Public Media Network launches fellowship program for budding journalists

Public Media Network is launching the Neighborhood Reporter Fellowship, to foster participatory journalism in the greater Kalamazoo community. Neighborhood Reporter Fellows will work with Public Media Network over 12 months to create 11-13 broadcast reports with a local focus.

Public Media Network is looking for budding journalists in the Kalamazoo area to participate in our new Neighborhood Voices Fellowship; launching at the end of July. Neighborhood Reporter Fellows will work with Public Media Network over 12 months to create 11-13 broadcast reports with a local focus.

 

Public Media Network will accept Neighborhood Reporter Fellows every quarter: July, October, January, and April. Two will be selected to begin in July. The application will remain open and applicants will be evaluated on a rolling basis. 

 

Selection of fellows will be prioritized for people who have completed our Neighborhood Voices Network training, former journalists, BIPOC members of the community, and students who are currently enrolled in a journalism program at a local university. 

 

Our Goal: Between 2008 and 2019, newsroom employment fell by 51 percent, leaving a void in local news and information.  This reduction is only one of many challenges facing local journalism.  Other challenges in today’s news organizations include: public service over profit, diversity of voices and sources, and a need to address the power structures of traditional journalism.

 

Public Media Network believes a participatory and democratized system of local journalism will help address these challenges. We want community members to be part of these stories, and to see themselves represented in the media. We want local reporting to support diverse voices and perspectives, explore solutions to common issues, and for people to be involved in the shaping and telling of their narratives.

 

We want to build a civic media hub that features all voices in our community. Information like this is critical to the health of our community.

 

Program Structure

 

Neighborhood Reporter Fellows will produce 11-13 broadcast stories over 12 months and receive $150 per story produced. Fellows will have access to training, mentorship, and production resources and space through Public Media Network.

 

Fellowship orientation will be held on Monday, July 18, 2022 at 6 p.m. for our first round of fellows.

 

Neighborhood Reporter Fellows will produce one story per month. Fellows will participate in a monthly pitch meeting to discuss story topics. Approved story deadlines are generally the last Monday of each month.

 

Fellows also attend the monthly Neighborhood Voices Network meeting, with neighborhood reporters in the network. These meetings are generally the last Monday of the month at 6 p.m. via zoom. or in person.

 

The Public Media Network is located in the Epic Center (3rd floor) in downtown Kalamazoo. Virtual options are available if requested.

 

Contact Raine Kuch at rkuch@publicmedianet.org with questions or for more information.