Yahoo Diversity-Focused Fellowship Returns For A Second Year

Yahoo’s Multimedia Journalism Fellowship is returning after a successful inaugural year in 2021, the company announced last week. 

The program offers opportunities and professional development to up-and-coming journalists from the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ), National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ), and Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) member pools — with the aim of ultimately bringing more diversity into newsrooms.Diversity in media is essential, Yahoo noted in a statement. This fellowship provides pivotal mentorship and development, and one-of-a-kind exposure to Yahoo’s almost 900 million monthly active users. Last year’s cohort wrote for Yahoo SportsYahoo Life and Yahoo News and Yahoo Finance. Now they’re all on-staff reporters today, continuing to tell stories that make an impact and through their unique lens.This year, fellows will be writing for Yahoo NewsYahoo Finance and TechCrunch (respectively). They include: 

  • Jayla Whitfield — NABJ Yahoo News Fellow.Whitfield joins Yahoo News as a former White House producer at theGrio. Previously, she worked as a multimedia reporter for the Fox News Channel, based in Atlanta.
  • Rebecca Chen — AAJA Yahoo Finance Fellow.Chen is a former Big Four Investment-Fund CPA turned financial journalist. She co-founded a personal finance blog and podcast targeted at young investors, and is passionate about financial reporting and storytelling. She joins Yahoo most recently from Hollywood First Look.
  • Andrew Mendez — NAHJ TechCrunch Fellow.Méndez a bilingual (English/Spanish) reporter who previously worked in business reporting at The Los Angeles Times. His areas of focus were business, unemployment, development, consumerism and tech in the Southern California a



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