Wisconsin Public Radio

Mike Simonson Investigative Reporting Fellwoship

Post Date:May 15, 2018Type:Full time
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Location: United States - Wisconsin - Madison Job Reference:
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                                                                                      Position Announcement


                      Working Title:              Mike Simonson Memorial Investigative Reporting Fellowship 

                         Official Title:              Associate Broadcasting Specialist

                                      Unit:              Wisconsin Public Radio, University of Wisconsin-Extension

                      Appointment:              Academic Staff 100% fixed term 1 year appointment

                               Location:              Madison, Wisconsin

                          Availability:              Best Consideration Date: 3/16/18

                                                                                               Open until filled




The Mike Simonson Memorial Investigative Reporting Fellowship is designed for a recent graduate or someone in the early years of his or her career with at least some radio reporting experience. The successful candidate will work on collaborative projects with Wisconsin Public Radio (WPR) and the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism (WCIJ). This one year fellowship begins in spring/summer of 2018.  Wisconsin Public Radio consists of 2 state-wide networks of 33 stations. WCIJ is a nonprofit and nonpartisan center based in Madison. Its reports have been cited, published or broadcast by more than 600 news organizations including Wisconsin Public Radio, The New York Times, and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.


The fellow will receive close supervision and coaching as an investigative reporter, in areas that include story selection, interviewing, sound editing, and writing. As the successful candidate will be someone who already has some level of experience as a part-time or fulltime reporter, this will be a higher-level of instruction and feedback, with a higher level of work product expected. In 2018, the primary focus of the fellowship will be on environmental issues although other areas of coverage may be explored.




The Mike Simonson Memorial Investigative Reporting Fellow is considered a developmental reporter at WPR. He or she will prepare investigative news reports on significant stories for statewide use (through WPR, WPR.org, and Wisconsinwatch.org). Regular and concentrated coaching on investigative journalism, editing, voicing and other aspects of radio news reporting is an important developmental element of this fellowship. The fellow may also discuss his or her latest story on one of WPR’s talk programs.




  1. Prepare investigative news reports on environmental issues and other issues as assigned (through WPR, WPR.org, and Wisconsinwatch.org). Collaborate with appropriate web producers to produce visual elements to accompany stories. At times, the Fellow may also discuss his or her latest story on one of WPR’s talk programs.
  2. Receive training and direction on investigative reporting practices from the Center. Attend the Center’s editorial meetings.
  3. Participate in WPR News division meetings as requested. 
  4. Meet regularly with WPR News management to discuss story/project development and for script/voice edits.
  5. Maintain the standards of journalistic ethics and excellence described in Ethical Guidelines for Editorial Staff: http://www.uwex.edu/bami/ethics.cfm.
  6. Position may include occasional weekend and/or evening assignments and travel to cover regional and special assignments.
  7. Effectively engage diverse perspectives and experiences in work product and in organizational interactions, including communication and decision-making.
  8. Demonstrate respect for others in all workplace relationships and interactions.
  9. Other duties as apparent or assigned.





  • 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.
  • Exhibit sound judgment about and fact-based understanding of issues and problems.


1.        Bachelor’s degree or equivalent combination of education and experience.
2.        Demonstrated broadcast and online news writing skills.
3.        Strong editorial and ethical judgment.
4.        High quality on-air sound. Excellent vocabulary and articulation skills.
5.        Demonstrated commitment to supporting diversity and inclusion in the workplace.


1.        Previous public broadcasting experience.
2.        Two or more years of experience reporting for broadcast.


The range for this position starts at $32,102. We expect to pay in the low forties with actual pay dependent on qualifications and experience. UW-Extension offers a comprehensive benefits package. More information is available at http://www.uwsa.edu/ohrwd/benefits/summaries/.

For best consideration, submit all application materials online at our applicant portal https://www.careers.wisconsin.edu by 3/16/18. Please include: a detailed cover letter outlining how your background and experience compares to the job duties, essential functions and qualifications of this position; resume and the names and contact information, including email addresses, for three to five work references, including at least one supervisory reference.

Direct inquiries and online support questions to: Alex Behnke, Wisconsin Public Radio, 821 University Avenue, Madison, Wisconsin 53706, 608-263-0477; alex.behnke@wpr.org

This document can be made available in alternative formats by calling the person listed above.

Employment is contingent upon establishment of identity and verification of employment eligibility as required by the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986.

It is the policy of UW-Extension to provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities who are employees or applicants for employment. If you require an accommodation to participate in any part of the hiring process, please contact: betsy.nelson@wpt.org

A criminal records background check will be conducted for final candidates. In compliance with the Wisconsin Fair Employment Act, the University does not discriminate on the basis of arrest or conviction record. Convictions and pending charges will be considered only if they are substantially related to the circumstances of this position.

As a unit within the University of Wisconsin Extension, WPR is an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer and no qualified applicant will be eliminated from consideration. WPR is committed to achieving a diverse workforce and to maintaining an atmosphere of diversity and inclusion. We want our staff and programming to reflect the rich culture and diversity of our state and actively encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds to apply.

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Contact Information
Wisconsin Public Television and Radio
Alex Behnke
821 University Ave.
Madison, WI 53706
United States
Ph: 608-263-0477

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