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.