On April 1, 1957 WYES signed on the air as a community license public television broadcasting station for southeast Louisiana and the Mississippi Gulf Coast. As the twelfth oldest public television station in the nation, it is the most utilized non-profit institutions in Louisiana and Mississippi.
WYES exists to enrich people’s lives with high-quality content that educates, informs, inspires and entertains our entire community. Media with impact that challenges our minds, brightens our spirits and prepares our children for a life of learning.
WYES is an enduring, dynamic, and integral part of the community and uniquely enriches the lives of the citizens of the Greater New Orleans area and Mississippi Gulf Coast. Our commitment to producing award-winning programs that showcase our distinct local culture, along with the excellent national PBS service, demonstrates WYES’ commitment to use the power of our programs and services to fulfill the promise of public television as a resource where we can all come together to rediscover and preserve the history and values that make our community a remarkable place to live.
WYES strives to achieve our mission and vision by incorporating the values of integrity, fairness, balance, accountability, diversity, collaboration and excellence in making decisions and taking action.
WYES DIVERSITY STATEMENT
WYES embraces diversity and strives for inclusiveness in the organization’s governance, operations, local and national programming, and community initiatives. We are committed to fostering, cultivating and preserving a culture of diversity and inclusion in all we do.
WYES recognizes that our mission is enhanced when our board of directors, community advisory board, staff and volunteers bring their diverse backgrounds and experiences to the selection and creation of WYES’ programming and community outreach efforts.
WYES believes that diversity considerations are much broader than race and gender. Diversity also includes disability, age, culture, sexual orientation, education, religion, and socioeconomic status. By understanding and celebrating differences, WYES demonstrates its commitment to treat everyone with fairness and respect.
WYES Diversity Policy and Goals
It is our policy to provide equal employment opportunity to all qualified individuals without regard to race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, physical ability, marital status, veteran status, and national and geographic origin in all personnel actions including recruitment, evaluation, selection, promotion, compensation, training and termination.
It is our policy to communicate our equal employment policy and employment needs to sources of qualified applicants in order to solicit their recruitment assistance on a continuing basis, without regard to race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, physical ability, national and geographic origin, socio-economic, marital and veteran status. These recruitment sources will be regularly reviewed with each hiring opportunity to insure the most effective and broad outreach effort that will result in a highly qualified and diverse pool of candidates. We widely disseminate information about each full-time job opening to recruitment sources for the purpose of obtaining referrals for the available position.
It is our policy to comply with Federal Communication Commission (FCC) requirements as issued by FCC-EEO Rule 47 D.F.R73.2080. We regularly provide for internship opportunities within the production and operations departments of WYES that are designed to provide for meaningful training in media related skills and responsible work ethics. Internship recruitment will be focused on primarily high school and college students from diverse backgrounds who demonstrate a willingness to learn and excel in the media industry. We regularly participate in events sponsored by educational institutions relating to broadcasting and media production careers, training programs, management/staff training in equal employment opportunity and career development training, and attend community events designed to inform/educate the public of broadcasting careers.
It is our policy that the President and CEO of WYES is the official responsible for the overall implementation of our Board approved EEO Policy. It is the responsibility of all persons making employment decisions with respect to recruitment, evaluation, selection, promotion, compensation, training and termination of employees to ensure that our policy and program are adhered to and that no person is discriminated against in employment at WYES. It is our policy to ensure a positive application and vigorous enforcement of our policies and to review and control managerial and supervisory performance in the administration of our equal employment opportunity policies.
It is our policy that in regard to Board-level appointments, the Greater New Orleans Educational Television Foundation Board of Trustees, licensee of WYES-TV, is committed to adding the best person for the role of Trustee. Initiated through the Board Governance Committee, an annual review of the skills, experience and perspectives represented on the Board will be evaluated to identify potential needed expertise to further the overall quality and effectiveness of the Board. Attention will be paid to the representation of the diverse make up of the community as it relates to representation on the Board. The Board Governance Committee will look towards appropriate geographic, gender, racial, age, religious, national origin, economic, and ethnic representation when considering the composition of a list of potential candidates that meet all of the desired needs to further the mission of the organization. All new Board of Trustee’s members will be subject to approval of the full Board.
It is our policy to insure that WYES represents the community it serves and this is accomplished, in part, through the WYES Community Advisory Board (CAB). The Board of Trustees is committed to a broad representation of community leaders as members of the Community Advisory Board. Representation from cultural, educational, business and civic organizations with sensitivity to broad ethnic and socio-economic status in the community is primary in the selection of Community Advisory Board Members. Nominations for CAB membership is initiated by senior WYES staff and are approved by the Chairman of the Board of Trustees and the President of the Foundation. The WYES Community Advisory Board meets twice per year and all meetings are open to the public.Updated September 2021