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Fellow, Diversity - MPR Newsroom

Post Date:Mar 10, 2022Type:Full time
Start Date:June 6, 2022Salary:$18-$23
Location: United States - Minnesota - St. Paul Job Reference:
Job Description:

Position Information:   

  • Hours: 40 hours per week  
  • Location: St. Paul, MN  
  • Start Date: June 6, 2022 - June 2, 2023 
  • Pay: $18/hour - $23/hour (salary will be based on individual's education and/or relevant experience)

A cover letter is required for this application. Please scroll to the “Next Step in the Application” section for more information.  

Are you looking for a meaningful one-year fellowship opportunity alongside some of the brightest journalists at the largest station-based public radio organization in the U.S.?  

If so, look no further. The MPR News Toni Randolph Fellowship Program will give you real-world experience in radio production, research, reporting, interviewing, audio and digital storytelling. In addition to professional development, this program will help you build a network with other professionals in the industry. Don’t miss out on the chance to build your professional portfolio alongside talented journalists in public media and local journalism.  

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. Broadcasting to more than 500,000 listeners each week, the MPR News radio signal reaches 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 reporting and producing awards, including the George Foster Peabody Award, Alfred I. DuPont Award and RTDNA Edward R. Murrow Award. Visit for the latest regional, national and international headlines.  

Fellow, Diversity - Newsroom  

The Toni Randolph 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 develop journalists who create exceptional content for MPR News platforms.  

The fellowship is designed for an early- to mid-career individual who has two or more years of experience in journalism or communications, who seeks to strengthen their skills in media, and who can help diversify the talent pool within public radio. We are seeking applicants whose unique life experiences will contribute to a broader understanding of the communities we serve and who have potential to make notable contributions to the news profession. This individual must be a deft writer and know how to tell a compelling story. The goal is to give the Fellow full access to our newsroom, along with its tools and resources, to help the individual learn the ins and outs of working in public media at a high level.  

The Fellow will 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. The Fellow will regularly attend daily program and news meetings. A supervisor will be assigned to manage the Fellow’s overall experience. In addition, within each rotation, a mentor and rotation supervisor will be assigned to help with day-to-day assignments and guidance. The Fellow will be immersed within the team and be given the opportunity to learn from established media professionals at the top of their field. The Fellow must be able to work in Minnesota, and a hybrid workplan may be developed per any ongoing COVID-19 restrictions. In addition, while you have an assigned shift, the daily news cycle and our staffing needs may require early morning, night and/or weekend work.   

The Rotations  

The Fellow will participate in four 3-month rotations over one year. Three of the four rotations are outlined below. The Fellow and newsroom colleagues will determine the fourth rotation based on the individual’s career interests and skills as well as needs of the organization. As part of the overall rotation, the Fellow will receive hands-on training to continue to build upon their skill sets.  

First Rotation: Reporting  

This rotation will give the fellow a solid foundation for subsequent rotations. During this period, the fellow will learn our audio recording and editing systems. The fellow will learn the basics of gathering sound, interviewing for broadcast, writing for radio, audio editing and production in Dalet. You will work with editors, and on occasion, other reporters.   

By the end of the rotation, the fellow will be reporting 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, the fellow will learn how to produce stories in our digital content management system (CMS), how to prepare photographs for publication, and hone copyediting and headline-writing skills. The fellow will 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. You will have opportunities to create videos and shoot photos for our website and social media platforms.   

By the end of this rotation, the fellow 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  

Third Rotation: Programming   

You’ll receive an excellent grounding in the making of live radio.  

The fellow will assist our talk shows and other live programs in the following ways:  

Learn about production elements of a live radio program, such as:  

  • Contribute to script writing  
  • Assist with guest booking and coordinating live call-in guests  
  • Prepare program content for digital platforms  
  • Identify opportunities to report program show topics for other/digital platforms  

Fourth Rotation: TBD  

To be determined by Fellow and newsroom during the fellowship  

Main Project  

As part of the application process, applicants to the Toni Randolph Fellowship will be asked to propose a project that would deepen their expertise on a given topic. We would encourage applicants to think about their own life experiences and how that may contribute to the proposed project. The topic could be content-driven or seek to enhance their knowledge about an aspect within public radio news. Ideally, the Fellow could work on the project as much as possible throughout the various assignments, allowing the individual to see the connection from one rotation to the next.  

Example 1: Fellow proposes to report extensively on the intersection of race and the criminal justice system in the Twin Cities. The individual would spend the first rotation reporting and producing stories about the issue – which would also involve interviewing, finding the news, and building relationships within the affected communities. On the next rotation working with the digital team, the Fellow could pitch new angles of the story with online video explainers, Facebook Live segments and other components. On the third rotation, the Fellow could work as a producer and help plan call-in shows, for which they would book guests and help prepare the host for a robust live radio conversation on the topic.  

Example 2: The fellow could propose something entirely different, such as mastering audio storytelling. This goal could be the through-line for every rotation as the individual learns to build sound-rich, smartly written stories and newscast items or even digital stories with embedded audio. The third rotation could be spent improving the sound of our newscasts. A fourth rotation could involve working with our audio engineers.  


  • Partial subsidy for onsite parking or bus transportation. Day-to-day transportation is the Fellow’s responsibility.  
  • Eligible to accrue 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.  
  • Volunteering opportunities.  

Required Qualifications:  

  • Completed bachelor’s degree or at least two years professional relevant work experience in journalism or communications  
  • Additionally, minimum two years’ experience in journalism or communication
  • Life experiences which will help diversify the pool of talent in public radio (for example, extensive overseas experience, fluency in more than one language, overcoming difficult personal or family circumstances, extensive knowledge of at least one community of color, significant community service, successful careers in other fields)  
  • 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  

Preferred qualifications:  

  • Proficiency in a second language, such as 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 propose a project that would deepen your expertise on a given topic. The topic could be content-driven or seek to enhance your knowledge about an aspect within public radio news. Refer to the “Main Project” section for more information. Please include a cover letter (of no more than 1 page) and let us know what project you would want to pursue during your time with us.    

Physical Demands and Working Conditions:  

  • Must be able to perform the essential duties of the position with or without reasonable accommodation.  

Physical Demands:  

  • Ability to manage some work outside of standard office hours as needed.
  • 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.  

MPR News and its staff adhere to journalism ethics and integrity as outlined in the MPR News Ethics Guidelines.  

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Contact Information
American Public Media
Alicia Tran
480 Cedar St.
St. Paul, MN 55101
United States
Ph: 6512901305

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