Major broadcast network NBC is making headlines with its journalism education initiative called NBC Academy. Florida International University is just one of 17 academic institutions with diverse racial and ethnic populations to take part.
The $6.5-million commitment aims to combat racism and bring equity to the world of journalism.
“Diversity, equity and inclusion are important in a newsroom setting in particular because our stories should reflect what’s happening in the country,” said Leonor Ayala, senior director of diversity and inclusion at NBC.
FIU’s School of Journalism + Communication will receive $500,000 that will be applied to scholarships, equipment and curriculum expansion. This includes mentorship with NBC professionals.
“The academy gives us access to NBC talent, both on-air and production talent, to work with our students through seminars, workshops, masterclasses, lectures, faculty, etcetera,” said Brian Schriner, Dean of the FIU College of Architecture + The Arts.
The academy will bring hands-on experience to students in a world with a growing need for quality journalism. The program is set to begin by Fall 2021.