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21CF businesses celebrate Earth Day with photo contests, Nat Geo features, days of service, and more
Since the launch of its corporate sustainability program in 2007, 21st Century Fox has consistently made Earth Day a focal point of its yearly calendar, regularly extending its celebration into a full month of activities engaging colleagues around the world. From the FOX network's annual "Green It. Mean It." PSA campaign, now in its ninth year, to a long tradition of spring volunteer events, 21CF's global colleagues embrace Earth Day as a time to take action in their own lives to better the environment, as well as inspire others to care about the planet. Here are some of the ways we're doing so this year.
Sharing our love of nature with the "Explore Your World" photo contest
21CF's third-annual Earth Month photo competition is encouraging global employees to combine photography skills and their love of the outdoors by sharing their best nature photos on social media using the hashtag #21CFExplore. This year is the most successful for the contest to date, with thousands of entries pouring in from all corners of the business, featuring employees and their families riding backs, hiking, rock climbing, planting gardens, visiting local and national parks, and more. Check out some of the photos we've received below:
Encouraging our viewers to live greener
Throughout the month of April, FOX Broadcasting Company is continuing its commitment to "Green It. Mean It.," an initiative designed to raise both viewer and employee awareness of environmental issues. The on-air campaign includes tips from FOX talent about how viewers can live greener both at home and at work. Stars from Empire, Scream Queens, Last Man on Earth, Rosewood, Gotham, and more appear.
Volunteering in our communities
On Saturday, April 16, 21CF colleagues on both the East and West coasts spent the day giving back to the communities where they live and work. In Los Angeles, the FoxGives group organized a trip to Grand View Elementary School in Culver City, where nearly 100 Fox employees painted an environmentally-themed mural, planted a garden, and built planters, benches, and bird houses. The event was hosted in conjunction with LA Works, a nonprofit that creates hands-on community service projects throughout the greater Los Angeles area.
On the East Coast, 21CF employees spent April 16 as part of the annual New York Cares Day, a city-wide volunteering initiative to clean up New York's parks and community spaces. Colleagues from the corporate office, Blue Sky Studios, Fox News Channel, FOX Sports, and Fox TV Stations spent the day painting, pulling weeds, and sprucing up the athletic spaces at East River Park. 21st Century Fox has supported New York Cares since 1999.
Reaching global audiences with National Geographic National Geographic is spending Earth Day inspiring and empowering people around the world to make changes in their daily lives in support of a more sustainable planet. On television, Nat Geo WILD is dedicating its entire primetime block on Friday, April 22, to celebrating those working to protect our wildlife populations, featuring the premiere of "Mission Critical: Orangutan on the Edge." Online, in addition to special features and photo galleries, the company's Instagram brands will select their followers' best nature photos with the hashtag #NatGeoEarthDay and publish them on NationalGeographic.com.
Learn more about sustainability at 21CF, and check back soon as we announce the winners of the "Explore Your World" photo contest.
In New York City on Thursday, November 19, Fox News Chairman & CEO Roger Ailes honored the newest group of fellows from the Ailes Apprentice Program, a professional development initiative Ailes founded in 2003 for television journalists from diverse backgrounds. The ceremony, hosted by Fox News anchor Harris Faulkner, celebrated the eleventh graduating class, each of whom completed an immersive 12-month fellowship at Fox News and its partners.
"These graduates are going to change the world," Ailes said during his speech. "They are the best hope for the country. They understand what it means to work, contribute, communicate, and lead."
Since its founding, the Ailes Apprentice Program has offered full-time, 12-month fellowships to select groups of individuals that include cross-divisional training, exclusive networking opportunities, and comprehensive mentorships with key Fox News executives, complete with competitive salaries and full benefits. The apprentices also get the chance to produce original content for air on Fox News Channel, Fox Business Network, or Fox News Radio.
