HAMPTON, Va. (June 23, 2021) – Hampton University Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communication seniors Keion Cage and Kianah Robinson-Chery have been named Rhoden Fellows. Cage and Robinson-Chery will participate in the fifth class of the Rhoden Fellowship – a one-year sports journalism internship program with ESPN’s The Undefeated that identifies and trains aspiring African American journalists. This Rhoden Fellowship began Monday, June 7, and lasts through the conclusion of the 2021-2022 academic year. Cage and Robinson-Chery are the sixth and seventh members of the Rhoden Fellowship from Hampton University’s Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications.
“We are extremely proud of both Ms. Kianah Robinson-Chery and Mr. Keion Cage on their selections as Rhoden Fellows. They are the type of successful, hard-working, and dedicated students that Hampton University develops,” said Hampton University President, Dr. William R. Harvey.
A panel of senior editors at The Undefeated and award-winning sports columnist William C. Rhoden selected the Fellows from a pool of outstanding applicants from HBCUs across the country. The fifth class represents future journalists of color from five Historically Black Colleges and Universities – Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Fla., Hampton University in Hampton, Va., Howard University in Washington, D.C., Morgan State University in Baltimore, Md., and North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro, N.C.
Cage, a native of Houston, Texas, is a senior strategic communications major with a minor in leadership studies. He currently serves as the associate editor for The Hampton Script, a student-run newspaper. Cage has written for SLAM Magazine and VYPE Media – a regional high school and youth sports platform.
“The Rhoden Fellowship is something I had my eyes on since I was a freshman,” said Cage. “Justin Tinsley, who is a staff writer for The Undefeated and a Hampton graduate is someone I really looked up to and try to be like. I knew that the Rhoden Fellowship would be an amazing opportunity that would assist me in building upon my craft and gaining new experiences. I hope to follow in the steps of Tinsley and tell impactful stories about culture and sports on a worldwide platform.”
Robinson-Chery, a senior journalism major and cinema studies minor, worked for a year in videography and photography for the “ Hampton University band’s media team.
“Being picked for the Rhoden Fellowship is an honor because I’ve worked hard to get to this point. I put in the work to get to Hampton to have opportunities like this, and to be chosen out of so many people for this fellowship lets me know I’m doing something right. I hope working that by with The Undefeated, I’m able to develop my writing, reporting, and production skills. I’m hoping to be pushed in every way possible to become not only a better journalist but a better person too after next year.
The Fellows work as student correspondents during the academic year, covering and reporting sports, as well as general news, at their respective universities for The Undefeated’s HBCU vertical. They also create recurring multimedia content as well as host and produce podcasts addressing resonant issues and topics affecting young people.
“The Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications family is very proud of Keion and Kianah. We know that they will take the skills they have learned here and maximize their experience with The Undefeated. This opportunity opens doors for a successful career in the media industry,” said B. Dà Vida Plummer, Dean of the Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications.
The Rhoden Fellowship is a one-year program founded by former New York Times award-winning sports columnist William C. “Bill” Rhoden, who joined ESPN’s The Undefeated in October 2016 to run the fellowship program and serve as a columnist and writer-at-large. The fellowship – established as part of The Undefeated’s mission to develop new voices and serve as an incubator for future sports journalists of color – is open to outstanding students at HBCUs.
The Undefeated is ESPN’s multiplatform content initiative exploring the intersection of sports, race, and culture. The digital hub, TheUndefeated.com, which launched in May 2016, combines innovative long-form and short-form storytelling, investigation, original reporting, and provocative commentary to enlighten and entertain African Americans and sports fans seeking a deeper understanding of black athletes, culture, and related issues.
In addition to its cutting-edge content, The Undefeated seeks to be a thought-leader on race, sports, and culture in the country, convening insightful forums to discuss and debate topical issues affecting sports and race in America.