Arizona’s Cronkite School will manage CPB’s editorial leadership training

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CPB announced Friday a $1.1 million grant to Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication to support the school’s oversight of the corporation’s newsroom leadership initiative.

The two-year project will train 100 editors to “strengthen their ability to lead public media’s growing newsrooms,” the announcement said.

The Cronkite School, home to Arizona PBS, will recruit applicants and lead training. Julia Wallace, former editor-in-chief of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Frank Russell Chair at the school, will oversee the project.

Training topics will include editorial integrity, strategic partnerships, multiplatform editing, data reporting, audience-first engagement and metrics, according to the release.

“Skilled, effective editors are vital to the success of public media’s journalism as they oversee the development of content that informs our country’s civil discourse,” said Kathy Merritt, CPB’s SVP of journalism and radio.

The initiative is a major return to leadership training for CPB, which had served as a leadership training hub for public broadcasters in the 1970s and ’80s.

Applications to participate in the training will open Nov. 15.

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