Digital News Editor


Mon, Feb 17, 2020


Sun, Mar 15, 2020

We are looking for a talented journalist with strong editing skills, a passion for digital and excellent news judgment to expand our weekend coverage. This is a weekend position with a schedule that includes some weekdays. The digital editor will edit digital content and curate and other digital platforms, and post to social media. Partnering with other members of the Digital Content Team, this position will work with reporters and producers throughout the organization to ensure top-quality content engages our audiences. The position will collaborate with others to help craft web stories and create original content. We need someone committed to journalistic excellence and making audience-centric decisions. We need someone comfortable working alone on weekends, but who is also a team player. Someone who can juggle multiple editorial projects while maintaining daily commitments. This position reports to the Director of Digital Media.

Two years or more demonstrated experience working directly in online journalism required. (Work performed in school can be counted toward experience.)

– Strong knowledge of Wisconsin current events and issues.
– Proven ability to work in both independent and collaborative settings.


1. Quickly write, edit and post WPR content (from News Department stories, daily talk show segments, music programs and other content partners, etc.) for publishing to and other digital platforms; this includes some original reporting. Integrate images, audio, video, links to other resources and other content as appropriate.
2. Edit and collaborate with digital content producers on story selection.
3. Create/contribute content to other WPR content projects, like Wisconsin Life, WHYsconsin, etc.
4. Collaborate with broadcast colleagues (reporters, producers, hosts and others) on their work. Coach individuals and teams on
digital best practices and help bridge WPR’s digital and broadcast strategies.
5. Initiate public interaction and dissemination of content through social media.
6. Create multimedia presentations such as slideshows, graphics, data visualization, tables, audio embeds, video, sidebar stories, etc.
7. Contribute to special projects or series as directed.
8. Stay current on best practices in online journalism and recommend ways to enhance WPR’s offerings.
9. Maintain extensive knowledge of issues, events and newsmakers across the state.
10. Possess strong editorial and ethical judgment.
11. Maintain the standards of journalistic ethics and excellence.
12. Effectively engage diverse perspectives and experiences in work products and in organizational interactions and demonstrate respect for others in all workplace relationships. Support an equitable, diverse and inclusive work environment.
13. Other duties as assigned.

1. Work week will typically run from Thursday to Monday. Regular shifts will roughly correspond to “normal business hours,” but with some changes based on staffing needs.
2. Knowledge and skill in all facets of online news production, including writing for the web, copyediting, photography and photo editing, data visualization and audio/visual production.
3. Excellent writing, grammar and proofreading skills. Knowledge of AP Style.
4. Aural and visual acuity to capture and edit sound and pictures/video for non-broadcast news platforms.
5. Ability to work for sustained periods at computer work station.
6. Ability to work non-standard hours in support of major activities and emergencies.

HOW TO APPLY: Apply online at by March 15, 2020. The job number is 220260. 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 and minimum and desirable qualifications; 3) Three samples of your work — submit screen shots or links to your best work, showing your ability to write well for the web, make use of images, slideshows and other digital ‘extras’ to tell a story; 4) If available, please include links to a special project or series page you have created.

As applicants progress to interviews, they will need to provide at least three professional references with titles, emails, and phone numbers (include at least one supervisory reference).

Questions? Contact: Kate O’Connor, Wisconsin Public Radio, 821 University Avenue, Madison, WI, 53706;
608-262-5221; [email protected].