“Here & Now” Student Journalist


Mon, Apr 12, 2021


Sat, May 1, 2021

PBS Wisconsin’s News Team seeks a student journalist who will contribute content to the award-winning political news program “Here & Now” and associated online presence. The position will provide the successful candidate the opportunity to hone writing skills and have their work reviewed by seasoned journalists.

The ideal candidate seeks a career in broadcasting or journalism and possesses good writing ability and strong interpersonal skills. Emphasis for this position is given to students with background and special interest in state and federal government and politics.

With demonstration of initiative, candidate will have the opportunity to produce a story of their own with the mentorship of news staff and production skills of PBS Wisconsin videographers and editors.

The position works collaboratively with “Here & Now” and news staff, interacts with PBS Wisconsin production staff and reports to “Here & Now” Series Producer and News Executive Producer.

NOTE: During COVID, work will be done remotely. On-site in Vilas Hall after COVID. The start of on-site work is TBD.

Duties will include but not be restricted to:

  • writing and posting content to the “Here & Now” online presence
  • researching/backgrounding news stories
  • attending Thursday late afternoon “Here & Now” script meetings
  • attending morning news meetings, if desired
  • facilitating on-set interviewees on Fridays when guests allowed in building after Covid
  • field reporting, if interested
  • other duties as assigned

Working toward broadcast or journalism degree with interest in state and federal government and policy.

Knowledge of WordPress useful
Knowledge of Adobe Photoshop useful

We expect to pay $12.00/hour for this position.

Anticipated schedule is currently 6-8 hours/week, but will increase after COVID to 10-12 hours/week. Selected student must be available Thursdays 3:30-4:30pm, Fridays 2:00 – 7:00pm. After COVID, Thursdays 3:30-4:30pm, Fridays 10:00am – 7:00pm. (There is an option to attend 30-minute morning news meetings in person or via videoconference on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays.)

The anticipated start date for this position is May 1, 2021. The selected student must be available summer 2021, ideally available for at least one year.

Apply online at https://studentjobs.wisc.edu/ by 4/30/21. The job number is 498567.

Applications must include a resume, cover letter describing how you meet the requirements of this job, and why you think you are an ideal candidate, and a writing sample.

Questions? Contact: Erin Cook, PBS Wisconsin, 821 University Avenue, Madison, WI, 53706