INN and Emma Bowen Foundation partner to bring interns of color to nonprofit newsrooms


LOS ANGELES — Nov.  7, 2017 — The Emma Bowen Foundation (EBF) and the Institute for Nonprofit News (INN) are partnering to provide students of color with summer internships at up to eight nonprofit news organizations in 2018.

With funding provided by the Democracy Fund, the Emma Bowen Foundation will recruit, place and provide financial support for the eight-week internships in news media business, technology and editorial. This is the first time EBF will be seeking intern placements in independent nonprofit news organizations.

“The Emma Bowen Foundation is committed to diversifying the media industry and this grant from the Democracy Fund will support our efforts at nonprofit news organizations,” said Rahsaan Harris, President and CEO of the Emma Bowen Foundation. “We are thrilled to work with INN and its partners to place talented young people of color in environments where they can thrive and grow.”

INN’s work to grow and strengthen nonprofit news organizations includes development of career pipelines and training in technology, business and news as a social enterprise.  

“INN is honored to work with the Emma Bowen Foundation to broaden and diversify the leadership, business and technology staffs of nonprofit news organizations,” said Sue Cross, INN executive director and CEO. “This will further support the grown of independent nonprofits as a unique civic resource bringing credible news to more communities across the U.S.”

INN is recruiting host news organizations among its more than 140 nonprofit members that can provide rich experience and mentoring for the interns in environments that are entrepreneurial and dedicated to a public service mission. Special emphasis will be made on placing interns with news organizations in the South, Midwest and rural areas.

Potential hosts seeking more info can contact Fran Scarlett, who is running the program for INN,

Potential interns are invited to reach: Sandra Rice, Senior Vice President, National Recruitment, EBF,

About INN:

The Institute for Nonprofit News is a growing national network of more than 140 nonprofit news organizations dedicated to providing investigative and public service reporting. INN was founded in 2009 to foster a new collective of newsrooms serving the public interest. Today it functions as an innovation network, helping members develop new ways to support journalism and engage communities, providing  business, technology and leadership support and a framework for collaboration.  INN’s work helps newsrooms bring investigative and civic news to more people, hold the powerful accountable and strengthen democracy. More information can be found at

About Emma Bowen Foundation:

Emma Bowen Foundation (EBF) was founded in 1989 to diversify the media industry by giving talented students the opportunity to intern at some of the nation’s leading media companies. The Foundation has provided internships for more than 1,000 students of color.

For further information about INN, please contact CEO Sue Cross at or 818.582.3560.

For questions about the internship initiative, please contact INN Director Fran Scarlett at