ERIC VON BROADCAST FELLOWSHIP

WHAT DO GIFTS TO THE ERIC VON BROADCAST FELLOWSHIP SUPPORT?

Eric-Von1_860-wnovWell-respected Milwaukee journalist and commentator, Eric Von, died in 2016 after a more than 25 year career in the radio industry. His reporting and talk shows engaged newsmakers in discussions of important community issues.

In addition to his work with WNOV-AM and other commercial radio stations, Mr. Von spent his last years working with WUWM 89.7 FM, 371 Productions and AIR’s Finding America on thePrecious Lives project, a 2-year, 100-part weekly radio series about gun violence and young people in the Milwaukee area.

WUWM 89.7 – Milwaukee Public Radio has established a fellowship in Eric’s name to give recently graduated journalism students the opportunity to work in a professional news environment, preparing stories for broadcast and digital platforms.

WUWM seeks to honor Von’s memory by giving the next generation of journalists a chance to develop their craft so that they may carry on his legacy through the Eric Von Broadcast Fellowship.

This fellowship is being formed in honor of the late Eric Von. Mr. Von was a 25-year
veteran of the radio industry. This fellowship not only honors a man considered to be the “voice of the Black community in Milwaukee” but it also seeks to address an important reality — underrepresentation of people of color in broadcast journalism.

According to a July 2015 article in The Atlantic, radio journalists of color account for only
13% of all radio journalists, a stark contrast to the 21% students of color who are graduating from journalism and communications schools. A significant obstacle to equal representation is lack of access to job training opportunities such as internships and fellowships.

In addition, there is an urgent need for this position in Milwaukee; by having equal representation of voices in broadcast, Milwaukee–the most segregated city in the country–has the opportunity to bridge divisions and foster understanding through awareness building.

“This is an incredible project to honor my late husband’s life, impact and commitment to making our community better,” Eric Von’s wife, Faithe Colas shares. “He was a professional journalist and a dynamic commentator and I’m grateful to have the support of WUWM to keep his vision alive.”

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Gifts support an annual paid fellowship with WUWM Milwaukee Public Radio for a
recent college graduate of color, with a bachelor’s degree in journalism or related field,
who embodies a desire to report on important issues facing Milwaukee.

 

WHAT IS THE FELLOWSHIP’S BUDGET?
An estimated annual budget of $70,000 is needed to fund this fellowship, which covers salary and benefits as well as program and travel expenses. WUWM seeks to secure 3 years ($210,000) with the long term hope of endowing the position.

WHO ARE THE KEY WUWM CONTACTS?
Dave Edwards, Director/General Manager and Marge Pitrof, News Director will oversee the Fellowship.
Combined, they have over 50 years of experience and will serve as mentors to the Fellow.

WHAT IS THE TIMELINE?
Pending initial funding benchmark of $70,000, hiring for this full time position will begin mid–2017.

HOW DO I SUPPORT THE FELLOWSHIP?
1. Visit https://donate.nprstations.org/wuwm/eric-von-broadcast-fellowship  and direct your gift to the “Eric Von Broadcast Fellowship” in the Comments.

2. Send a check made out to Milwaukee Public Radio with “Eric Von Broadcast Fellowship” in the Comment line to:
Milwaukee Public Radio / 111 E Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 700 / Milwaukee, WI 53202

3. Call us at 414-270-1225.

WHO DO I CONTACT WITH QUESTIONS?
Please refer questions to Danielle Nelson, Senior Development Specialist for WUWM at 414-270-1122 or nelsondn@uwm.edu.

How To Support The Eric Von Broadcast Fellowship

  • Click here to give online.
  • Send a check made out to Milwaukee Public Radio with “Eric Von Broadcast Fellowship” included in the notes to: Milwaukee Public Radio / 111 E Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 700 / Milwaukee, WI 53202.
  • Contact WUWM at 414-­270-­1225 to make a gift over the phone.

Please refer questions to Danielle Nelson, Senior Development Specialist for WUWM at 414-270-1122 or NelsonDN@uwm.edu.