Next City welcomes Nicolette White and Eddi Cabrera Blanco, our 2020 urban affairs journalism fellows. White and Cabrera Blanco are fellows of the Emma Bowen Foundation, an organization dedicated to strengthening minority presence in media industries. Next City worked with Emma Bowen Foundation to select them both for Next City’s journalism fellowship. In addition to the Emma Bowen Foundation’s support, the 2020 urban affairs internship program wouldn’t be possible without the Next City supporters who donated during our 2020 spring membership drive. Because of your outpouring of support, we were able to select two fellows this year. Thank you for making these summer fellowships possible.
Originally from Frisco, Texas, Nicolette White is a senior at Temple University Klein College of Media and Communication. She intends to graduate in August 2020 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism. During her undergraduate studies, Nicolette has become a member of the National Association of Black Journalists. In pursuing her passion for journalism, Nicolette has prior work experience at The Philadelphia Tribune as well as at The Lenfest Institute for Journalism as an intern. In addition to writing for the Tribune, she has also written for Temple University’s publication Philadelphia Neighborhoods, from the Multimedia Urban Reporting Lab.
White has reported on many Philadelphia neighborhoods, covering a wide range of topics such as politics, lifestyle, and COVID-19 related news. “During my internship I hope to continue producing impactful news coverage on cities across the country while informing the public,” says White. You can read her first published Next City article, “Largest Wisconsin Cities Get $6 Million for ‘Safe Voting Plan,’” and all her future articles, here.
Born in Mexico, Cabrera Blanco has called eastern North Carolina home for more than twenty years. He is a recent college graduate of Delaware State University, where he majored in Mass Communications and Digital Media, and is a member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists and the National Association of Black Journalists. This is Cabrera Blanco’s second year as a fellow with the Emma Bowen Foundation. Last year, he interned at NBC10 and Telemundo62 in Philadelphia.
“I hope to contribute to the coverage of urban development and inequity across cities, and assist with audience engagement,” says Cabrera Blanco. “I am eager to expand my skill sets as a multimedia journalist.” His ultimate goal is to work in local television news as a general assignment reporter. You can read his first published Next City article, “DC to Restore the Vote for People Incarcerated on Felonies,” and all his future stories, here.
This is Next City’s fourth year in partnership with the Emma Bowen Foundation. The Emma Bowen Fellowship is for minority students in communications and media to prepare students for the media industry and promote diversity within the industry as a whole. The latest survey by the American Society of News Editors shows that people of color, while being half the population of the 10 largest U.S. cities, represent only 21.9 percent of journalists. This fellowship aims to bring underrepresented voices to the online conversation about cities.