Editor Leadership Development Initiative


See guidelines for specific qualifications.


Apr 30, 2018

Request for Proposals

The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) seeks an entity to design and implement a professional development fellowship program for editorial leaders. The two-year program will engage 100 fellows (“Fellows”) in small cohorts with a customized curriculum of onsite and virtual training and activities, supported by ongoing mentoring and coaching, to improve the knowledge and expertise of public media editors (the “Initiative”).

CPB conducted an assessment of editorial leadership capacity in 2017 that identified a need for editors with a broader range of skills than currently exist. Today’s rapidly changing media environment requires editors who know how to work across platforms; hire and retain reporters of differing backgrounds and perspectives; employ data in reporting; manage budgets; develop partnerships; and imbue their newsrooms with a deep knowledge of editorial standards and practices. This Initiative will provide training in these areas and will also create relationships among the Fellows that will better connect public media newsrooms and advance editorial collaboration. According to data collected by CPB, more than 400 of the public media system’s approximately 3000 journalists are in editorial leadership roles. As more stations build newsroom capacity, and initiatives such as the CPB-funded Regional Journalism Collaborations create new editor positions, this Initiative will play an important role in ensuring that our newsrooms can produce the high quality, innovative journalism that underpins an engaged, informed civil society. Stronger editors make for better journalism.

The purposes of the Initiative are:
• To build the leadership skills of accomplished journalists who are promoted into editorial management positions;
• To support institutional evolution and accelerate change in public media newsrooms to better meet the information needs of our communities;
• To increase the number of candidates capable of taking on editorial leadership roles;
• To create mutually supportive cohorts for public media editorial leaders; and,
• To establish ongoing training, coaching, and support.

Please download the Request for Proposals below for detailed information, including application requirements.
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Application Procedure and General Questions:

Applicants must submit technical and cost applications through CPB’s electronic grants management system.

To gain access to the electronic grants management system, please send an email request to Erin Day at eday@cpb.org no later than Monday, April 2, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. EDT. CPB will provide access to eligible applicants within two business days. Include “Editor Leadership Development Initiative” in the subject line. In your request, please provide your name, title, phone number, organization name, address and organization web site.

All questions regarding this RFP must be submitted in writing to Ms. Day at the email address above. The questions (without attribution) and CPB’s responses will be posted on CPB’s website. Please include “Editor Leadership Development Initiative” in the subject line of all emails. The deadline for submitting questions is Monday, April 2, 2018 at 5 p.m. EDT.

CPB will conduct an Applicant webinar (“Webinar”) on Monday, April 16, 2018 to answer questions submitted to CPB. Potential Applicants must register for the Webinar in advance by emailing Ms. Day at eday@cpb.org by Monday, April 2, 2018 at 5 p.m. EDT.

Proposals for this RFP are due no later than Monday, April 30, 2018 at 5 p.m. EDT. CPB will not consider proposals submitted after this time.

Technical Proposals may be in Microsoft Word or PDF format. Cost Proposals must be in Excel format.

CPB may request the Applicants with the top scores to meet with senior management at CPB’s offices in Washington, D.C. If so, CPB will notify the selected Applicants of the time and date.

Below is the anticipated timetable.

Deadline: April 2, 2018
1. Request access to CPB’s electronic grants management system
2. Submit questions
3. Register for Webinar

Date: April 16, 2018

Deadline: April 30, 2018
Proposal Submissions Due

Date: May 1-June 30, 2018
Proposal Review and Selection

Date: September 1, 2018
Contract Drafting and Execution