Direct your donation to The Red & Black scholarship fund and help to expand opportunities for young journalists. Our scholarship fund covers two major initiatives.
The William H. Fields Scholarship Fund supports The Red & Black's mission of journalism education by awarding scholarships to Red & Black student staff members. The objective of the Fields Scholarship is to provide financial support to students by offsetting some of their college expenses while they work at The Red & Black. This scholarship was created in recognition of the time commitment required to participate at The Red & Black, which could intrude on a student's other part-time job. Scholarships are awarded to students who contribute to any areas of The Red & Black’s operations and are not eligible to earn sales commissions. The scholarship is available to students in the newsroom, creative services, administration and production.
Each year we award up to five scholarships of $1,000 each. Your donations allow us to continue — and expand — this program.
Launched by student newsroom leaders in 2020, this committee addresses diversity and inclusion from three key angles: recruitment and promotion of underrepresented students in the newsroom and on our staff; broadening our coverage and audience; and offering training and education for all participants at The Red & Black.
After this committee was launched, the collective agreement by the student leadership, staff, and board of The Red & Black was that we should offer stipends for students doing this extra work. Too often, in newsrooms and businesses, underrepresented workers are asked to not only manage a challenge work environment but also assume the added burden — without compensation — of educating others. We don't think that's fair, so we allocated funds toward the students leading our D&I efforts as well as for a mentorship program and training.
We welcome contributions of any size toward this effort. In 2021, we allocated $3,000 toward this work, but we would love to expand it.
Our student-run newsroom serves the University of Georgia and Athens communities with daily news at redandblack.com and a weekly newspaper, The Red & Black, which was founded in 1893. Every year more than 250 students participate in our organization, getting hands-on experience in community journalism and newsroom leadership.
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