- Hours: 40 hours per week
- Location: St. Paul, MN
- Start Date: June 7, 2021 – May 27, 2022
- Compensation: $16/hour - $20/hour (salary will be based on individual's education and/or relevant experience)
- Cover letter is required for this application. Please scroll to the “Next Step in the Application” section for more information.
Who we are:
MPR News has long been recognized as one of the foremost journalistic organizations in the Upper Midwest, reaching news consumers across all platforms. Reaching nearly 600,000 listeners each week, the MPR News radio signal can be heard by 95 percent of Minnesotans. With news bureaus across the state, MPR News has partnerships with one of the largest TV stations in the region, KARE 11, and more than 30 newspapers. MPR News has received numerous awards for its reporting, including a George Foster Peabody Award, Alfred I. DuPont Award and RTDNA Edward R. Murrow Award. Visit mprnews.org for the latest regional, national and international headlines.
Toni Randolph Diversity Fellow – MPR News
The Toni Randolph Diversity Fellowship will help MPR News develop the next generation of public media talent; provide pathways for people from underrepresented backgrounds who are seeking careers as reporters, newscasters, show producers, digital producers, and editors; and create exceptional content that improves and expands our coverage of diverse communities for MPR News platforms. The fellowship is named after the late Toni Randolph, a newsroom leader and tireless champion of diversity, inclusion and unheard voices. She worked at MPR News as a host, editor, reporter and newscaster for 13 years until her passing in 2016.
We are seeking an early-to mid-career individual who has two or more years of experience in journalism or communications and seeks to strengthen their skills in media. You have a life experience or background that will contribute to a broader, more diverse understanding of the communities we serve, as well as the potential, drive and dedication to make notable contributions to the news profession. You must be a deft writer and know how to tell a compelling story. The goal is to give you full access to our newsroom, including our award-winning reporters, editors and photojournalists.
You'll participate in four rotations within the newsroom. The rotations will include reporting and digital production, and two other rotations that might involve show production, newscast writing/editing, or other areas of focus. A supervisor will be assigned to manage your overall experience. In addition, within each rotation, a mentor will be assigned to help with day-to-day assignments and guidance.
You will participate in four, three-month rotations during the year. The newsroom will determine two of the four rotations. The third and fourth rotations will be determined jointly by you and the newsroom based on your career interests and skills. As part of the overall rotation, you will receive hands-on training to continue to build upon your skill sets.
First Rotation: Reporting
This rotation will give you a solid foundation for subsequent rotations. Alongside our summer interns, you'll learn the basics of gathering sound, interviewing for broadcast, writing for radio, audio editing and production in our Dalet system, and collaborating with a team to bring your story to completion. You'll also gain insight on how the newsroom is structured and how our reporting teams work. You will start on our news hub, where you will learn the basics of chasing and reporting on the news of the day. Then you'll transition to reporting for our Race, Class and Communities team, where you'll help enhance our coverage of diverse communities in a fast-changing state. Minnesota's Somali and Hmong populations, for example, are among the largest in the nation. The state is also reckoning with its relationship to race in every aspect of society after the killing of George Floyd.
By the end of the rotation, you will be reporting and producing stories for our radio and digital platforms, including:
- Newscast spots
- Web briefs and stories
- Radio packages for our two magazine programs, Morning Edition and All Things Considered
Second Rotation: Digital production
During this rotation, you will learn how to produce stories in our digital content management system (CMS), prepare photographs for publication, and hone copyediting and headline-writing skills. You'll also learn about our social media channels and prepare posts as well as work with our reporters to produce Facebook Live. There will also be room for the fellow to write digital-first stories, create video and photo stories.
By the end of this rotation, you will be able to:
- Rewrite a radio script into a story ready for digital, attach photographs, and publish to the website
- Write digital-first stories
- Write headlines with eye toward search-engine optimization
- Learn basics of online analytics via Chartbeat and Google Analytics
- Use online engagement tools to answer questions from Minnesotans
Third and fourth rotations: To be determined by you and newsroom during the fellowship
- Partial subsidy for onsite parking or bus transportation. Day-to-day transportation is your responsibility.
- Eligible to accrue for sick and safe time off.
- Eligible for health insurance as required under the ACA.
- Participate in robust on-boarding experience.
- Professional development: on-the-job training, intercultural development assessment, formal performance review feedback sessions, etc.
- Opportunities to be mentored by one of our top professionals within public media.
- Participate in brown bag sessions to gain broader perspective of the organization.
- Completed bachelor’s degree or at least 2 years of professional relevant work experience
- Additionally, minimum two years’ experience in journalism or communication
- Life experiences, fluency in more than one language, or extensive knowledge about an underrepresented community that will help diversify public radio talent or coverage
- Strong writing, research and communication skills
- Passion for telling distinctive stories and amplifying community voices
- Awareness of current events
- Demonstrated dedication to diversity, equity and inclusion
- Self-motivation, resourcefulness, curiosity, creativity, accuracy
- Proven ability to work efficiently and meet deadlines
- Proficiency in Spanish, Hmong or Somali
- Experience using audio production or editing equipment
- Basic knowledge of issues important to Minnesota
- Knowledge of HTML and working in a content-management system
Next Step in the Application
If you are interested in this fellowship, please write a cover letter and include one or two story or segment ideas that you would like to pursue during any of the rotations. We ask that you also include links to three samples of your work, such as articles or radio stories you’ve reported, within your cover letter.
Physical Demands and Working Conditions:
- Must be able to perform the essential duties of the position with or without reasonable accommodation.
- Physical Demands:
- Required to move about in an office environment and sit for extended periods of time.
- Required to move about in the community.
- Frequent use of hands for data entry/keystrokes and simple grasping.
- Working Conditions:
- Moderate noise level.
- Occasional exposure to prevalent weather conditions.
Diversity creates a healthier atmosphere: All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, protected veteran status, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law.
We are committed to hiring a breadth of diverse professionals and encourage members of diverse groups to apply.