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A more inclusive and equitable newsroom is critical to accurately capture the stories that define Boston. Deepening the breadth and multiplicity of voices on our air and online is critical to WBUR’s future success, and to our ability to expand WBUR’s audience. This multiplicity of voices will expand our range of coverage while centering the processes and craft that make our journalism distinct: rigorous research, fair and thoughtful reporting and incisive, informed analysis.
Building a newsroom that is representative of the communities WBUR serves will enable us to think more deeply about which stories are told and how they are reported. Ultimately, these efforts will deepen the trust and respect our community places in WBUR.
The Local Journalism Fellowship seeks to attract talented journalists with experience covering underrepresented communities. Fellows will be early career journalists with prior experience who are looking to advance in their profession.
The yearlong Fellowship will provide hands-on training in every aspect of public media journalism. Fellows will develop their skills under the guidance of WBUR’s exceptional editors and producers and will have opportunities to work alongside newsroom reporters. Fellows will be active members of the WBUR newsroom, involved in the production of news at every level – from morning editorial meetings, to field reporting, to story mixing and publishing.
The first year of the Local Journalism Fellowship will create a foundation upon which WBUR can build a stronger newsroom, paving the way for the next generation of talented journalists. As the yearlong program comes to a close, we will encourage Fellows to apply for available full-time positions at the station when possible, or assist them in attaining other career opportunities within the public radio system as desired.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
WBUR needs to raise $500,000 to launch and run the initial Local Journalism 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.