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Judy Woodruff, PBS NewsHour anchor and managing editor, was an EILI keynote speaker in April 2019 and discussed the role of journalism in democracy today. (Photo by Victor Ren)
The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) and the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University are pleased to announce the second round of fellows selected to participate in the Editorial Integrity and Leadership Initiative (EILI). They join the fellows who were announced earlier this year, bringing the total to 100 participants.
The fellows will take part in an intensive program at ASU’s Downtown Phoenix campus. The curriculum focuses on editorial integrity, utilizing active learning strategies to reinforce public media’s commitment to balance and objectivity, accuracy, fairness and transparency, as well as its unique firewall of independence for journalists.
Participants will receive one-on-one coaching from industry leaders, who have included Jim Amoss, former editor of The Times-Picayune, Alisa Barba, a former editor on NPR’s National Desk, and Sandy Rowe, former editor of The Oregonian.
“The response from the first group of fellows to complete the training has been overwhelmingly positive,” says Kathy Merritt, Senior Vice President of Journalism and Radio at CPB. “The EILI has helped strengthen them as editorial leaders, with some graduates being elevated to new positions of responsibility. This is the kind of success we hoped for with this program.”
EILI is funded by a $1 million grant from CPB and managed by the Cronkite School. It is led by Julia Wallace, the Cronkite School’s Frank Russell Chair and the former editor-in-chief at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
“We are already seeing tremendous success from our EILI fellows,” Wallace said. “Since completing the program, fellows have taken on higher leadership roles and have expressed more confidence in their abilities to implement real change in their newsrooms. The program is rigorous, but it is designed to help strengthen American public media journalism by helping participants develop the skills needed to face the challenges in today’s media industry.”
The 100 EILI fellows come from 42 states and Washington, D.C., work at public radio and television stations of all sizes, serving rural and urban communities. They include current editors of journalism collaborations, producers of local and national programs, station newsroom leaders, investigative journalists, and up-and-coming reporters who show great potential.
The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), a private, nonprofit corporation created by Congress in 1967, is the steward of the federal government’s investment in public broadcasting. It helps support the operations of more than 1,500 locally owned and operated public television and radio stations nationwide. CPB is also the largest single source of funding for research, technology and program development for public radio, television and related online services. For more information, visit cpb.org, follow us on Twitter @CPBmedia, Facebook and LinkedIn.
About the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication
The Cronkite School at Arizona State University is widely recognized as one of the nation’s premier professional journalism programs. The school’s 2,000 students regularly lead the country in national journalism competitions. They are guided by faculty comprised of award-winning professional journalists and world-class media scholars. Cronkite’s full-immersion professional programs give students opportunities to practice what they’ve learned in real-world settings under the guidance of professionals.