Chevrolet DTU Fellows Share Their Experience, Learn from Leading African American Publishers at NNPA Annual Convention

Chevrolet DTU Journalism Fellows McKenzie Marshall (left) and Briahnna Brown (right) join NNPA Presidentand CEO Dr. Benjamin Chavis Jr. (center) following their presentation to NNPA’s Youth Day at the 2016 NNPAAnnual Convention in Houston, Texas. June 21, 2016


DETROIT Recently, as part of General Motors’ (GM) sponsorship of the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA), Chevrolet sent two fellows from its Discover the Unexpected (DTU) program to NNPA’s annual convention in Houston, Texas, June 21-25, 2016. The fellows participated in the convention’s Youth Day at Texas Southern University, sharing their experiences gained from the DTU program.

The goal of DTU is to provide the fellows the opportunity to receive hands-on experience, networking opportunities and recognition for delivering stories that most embody discovering the unexpected. Chevrolet is providing each fellow with a stipend and each fellowship team an all-new 2016 Chevrolet Malibu for use during their reporting assignments to help them discover great news stories and digital/social media content.

These fellows were selected by a panel of NNPA publishers & editors and Howard University faculty and have been paired with an NNPA professional advisor in teams of two. Each team will have the opportunity to intern for an NNPA member newspaper and report on issues of interest in their communities issues that are often ignored or unnoticed.

“DTU is critically important to feed the pipeline of the next generation of black publishers and media leaders and we believe this new initiative strengthens our long-term partnership with Chevrolet,” said Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis Jr., President and CEO of NNPA.

General Motors executives Eric Peterson (left) and Mark Rainey (second from right) pose with NNPA Presidentand CEO Dr. Benjamin Chavis Jr. (second from left), NNPA Chair Denise Rolark-Barnes and NNPAConvention Committee Chair Terry Jones following remarks at a Chevrolet sponsored reception.

GM (no. 48 on the 2016 DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity list) has supported the NNPA for nearly 30 years, which has helped the organization grow its membership to more than 200 publications. GM’s support as enabled a plethora of benefits for its members, which includes access to conferences and education partnerships that ultimately gives voice to its 30 million NNPA subscribers.

“This new partnership represents the next phase in the relationship between Chevrolet and the NNPA, allowing our Chevrolet brand to help shape and support the next generation of black journalists and publishers,” said Michelle Alexander, General Motor’s Diversity Marketing Manager. “These young, aspiring journalists had the opportunity to get hands-on experience and guidance from the leading publishers in our communities.”

The inaugural class of DTU journalism fellows are: Brandi Montgomery, Brelaun Douglas, Briahnna Brown, McKenzie Marshall, Tatyana Hopkins, Sidnee King, Victoria Jones and Rushawn Walters. Brown, who attended the convention with Marshall, both interning with the Chicago Defender, discussed how the fellowship has impacted her development as an aspiring journalist.

“I am grateful to both Chevrolet and the NNPA for my opportunity with DTU, which has enabled me to take lessons from the experience and professionalism of the top minority publishers in the country to tell stories that are often overlooked in the communities I represent,” said Brown.

General Motors Co. (NYSE:GM, TSX: GMM) and its partners produce vehicles in 30 countries, and the company has leadership positions in the world’s largest and fastest-growing automotive markets. GM, its subsidiaries and joint venture entities sell vehicles under the Chevrolet, Cadillac, Baojun, Buick, GMC, Holden, Jiefang, Opel, Vauxhall and Wuling brands. More information on the company and its subsidiaries, including OnStar, a global leader in vehicle safety, security and information services, can be found at

Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is now one of the world’s largest car brands, doing business in more than 115 countries and selling around 4.8 million cars and trucks a year. Chevrolet provides customers with fuel-efficient vehicles that feature engaging performance, design that makes the heartbeat, passive and active safety features and easy-to-use technology, all at a value. More information on Chevrolet models can be found at

NNPA is a trade association of the more than 200 African American-owned community newspapers from around the United States. Since its founding 75 years ago, NNPA has consistently been the voice of the black community and an incubator for news that makes history and impacts our country. As the largest and most influential Black-owned media resource in America, NNPA delivers news, information and commentary to over 20 million people each week. Americans from all backgrounds seek news from the Black perspective from the NNPA member newspapers around the country. In America, now among the most diverse countries in the world, the Black Press of America is more relevant than ever. To learn more visit

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