Wisconsin Public Radio is hiring two newsroom fellows. Meant to serve as developmental reporters, these are 12-month positions for early career journalists. They will be general-assignment reporters responsible for producing daily news stories and, occasionally, feature-length material for radio and the web. The fellows receive regular and concentrated coaching on writing, editing, voicing and other aspects of radio news reporting.
The Second Century News Fellow is based in our Milwaukee office and covers events and communities in southeast Wisconsin - the most populous and diverse region of the state.
The Lee Ester News Fellowship is based in our Madison office and covers events and communities in and around Madison - the Wisconsin state capitol and the fastest growing region in the state.
WPR's news department seeks to empower Wisconsin's communities through rigorous reporting that provides context, holds public officials accountable and sheds clarifying light on complex topics. Our on-air and online services each reach nearly half a million people every month. Our goal is to keep the audience abreast of the most significant news of the day while providing unique and insightful stories that reflect Wisconsin's diverse communities.
These are hybrid positions and report to the Daily News Editor. Fellowships typically run August to July, but there is some flexibility with starting dates.
Researches, prepares, and reports stories that are balanced, issue-oriented, and analytical for use in news and/or public affairs programs. Employs editorial judgement to select sources, conducts and records interviews, writes scripts, and may edit audio and/or video during the production of reporting assignments.
60% Contributes content including interviewing sources, writing stories/reports, and completing other necessary production tasks to create news/public affairs reports
10% Applies editorial judgment and maintains industry standards of journalistic ethics and excellence
20% Stays abreast of developments in assigned areas, maintains contacts on continued stories to ensure follow-up, and researches topic areas to provide in-depth reports
10% Collaborates with digital content teams on both long-term and short-term multimedia projects
Institutional Statement on Diversity:
Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation for UW-Madison. We value the contributions of each person and respect the profound ways their identity, culture, background, experience, status, abilities, and opinion enrich the university community. We commit ourselves to the pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, outreach, and diversity as inextricably linked goals.
The University of Wisconsin-Madison fulfills its public mission by creating a welcoming and inclusive community for people from every background - people who as students, faculty, and staff serve Wisconsin and the world.
Preferred Bachelor's Degree Field of journalism or related field
REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS - Previous news internship or up to 1 year of professional news experience - Demonstrated ability to generate news story ideas - Demonstrated ability to produce stories for the web - Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines - Demonstrated ability to record and edit audio for news stories - Demonstrated ability to tell stories about diverse communities
PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS - Previous public media experience
Full Time: 100%
This position may require some work to be performed in-person, onsite, at a designated campus work location. Some work may be performed remotely, at an offsite, non-campus work location.
Appointment Type, Duration:
Terminal, 12 month appointment. This position has the possibility to be extended or converted to an ongoing appointment based on need and/or funding
$46,000 ANNUAL (12 months) Fixed Salaries for the News Fellows will be $46,000 for the 12-month fellowship. The News Fellows will also receive health and dental benefits during the term of the fellowship.
The person in this position will be required to comply with the Ethical Guidelines for Editorial Staff of Wisconsin Public Radio and Television located here: https://www.wpr.org/wpr-ethical-guidelines, in addition to the UW-Madison code of ethics.
Please note that successful applicants are responsible for ensuring their eligibility to work in the United States (i.e. a citizen or national of the United States, a lawful permanent resident, a foreign national authorized to work in the United States without need of employer sponsorship) on or before the effective date of appointment.
How to Apply:
The following must be received for your application to be complete: 1) Resume; 2) A cover letter describing how your experience relates to the listed required and preferred job qualifications and whether you are applying for the Lee Ester Fellowship, Second Century Fellowship or both; and 3) A single document with three samples or links to three samples of daily news stories produced for broadcast and/or web. Samples should not have shared bylines and should include web and audio versions of stories when applicable. Finalists will be asked to provide a list of at least three professional references with titles, emails, and phone numbers (including at least one supervisory reference). Note that references will not be contacted without your prior knowledge.
The University of Wisconsin-Madison is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer.
Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to, including but not limited to, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, pregnancy, disability, or status as a protected veteran and other bases as defined by federal regulations and UW System policies. We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.
Employment will require a criminal background check. It will also require you and your references to answer questions regarding sexual violence and sexual harassment.
The University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful candidate will be released. See Wis. Stat. sec. 19.36(7).
The University of Wisconsin–Madison has been a catalyst for the extraordinary since its founding in 1848. Our students, staff, and faculty partake in world-class education and conduct prolific research that solves real-world problems. Our guiding principle is the Wisconsin Idea, a commitment to outreach that creates a better future for our state, our nation, and the world. We value the contributions of each person and recognize that diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation.