Job no: 235666-AS
Work type: Staff-Full Time
Department: PUB MEDIA/WPR
Location: Milwaukee
Categories: Communications, Editing, Broadcasting, Media

Position Summary:

Producers bring issues of importance and interest to Wisconsin Public Radio listeners. Collaborate with and produce shows/related web content on The Ideas Network as assigned. Research and pitch topics, pre-interview and schedule guests, prepare background materials, call-screen and direct the flow of the live broadcast, and write related web content. Collaborate with executive producers, hosts, producers and editors, communicate with guests, and develop fresh topics and segment ideas. This position reports to the executive producer of The Morning Show, and will be located in Milwaukee.

Position Duties:

List of Duties

Institutional Statement on Diversity:

Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation for UW-Madison. We value the contributions of each person and respect the profound ways their identity, culture, background, experience, status, abilities, and opinion enrich the university community. We commit ourselves to the pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, outreach, and diversity as inextricably linked goals.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison fulfills its public mission by creating a welcoming and inclusive community for people from every background - people who as students, faculty, and staff serve Wisconsin and the world.

For more information on diversity and inclusion on campus, please visit: Diversity and Inclusion

Degree and Area of Specialization:

Bachelor's degree preferred.
If no degree, two years of full-time experience in journalism, communications or related field is required.

Minimum Years and Type of Relevant Work Experience:

1. Proven record of success in meeting and prioritizing tight deadlines. Strong organizational and time management skills.
2. Superior communication skills, including excellent writing skills for broadcast and web.
3. Proven ability to work in both independent and collaborative settings.
4. Demonstrated knowledge of journalism ethics, reporting techniques and research methods.

1. Previous experience in broadcasting, podcasting or with live, call-in talk programming.
2. Experience hosting and interviewing guests for broadcast programs.
3. Knowledge and understanding of Wisconsin news, culture, issues and personalities.
4. Knowledge of Associated Press style.
5. Comfort and experience working with people holding diverse views and from diverse backgrounds.
6. Experience with document sharing, collaboration and virtual meeting software (e.g. Google docs, Slack, Google Meets and Zoom).
7. Proficiency in audio editing.

Additional Information:

We expect to pay between $40,000 and $60,000. Actual pay and title will depend on experience and qualifications.

Producers on The Morning Show begin their days between 6 a.m. and 9 a.m., depending on assignments. All producers staff the live broadcast as call screeners/directors on a rotating basis (currently one week per month), beginning at 6 a.m.

The Ideas Network is unlike any other public radio service. It features more locally produced programs than any other public radio station and reaches an audience of more than 250,000 listeners across Wisconsin. Coverage on The Morning Show can include breaking news, which occasionally requires working outside typical hours. The team identifies issues that matter to people across Wisconsin and connects people from different perspectives for civil, enlightening conversations.

UW-Madison participates in the Wisconsin Retirement System and offers the WRS benefits package to eligible employees. UW-Madison offers a separate benefits package to certain appointees who are not eligible for the WRS.

The person in this position must adhere to the UW-Madison code of ethics and uphold the WPR Ethical Guidelines for Editorial Staff located here: .

The University of Wisconsin is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.

Please note that successful applicants are responsible for ensuring their eligibility to work in the United States (i.e. a citizen or national of the United States, a lawful permanent resident, a foreign national authorized to work in the United States without need of employer sponsorship) on or before the effective date of appointment.



Work Type:

Full Time: 100%

Appointment Type, Duration:



Minimum $40,000 ANNUAL (12 months)
Depending on Qualifications

Instructions to Applicants:

The following must be received for your application to be complete: 1) Resume; 2) A cover letter describing how your experience relates to the minimum years, type of relevant work experience required, and each of the required qualifications, and desirable qualifications. Your submitted materials serve as insight for the committee to evaluate how you meet the requirements for the position.

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


Erin Cook
Relay Access (WTRS): 7-1-1 (out-of-state: TTY: 800.947.3529, STS: 800.833.7637) and above Phone number (See RELAY_SERVICE for further information. )

Official Title:


Employment Class:

Academic Staff-Renewable

Job Number:


The University of Wisconsin is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.

If you need to request an accommodation because of a disability, you can find information about how to make a request at the following website:

The University of Wisconsin-Madison is engaged in a Title and Total Compensation (TTC) Project to redesign job titles and compensation structures. As a result of the TTC project, official job titles on current job postings may change. Job duties and responsibilities will remain the same. For more information please visit: .

Employment will require a criminal background check. It will also require you and your references to answer questions regarding sexual violence and sexual harassment.

The University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful candidate will be released. See Wis. Stat. sec. 19.36(7).

The Annual Security and Fire Safety Report contains current campus safety and disciplinary policies, crime statistics for the previous 3 calendar years, and on-campus student housing fire safety policies and fire statistics for the previous 3 calendar years. UW-Madison will provide a paper copy upon request; please contact the University of Wisconsin Police Department .

Applications Open: Jun 7 2021 Central Daylight Time
Applications Close: Jul 5 2021 11:55 PM Central Daylight Time

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