Francine HuffKnight Chair for Student Achievement at FAMU SJGCExpand
Francine Huff

Francine Huff is a Professor and the Knight Chair for Student Achievement at the Florida A&M University School of Journalism & Graphic Communication (FAMU SJGC). She launched the Knight Chair Speaker Series, is the advisor for Journey magazine and is the Capstone coordinator. She has been an adjunct professor at Kean University, Fairleigh Dickinson University and Rutgers University. Huff has had a distinguished career as a journalist and worked at the Wall Street Journal where she was the spot news bureau chief, a news editor and a copy editor. She also worked for the Boston Globe and other publications, and founded Super Savvy Publishing. She has a Master of Communication and Information Studies degree from Rutgers University and a Bachelor of Science in Journalism degree from Northwestern University.

Michael GrantTeaching Fellow at Google News LabExpand
Michael Grant

Michael Grant is a veteran journalist who specializes in editorial experience design. He recently joined the Google News Lab where he provides newsrooms and universities with expert in-person training on a range of editorial tools from Google. Previously he was UX design editor at Reveal, from The Center for Investigative Reporting. While there, he brought training to bear — a skill acquired during a year as a John S. Knight Journalism Fellow at Stanford University. Grant is also an alum of the San Francisco Business Times, the Star Tribune, the San Francisco Chronicle, and he leads the HBCU Digital Media Fellowship at the annual Online News Association conference. Don’t hesitate to ask him about it!

Michelle JohnsonAssociate Professor at Boston University College of CommunicationExpand

Michelle Johnson is Associate Professor of the Practice, Multimedia Journalism, at Boston University. She served as the very first Academic Representative on the board of the National Association of Black Journalists from 2016 to 2018. Johnson is a former editor for the Boston Globe and For more than 20 years she has conducted training for professional and student journalists for a variety of organizations including the SPJ/Google News Initiative, the Maynard Institute, the Online News Association, the National Association of Black Journalists, National Association of Hispanic Journalists, and the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association.

Alicia E. HopeVisiting Instructor at FAMU SJGCExpand
Alicia Hope

Alicia E. Hope is a Visiting Assistant Professor at FAMU SJGC. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Graphic Design from FAMU and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Media Design from Full Sail University. Her areas of expertise include print design, brand development and design strategy with over 10 years of experience in the creative field. Alicia began her career as a graphic designer for the Marome Agency in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Little did she know that this path would lead to her becoming an educator at her alma mater. Currently, Alicia imparts her knowledge and love of design to the next generation of scholars at SJGC. Teaching them the fundamentals in program software, graphic design and how to in the words of her students “Secure the bag.”

Justyn ThomasWeb Developer + Photog at 422 Agency & FAMU SJGCExpand
Justyn Thomas

Justyn Thomas is a published developer, photographer and designer with over 10 years of quality experience in multimedia arts. He has worked with various agencies, political campaigns, law firms, and international corporations. In his free time, you can find him coding, conducting research, and snapping pictures of “everyday” people doing “everyday” things.

The Dow Jones News Fund HBCU Digital Media Institute will offer fellowships for a week of training in digital media to increase fluency with the latest newsgathering software and storytelling techniques including podcasting, website design, videography, social media management, data visualization and coding. The Institute, based at Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Fla., is aimed at promoting digital skills that are crucial to the success of journalists in today’s media industry. Fellows will be immersed in some of the latest storytelling, digital technology and production techniques. Students will apply those skills to a multimedia reporting project that involves creating a website with a digital media presentation. Fellows will be fully funded by the Dow Jones News Fund HBCU Digital Media Institute.

Who should apply?

  • Rising sophomores and juniors at HBCUs with an interest in learning digital media techniques
  • HBCU students interested in bringing digital media skills to their student media outlet


Application Deadline: March 6, 2020

Digital Media Institute

  • Sophomores and Juniors only!
  • Submit your application by March 6, 2020. Upload your resume and signed letter of recommendation from a faculty member at your institution on their letterhead. Contact if you have questions.
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