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Company: Wisconsin Public Television
Television Journalist
Job Status:  Full-time
Ad Expires: 
May 2, 2013
Job ID: 1480432



Primarily responsible for producing video stories about Wisconsin’s unique and intriguing people and places for statewide broadcast and online project sites.  Strong, engaging and creative short-form storytelling skills mandatory.  Must always maintain factual accuracy and uphold the highest principles of editorial integrity.  Stories will be featured in a multi-platform series about the people and places of Wisconsin.  May also contribute stories and reports to a variety of other WPT productions.  On-camera work, within stories, as well as show hosting, is a possibility.  This position reports to the Executive Producer for News and Public Affairs (NPA).



1)        Primarily work as field producer:  Proactively research and develop story ideas. Produce approved ideas in a manner that results in compelling, creative, informative, engaging and in-depth stories.  Responsibilities include production planning, conducting interviews, field producing, scripting, narrating/voicing stories, supervision of editing, and meeting all deadlines. 

2)        Maintain the standards of journalistic ethics and excellence described in WPR/WPT Statement of Ethics:

3)        Produce creative content for WPT project web sites and related social media sites. 

4)        Actively use online, social and interactive media as tools for reporting and storytelling.

5)        Actively engage with diverse communities throughout Wisconsin:  e.g. as sources for stories.

6)        Coordinate, schedule, and oversee the work of in-house production (studio, field crews, graphics, editing, DVD authoring, etc.) as necessary for assigned stories.

7)        Produce single topic specials and documentaries as assigned.

8)        Actively participate in editorial/staff meetings.

9)        Adhere to production and budget timelines.

10)     Responsible for allcontent of stories.  Producer’s responsibility and authority is final save that of the project’s Series Producer and NPA Executive Producer.

11)     Recognize multiculturalism and diversity as organizational assets.

12)     Effectively engage diverse perspectives and experiences in work product and in organizational interactions, including communication and decision-making.

13)     Demonstrate respect for others in all workplace relationships and interactions.

14)     Other duties to be assigned.  Possibilities include desktop editing, operation of video camerato gather field video, creation of online content. 



-        Use superb journalistic judgment / Follow professional code of ethics

-        Creative, engaging and clear writing/scripting for broadcast, web, and social media audiences.  Ability to tell compelling stories in as little as 5 minutes – or as long as 10 minutes, as the story warrants. 

-        Aural and visual acuity to review raw and edited taped material with skill and speed

-        Travel to urban and rural areas throughout Wisconsin as required to meet people, explore places, gather information and complete reports.  Ability to work some evenings, weekends and travel overnight as stories warrant. 

-        Respectful interactions and an inquisitive nature to build and maintain sources and contacts in a state full of diverse individuals.   

-        Calm and resourceful responses when challenges occur, schedule is unexpectedly disrupted and when under tight deadlines.

-        Proactive, self-directed but collaborative work style.  Must actively pitch and then act on approved ideas rather than waiting for assignments to be made. 


1.      Bachelor’s degree and 3 or more years full time experience in video storytelling/production or in news, feature, or general assignment reporting. 

2.      Demonstrated ability to research ideas and produce stories in creative, engaging and informative manner.  Demonstrated ability to generate new, compelling story ideas and angles.

3.      Demonstrated broadcast writing skills.  Ability to use words, nat sound, video and graphics for creative, thorough, and memorable stories.    

4.      Experience consistently meeting all deadlines.

5.      Demonstrated ability to be self directed, work independently and work in teams.

6.      Organizational skills necessary for accurate, sourced, reporting.

7.      Demonstrated ability to effectively engage diverse perspectives and experiences in work product and in organizational interactions.



-        Knowledge of Wisconsin people, places and issues

-        Experience appearing on camera doing standups, anchoring or hosting programs.

-        Ability to shoot video using HDCam, DSLR, GoPro or similar professional equipment

-        Ability to rough-cut or fine-cut broadcast reports using desktop editing system

-        Experience creating ancillary components to broadcast videos such as web extras, blogs, interactive elements, etc.


SALARY:The pay range for this position is $36,065 – 54,097 with actual pay dependent upon experience and qualifications.  UW-Extension offers a comprehensive benefits package.


HOW TO APPLY:  For best consideration, apply online through our applicant portal by 5pm on April 19, 2013.


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All of the following must be received for your application to be complete

1)      A detailed resume.

2)      A cover letter or narrative (up to two pages) carefully detailing HOW your experience relates to the job duties, essential job functions, minimum qualifications and desirable qualifications for this position at this organization.

3)      A DVD or electronic media file showing 3-4 examples of your video storytelling work. Include examples of on-camera work if you have them.  You may fulfill this requirement by submitting a URL where your work can be viewed.  Work submitted via DVD or flash drive must be mailed because our online system cannot accommodate such large files (sorry).  Please know that such items will not be returned to you.

4)      Be sure to include 3-5 professional references (in reference section) including e-mail. At least one must be a supervisory reference.

5)      Recruitment source where you learned about this position.


The successful applicant will be required to provide documentation of credentials. Prior to appointment to this position, a criminal records review will be conducted.  UWEX complies with the Wisconsin Fair Employment Act with regard to nondiscrimination on the basis of arrest and/or conviction record.





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