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Lee Ester Fellow

Post Date:Mar 29, 2019Type:Full time
Start Date:9/1/19Salary:2916/mo
Location: United States - Wisconsin - Madison Job Reference:15418
Job Description:


The Lee Ester News Fellowship is designed for a recent graduate or someone in the early years of his or her career as a radio news reporter.  The successful candidate will work as a full-time reporter in Wisconsin Public Radio’s Madison newsroom for nine months, beginning in August or September.  Wisconsin Public Radio consists of 2 state-wide networks of 37 stations.

The Lee Ester Fellow will receive close supervision and coaching as a reporter, in areas that include story selection, interviewing, sound editing, writing, and developing in-depth stories.  As the successful candidate will be someone who already has some level of experience as an intern or part-time reporter, this will be a higher-level of instruction and feedback, with a higher level of work product expected.


The Lee Ester News Fellow is considered a developmental reporter at WPR.  He or she will be a general-assignment reporter responsible for producing newscast-length stories and, occasionally, feature-length material.  Regular and concentrated coaching on writing, editing, voicing and other aspects of radio news reporting is an important developmental element of this fellowship.  The news fellow will also contribute to WPR’s online news efforts, such as posting photos or raw audio to our Web site, helping to create special pages for future reporting projects, etc.


  1. Prepare news reports for statewide use. At times, the Fellow may also discuss his or her latest story on one of WPR’s talk programs.
  2. Contribute on a daily basis to our website,, and other digital projects and collaborate with our digital content team on both long-term and short-term multimedia projects.
  3. Keep up on current issues, events, and newsmakers, in Wisconsin.
  4. Participate in on-air fundraising and public appearances/promotional events as requested. Participate in news division, and statewide meetings.
  5. Operate control board and field reporting equipment.
  6. Maintain the standards of journalistic ethics and excellence described in Ethical Guidelines for Editorial Staff:
  7. Effectively engage diverse perspectives and experiences in work product and in organizational interactions, and demonstrate respect in all workplace relationships and interactions.
  8. Other duties as apparent or assigned.


Produce stories for WPR newscasts and news programs using WPR equipment and in accordance with WPR policies and standards.


  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Previous broadcast news internship or professional experience
  • Demonstrated ability to generate news story ideas
  • Some experience producing or re-purposing news material for the web.
  • Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines.
  • Demonstrated ability to operate radio production equipment including control board, ISDN telephone system, and Audio Vault (or similar) production system.


  • Previous public radio experience

COMPENSATION: Salary for the Lee Ester News Fellow will be $2,916 per month for the 9-month fellowship.  The Lee Ester News Fellow will also receive health and dental benefits during the term of the fellowship.

HOW TO APPLY:  Applications will be accepted until the position is filled; however, for best consideration, please apply through by 4/26/19. If you are a current UW System employee use This is job # 15418. Applications must include a detailed resume; a 1-2 page letter explaining how you meet the qualifications and why this fellowship meets your career development needs;  a list of four professional references with contact information including.  In addition, submit work samples as described below

  • A sound sample of a news report. You may provide a link (preferred) or an mp3 file. If you don’t have samples from previous work, you may create a report specifically for this application.
  • Two to three samples of radio news scripts you have prepared. If you don’t have examples from previous work, you may create scripts specifically for this application.

Questions?  Contact Betsy Nelson, Wisconsin Public Radio, 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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