UW-Madison journalist receives ProPublica Diversity Scholarship

Kynala Phillips, a senior and First Wave scholar at UW-Madison, is one of 20 recipients of a 2019 ProPublica Diversity Scholarship, the nonprofit news organization announced last week.

Kynala Phillips

Phillips is a double major in journalism and mass communication and Afro-American studies. She spends most of her time freelancing for Madison365.com, where she has served as an intern and editorial assistant. She is the co-president of the National Association of Black Journalists chapter at UW-Madison and former publicist for the Wisconsin Black Student Union. She will be starting an internship at the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism this spring.

Outside of class, she is enhancing her skills as the art director of Souvenirs magazine. Her dream is to enter the world of magazine journalism and become a culture editor in the field.

Diversity scholarship recipients receive $750 to attend a conference in 2019. This year’s recipients were chosen from among more than 535 applicants. Kynala will be attending the NABJ Convention.

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