WBUR Radio calls for Newsroom Fellowship applications: Deadline Sept. 29


WBUR Radio, Boston’s NPR station, is accepting applications for their Fellowship program which will run from January through December 2024. To apply for the Newsroom Fellowship program, visit https://www.wbur.org/inside/newsroom-fellowship-application.

  • Applications, open now, are due by Friday, Sept. 29, and finalists will be notified by Friday, Oct. 20.
  • The fellowship is open to candidates who have recently received — or are about to receive — an undergrad or graduate degree, or who have recently embarked on a career in journalism.
  • Fellows will receive a salary of $55,000 along with healthcare and other Boston University benefits.

Fellows embed in different parts of the newsroom, rotating approximately every three months, maximizing exposure to the many aspects of public media:

  • Newscast. The Fellow will learn how to gather and write headline-style stories for broadcast, navigate WBUR’s newsroom content management systems, and record and edit audio.
  • Live Broadcast. The Fellow will join the production team of a WBUR show, will pitch ideas and learn how to produce daily segments for air, both live and pre-recorded.
  • Digital. The Fellow will learn how to prepare stories for WBUR’s website, write headlines, and deploy social media strategy.
  • Reporting. In the final months of the fellowship, the Fellow will use the skills developed in the previous rotations as a reporter in the newsroom. The Fellow will have a chance to pitch ideas and be assigned to stories, working with an editor to learn piece scripting, editing, and story production.

Launched in 2020, the WBUR Newsroom Fellowship is a yearlong program for journalists eager to pursue a career in public media. Applicants should be recent graduates or early-career journalists who are ambitious, hold a passion for public radio, are looking to build reporting and production skills, and have a demonstrated experience with and commitment to advancing issues of underrepresented voices in public radio.

The fellowship provides hands-on training in every aspect of public media journalism. Fellows develop their skills under the guidance of WBUR’s editors and producers and have opportunities to work alongside newsroom journalists. Fellows are active members of the WBUR newsroom, involved in the production of news at every level — from morning editorial meetings to field reporting, to story mixing and publishing.

With this fellowship, WBUR seeks to cultivate the talent and develop the skills of emerging journalists so that they may grow in their careers and become the next generation of reporters and newsroom leaders.


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