We are very pleased to announce that NPT producer Linda Wei has been named one of eight inaugural Next General Leadership (NGL) Senior Editorial Fellows by the Corporation of Public Broadcasting.
The new professional development initiative is supported by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) and designed to help expand diversity among senior and executive producers and other content development leaders across public media nationwide.
Linda develops companion web sites for all major NPT projects, including NPT Reports: Aging Matters and Next Door Neighbors. She also produces interstitial programming such as A Word on Words and ArtQuest. She will embed at WGBH’s Frontline series.
Next Generation Leadership is jointly led by WGBH Boston and The Partnership, a non-profit organization with nearly three decades of experience in executive training. The eight participants are a diverse group of mid-career professionals working in television, radio, and on digital platforms, selected from over 90 applicants at more than 50 public media stations and organizations.
“These eight fellows represent an important investment in a vibrant future for public media,” said Pat Harrison, President and CEO of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. “Working with WGBH we are focused on building a diverse talent and leadership foundation reflecting the communities we serve.”
The year-long program begins January 25, 2016, and includes professional enrichment, leadership training, mentoring to examine opportunities and barriers in the field, and strategic training to succeed in today’s complex media landscape. Participants will receive skills development, coaching, and national networking experiences.
Fellows will remain in their current position throughout the year but will begin the program with a week of leadership training in Boston. Following this orientation, participants will be assigned to a production project, working closely with executive producers, and will dedicate four separate weeks to field work.
“This initiative is strategically important for all of us in public media,” says WGBH President and CEO Jon Abbott. “Our team is excited to be working with The Partnership to provide a valuable experience for the Fellows that will in turn have a lasting impact across our system.”
Next Generation Leadership is led by three executive directors: Carol Fulp, President and CEO of The Partnership; Carlos Sandoval, an award-winning independent filmmaker (The State Of Arizona, Farmingville) with over 20 years of legal, corporate and non-profit experience; and Judith Vecchione, an executive producer at WGBH with credits on PBS series including Nova, American Experience, and Frontline, as well as specials such as Vietnam: A Television History, Eyes on the Prize and, most recently, Ice Warriors: USA Sled Hockey.
WGBH and The Partnership were assisted in the recruitment of the Fellows by AIR, a network of independent producers, journalists and stations.
Throughout the year, NGL fellows will be actively sharing their takeaways, participating in discussions, and holding their own conversations on social media at the hashtag #NGLpubmedia.
For more information about NGL and the other fellowship recipients, please see: http://www.pbs.org/ngl/blog/announcing-the-ngl-fellows/.