The Emerson Coleman Fellowship Program
The Emerson Coleman Fellowship Program

Program Overview

The Emerson Coleman Fellowship (ECF) is designed to provide a real-world experience in television programming and production. The goal is to increase the diversity and representation of individuals pursuing careers in broadcasting. The program will launch in May 2023.

Among the industry’s most highly regarded programming executives, Emerson Coleman most recently served as senior vice president of Programming for Hearst Television, where he oversaw the company’s program development and acquisitions for over two decades. He is passionate about passing on what he has learned to another generation.

This fellowship will honor Coleman’s legacy by offering opportunities to another generation to share impactful stories and elevate new voices. Over the course of this four-month program, students will get a close look at the business of television programming and production.


2023 Program Dates

November 2022 Application opens
January 2023 Application deadline
February 2023 Fellowships announced
May 2023 Fellowship Kickoff Session
August 2023 Fellowship Closing Session
Capstone Projects Presented





Fellowship


Each fellow will be paired with a host television station. This internship portion of the fellowship lasts two months and will take place from June to July. A sample curriculum is below.

The television programming and production fellow will be responsible for providing creative support for all media endeavors related to broadcast programming. Reports to the programming director/department for creative assignments and other duties as assigned.

Fellowship job duties can include:

  • Observe the acquisition and development of new content processes.
  • Assist with editing and preparing files for on-air recordings.
  • Support show formulation, content and formatting from pre- through post-production.
  • Assist with the operation of studio equipment to help facilitate the flow of programs.
  • Aid in creating and preparing scripts and content for audio, digital and visual programs.
  • Involvement with programming schedules and timelines.
  • Monitor the ordering and scheduling of television shows.
  • Exposure to Nielsen ratings, E.I. captioning and kids’ programming.
  • Participate in virtual program learning sessions.
  • Attend biweekly mentorship meetings.
  • Develop a capstone project.
  • Support other projects as needed.


Each fellow will be paired with a host television station. This internship portion of the fellowship lasts two months and will take place from June to July. The NAB Leadership Foundation will attempt to assign students to host locations that will not require the additional expense of housing during the two-month period.


Thank you to the following charter sponsors:











Supporting Sponsor:
The CW