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Summer journalism internship (Eau Claire, Wisconsin)

Fri, 01/12/2018 - 13:59 -- Steven J Rottinghaus
Full time

Wisconsin Public Radio seeks an intern to work in our Eau Claire regional office for the summer of 2018.  This internship is designed to attract college students of color and others from underrepresented groups.  The internship experience will provide the successful candidate with solid training in the basics of broadcast journalism and public affairs call-in talk show production.  The intern will develop a portfolio of materials, scripts and possibly audio examples of their work at WPR.  The ideal candidate seeks a career in broadcasting or journalism and possesses curiosity, good writing ability, and strong interpersonal skills.  The position reports to WPR’s Eau Claire Regional Manager.  Work hours are Monday-Friday, 40 hours per week for 12 weeks in WPR’s Eau Claire Office.  Pay is $10 per hour.

Specific Duties and Responsibilities: 

  1. Work with WPR reporter to attend news conferences, interview newsmakers, and record and edit audio cuts for broadcast on the Wisconsin Public Radio network.  Write story scripts to accompany cuts.  Shoot photos and video as appropriate for web version of stories.  Attend daily news assignment meetings as appropriate.
  2. Work with WPR hosts to assist in the production of the weekly issues-based call-in talk program “The West Side” and the weekly arts interview program “Spectrum West,” including researching topics, suggesting questions, producing segments, booking guests and writing web articles for wpr.org.   Training may include a period of job-shadowing with statewide call-in producers.
  3. Become familiar with technology required to cover news and produce talk-based programming through training with professional staff.
  4. Uphold and maintain Ethical Guidelines for Editorial Staff for Wisconsin Public Radio described here: http://bamidev.uwex.edu/sites/bami.uwex.edu/files/Ethics_for_Editorial_and_Executive_Staff.pdf
  5. Keep up on current issues, events and newsmakers throughout the state, especially west-central Wisconsin.
  6. After training, use accepted and professional recording techniques, voicing techniques, digital editing techniques and web article writing techniques to create news content for WPR.
  7. Other duties as assigned by supervisor.

Required Qualifications:

  1. Currently enrolled as an undergraduate college student with a major field of study relating to journalism or communication.
  2. Knowledge of and interest in current events.
  3. Good writing skills, including good grammar and spelling.
  4. Basic Microsoft Office computer skills.
  5. Ability to work independently as well as meet deadlines.

Preferred Qualifications:

  1. Attention to detail.
  2. Clear, articulate speaking voice.
  3. Experience with non-linear audio editing software.
  4. Previous experience at a university or other radio station.

How to Apply:

For best consideration, please submit the following information by March 9th, 2018 to Dean Kallenbach, dean.kallenbach@wpr.org:  1. a detailed resume; 2. a cover letter that describes how your education, skills, and diverse perspective make you a strong candidate for this internship; and names and contact information, including email addresses, for three references.  If you are selected as a semi-finalist, you will be asked to submit up to two audio samples of your work either as MP3 files or URLs and up to two news writing samples.  For more information, please contact Dean Kallenbach, Senior Regional Manager, Wisconsin Public Radio, 1221 W Clairemont Ave., Eau Claire WI  54703; 715-839-3868.

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 people of color, women, veterans and persons with disabilities to apply.  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.