Launching multicultural media producing program
In today’s rapidly changing media landscape, it’s essential for newsrooms to reflect the diversity of the communities they serve. The Multicultural Media Producing Program (MMPP) is a groundbreaking initiative that aims to equip students with the skills and experience they need to become television news producers and newsroom leaders who are committed to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion in their work.
The MMPP was created in collaboration with Circle City Broadcasting, JPMorgan Chase, Ivy Tech Community College Indianapolis, and the DuJuan and Tina McCoy Foundation. The program provides work-based learning opportunities for high school and community college students, creating a pathway to a successful career in media.
Stephanie Gostomski, VP of Regional Communications from JPMorgan Chase, and Amanda Owen-Pride, Lead for MMPP/MA Dept. Chair of General Studies & Liberal Arts from Ivy Tech, shared more information on the program. The MMPP investment is part of JPMorgan Chase’s broader effort to create a more diverse and inclusive workforce and help all members of the communities it serves access resources to build sustainable wealth.
Financial assistance is available for students accepted into the program. The DuJuan and Tina McCoy Foundation is providing annual need-based scholarships to selected individuals in the program. All students should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) form and can apply for routine financial assistance.
Once accepted into the program, students must complete the Ivy Tech application process and the FAFSA. After enrollment, students will meet with Ms. Owen-Pride to register for classes.
The MMPP is the first known program of its kind, designed to address the lack of diversity in newsrooms and equip the next generation of media professionals with the skills they need to create more inclusive news coverage. By investing in diversity and inclusion, the MMPP and its partners are helping to build a stronger, more equitable media industry.
To learn more about the Multicultural Media Producing Program, visit multiculturalproducers.com.