WUSF Stephen Noble Internship

WUSF Public Media is looking for a college student ready to work in a professional newsroom – someone with a passion for the headlines and for bringing news to the public radio audience. Our Stephen Noble intern works closely with the WUSF News Director and our team of seasoned reporters learning how to research, write and produce stories for radio and online platforms. It’s a semester where the student is treated like a real journalist from the start, assigned stories that matter to millions of Tampa Bay area residents. It’s where they will discover how public media tries to serve its audience differently from commercial news organizations. And the WUSF Noble intern will get a well-rounded dose of what it takes to succeed as a journalist – from deducing what stories to pursue, to gathering sound and writing stories that sing on the airwaves.

Organizational Summary:

WUSF Public Media is a division of the University Communications and Marketing department consisting of three strategic business units; WUSF 89.7, WSMR and IntellisMedia. WUSF Public Media serves the university by providing the community with news, information and entertainment programming that informs and enriches their daily lives and is engaged in educational work in the community. WUSF Public Media provides students with learning and personal growth opportunities through formal classes and internships and informal hands-on experiences.

Position Summary:

The Stephen H. Noble Intern Scholarship is considered a mentorship, working with the news staff of WUSF Public Media. The scholarship duration is one semester, starting the week of May 13 and ending the week of Aug. 19, 2019.

The applicant should be a student interested in news and in learning more about researching, writing and producing for radio. The applicant should be a good writer, able to take constructive criticism during the editing process, and have some knowledge of public radio’s unique reporting style and programming.

Hourly Wage: $10

Duties: Researching stories; conducting interviews by phone; gathering sound for stories in the field; writing broadcast scripts and online stories; assisting reporters as needed; producing news spots and in-depth pieces as assigned (based on knowledge and skill development).

Hours Per Week: 40 hours

Schedule: 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. five days a week, occasional weekend assignments possible. No partial day shifts are available.

Minimum Qualifications:

This position requires a high school diploma and the student must be currently enrolled in a college or university.

The student must have a working vehicle and a current driver’s license class E.

Preferred qualifications: 

The ideal candidate will be an active consumer of local and national news (including NPR and WUSF News) and should have knowledge of or has taken courses related to journalism, communications and/or public broadcasting. Experience reporting and writing for other publications, including student newspapers and stations, is a plus.

Standard Learning Objectives:

As a result of this position, student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate basic employability skills such as: timeliness to work, appropriate dress, interpersonal communication, and time management
  • Receive and solicit feedback from supervisor and effectively apply feedback on the job
  • Assess workplace and demonstrate how personal talents, skills, and knowledge fit into the employer’s goals, mission, and vision
  • Demonstrate his or her professional brand (identity)
  • Communicate transferable and functional skills to prospective employers

In addition, students will gain experience by:

  • Accompanying reporters in the field
  • Learning how to use field recording equipment
  • Learning the use of professional studios and microphones and voice techniques
  • Learning story development and interview techniques
  • Writing and producing short news spots and in-depth pieces for air
  • Writing solid online news stories for the WUSF News website
  • Actively contributing news content to WUSF social media platforms
  • Learning photo and video techniques

Contact Information for Questions about Recruitment: Mark Schreiner at mschreiner@wusf.org

To apply for any position, you must first visit USF’s employment website. Once there, please follow the instructions and click on the “Access Careers@USF” under “Find a Job at USF.” Once there, under Keywords, please type WUSF. A list of open positions will appear and click on the APPLY button of the position you are interested in. Only online applications are accepted for this position.

USF is an equal opportunity, equal access academic institution that embraces diversity in the workplace.

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