NABJ offers the Ethel Payne Fellowship to worthy journalists to provide opportunities to gain experience in reporting overseas either as correspondents or to complete singular reports. The fellowship is named for the first female, African-American commentator employed by a U.S. network when CBS hired her in 1972. Known as the “First Lady of the Black Press,” Payne, a Chicago native, was a lecturer and columnist whose eloquent advocacy while reporting on the civil rights movement during the 1950s and 1960s gained her national fame. To apply for a Payne Fellowship, please visit www.nabj.org.
ABOUTThe NABJ Global Journalism Task Force exists to increase and improve black journalists’ coverage of other countries as well as the African Diaspora by strengthening resources, maintaining an international sourcebook and fostering the idea that reporters need not be foreign correspondents to cover news in the world’s 195 countries. The task force recognizes groundbreaking work by African journalists with the annual Percy Qoboza Award and provides opportunities for foreign coverage through the Ethel Payne Fellowship.