American Public Media Group Selected as Host for American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Public Fellows Program

St. Paul, Minn., February 4, 2016—American Public Media Group is pleased to announce its selection as a host organization for the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Public Fellows Program, a career-building fellowship initiative designed to expand the reach of doctoral education in the humanities. In 2016, the Public Fellows Program will place up to 21 recent PhDs from the humanities and humanistic social sciences in two-year staff positions at partnering organizations in government and the nonprofit sector. Fellows will participate in the substantive work of these organizations and will receive professional mentoring, an annual stipend of $65,000, and health insurance.

At APMG, the fellow will help to implement a system to measure and track the racial, gender, age, religion and political persuasion of news sources throughout both broadcast and digital Minnesota Public Radio News content, and to grow, diversify, and use APM’s Public Insight Network (PIN) to drive more inclusive content and programming.

“It’s an honor to host this position, which will help our news teams, editors and other leaders create and execute strategies for diversifying voices in our news and programming,” said Mike Edgerly, news director, Minnesota Public Radio News. “We’re also excited, through this work, to fuel a broader conversation that media and American Public Media in particular is having around inclusiveness and the need to connect sourcing, content, audience development, staffing and workplace culture.”

The fellowship competition is accepting applications through March 24, 2016 (8 p.m. EDT). For more information, please visit http://www.acls.org/programs/publicfellowscomp/.

ACLS Public Fellows is a fellowship program offered by the American Council of Learned Societies with generous funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.  Please direct all inquiries about the fellowship program to ACLS.