Wisconsin Public Radio

Lee Ester News Fellowship

Post Date:Feb 05, 2018Type:Full time
Start Date:Salary:
Location: United States - Wisconsin - Madison Job Reference:
Job Description:

WISCONSIN PUBLIC RADIO

Position Announcement

 

                      Working Title:              Lee Ester News Fellow      

                         Official Title:              Research Intern,   Employee-in-Training

                                      Unit:              Wisconsin Public Radio, University of Wisconsin-Extension

                      Appointment:              Academic Staff 100% fixed term appointment, 9 months

                               Location:              Madison, Wisconsin

                          Availability:              Application review begins after March 2, at 5:00 PM

 

BACKGROUND

The Lee Ester News Fellowship is designed for a recent graduate or someone in the early years of his or her career as a radio news reporter.  The successful candidate will work as a full-time reporter in Wisconsin Public Radio’s Madison newsroom for nine months, beginning in early July.  Wisconsin Public Radio consists of 2 state-wide networks of 37 stations.

 

The Lee Ester Fellow will receive close supervision and coaching as a reporter, in areas that include story selection, interviewing, sound editing, writing, and developing in-depth stories.  As the successful candidate will be someone who already has some level of experience as an intern or part-time reporter, this will be a higher-level of instruction and feedback, with a higher level of work product expected.

 

POSITION SUMMARY

The Lee Ester News Fellow is considered a developmental reporter at WPR.  He or she will be a general-assignment reporter responsible for producing newscast-length stories and, occasionally, feature-length material.  Regular and concentrated coaching on writing, editing, voicing and other aspects of radio news reporting is an important developmental element of this fellowship.  The news fellow will also contribute to WPR’s online news efforts, such as posting photos or raw audio to our Web site, helping to create special pages for future reporting projects, etc.

 

SPECIFIC DUTIES:

 

1.         Participate in news planning meetings to suggest story ideas, help focus story angles. 

2.         Responsible for start-to-finish preparation of balanced, issue-oriented, analytical reports as assigned, for use in daily news/information programs and segments/casts.  Includes selecting appropriate sources; conducting and recording interviews; writing scripts, and host introductory copy.

3.         Will contribute to WPR’s online news coverage, including but not limited to posting news stories, photos and raw audio, and helping to create special pages to highlight reporting series and other projects.

4.         As appropriate, and with news director’s input, choose an area of concentration for the duration of the fellowship.  This would be an area not already claimed by an existing reporter’s beat and would not preclude assignment on other topics.

5.         Write introductory copy, scripts and billboards in conversational, broadcast style.  Translate bureaucratic/technical/political lingo into lay terms with accuracy.  Localize material to better serve individual network stations.

6.         Keep up on current issues, events and newsmakers in Wisconsin.

7.         Operate control board, field equipment for recording, mixing.

8.         Effectively engage diverse perspectives and experiences in all workplace interactions and demonstrate respect for others in all workplace relationships.

9.         Maintain the standards of journalistic ethics and excellence described in WPR/WPT Statement of Ethics: Http://bami.uwex.edu.

 

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:

Produce stories for WPR newscasts and news programs using WPR equipment and in accordance with WPR policies and standards.

 

 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Previous broadcast news internship or professional experience
  • Demonstrated ability to generate news story ideas
  • Some experience producing or re-purposing news material for the web.
  • Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines.
  • Demonstrated ability to operate radio production equipment including control board, ISDN telephone system, and Audio Vault (or similar) production system.

 

DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS

  • Passion for news and news reporting
  • Knowledge and understanding of public broadcasting journalistic ethics

 

COMPENSATION: Salary for the Lee Ester News Fellow will be $2,916 per month for the 9-month fellowship.  The Lee Ester News Fellow will also receive health and dental benefits during the term of the fellowship.

 

HOW TO APPLY: For best consideration, submit all application materials online at our applicant portal https://www.careers.wisconsin.edu by 3/2/17 at 5PM. A completed application will include the following: A comprehensive résumé; a detailed cover letter explaining how you meet the qualifications and why this fellowship meets your career development needs; Work samples 1) A sound sample of a news report. You may provide a link (preferred) or an mp3 file. If you don’t have samples from previous work, you may create a report specifically for this application. 2) Two to three (2-3) samples of radio news scripts you have prepared. If you don’t have examples from previous work, you may create scripts specifically for this application; and a list of four (4) professional references, including an email contact for each.

 

Direct inquiries and online support questions to:  Alex Behnke, Wisconsin Public Radio, 821 University Avenue, Madison, Wisconsin 53706, 608-263-0477; alex.behnke@wpr.org.

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

 

A criminal records review will be conducted for final candidates.  In compliance with the Wisconsin Fair Employment Act, the University does not discriminate on the basis of arrest or conviction record. Convictions and pending charges will be considered only if they are substantially related to the circumstances of this position.

 

Employment is contingent on establishment of identity and verification of employment eligibility as required by the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986.

 

It is the policy of UW-Extension to provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities who are employees or applicants for employment. If you require an accommodation to participate in any part of the hiring process, please contact person listed above.

 

As a unit within the University of Wisconsin Extension, WPR is an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer and no qualified applicant will be eliminated from consideration. WPR is committed to achieving a diverse workforce and to maintaining an atmosphere of diversity and inclusion.  We want our staff and programming to reflect the rich culture and diversity of our state and actively encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds to apply.

 

www.wpr.org/lee-ester-news-fellowship

 



Skills:
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

    Bachelor’s degree or equivalent combination of education and experience.
    Previous broadcast news internship or professional experience

    Demonstrated ability to generate news story ideas
    Some experience producing or re-purposing news material for the web.
    Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines.
    Demonstrated ability to operate radio production equipment including control board, ISDN telephone system, and Audio Vault (or similar) production system.


DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS

    Passion for news and news reporting
    Knowledge and understanding of public broadcasting journalistic ethics


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Contact Information
Wisconsin Public Television and Radio
Alex Behnke
821 University Ave.
Madison, WI 53706
United States
Ph: 608-263-0477



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