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

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