Inland Fellows Program

Do you have an employee poised to take a management role at your company?

Developing a new generation of diverse newspaper leadership


Do you have an employee poised to take a management role at your company?
Nominate her or him for the Inland Fellows Program, which provides career development at association conferences and mentoring from veteran professionals.

This is a two-year program to help early-stage employees build the foundation for a successful career in the newspaper industry—and to help newspaper workplaces better reflect the makeup of the audiences they serve.

During the program, Fellows are paired with mentors who accompany them to the Inland Annual Meeting and the Key Executives Mega-Conference. In addition, each Fellow will attend a third Inland conference during the year. Fellows are exposed to the operations of all newspaper departments, and consult regularly with their mentors.

Preference will be given to candidates who are racial and ethnic minorities, women or members of the LGBT community. But all Inland member newspaper employees with management potential are eligible to apply.

Inland will pick up 100% of cost of the program for candidates from member newspapers of less than 10,000 daily circulation. Inland will split the costs with sponsoring newspapers for candidates from papers greater than 10,000-circulation daily.

Inland Fellows Program applications are available here.

Applications for the next Fellows class are due July 13. Successful candidates will be notified by July 31.

Please consider being a mentor to a Fellow. Listen to what Joyce McCullough, publisher of The News-Tribune in LaSalle, Ill., says of her mentoring experience: “One of the most rewarding aspects of Inland is the interaction with people from other newspapers. This program offers minorities the opportunity to meet people in the industry—and become passionate about the things we do.