Scholarships for underrepresented leaders in journalism

Editor’s note: The Google News Initiative is supporting diversity, equity and inclusion scholarships at three of the industry’s top executive education programs: the Sulzberger Executive Leadership Program at Columbia University, the Media Transformation Challenge at Poynter Institute and the Executive Program in News Innovation and Leadership at CUNY. This post is authored by the director of the Sulzberger Program, Corey Ford. 

Representation at the highest levels of leadership in journalism is essential to an equitable, well-functioning democracy that truly reflects the lived experiences of all people. Right now, the journalism industry is falling well short of having the right diversity of perspectives in the room at the leadership level to properly make the strategic, editorial, product and budgetary decisions to ensure that our collective stories are being properly told. This must change.

As an executive education program that trains senior leaders of respected news organizations, the Columbia Sulzberger Program has a responsibility to help those organizations deepen their bench of leaders from underrepresented backgrounds. Besides encouraging news organizations to sponsor and nominate leaders from underrepresented backgrounds, we think it is important to provide both a path for underestimated leaders to apply to the Sulzberger program directly and a way to fund their tuition and travel to attend. Thanks to the support of the Google News Initiative, that path is now open.  

Today I am announcing that Google News Initiative will be sponsoring four scholarships, including tuition and travel, for leaders from groups typically underrepresented in journalism to attend the upcoming 2021 Sulzberger Executive Leadership Program at Columbia Journalism School.