Wisconsin Public Radio seeks Lee Ester News Fellow
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 part-time reporter in Wisconsin Public Radio’s Madison newsroom for nine months, beginning in late June or early July.Wisconsin Public Radio consists of 2 state-wide networks of 31 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.
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 participate in 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.
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 participate in online aspects of WPR’s 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 exiting 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. Work productively and successfully with diverse, multicultural people and groups.
-Produce stories for WPR newscasts and news programs using WPR equipment and in accordance with WPR policies and standards.
-Knowledge of and strict adherence to the highest standards of journalistic ethics and excellence.
-Speaks, reads, and writes in an on-air conversational broadcast style.
-Operates radio control board, digital audio production equipment, and computers.
• Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
• Previous broadcast news internship or professional experience
• Demonstrated ability to generate news story ideas
• 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.
• Demonstrated ability to work productively and successfully with diverse, multicultural people and groups.
• Passion for news and news reporting
• Knowledge and understanding of public broadcasting journalistic ethics
• Some experience uploading sound, photos and text to web pages.
For best consideration, submit all application materials by 5P May 15. We encourage electronic submission of your application. A completed application will include:
1. A comprehensive résumé
2. A detailed cover letter explaining how you meet the qualifications and why this fellowship meets your career development needs
3. A sound sample of a news report, you may provide an mp3 file, a link or submit a CD.
4. Two to three (2-3) samples of radio news scripts you have prepared.
5. Proof of your educational credentials- Final transcript or Diploma.
6. A list of four (4) professional references, including an email contact for each.
7. Completed Applicant survey form (http://www.uwex.edu/jobs/documents/survey.pdf).
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