly a decade ago as a training program for young journalism professionals at diversity journalism conferences and conventions -- including at the Asian American Journalists Association, The National Association of Black Journalists, The National Association of Hispanic Journalists, The National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association, the Native American Journalists Association, the Online News Association, and many more. NBCU Academy is an expansion of that initiative, offering new institutional partnerships
In June 2020, Comcast NBCUniversal announced a multi-year $100-million commitment to help address systemic racism and inequality. NBCU Academy is part of that pledge and focuses on providing tools, resources, and platforms for young, underrepresented voices. In July 2020, NBCU News Group announced the Fifty Percent Challenge Initiative, an aggressive action plan to turn the NBCU News Group employee base to be 50% women and 50% people of color.


IAIA President Dr. Robert Martin (Cherokee) commented: "We welcome this opportunity to partner with NBCU Academy to increase Indigenous storytelling in mainstream journalism. Storytelling is an integral part of Indigenous communities but is often missing in media or clichéd when told by non-Indigenous journalists.   This collaboration will benefit IAIA students by providing access to scholarships, internships, equipment, courses, and NBC mentors with real-word experience in the field."

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