This nine-month fellowship is designed to accelerate your ability to uphold journalism’s highest editorial standards, lead through change, foster innovation, create an audience- and DEIB-focused strategy, and cultivate thriving news organizations.
This course is free for admitted participants. Tuition is covered by a grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
The program will select two cohorts of fellows — 25 in each group — for a total of 50 participants.
Participants for the first cohort will be notified in June and convene in St. Petersburg for five days the week of Sept.11, 2023. A second cohort application will launch in early 2024 and convene in September 2024. Applicants who aren’t selected for the first cohort can apply again for the second one when those applications are made available in early 2024.
Fellows will be matched with mentors and coaches, and will be assigned to work in small peer groups from within their cohorts.
After the in-person program launches, fellows will begin alternating-week 90-minute live online trainings, have regular check-ins with their coaches/mentors, join in conversations in a Slack workspace and build on relationships with fellowship colleagues.
Training that fellows can expect during the duration of the program will include:
- Exploring successful approaches to leadership and ethics within public media
- Identifying a challenge, and addressing it over the course of the fellowship
- Focusing on community engagement, including identifying new potential audiences and using data and metrics
- Having difficult conversations, giving feedback, empowering staff and managing your relationships with supervisors
- Dealing with vulnerable sources
- Recruiting and training the next generation of journalists, including in-house talent
- Managing projects, community partnerships, budgets and resources
The fellowship’s first cohort will end in April 2024 with a virtual closing session.
We’ll provide opportunities for you to learn from and support one another, creating bonds that last beyond the life of the program.