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Post Date:Aug 28, 2018Type:Full time
Start Date:immediateSalary:40s
Location: United States - Wisconsin - Madison Job Reference:14685
Job Description:

WisContext Writer/Editor                                                       

Availability:         To ensure consideration, apply by 9/21/18          

Position Summary

WisContext is an online service bringing broad and deep news and information to the people of Wisconsin.  WisContext combines and shares the content resources of Wisconsin Public Radio (WPR) and Wisconsin Public Television (WPT) as well as the expertise of a variety of academic and other subject matter experts.  The Writer/Editor is responsible for identifying, editing, coordinating and contributing content for WisContext by re-purposing on-air material and creating original content for the web.  The position will coordinate with WPR and WPT editorial groups to identify WisContext content and collaboration ideas.  Reports to the WisContext Managing Editor.


  1. Serve as an embedded member of WPR and WPT editorial meetings with the goal of identifying and contributing to collaborative content opportunities for the WisContext digital service.   
  2. Help develop an editorial calendar.
  3. Quickly write, edit and post content (drawn from WPR, WPT and subject matter experts) for publishing to the WisContext website and partner sites.   Integrate images, audio, video, links to other resources and other content as appropriate.  Create original reports as required.
  4. Create multiple reports during the course of a week, using content that could include text, photo slideshows, graphics, data visualization, tables, extra audio, sidebar stories, etc.
  5. Identify experts from the academic community and opportunities for guest writers of relevant content.  Proof and edit submitted content as assigned.
  6. Contribute to special projects or series as directed.
  7. Participate in public interactions and dissemination of content through social media.
  8. Stay current on best practices in online journalism and recommend ways to enhance WisContext’s offerings.
  9. Maintain extensive knowledge of issues, events and newsmakers across the state.
  10. Maintain the standards of journalistic ethics and excellence described in Ethical Guidelines for Editorial Staff:
  11. Effectively engage diverse perspectives and experiences in work product and in organizational interactions and demonstrate respect for others in all workplace relationships and interactions.
  12. Other duties as assigned.

Essential Job Functions

  • Excellent writing, reporting, grammar and proofreading skills.
  • Participate in social media dissemination of content.
  • Knowledge of and strict adherence to high journalistic standards.
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively with colleagues throughout Wisconsin.
  • Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously on deadline.
  • Ability to work for sustained periods at computer work station.


  • Bachelor’s degree in journalism or communication arts, or equivalent combination of education and experience.  Experience must include at least 2 years full time professional journalism or writing experience.
  • Demonstrated ability to research ideas and write compelling and informative stories/reports with the highest level of factual integrity and journalistic ethics.  
  • Creative, engaging and clear writing/scripting for web and social media audiences. 
  • Demonstrated ability to be self-directed and work independently, as well as collaboratively and cooperatively in teams.
  • Organizational skills necessary for successful journalism research, verification and production.  Consistently meet all deadlines.
  • A desire to learn, a proactive attitude, and an ability to adapt quickly to change.
  • Ability to communicate with tact, diplomacy and professionalism with colleagues, partners and the general public.
  • Knowledge of journalistic editorial principles, ethics and standards.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion and incorporating diverse perspectives into work product.

Not Required but Desirable Qualifications

  • Knowledge of Wisconsin news, issues and geography.
  • Familiarity or experience with public media.
  • Experience with social media and web distribution.
  • Experience creating infographics and data-driven visualizations for the web.
  • Some experience with photography, graphic design, or audio and video production for digital platforms.


We expect to pay in the $40s with actual pay dependent on experience and skills.  Wisconsin Public Media offers a comprehensive benefits package; for details see:


How to Apply

To ensure consideration apply online through our applicant portal by 9/21/18.  If you are a current UW System employee use All of the following must be received for your application to be complete:  1) Resume; 2) A cover letter describing how your experience relates to the job duties, essential job functions, minimum and desirable qualifications; 3)  A digital file or link to 3-4 examples of your reporting or writing work.  4) At least three professional references including e-mail and phone contact information; at least one must be a supervisory reference. 

Questions? Contact: Betsy Nelson, Wisconsin Public Media, 821 University Avenue, Madison, Wisconsin  53706; 608-262-5221;   

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Contact Information
Wisconsin Public Media
Betsy Nelson
821 University Avenue
Madison, WI 53706
United States
Ph: 608-262-5221
Fax: 608-265-5332

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