The E.W. Scripps Company is teaming up with Google to help experienced journalists who work in in print to move into broadcast news.
Google has made a financial commitment to Scripps to underwrite the newly created Scripps Journalism Journey Initiative, which is expected to launch in Q4 2022.
“This is a great opportunity to support mid-career journalists looking for new challenges, or a new direction to reignite the passion that drove them into journalism in the first place,” said David Brooks, director of Global News Partnerships at Google. “Alongside Scripps, we value the importance of quality, credible content being available to news consumers.”
In a press release, Scripps said journalists selected for the initiative will be hired into full-time positions in Scripps local and national media newsrooms. Scripps operates 61 local stations in 41 markets.
The program provides mid-career transitions into video-driven storytelling through extensive training and support, including mentoring, job shadowing, hands-on work and individual coaching. Additional learning opportunities may include professional conferences, programs through the Google News Initiative, Poynter, journalism school programs, National Association of Broadcasters or Society of Professional Journalists.
“Scripps and Google are making an investment in maintaining a high-quality journalism ecosystem,” said Adam Symson, Scripps president and CEO. “As a result of Google’s financial support, this program will help us retain talented print journalists in the industry by redeploying their skills and experiences into television and video news, benefitting Scripps audiences and communities across the nation.”
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