EGMN Mentor Showcase

2019 Participants Larry Allen, Mar’Shayla Thomas, Tyler Hayes

Most college students have a hard time breaking into media, journalism and communications.  The problem is especially acute for minority students. In 2018, the American Society of News Editors found only 22.6% of the workforce in newsrooms were people of color. EGMN’s Mentor Showcase was established in 2018 through a grant from the Online News Association to provide career development advice and mentorship to talented young people with a focus on students from minority communities.

The program is designed to facilitate a personal developmental relationship between competitively selected participants and an industry professional, while providing a forum for other students to learn about what it takes to break into the media industry.

How it works

  1. Apply: Students are competitively selected based on their commitment to entering media / journalism/ communications and potential to benefit from having an industry mentor. Fill out the short application below to apply.  Past students selected have ranged from just starting their career journey to students with multiple internships.
  2. Selection Announcements: A diverse panel of industry experts will review the applications, collaborate and choose three for selection.
  3. Branding Workshop:  A personal branding workshop for the selected students is mandatory, but will be open to all interested students.
  4. Mentor Showcase:  Selected students will present to a panel of professionals about their current work, experience and future goals. The panel will provide feedback, advice and actionable steps the student can take.  At the end of the event, each selected participant will choose a mentor from the panel of professionals.  The event will be open to the public so other students can learn from the advice.
  5. Mentoring: Selected students will receive six months of mentoring that will help implement the actions recommended by the panel at the Mentor Showcase.

Prairie View A&M University

Our next Mentor Showcase will be at Prairie View A&M University at the end of February 2020 (exact date to be announced).  This application will only be open to PVAMU current students and will close January 6, 2020.

Past Winners

Prairie View A&M – 2019

Mar’Shayla Thomas

Tyler Hayes

Larry Allen

University of Houston – 2018

Alexis Vargas, Samara Perez, Jamaal Jones, Ruthy Munoz



This application will be used to collect biographical information and your goals to help us match you with potential mentors and for possible selection into the program.

**It’s ok if you do not have a certain social media account or clips.  We will review the total application and base selections on who could benefit most from having a mentor**