Mike Simonson Fellowship

PBS Wisconsin   Madison, WI   Full-time     Other
Posted on September 19, 2023
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The Mike Simonson Fellowship is a two-year position that offers an early career journalist the opportunity to develop their investigative reporting skills. The fellow will be embedded in the newsroom at Wisconsin Watch and will work closely with editors at Wisconsin Public Radio to produce in-depth stories for radio, print, and the web. Wisconsin Watch is a nonprofit investigative newsroom that distributes stories to news outlets across the state free of charge. WPR's news department seeks to empower Wisconsin's communities through rigorous reporting that provides context, holds public officials accountable, and sheds clarifying light on complex topics. The person in this role should have radio experience and excellent communication skills including newsgathering and reporting techniques. This position will report to the News Director.



Researches, prepares, and reports stories that are balanced, issue-oriented, and analytical for use in news and/or public affairs programs. Employs editorial judgement to select sources, conducts and records interviews, writes scripts, and may edit audio and/or video during the production of reporting assignments.

  • 60% Contributes content including interviewing sources, writing stories/reports, and completing other necessary production tasks to create news/public affairs reports
  • 10% Applies editorial judgment and maintains industry standards of journalistic ethics and excellence
  • 20% Stays abreast of developments in assigned areas, maintains contacts on continued stories to ensure follow-up, and researches topic areas to provide in-depth reports
  • 10% Collaborates with digital content teams on both long-term and short-term multimedia projects