Morning Briefing - January 15, 2021

INDUSTRY NEWS

NBCUniversal News Group Launches NBCU Academy Diversity Plan Targeted to HBCUs and Community Colleges

NBCUniversal News Group launched NBCU Academy, a new, innovative, multiplatform journalism training and development program for four-year university and community college students through education, on-campus training and online programming. The initiative includes a curated onsite curriculum for hands-on learning experience with world-class NBCU News Group journalists, funding for accredited journalism programs and scholarships.

In keeping with Comcast NBCUniversal and NBCU News Group’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, the multi-year partnership involves 17 academic partners including Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Hispanic-Serving Institutions and colleges with significant Latino, Asian American and Pacific Islander, Black, Indigenous and tribal populations – reaching students from underrepresented groups including those from diverse racial, ethnic, sexual orientation, gender identity, ability, economic, and geographic backgrounds. (NBC Universal)

Virginia State Spends $2.8 Million to Make COVID-19 Health and Safety Changes and Upgrades

The new and improved measures are part of the Spring 2021 Reopening Plan for VSU. Classes will begin on February 1, 2021. VSU students will begin repopulating campus on Friday, January 15 in a staggered check in process that will include rapid testing for COVID-19.  Rapid test results will be known immediately. Any student who tests positive will be given the option to return home or quarantine in a predetermined space on campus. Students will have access to free COVID testing throughout the semester. In addition, the University will conduct random monthly tests. (Virginia State University)

Detroit Lions Hire North Carolina A&T Alum Brad Holmes as General Manager

The Detroit Lions announced today that they have agreed to terms with Brad Holmes to become the team's new Executive Vice President and General Manager.

Holmes will oversee the Lions' football operations and report directly to Principal Owner and Chairman Sheila Ford Hamp and President and CEO Rod Wood. (Detroit Lions)

New coach, new van, new outlook: HBCU golf program looks to make a turnaround

A few Alabama State golfers were warming up when they overheard a comment from an opposing team.

“How are schools like that here and playing like that?”

For ASU’s head coach Quincy Heard, it was a familiar question. It was early March, and “here” marked the second round of the Kiawah Island Spring Classic, the largest tournament in the country hosted in South Carolina. ASU “playing like that” foreshadowed the women’s program setting a program scoring record with a 912 (+48) score for the event. (USA Today)

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