St. Louis Public Radio establishes a Fellowship for Coverage of Regional Race Matters

St. Louis Public Radio | 90.7 KMWU is pleased to announce the establishment of the St. Louis Public Radio Fellowship for Coverage of Regional Race Matters. The inaugural Fellowship, made possible, in part, by a grant from the Public Policy Research Center (PPRC), is designed to discover, encourage and train the best possible representatives of a diverse new generation of public media talent.

“On-going changes in our listeners’ needs not only require thoughtful, engaging and entertaining programs, they also call for a strong commitment to diversity within our organization,” said General Manager Tim Eby. “As St. Louis continues to grow and change, it is our duty to reflect its composition in the staff we create and the programs we offer.”

The Fellowship will provide the opportunity to pursue in-depth, on-air and online projects that cover race issues in the bi-state region. These reports will leverage on-going PPRC public policy research, as well as build on St. Louis Public Radio’s established ongoing initiative: “St Louis in Black & White” and the “Bound by Division” series.

“This Fellowship is a unique opportunity for PPRC to support investigation of one of the key public policy issues in the St. Louis region,” said Mark Tranel, director of the University of Missouri-St. Louis’ Public Policy Research Center. “PPRC’s funding for this Fellowship comes from a bequest from Margaret Bush Wilson, a civil rights leader, and the work that will be done over the coming year will be a fitting tribute to her efforts to promote racial justice and harmony.”

The St. Louis Public Radio Fellowship will serve as a way to attract unique audio contributors who will share their stories and voices with the station’s listeners and to mirror St. Louis’ changing population in the staff created and the programs offered. Professional training for this full-time fellowship will be provided at the new, state-of-the-art St. Louis Public Radio studios at Grand Center. The program will begin in August 2012 and conclude in July 2013.

The Fellowship will offer high-level mentorship and professional development focused on multi-platform journalism, and content gathering and sharing. Fellows will be given rigorous training in public radio journalism, talk-shows, and online content gathering, andwill work alongside some of the nation’s most respected professionals, including:  reporters/producers, talk show producers, online/web content staff, and operations/production staff.

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St. Louis in Black and White presents an oral history of civil rights, the black experience, and race relations in St. Louis from 1847 to 2010. The intention of this project is to enlighten blacks and whites on history with which they may not be familiar and to inspire greater understanding and harmony between the races in our community today. Hopefully, these stories serve as a springboard into a more detailed look at that history and its legacy.

Bound by Division was a past series of feature and news reports examining the economic, cultural, social, racial, geographic and political boundaries that divide the population of Missouri.

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About Tim Eby

General Manager of St. Louis Public Radio.

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