KITV Robert Kekaula Fellowship

In memory of KITV4 Managing Editor and former News Anchor and Sports Director Robert Kekaula, KITV4 Island News is establishing a Fellowship in his name to carry on his legacy.

About Robert

Robert deeply loved Hawaii and the culture that creates our dynamic community. He not only connected easily with viewers but with nearly everyone he met. He believed in individuality, often asking new employees “Who are YOU”. He was curious to learn everyone’s personal story and believed that people should find and live their own unique style. He did. Diverse in his interests, Robert connected with a broad range of people. They trusted him as much as he respected and trusted them. Robert also understood hard work. In broadcasting he learned the ins and outs of the business, from the smallest job to high profile and most influential positions. He did it all, and was always gave back while creating a path that others could follow.

About the Fellowship

The Robert Kekaula Fellowship is a one-year program designed to encourage the next generation to be positive and important influencers as broadcast journalists. As an entry-level position, the RK Fellow will work in the KITV4 News Department learning firsthand how to produce compelling stories for the local audience and why that is important. The position is both technical and editorial – from writing, interviewing, and making good journalistic ethical decisions, to video shooting and editing, plus mastering the use of broadcast equipment and software programs. The fellowship will also provide a broad view of the many aspects of broadcasting by allowing the RK Fellow to spend time in every department in the station.

This is a paid, part-time fellowship. (20 hours/week; $15/hour)

The selected RK Fellow:

  • Envisions a future in broadcast journalism.
  • Should be Hawaiian or born and raised in Hawaii. (Does not have to be a current Hawaii resident to apply.)
  • Available to work on average approximately 20 hours per week and be flexible to work any shift, including overnight and weekends.
  • Must be a full-time student enrolled in college with current/completed work in Journalism, Broadcasting, or Communications.
  • High interest in news, especially local news.
  • May have had prior internships in related fields.
  • Must have an open mind with a passion for learning.
  • Must have a great attitude for taking feedback and direction.

Applications must be submitted online at the link here.

Applicants will be asked to write a short essay: “What can Broadcast News do best serve the next generation?”

Application Deadline: Sept. 20, 2022.
Start date: Aug. 29, 2022.