Join the HBCU Student Journalism Network

Open Campus is partnering with Jarrett Carter, a veteran journalist and the founder of HBCU Digest, to create a paid reporting fellowship offering professional development and fostering increased coverage of historically Black colleges and universities.

Cover your own college as well as national HBCU trends

Select stories will be published with regional and national outlets.

Get editing and coaching from professional journalists

Our team will help you turn ideas into polished enterprise stories, and guide you through the process. We'll offer tips and training to help you grow as a journalist, and edit your work.

Earn a $1,200 monthly stipend

Work 10-15 hours each week during the academic semester.

Expand your network

Connect with student journalists from other HBCUs and meet professionals from newsrooms across the country. Each fellow will be paired with a professional mentor.

Meet the Fall 2023 Fellows

Interested in becoming a fellow?

Fill out this short form. The application for our next round of fellows closes November 27, 2023.Interested in applying for the fellowship in the future? Get in touch at


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Founded in 2019, Open Campus is the only nonprofit news organization in the nation dedicated exclusively to higher education. It’s built on an innovative collaborative model, combining a national newsroom that knows higher ed deeply with local newsrooms that know their communities deeply.Open Campus has put local reporters on the higher-ed beat in partnerships with nine newsrooms around the country — PublicSource in Pittsburgh, Mississippi Today, El Paso Matters, the Tampa Bay Times, WBEZ Chicago, CalMatters, Signal Cleveland, Chalkbeat Colorado, and Chalkbeat Indiana.

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