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Medill journalism master’s student India Walton selected as inaugural Reuters-NABJ fellowship recipient

Fellowship provides monetary, mentoring and career benefits

India Walton poses in front of the Capitol building
Inaugural Reuters-NABJ fellowship recipient India Walton (MSJ21)

Medill, in partnership with Reuters and the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) announced the awarding of a fellowship to India Walton (MSJ21) of Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications.

Walton will receive more than $40,000 in tuition and credits for the 2020-2021 academic year funded by Reuters and Medill as well as a three-month summer internship at Reuters in New York. Additionally, Walton will have opportunities to be mentored by Reuters editors during her time at Medill.

“I’m so grateful for this fellowship and for the opportunities that come with it,” said Walton. “It’s my hope that it will help me in my mission to inspire young women of color.”

Walton is currently a master’s candidate at the Medill School, specializing in Politics, Policy and Foreign Affairs. She is a recent alumna of Dillard University where she graduated Summa Cum Laude with her Bachelor of Arts in mass communication with a concentration in multimedia journalism and a minor in English.

In her time at Dillard, Walton interned with the New Orleans City Council under Council President Helena Moreno and for the Committee on Homeland Security under U.S. Rep. Bennie G. Thompson. She was editor-in-chief of her university’s newspaper, The Courtbouillon; a freelance news writer for Very Local New Orleans; and a student writer for Dillard’s communication office, Dillard Today.

“We are so pleased to award India with the inaugural Reuters-NABJ fellowship,” said Medill Dean Charles Whitaker. “She is a very promising young journalist with a bright future ahead of her. We are also proud to work in partnership with Reuters and NABJ to make this award possible. It is another way in which Medill can support the effort to bring more diversity to American newsrooms.”

The fellowship is open to students who are accepted and enroll at Medill to start in the summer quarter. To be considered, the applicant must be a member of the National Association of Black Journalists.

To learn more, visit the Reuters-NABJ fellowship page on our website.