Update: We have closed the application period and selected our 12 participants for 2018. Watch this space for 2019 sessions!
It’s no secret that newsrooms are downsizing; in particular, newspapers seem to be doing a lot of the cutting in journalism.
Meanwhile, public media is growing, with many newsrooms–including those that are part of Sharing America–are filling open positions and adding new ones.
According to the Pew Research Center:
“The top 20 NPR-affiliated public radio stations (by listenership) had on average a total weekly listenership of about 11 million in 2017, up from about 10 million in 2016. (This includes listeners of NPR programming as well as original or other syndicated content aired on these stations.)”
“On air, NPR reaches 30.1 million weekly listeners through more than 1,000 public radio stations. Online, NPR.org attracts a growing audience of 36.9 million unique monthly users.” (Nationalpublicmedia.com)
The relative vibrancy of public media at this time means we need our hiring to keep pace, and we need to do a better job of identifying and recruiting potential employees who reflect our communities.
Hence, part of the Sharing America mission is to provide free training sessions to journalists in Hartford, Kansas City, St. Louis and Portland, Oregon.
So, we invite journalists from all platforms with some experience under their belts to apply for the St. Louis “Sound Reporting” training sessions coming Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, 2018. (We’ll share information about Portland’s training later; that is slated for January 2019).