January 14, 2021
Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC/CUNY) has been selected as one of 17 colleges and universities across the country for the NBCU Academy, launched by NBCUniversal News Group today.
The NBCU Academy is a new, innovative, multi-platform journalism training and development program for four-year university and community 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.
BMCC President Anthony E. Munroe says the NBCU Academy is a tremendous opportunity for BMCC students and it supports BMCC’s mission of advancing diversity, equity, inclusion and career exploration for its students.
“In many industries, like journalism and broadcasting, a significant number of internships are unpaid and sometimes students have no choice but to do an unpaid internship,” Munroe said. “The NBCU Academy will be paying students, and there is compelling evidence of the long-term value of paid opportunities, especially as it relates to equity outcomes.”
“Internships enable students to acquire invaluable work skills, lay the foundation of their professional network, and help students get a foot in the career door,” Munroe added. “We are proud to be a part of this notable group of institutions that are participating in this exciting venture.”
BMCC joins academic partners across the country
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, 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.
Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC) is part of the City University of New York (CUNY) and enrolls almost 25,000 degree-seeking and 11,000 continuing education students a year, awarding associate degrees in more than 40 fields. BMCC ranks #5 among community colleges nationwide in granting associate degrees to minority students, according to data from the U.S. Department of Education. Visit: http://www.bmcc.cuny.edu.
- BMCC has been selected as one of 17 colleges and universities across the country for the NBCU Academy, launched by NBCUniversal News Group
- The NBCU Academy, a multi-platform journalism training and development program, provides education, on-campus training and online programming
- “The NBCU Academy will be paying students, and there is compelling evidence of the long-term value of paid opportunities, especially as it relates to equity outcomes,” said BMCC President Anthony E. Munroe