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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 judgment 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


Bachelor's Degree
Field of journalism or related field


- 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

- Previous public media experience

Job Location: 
Madison, WI
United States
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Tuesday, March 5, 2024
Job Type: 
Full time
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