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Posted by The Job Shop on August 31, 2010 at 15:58:16:

Primarily responsible for news reporting from WPR’s west-central or southwest region and hosting weekly regional issues talk show. Position reports to WPR News Director and is responsive to regional manager of the bureau where the reporter is posted.

REPRESENTATIVE DUTIES: 1. Prepare short and long-form news reports for local and statewide use, including: field reporting on issues and events appropriate for state coverage as assigned by WPR’s News Director; packaging material originated in regional studios for use statewide. Submit stories and scripts to assigned editor; make edits, produce and file scripts/stories in appropriate computer file. As appropriate, this reporter will also supply photos and other content for WPR’s news website, (new site ready beginning late 2010 or early ‘11). Content will be based on the nature of the story, in consultation with News Director or designee. Reporter should also be familiar with multimedia reporting, including social networking sites, etc., and be able to consider ways to incorporate them into his or her work as appropriate. 2. Participate in daily local and WPR-network assignment meetings and conference calls, suggest strong ideas for statewide coverage; stay abreast of issues in assigned beat area. Maintain bureau archives through appropriate filing system, and/or databases. 3. Participate in news division, regional office, and statewide meetings when requested. Participate in team concept regarding programming, production and promotion of stations assigned through the regional office, and under the supervision of the Regional Manager. 4. In conjunction with the regional manager, produces and hosts an hour-long, issues-based weekly talk show on the regional Ideas Network station. Specific duties may include: Researching, pre-interviewing and scheduling guests; producing weekly on-air promos and providing information for news releases for each program; website updates, including preparing program for online download, and providing written descriptions for both downloadable past programs and promotion for future programs. 5. Participate in on-air fund raising or public appearances/special events as assigned. 6. Position includes occasional weekend and/or evening assignments and travel to cover regional and special assignments.

Qualifications and How to Apply: 1. Bachelor’s degree required. 2. Up to two or more years full time experience in broadcast journalism with strong on-air skills. 3. Superior oral and written communication skills, including web-based content development. 4. Research and analytical skills and persistence to recognize and assemble information of regional and/or statewide interest and topicality 5. Proven history/success in working independently and on meeting deadlines 6. Demonstrated interpersonal skills in a team setting and on an individual basis; collaboration skills that actively support a productive, respectful work environment. 7. Demonstrated technical mastery to operate a computer, control board, audio recorders and digital audio production software 8. Demonstrated understanding of public radio journalism and production values. 9. Ability to successfully work with diverse, multicultural people and groups. 10. Personal means of transportation required.

DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS • Previous public radio news experience. • Previous experience as a talk show or public affairs show host or moderator. • Experience with online news reporting or editing, including posting of audio, video, photography and text content. • Knowledge of web-based journalism projects, emerging technologies and applications. • Bachelor’s degree in journalism, communications or related field • Firm foundation in journalism ethics, news gathering and reporting techniques.

HOW TO APPLY: The positions are open until filled. Application review will begin on September 15. Please include: 1. A completed UW-Extension application form, survey and confidentiality notice 2. A detailed resume. 3. Recruitment source where you learned about this position; (appears on AA data sheet) 4. A narrative detailing HOW your experience relates to this position. Please carefully detail your experience as it compares to the job duties and qualifications for this position. 5. Sample(s) of your work…. a) Writing samples that include spot news and a news-oriented feature. b) Demo containing one newscast-length story (spot), and one feature-length report (3:00-5:00) that you have edited and produced. Also, include an example of hosting and an interview. Please do not send stories you have produced with the help of a national network. We prefer to receive your audio samples as emailed MP3 files. Please email them to Betsy Nelson and include your first initial, last name, and WPR News in the email header. 6. Names and contact information including e-mail address for five references who can attest to your professional capabilities. 7. Salary History.

The successful candidate will be required to provide documentation of credentials. Prior to appointment to this position, a criminal records review will be conducted. UWEX complies with the Wisconsin Fair Employment Act with regard to nondiscrimination on the basis of arrest and/or conviction record.


Wisconsin Public Radio
Betsy Nelson, HR Associate
821 University Avenue
Madison WI 53706

Equal Opportunity Employer.

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