Job Description:


The Rural Wisconsin Reporter prepares statewide news reports and conducts live interviews. This reporter will focus on how Wisconsin's rural communities and small cities are addressing challenges like population loss, attracting both jobs and workers, and more. The beat includes examining how the state's changing demographics are impacting historic industries, community traditions and what changes they signal for Wisconsin's future. The reporter will also cover breaking news and regional stories of statewide importance in North Central Wisconsin. The position reports to the News Director.



  1. Prepare balanced and issue-oriented reports for use online, in newscasts, and during talk shows.  This includes selecting appropriate sources, conducting and taping interviews, and writing scripts, billboards, and host introductory copy.
  2. Stay abreast of developments in assigned beat areas; maintain contacts on continuing stories to ensure follow-up.  Research topic areas, as needed, to provide in‑depth reports.
  3. Contribute on a daily basis to our website,, and other digital projects. Collaborate with our digital content team on both long-term and short-term multimedia projects.
  4. Participate in news planning meetings to suggest story ideas and help focus story angles.
  5. Participate in on-air fundraising and public appearances/promotional events as requested. Participate in news division and statewide meetings.
  6. Operate control board and field reporting equipment; evaluate office/studio equipment needs; report electronics problems to proper staff.
  7. Maintain the standards of journalistic ethics and excellence described in Ethical Guidelines for Editorial Staff:
  8. If needed, work on weekend and/or evening assignments and travel to cover regional and special assignments.
  9. Effectively engage diverse perspectives and experiences in work product and in organizational interactions and demonstrate respect for others in all workplace relationships.
  10. Take on other duties as apparent or assigned.




  • Voice quality/sound at or above the state-wide network minimum.
  • Speak, read and write in on-air conversational broadcast style.
  • Effectively communicate in both pre-recorded reporting and live reporting.
  • Operate control board, studio and field audio recorders, digital audio production equipment, and computer.




  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • A track record of working independently to produce original journalism.
  • Strong editorial and ethical judgment.
  • High quality on-air sound. Excellent vocabulary and articulation skills.
  • Demonstrated commitment to supporting diversity and inclusion in the workplace.



  • Previous public broadcasting experience.


We expect to pay in the forties or fifties with the actual salary dependent on qualifications, experience, and official title.  The University of Wisconsin offers a comprehensive benefits package; for more information, see:


Apply online at If you are a current UW System employee use This is job #15200.  To ensure consideration, please submit by 2/19/19. Please submit all of the following:  A cover letter detailing how your experience relates to the job duties and qualifications for this position, a detailed resume, and sample(s) of your work:   a) Writing samples that include spot news and a news-oriented feature. b) Demo containing three newscast-length stories (spot), and one feature-length report (3:00-5:00) that you have edited and produced.  Reporters with a print background may submit clips.  Please do not send stories you have produced with the help of a national network. If you have an example of hosting or an interview, you may include that as well.  Please also include contact information including e-mail address for at least three references who can attest to your professional capabilities.


Direct inquiries and online support questions to: Betsy Nelson, Wisconsin Public Radio, 821 University Avenue, Madison, Wisconsin 53706, 608-262-5221;

Job Location: 
Wausau, WI
United States
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Tuesday, February 19, 2019
Job Type: 
Full time
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Please apply online through the applicant portal at  This is job #15200.

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