Apply For The 2011 UNITY New U Fellowship

By Benét J. Wilson, DJTF co-chair, Online Managing Editor-Business Aviation, Aviation Week Group

Now that we’ve all recovered from this year’s National Association of Black Journalists convention, I thought now would be a great time to remind members with an entrepreneurial bent that the deadline to apply for this year’s UNITY New U Fellowship is Friday, Aug. 26.

UNITY received a $100,000 grant from The Ford Foundation to implement New U: News Entrepreneurs Working through UNITY (New U), and they want YOU to apply for this program, in its second year. The New U project is intended to increase the number of innovative thinkers and product developers who are of color, providing them with a forum in which to develop and express innovative ideas.  Click here to see last year’s winners.

Despite NABJ no longer being a UNITY member, 5 of the program’s 15 slots have been reserved for those who are not members of the remaining UNITY partners — AAJA, NAHJ and NAJA.

The New U Fellowship national “startup camp” will be held Oct. 17-19, 2011 in Las Vegas. In addition to offering a unique formula based in training and one-on-one mentoring, the program includes a competition for four (4) fellows to win $10,000 each in start-up funding to help realize their entrepreneurial ideas.

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