Founded by abolitionists in 1865, The Nation is one of the most venerable magazines in US publishing history. In the face of dramatic changes affecting American media BLACK ON CAMPUS 2018, The Nation and TheNation.com remain committed to deep reporting and meaningful analysis. Consistent with these commitments, The Nation is excited to announce the launch of BLACK ON CAMPUS: a student journalism program in partnership with the Anna Julia Cooper Center.
BLACK ON CAMPUS is an extension of The Nation’s long standing commitment to the education, training, and support of student and emerging journalists. BLACK ON CAMPUS is a national program for up to five (5) emerging storytellers aged 19–25 enrolled full time in two or four year colleges, universities, or graduate schools. These young writers will work under the direction of Melissa Harris-Perry, founding director of the AJC Center who is Maya Angelou Presidential Chair at Wake Forest University and Dr. Sherri Williams, assistant professor in race, media and communication at American University who is an AJC Center affiliated researcher. BLACK ON CAMPUS allows participants to develop professional skills as they document the experiences of black college students and report on issues of national consequence to a black college student audience. Participants will produce solo and joint pieces for publication by The Nation in 2018.
BLACK ON CAMPUS student journalists will work with Dr. Harris-Perry and Dr. Williams in weekly virtual sessions to develop skills, pitch ideas, and craft long- term projects. Student writers will meet monthly with the BLACK ON CAMPUS journalism squad and travel to Washington, DC, Winston-Salem, NC and New York City to attend The Nation’s annual Student Journalism Conference at The New School.
Harris-Perry, the 2016 winner of the Hillman Prize for broadcast journalism, has been an essential part of the Nation community for more than a decade. “The Nation is where I first found a national platform. It is where I first wrote a monthly column, learned to marshall evidence, handle criticism, hone an argument, make a deadline, and build a voice over time. I will always consider The Nation my media homebase.” says Melissa Harris-Perry Maya Angelou Presidential Chair and Director of the Anna Julia Cooper Center. “It is a privilege and I am thrilled to work with a cohort of talented young writers to ensure it can be a launching pad for their contributions.”