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Journalists tell the stories in and of our communities. Building newsrooms that are representative of the communities they serve impacts which stories are told, how they are reported and the voices and perspectives featured – deepening the trust and respect a community places in its news media.

WBUR has created the Local Newsroom Fellowship to hire and train promising young journalists of color who will enhance WBUR’s coverage of our increasingly diverse city and region. We feel strongly that this is not only the right thing to do, but that it will benefit our reporting and our community.


The Local Newsroom Fellowship, a 12-month program, will pair comprehensive job training with mentorship to prepare journalists for thriving news careers. We expect the Fellowships to serve both the next generation of journalists and WBUR’s audience in the following ways:

  • Fellows will be active members of the WBUR newsroom, involved in the production of news content from start to finish, learning from and contributing to all reporting teams at WBUR. Fellows will strengthen WBUR’s multiplatform news coverage, supporting efforts on-air, online and in the community.
  • On-the-job training and focused mentorship will immerse Fellows in journalism and sharpen their skills. Fellows will gain experience in the newsroom and in the field. A senior reporter matched with each Fellow will provide regular coaching in writing, editing, voicing and more. We will do our best to retain strong performers or help them find a role in another public radio newsroom.
  • Fellows will enrich WBUR’s editorial voice and perspective. They will bring their personal experience and whole self to the role, helping improve our connection to various communities in Greater Boston. Fellows will select an area of reporting concentration, in addition to their daily duties and training. We hope they will choose topics that are unique to Boston and the region that WBUR has not fully explored.


WBUR intends to raise $500,000 to launch and run the initial Local News Fellowship program for several years. Additional support for the Fellowship will enable us to extend our commitment to this initiative and to the continuing enrichment of our local news reporting.