This year's graduates include Randall Payton, a junior web video producer for FoxNews.com, Mauricio Muñoz who worked in Technical Operations at FNC and FBN, Shivan Sarna who worked as a Production Assistant at Fox News, and Danaia Williams, an assistant to Alan Colmes at Fox News Radio.
The ceremony also featured the 2015 Inspiring Success Award, which was presented to 92-year-old Dabney Montgomery, a Tuskegee Airman and Civil Rights Activist. In addition, NCAA Division I Wrestling Champion Anthony Robles served as the keynote speaker. Also in attendance were 21st Century Fox Executive Vice-Chairman Chase Carey, former New York City Mayor David Dinkins, National Association of Black Journalists President Sarah Glover, and National Association of Hispanic Journalists Executive Director Alberto Mendoza.
For more information, visit AilesApprentice.FoxNews.com, and watch the Fox & Friends feature on the graduates below:
Joining nearly 4,000 other volunteers at 69 sites throughout New York City, 21st Century Fox employees came together on Saturday, October 17, as part of New York Cares Day Fall, an annual city-wide volunteering initiative to support public schools in each of the five boroughs.
Colleagues from the corporate office, Fox News, and Blue Sky Studios spent the day organizing supply closets, building planters for the science classes, and painting a wall mural at River East Elementary School in Harlem.
New York Cares organizes volunteering projects year-round to support the city's parks, schools, and community spaces. 21st Century Fox has supported the organization since 1999.
For more information, visit NewYorkCares.org.
As part of its mission to promote diversity in the broadcast journalism industry, the Fox News Ailes Apprentice Program has named Alexander Pineda, a senior journalism student at Hofstra University, and Clayshawn Marie Moore, a senior journalism student at Saint Augustine University, as the recipients of the 2014-15 Ailes Rising Apprentice Scholarship.
"The Ailes Rising Apprentice award means so much because it's a part of a great program that has a history of inspiring success," said Pineda. "I have an amazing opportunity to build relationships and really start my career off on the right foot."
The scholarship grants $10,000 in tuition remission, plus a paid position at the Fox News Channel in the summer and an opportunity to participate in the Ailes Apprentice Program, which celebrated its 10th anniversary earlier this year.
"My parents always told me that hard work pays off," Moore said. "The excitement that I have right now surpasses what any words can truly describe... I hope that this great achievement inspires others to set high goals."
For more information on the Ailes Apprentice Program, visit AilesApprentice.FoxNews.com.
On Thursday, November 13th, Fox News Channel will host a graduation ceremony for the latest class of fellows from the Ailes Apprentice Program, a professional development initiative for television journalists from diverse backgrounds. The event will also mark the 10th anniversary of the program, which has become a leader in promoting diversity in the broadcast journalism industry.
Each year, the Ailes Apprentice Program, founded by Fox News Chairman and CEO Roger Ailes, selects four top-performing Fox News employees, interns, or freelancers to participate in a 12-month paid fellowship that includes cross-divisional training and comprehensive mentorships with Fox News executives. The apprentices also gain hands-on experience by creating diversity-oriented content to air on the channel. Most recently, the fellows worked closely with Fox & Friends to create a special interview series honoring Hispanic Heritage Month.
"Throughout the past 10 years, the Ailes Apprentice Program has provided opportunities that young minorities otherwise wouldn't have to become stars in the media field of their choice," Ailes said in a statement. "Our ultimate goal is to inspire change in the television industry through the program's continued success and achievements in diversity."
Many of the program's graduates have enjoyed successful journalism careers. Francisco Cortes, now a Vice President at Fox News Latino, was a member of the program's inaugural class, and he now regularly serves as a mentor for the apprenticeship program.
"It's refreshing to see the chairman of the company involved so heavily," Cortes told Broadcasting & Cable in an interview. "[After graduation,] Mr. Ailes makes sure that you continue on a track of success through the company."
For more information on the Ailes Apprentice Program and the current group of fellows, visit AilesApprentice.FoxNews.com.