PILOT kicked off the third annual PILOT Next Gen TV Fellowship program on November 3 at NAB headquarters in Washington, D.C. This year’s program has expanded and includes students from Howard University and the University of Missouri.

Launched in 2021 with support from Amazon Web Services (AWS), the fellowship gives participants practical, first-hand experience with the ATSC 3.0 transmission standard and the broadcast television industry. Over the course of the program, fellows will participate in training programs, seminars and one-on-one coaching with Next Gen TV standard experts and AWS representatives. The program will conclude with fellows presenting their projects at the 2024 NAB Show in April in Las Vegas.

The fellows also participate in the NAB Leadership Foundation’s Technology Apprenticeship Program (TAP), a complimentary career development program that is designed to train, inform and recruit a diverse workforce to meet emerging technology and engineering needs within the broadcasting community. During orientation, fellows had the opportunity to visit the Technology Lab at NAB headquarters in Washington, D.C., which features equipment for testing and research of cutting-edge television and radio technologies.

2023-24 PILOT NextGen TV Fellows

2023-24 PILOT NextGen TV Fellows: YaSin Abdul-Musawwir, Shannon Worley, Charles Dake, Amanuel Hailemariam, Emmarah Kouadio, Rachel Ibihwiori (not pictured, Teshi Waruingi)

The 2023-24 fellows are:

Howard University

  • YaSin Abdul-Musawwir, Film and Television, Junior
  • Rachel Ibihwiori, Computer Science, Senior
  • Emmarah Kouadio, Interactive Media and Computer Science, Senior
  • Teshi Waruingi, Computer Science, Senior

University of Missouri

  • Charles Dake, Finance, Senior
  • Amanuel Hailemariam, Information Technology, Senior
  • Shannon Worley, Journalism, Senior

“The PILOT Next Gen TV Fellowship is a one-of-a-kind opportunity for students to get real-life experience in broadcast technology, learn more about television innovation and work beside industry experts,” said John Clark, executive director of PILOT. “We’re thrilled to partner with Howard University and the University of Missouri for this year’s program that will provide fellows an immersive journey into the next generation of television.”