NYABJ’s 2024 First Take Program For Journalism Students Kicks Off

The New York Association of Black Journalists (NYABJ)  announced this year’s class of 2024 First Take Fellows. First Take is a six-week intensive program for high school students interested in journalism – teaching young New Yorkers the fundamentals of writing and reporting news stories, shooting and editing video, producing television newscasts, and more. 15 fellows across the five boroughs were selected from a record-breaking cycle that yielded more than 150 applications. The Fellows will receive training and mentorship from media professionals from various organizations, including ABC, Associated Press, Essence, HuffPost, New York Daily News, and New York Times.

“Investing in the future of journalism means investing in our youth, and the First Take Scholarship does exactly that,” said Tory Parrish, NYABJ Co-Director of First Take. “NYABJ is beyond proud to welcome this year’s class, and grateful for the support of contributors who make this program possible.”

The First Take Scholarship was established in 1988, making this year’s scholars the 36th class. Each First Take Fellow receives a scholarship to pursue future educational opportunities upon completion of the program. NYABJ, a 501(c)(3) organization, provides meals and transportation for Fellows during the workshop. First Take is supported by the generosity of New Yorkers and people passionate about ensuring quality, representative journalism for years to come. 

“At a time when preserving the future of journalism is so important, I am inspired by the drive these bright young people have to get involved in the process of reporting the news,” said Bonita Sostre, president of NYABJ. “Congratulations to the 2024 First Take scholars, whose talent and curiosity leave our industry in good hands.”

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Publisher’s Note:  Cynthia Horner, who is the Member At Large for the NYABJ, will be supporting the program. Miss Horner began her career as a young journalism student and hopes that other young people have similar rewarding experiences.