Montclair State University's School of Communication and Media has joined NBCU Academy, a multi-platform student journalism development program that will provide scholarships, training and enhanced course content.

The NBCU Academy provides four-year university and community college students scholarships, education, on-campus training, online programming, funding for accredited journalism programs and access to world-class journalists from NBC News, MSNBC, CNBC and Telemundo News, according to an MSU press release.

Launched in 2021, NBCU Academy provides tools, resources, and platforms for young, underrepresented voices in partnership with 30 Hispanic-Serving Institutions, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and colleges and programs with significant Latino, Asian American and Pacific Islander, Black, Indigenous and tribal populations, the release said.

"This is a historic day for our School, students and faculty," Keith Strudler, director of the School of Communication and Media, said in the release. "It is an honor to be part of the NBCU Academy, which reflects our belief in the importance of hands-on learning and commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion."

In addition to enhancing current courses, the School of Communication and Media and NBCU Academy will also collaborate to create online educational content around bilingual reporting and other topics that will serve a diverse group of future multimedia professionals, the release said.