August 30, 2010

Center seeks reporting intern

The nonprofit Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism is hiring a reporting intern.

Applications are due 5 p.m. Sept. 13.

The intern will be paid $10 an hour and will be expected to work about 20 hours a week. Scheduling is flexible.

The position runs to the end of the fall semester and may be extended. This semester, for example, the intern will work closely with reporter Allie Tempus, a senior whose internship began in June.

To be eligible for internships at the Center, applicants must be enrolled as undergraduate or graduate students at the UW-Madison School of Journalism & Mass Communication, where the Center is based.

Interns receive intensive training and experience in interviewing, researching and writing.

They work with Center staff and partners at the journalism school, Wisconsin Public Radio and Wisconsin Public Television to produce investigative reports that have been published or broadcast by nearly 50 news organizations.

Interns also collaborate with mainstream and ethnic media outlets around Wisconsin in investigative coverage. Some travel around Wisconsin may be required. Access to a vehicle is required.

Interns are provided office space in Vilas Communication Hall.

In-depth, investigative and computer-assisted reporting skills are preferred. Web, audio and video skills are desirable.

Reports are distributed on WisconsinWatch.org, the Center’s Web site; public radio and television; and by news organizations around the state.

Applicants must submit the following in electronic form to ahall@wisconsinwatch.org:

  • One-page letter describing why you’re qualified for the job.
  • Resume including work and journalistic experience, awards, GPA and two references.
  • Up to five examples of published or broadcast work.

Questions may be directed to Andy Hall, the Center’s executive director, at ahall@wisconsinwatch.org, 608-262-3642, or in the Center’s office, 5006 Vilas Communication Hall.

The Center strives to increase the quality and amount of investigative reporting across Wisconsin and to explore creation of a replicable, collaborative model for local investigative journalism. The Center is guided by its mission statement: Protect the vulnerable. Expose wrongdoing. Seek solutions. It focuses upon government integrity and quality of life issues of importance to the people of Wisconsin, including the environment, justice system, education, economic issues, health and public safety.