The Milwaukee reporter prepares news reports and conducts live interviews. The position reports to the News Director.
SPECIFIC DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES
Prepare balanced, issue-oriented, analytical reports as assigned for use online, in newscasts, and during talk shows. This includes selecting appropriate sources, conducting and taping interviews, and writing scripts, billboards, and host introductory copy.
Stay abreast of developments in assigned beat areas; maintain contacts on continuing stories to ensure follow-up. Research topic areas, as needed, to provide in?depth reports.
Contribute on a daily basis to our website, WPR.org, and other digital projects. Collaborate with our digital content team on both long-term and short-term multimedia projects.
Participate in news planning meetings to suggest story ideas and help focus story angles.
Assist in mentoring a news fellow.
Participate in on-air fundraising and public appearances/promotional events as requested. Participate in news division and statewide meetings.
Operate control board and field reporting equipment; evaluate office/studio equipment needs; report electronics problems to proper staff.
Maintain the standards of journalistic ethics and excellence described in Ethical Guidelines for Editorial Staff: http://bami.uwex.edu/
If needed, work on weekend and/or evening assignments and travel to cover regional and special assignments.
Effectively engage diverse perspectives and experiences in work product and in organizational interactions and demonstrate respect for others in all workplace relationships and interactions.
Take on other duties as apparent or assigned.
This position will be either a Broadcasting Specialist or a Senior Broadcasting Specialist depending on the selected’ candidate’s experience. The Senior level position includes the following duties in addition to those outlined under "Specific Duties and Responsibilities":
Bring complicated ideas to air with little need for direction.
Regularly set fresh directions in stories.
Serve as a manager or lead reporter on special projects/series.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
Voice quality/sound at or above the state-wide network minimum.
Speak, read and write in on-air conversational broadcast style.
Effectively communicate in both pre-recorded reporting and live reporting.
Operate control board, studio and field audio recorders, digital audio production equipment, and computer.
Apply online at www.careers.wisconsin.edu. This is job #14596. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled; to ensure consideration, please submit by 8/29/18 at 5:00 p.m. PDF formatted files work best. Please submit all of the following: A cover letter detailing how your experience relates to the job duties and qualifications for this position, a detailed resume, and sample(s) of your work: a) Writing samples that include spot news and a news-oriented feature. b) Demo containing three newscast-length stories (spot), and one feature-length report (3:00-5:00) that you have edited and produced. Reporters with a print background may submit clips. Please do not send stories you have produced with the help of a national network. If you have an example of hosting or an interview, you may include that as well. Please also include contact information including e-mail address for at least three references who can attest to your professional capabilities.
Direct inquiries and online support questions to: Betsy Nelson, Wisconsin Public Radio, 821 University Avenue, Madison, Wisconsin 53706, 608-262-5221; email@example.com.
Bachelor’s degree or equivalent combination of education and experience. Broadcast Specialist Level: 2 years of professional journalism experience. Senior Broadcasting Specialist Level: 5+ years of professional journalism experience.
A track record of breaking news and producing original journalism.
Strong editorial and ethical judgment.
High quality on-air sound. Excellent vocabulary and articulation skills.
Demonstrated commitment to supporting diversity and inclusion in the workplace.
Previous public broadcasting experience.
Internal Number: 14596
About Wisconsin Public Media
Broadcasting and Media Innovations Division of University of Wisconsin Extension encompasses the public Broadcasting entities of Wisconsin Public Television and Wisconsin Public Radio and our distance education and telecommunications unit, Instructional Communications Systems.