Written by: Tom Rieland
Date: August 18, 2011

After launching the first social media fellowship program for journalists in the nation this year, the Kiplinger Program of Public Affairs Journalism has also moved to a new campus home.  The long-standing university program, which allows mid-career journalists to learn the new skills and approaches they need in a digital age, is now based in University Communications and will be located at WOSU.

“We’ve had a strong partnership with University Communications over the years, and are excited about the program’s new direction and home,” said Kiplinger Director Debra Jasper. “We have so much in common with WOSU, and share its strong commitment to journalism and innovative approaches.”

The move comes as the Kiplinger Program completes its shift from a six-month academic fellowship program to a shorter-term executive leadership program that helps journalists learn new digital skills and tools. Jasper said the 2011 fellowship class, for example, learned how to leverage Facebook, tweet strategically, better understand search engine optimization, and take advantage of emerging news models.

The shift to the new format attracted a world-class field of journalists this spring, from top newsrooms such as CNN, Washington Post, Kyiv Post, 60 Minutes, NPR, Frontline, El Tiempo, Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, and USA Today.

The three-month fellowship brings journalists to campus for seven intensive days of digital media sessions, and then provides coaching, webinars and other training to reporters once they return to their newsrooms. Fellows can also nominate an editor to attend a shorter-version of the fellowship.

“The Kiplinger Program is one of the most advanced digital media programs for journalists in the country,” Tom Katzenmeyer, senior vice president of University Communications said. “We’re thrilled to be collaborating closely with them, and of course WOSU’s journalism focus makes it an ideal place for the program to be housed.” Katzenmeyer also noted that University Communications had worked closely with the program on two previous national conferences for journalists—one on alternative energy and another on climate change.

Knight Kiplinger, trustee of the Kiplinger Foundation and editor in chief of The Kiplinger Letter and Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine, said the deep demand for the Kiplinger Program’s new offerings show that the program’s move toward shorter-term fellowships was the right one. Nearly 600 journalists from 56 countries applied to take part in the 2011 class. “Newsrooms today are making a rapid transition to social media reporting and journalists need to get up speed quickly,” he said. “The Kiplinger Program helps them stay relevant in a digital age.”

The new approaches are very much in line with the program’s rich history of journalism innovation. The Kiplinger Program was created on Ohio State’s campus in 1973 by Austin Kiplinger in honor of his father, W.M. Kiplinger, one of the university’s first journalism graduates in 1912.

W.M. pioneered a new kind of journalism when he became publisher of The Kiplinger Letter and later Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. He has been described by his son as “a dedicated journalist, a muckraker and an inspiration to young journalists… a very original thinker.”


  • tigersgrowl

    I never knew about that. Had I known, I would have listened to local radio because my data is capped within the first week due to all the 3G radio I listen to. This will be a great help however, I use the Kyrocera Event (don’t laugh, it was only $20 and I got a mortgage) with the Virgin Mobile service using the Sprint network. I contacted Virgin just now, we’ll have to see if they give me the run around as expected with most phone companies or not. If they do, I won’t give up there, I will consult the blogs and forums. If there is a way, I will find it.

    • Jessie

      @tigersgrowl, I also have Virgin Mobile and they use the Sprint network. I will call them also, but I would really appreciate if you post your updates.

  • Yoga Bear

    “I want my FM Radio! Unlock the FM chip in all smartphones you sell so I can get important emergency information when data networks are unavailable and reduce the amount of data I use each month.

    Thank you. I have a HTC one m7 I have looked and the phone has a FM chip and I have Verizon I have called there tech support and they told me all I need to do is find a radio app, you can’t find one that will work without the net, theses company’s just lies to get you off the phone, so I called HTC by the way Verizon told me not to do that, so me being one not to do what I’m told lol I called any ways, HTC told me that they will be updating to lollipop in a few months and then they’re going to come out with the update that send you a FM radio to your phone that they have been working on it for several months without any support from Verizon Wireless so they’ve taken it on their self to go ahead and make a program to turn on the FM chip so that it will work so that we can have free FM radio on our smartphones, we will see. I’ll give them two months if they don’t do it I’m calling back.

    • Joseph Ogidan

      I had a Nokia phone back in 2008 that had a radio. All I needed to activate it was my head phone, and it worked perfectly well.

  • jeremiah stansbury

    please its our rite we paid for the phone why cant we have fm radio it wont cost you any thing to keep the public informed

  • callthemanufacture

    you’re provider has nothing to do with this they do not make the phones so be sure to call the manufacture the provider does not have a way to unlock this so don’t blame them and give more information on fm chips besides call your provider

    • Irwin Busk

      You are very incorrect. The provider orders the phone with their preferred software load, and with certain features and applications locked. The carrier can provide an “unlock” code, but is not required to by law. many will do so, if you are near the end of your contract.

  • sm spfld ma

    Radio is not a right. I’m all for the chip being activated but come on. npr is using you to push their agenda and getting this activated. It’s a scarf tactic. We all got text messages from the weather service when the tornado was on its way to western ma. Say you did have a radio on the phone then; how many people would put the radio on? I Google the tornado then and got the info I needed. Don’t be fools: you’re bejng used by public radio cronies to get more people to listen to PUBLIC RADIO. It’s a cheap marketing initiative.

    • Mrpockets

      If you are all about activating the chip then why are you urging people not to ask for it? Sure it’s an agenda. Everyone has an agenda. For all we know, you could hold a bunch of stock in Pandora and are pushing your own agenda by trying to make people feel stupid for wanting access to something that they’ve always had. That’s what you sound like to me.

  • Floyd Durham

    I just contacted Virgin and they claimed to have no knowledge of any of this. I was told that basically it probably not real and that just because it says so on the internet it doesn’t mean anything. They don’t want people using it then they loose money for data use….Like the owner of Virgin needs more money..lol

  • Byron Edgington

    What a wonderful, warm and kind human being. Fred Rogers will always be my hero. When my daughter Amanda was four, her grandmother (my mother) died, and ‘Manda was bereft at losing her. She decided to write to her TV friend, ‘Mikkah Rogers.’ The letter went in the mail, and a month later, Amanda received a warm, understanding letter from Fred Rogers. In the letter, he wrote as he spoke on TV, a show Amanda wouldn’t miss for the world. He said the very same people who are glad sometimes are the very same people who are sad sometimes. He told my daughter how sad he was for her loss, and he signed the letter, ‘Your friend, Mister Rogers.’ Amanda still has the letter. It’s one of her cherished possessions. The world needs more people like my hero, Fred Rogers.