Black named Rhoden Fellow of NC A&T for ESPN’s HBCU journalism training initiative


EAST GREENSBORO, NC (June 17, 2022) – Alexis Black, a multimedia journalism major at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, has been named to the sixth class of Rhoden Fellows. The program is a training initiative for aspiring journalists from historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) in partnership with Andscape, a “reimagining, expansion and diversification of The Underfeated’s former platform”.

Black is A&T’s fourth fellow, following participation from Alexis Davis, East Dockery and Donovan Dooley in 2021, 2019 and 2018, respectively. She will join five cohort members from Alabama State University, Florida A&M University, Hampton University, Howard University and Xavier University.

“To be selected for this opportunity is an honor. Knowing that over 100 students applied for this scholarship, and only six were chosen, means someone saw something special in me. I’m excited to show off my skills and represent the university for the fourth time this year,” said Black. “I am extremely grateful to professors like David Squires and Dr Robbie Morganfield, who inspired me to be a better journalist through their courses, and my mentor Alexis Davis, who was always a phone call away to give me advices. “

A native of Prince George’s County, Maryland, Black is a student-athlete who has been on the university’s cheerleading team since June 2020. She is a student reporter for Aggie News and a contributor for The A&T Register, focusing on reporting sports and social media management. Additionally, Black is an active member of the National Association of Black Journalists and is the new president of the Associated Press Sports Editors after serving as vice president in 2021.

“We have an exceptional journalism and mass communication department; students and faculty want to see you win,” Black said. “They are always ready to help and support whatever you want to pursue, and that’s why I love my HBCU.”

The Rhoden Fellowship was established by HBCU graduate William C. Rhoden, former New York Times award-winning sports columnist, “as an opportunity to increase diversity and inclusion in sports journalism.”

“I am honored to welcome the sixth class of Rhoden Scholars to the Andscape family,” said Rhoden, columnist and editor of Andscape. “You are part of a great tradition of aspiring HBCU journalists who have come through our program. You will work with an extraordinary team of professionals who will broaden your horizons in ways you cannot imagine. Thank you to everyone at the Disney universe whose support for historically black colleges and universities continues to make this unique brotherhood possible.

Cohort members will gain more experience producing podcasts, reporting, and contributing to Andscape’s digital platform throughout the fellowship.

To follow Black’s next reports, visit Andscape’s website.


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