Scripps, Google Partner on Broadcast Journalism Initiative

CINCINNATI—The EW Scripps Company and Google announced that they will work together on a multi-year initiative to help experienced journalists with primarily print backgrounds transition their careers into careers in broadcast media.

As part of this effort, Google has made a financial commitment to Scripps to subscribe to the new Scripps Journalism Journey Initiative.

The partnership comes at a time when many print newsrooms have laid off staff and broadcasters are struggling to fill some positions with qualified video journalists.

Journalists selected to participate in the initiative will be hired into full-time career positions in Scripps local and national media newsrooms. The program provides mid-career transitions to video storytelling through extensive training and support, including mentoring, job shadowing, hands-on work, and one-on-one coaching. Additional learning opportunities may include professional conferences, programs through Google News Initiative, Poynter, journalism school programs, the National Association of Broadcasters or the Society of Professional Journalists, the companies said.

Positions may include Beat/Specialty Reporter, Specialty Executive Producer, Photojournalist, Editor/Manager, Documentary Producer, and Copy Editor

“Scripps and Google are investing in maintaining a high-quality journalism ecosystem,” said Adam Symson, president and CEO of Scripps. “With financial support from Google, this program will help us retain talented print journalists in the industry by redeploying their skills and experiences in television and video news, to benefit Scripps audiences and communities across the country.”

“This is a great opportunity to support mid-career journalists looking for new challenges or a new direction to rekindle the passion that drove them into journalism in the first place,” said David Brooks, Director of Journalism. global news partnerships at Google. “Alongside Scripps, we appreciate the importance of quality, credible content available to news consumers.”

Scripps is currently hiring a director, senior talent acquisition partner and learning and development specialist for the program, which is expected to launch in Q4 2022.

Applications for the Scripps Journalism Journey Initiative should be available in early summer. Those who are interested in the program can click here and ask to be notified when applications are online.

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