On May 13, Gayle King — co-host of “CBS This Morning” — announced that Viacom/CBS will provide scholarships to future journalists in an effort to increase the representation of Black journalists in newsrooms across the country, according to a press release, reports Afro Tech.
The University of Southern California (USC) Annenberg School of Communication and Viacom/CBS have joined forces to make things happen for future Black journalists that want to further their education within the field.
The ViacomCBS HBCU Diversity in Journalism Scholarship will cover yearly tuition costs for graduates of Historically Black Colleges and Universities to enroll in one of USC Annenberg’s journalism master’s programs.
In an announcement during USC Annenberg’s virtual celebration for its Class of 2021, King revealed the plans of the new scholarship and spoke to ViacomCBS’s commitment to not only supporting and uplifting the next generation of journalists but providing them with the resources needed to survive and thrive as well.
“This new scholarship demonstrates ViacomCBS and USC Annenberg’s commitment to elevating Black excellence in journalism as well as a tremendous investment in supporting the diverse representation we all seek in the industry,” King said.