Racial Justice Multimedia Journalist


Thu, Nov 5, 2020


Fri, Jan 8, 2021

Produce original news content, with a strong focus on racial and social justice reporting, for a variety of media platforms in collaboration with PBS Wisconsin’s team of digital and broadcast news journalists. Engage PBS Wisconsin audience through digital, broadcast and social media. This position reports to the Executive Producer of News.


  • Bachelor’s degree required, preferably in journalism or related field.
  • Minimum 3 years required of broadcast and/or professional online video reporting and multimedia content creation experience, at least two of which must be in reporting on racial/social justice issues and underrepresented communities. (Experience gained in school, such as internships or school media production may be counted.)
  • Detail-oriented with demonstrated excellent writing and proofreading skills. Knowledge of AP style.
  • Demonstrated ability to work productively and successfully with people from diverse backgrounds and underrepresented communities.
  • Strong knowledge of Wisconsin current events and issues.
  • Proven ability to work in both independent and collaborative settings.


  • Experience with reporting on-camera.
  • Experience operating a video camera.
  • Experience with desktop video editing.
  • Proficiency with Adobe Creative Suite applications


  • Produce broadcast news video reports as well as digital news articles, audio and video content while employing high journalistic standards, meeting deadlines and employing innovative production techniques.
  • Develop digital franchises and workflows with the intent to produce video, audio, photo and text to be of multi-purpose use on broadcast and online platforms.
  • Maintain extensive knowledge of issues, events and newsmakers across the state with particular focus and trauma literacy in the field of racial and social justice.
  • Identify new and maintain existing working relationships with experts and others working in the field of racial and social justice.
  • Closely collaborate with PBS Wisconsin’s social media and digital managers and Executive Producer of News to create public interaction and dissemination of engaging content through social media.
  • Collaborate with Wisconsin Public Radio, WisContext and other PBS Wisconsin content creators, communicating and coordinating production needs for assigned projects.
  • Stay current on best practices in broadcast and online journalism and recommend ways to enhance PBS Wisconsin’s offerings.
  • Other duties as assigned by supervisor.

Expected salary range for this position is $47,000 – $62,000 for highly experienced candidates who exceed the qualifications. Actual pay and title will depend on experience and qualifications.

 The occupant of this position is expected to comply with the Ethical Guidelines for PBS Wisconsin Editorial and Executive Staff found at pbswisconsin.org/about/, as well as the UW Madison Code of Ethics.

This position requires the ability to travel – with occasional overnights – for work, and must be available to work weekdays, some evenings and weekends as needed, in support of reporting assignments.

Apply online at https://jobs.hr.wisc.edu by 1/8/21. The job number is 228698. For consideration please submit:

  1. Resume
  2. Letter of interest specifically addressing the type of experience you have and how it qualifies you for the position. Please describe your role in relevant work that contributes to your qualifications.
  3. Please provide one document with links to journalistic samples that demonstrate trauma literacy in reporting on racial and social justice issues. The samples should include:
    • 3 journalistic video reports, including the written scripts for these samples. If possible, please submit a mix of narrated and non-narrated reporting.
    • 2 examples of digital news reporting, preferably examples of multimedia work.

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

Questions? Contact: Erin Cook, PBS Wisconsin, 821 University Avenue, Madison, WI, 53706; 608-263-0477.