Koch Associate Program

Stand Together Fellowships Hires Benét J. Wilson as Director of Media and Journalism Programs

August 29, 2022

Arlington, Va. (August 29, 2022) – Benét J. Wilson, experienced journalist, mentor, and strategist, will join Stand Together Fellowships as the Director of Media and Journalism Programs.  

As Director, in collaboration with The Poynter Institute for Media Studies, Wilson will co-lead the Poynter-Koch Media and Journalism Fellowship, a year-long professional education program that empowers early-career journalists to tap into their gifts and talents and discover where and how they can contribute to a healthy, thriving free press. 

“I am delighted to become the Director of Media and Journalism Programs. I’ve been doing the work of preparing the next generation of journalists on the side for more than 25 years, so it’s a dream come true for me to lead a program that allows me to do it full time,” said Wilson.  

Participants from news outlets across the country learn from seasoned journalism professionals from diverse perspectives and backgrounds, focusing on both the hard skills of effective journalism as well as the deeper principles that shape the way independent news and media contribute to our culture and our democracy. 

“We are thrilled to have Benét join our team and bring her unique experience and talents to help a rising generation of journalists accelerate their professional development, spark innovation, and serve their communities through the program,” said Hugh Cherry, Director of Education at Stand Together Fellowships.  

Wilson brings more than 25 years of experience in journalism to the role, specializing in aviation journalism, most recently as Senior Editor of The Points Guy. She has served on the boards of the National Association of Black Journalists and the Online News Association. She has also spent the last two years as a program advisor to the fellowship program, often leading résumé workshops and mentoring fellows.  

Wilson will begin her role on August 29, 2022.