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Medill journalism master’s student JayJuan Jones selected as Reuters-NABJ fellowship recipient

Fellowship offers scholarship, internship

October 12, 2021
JayJuan Jones headshot.
JayJuan Jones will receive more than $40,000 in tuition and credits for the 2021-22 academic year, funded by Reuters and Medill, as well as a three-month summer internship at Reuters in New York.

EVANSTON, ILL. -- Medill, in partnership with Reuters and the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ), announced the awarding of a fellowship to JayJuan Jones (MSJ22) of Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications.

Jones will receive more than $40,000 in tuition and credits for the 2021-22 academic year, funded by Reuters and Medill, as well as a three-month summer internship at Reuters in New York. Additionally, Jones will have opportunities to be mentored by Reuters editors during his time at Medill.

“I am looking forward to networking and connecting with more working journalists and possibly being mentored in the coverage of the White House and politics,” said Jones. “This is a great opportunity for me to hone my skills, and I’m excited and honored to receive this fellowship.”

Jones is a master’s candidate at Medill, specializing in Politics, Policy and Foreign Affairs. A Chicago native, Jones has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Howard University.

Jones is a freelance journalist who has volunteered to serve veterans through the National Honor Society (NHS) and lead a youth ministry through his family’s church. He also has written, directed and produced two full-length plays examining society’s views on such issues as interracial relationships and socio-economic disparities of love. 

“We’re delighted to award Jay with the Reuters-NABJ fellowship,” said Medill Dean Charles Whitaker. “We are in the second year of our partnership with Reuters and NABJ, and we are delighted to work with two such well-respected organizations. The support Jay will receive will be an excellent step in developing his career. We also believe this program is a way to address the need for more diversity in our nation’s newsrooms.”

Reuters is committed to building a diverse and inclusive newsroom—it is paramount to our organization and for the news industry at large. Our partnership with NABJ offers us the opportunity to support the next generation of journalists as we work to build a newsroom that better reflects the world we cover,” said Alessandra Galloni, Editor-in-Chief, Reuters.  

"As a proud Northwestern alum, I am thrilled that NABJ can be a part of such an impactful partnership with Reuters and Medill," said Dorothy Tucker, NABJ President. "As NABJ turns 46 this year, we remain committed to our mission and to ensuring that diverse voices can be heard in and across America's newsrooms. This scholarship is just another step in bringing to fruition the pivotal vision of our 44 founders. We congratulate JayJuan Jones on his achievement and look forward to what the future holds for him as a result of this program."

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.

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