Telemundo stations launch "Telemundo University" to empower the next generation of bilingual local broadcast journalists
MIRAMAR, FL - (December 5, 2018) - In an effort to help shape the next generation of bilingual broadcast and digital journalists and provide them the real work skills they need to succeed in broadcast newsrooms, the Telemundo Station Group today announced the launch of its “Telemundo University” training program for journalism students at the University of Florida and University of Texas at Arlington. The group plans to announce additional partners next year. Telemundo Station Group is part of NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations, a division of NBCUniversal that includes 40 NBC/Telemundo TV stations in 28 markets.
Featuring four core study tracks including On-Air Presentation, Digital Media, Technical Operations, and Writing/Producing, students participating in “Telemundo University” receive one-on-one practical training from NBC and Telemundo station journalists including news directors, executive producers, anchors and investigative reporters. Trainings take place on-campus throughout the year. Students that successfully complete Telemundo University can apply and be considered for full-time positions at any NBCUniversal-owned television station or NBC and Telemundo news networks. Students are also mentored/guided by newsroom leaders throughout the training and post-graduation, as each student navigates job searches and interviews. This is the first time the Telemundo Station Group and prominent public research universities partner together to provide college students a practical education program that delivers the skills they need to succeed in today’s fast-changing media landscape.
“Bilingual reporting has become increasingly important for reaching local audiences. We’re pleased to have pioneered a training program with our partners at UF and UTA that leverages the unique power and reach our NBC/Telemundo stations have, to help shape future journalists in our newsrooms,” said Ozzie Martinez, Senior Vice President of News, Digital and Standards for the Telemundo Station Group. “We look forward to working with more universities that are interested in giving aspiring journalists the experiences they need to jump-start their careers and serve our communities.”
“We are thrilled to have piloted the Telemundo Station Group’s training program at our College of Journalism and Communications. The UF-Telemundo Stations partnership is an exemplar of collaboration between academy and industry,” said Mira Lowe, Director of the College’s Innovation News Center. “New opportunities like this give our students a competitive edge in the marketplace while building pipelines to newsrooms.”
“Developing complementary partnerships with industry leaders has long been a cornerstone of our experiential learning programs in the Department of Communication at UT Arlington. The partnership with the Telemundo Station Group is one that will further enrich our Broadcasting program and, in particular, the Hispanic Media Initiative (HMI) founded nine years ago by faculty member Julian Rodriguez. UTA’s HMI is a groundbreaking 21st century educational initiative with an impeccable graduation rate, and we are excited to include Telemundo University as a key contributor to our students’ professional preparation and ultimate success,” added Dr. Charla Markham Shaw, Chair and Associate Professor, Department of Communications at the University of Texas-Arlington.
Launched in fall 2017 as a pilot program between the Telemundo Station Group and the University of Florida’s journalism school, the inaugural Telemundo University class graduated six students in May 2018, three of which are currently employed at Telemundo stations in San Antonio, South Florida and Washington, D.C. as Multimedia Journalist, Web Editor, and Digital News Associate, respectively. This fall, Telemundo University welcomed eight new students from the University of Florida. More students are expected to enlist in the program when Telemundo University expands to the University of Texas-Arlington in early 2019.
Applications for Telemundo University are accepted on a rolling-basis from junior and senior journalism college students enrolled at each participating university. The applications are reviewed by a selection committee that includes college professors and NBC/Telemundo newsroom professionals. Students selected for new 2020 training sessions will be notified of their acceptance to Telemundo University throughout 2019. Students interested in learning more about Telemundo University can consult with their respective advisors at University of Florida and University of Texas-Arlington.
This new program is part of a series of development programs created by the NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations division for its journalists, newsroom, sales and marketing professionals including the “Reporter and Producer Development Program” which launched in 2012 and has a 100% success in placing on-air reporters in full-time jobs across NBC/Telemundo-owned stations. Other development programs include the “Marketing Promo Producer Program” and the very successful “Sales Associate Program” which has been in existence for nearly 10 years. Recent initiatives also include the “Sales Support Development Program” and the “Sales Leadership Track.” In 2018, a program called “She Leads” was launched for NBC/Telemundo station employees to provide exposure and mentoring to female sales leaders. In addition, NBC4 / KNBC and Telemundo 52 / KVEA in Southern California feature a one-year “Bilingual Digital Editors” program which provides real work experience to aspiring digital newsroom professionals who want to advance their careers, many of which have secured full-time positions at NBC/Telemundo stations located in top markets.