WOSU Public Media Student Fellowships

WOSU Public Media is seeking students interested in a professional experience at an award-winning public media organization.  Students will work closely with WOSU staff and will be assigned to a specific department, but will also be given special projects to be able to collaborate with colleagues across different divisions. 

Our goal is to provide a unique and valuable experience to Fellows, sparking a potential career in public broadcasting. Periodic discussions with WOSU leadership will offer a broader perspective of public media to Fellows and assist WOSU in refining the program in the coming years. 

WOSU seeks to reflect the diversity of its population through its staff, students and programming to best serve the people of central Ohio. 

Eligibility
The applicant must be enrolled at The Ohio State University, in good academic standing as a sophomore or higher rank, having earned at least 29 credit hours. The applicant must match the requirements of a specific position as defined by a hiring department at WOSU Public Media. The applicant must be available to work 20 hours a week. These are highly sought after positions that only one student/year will be selected to fill.

Hiring Process
A Fellowship is a one-year position running concurrent with the academic year at The Ohio State University. The open positions are posted in April on the Ohio State University Student Job Board and promoted, on multiple outlets, with student organizations. The deadline for submitting resumes to mary-alice.akins@wosu.org is June 30 or the last business day of June.

Work Schedule/Location/Pay
Student employees are restricted to working 28 hours per week during academic terms in which they are enrolled and 38 hours per week during their off academic terms and official school breaks. This position is located at The Fawcett Center for Tomorrow, 2400 Olentangy River Rd. This is a paid position with a hiring range of $10-$15 and hourly rate will be determined based on skill set.

Job Duration
One year- August 21, 2017 to August 31, 2018 (available through the 2018 summer semester but not necessary – will take students through Spring semester)

Evaluation
A written evaluation of a student’s work is to be completed by the student’s supervisor at the end of the fall semester and the end of the spring semester.

Termination
Student employees are at-will and serve at the discretion of the employing department.
The supervisor should give two weeks advance notice of termination. A student employee who is found in violation of university rules or policies or who has engaged in misconduct may be terminated immediately without advance notice. A two week written advance notice for resignation is expected from a student employee.

Available Fellowship Positions

Marketing Coordinator

The Marketing Coordinator will assist with the marketing of WOSU Public Media by supporting promotions and media relations plans.

He/she will:

  • Be responsible for developing promotional and PR copy for a variety of platforms and distribution channels
  • Work with cross-functional teams to support events and marketing campaigns
  • Provide administrative support to the Marketing Communications Team

Detailed Description
Marketing & Promotions Support – 50%

  • Attend monthly TV schedule meetings and develop copy for radio spots
  • Monitor and update content for social media posts for local productions, like
    Columbus Neighborhoods and Broad & High, and for national PBS programming
  • Develop promotional copy for variety of projects for all platforms: print (including
    Airfare magazine), radio, TV and digital media (including e-newsletters)
  • Monitor and update content for dedicated websites, blogs or online show pages of local productions, like Off Air and columbusneighborhoods.org
  • Competitive analysis and research of the marketplace

Media Relations – 20%

  • Write press releases for new programs and initiatives
  • Cultivate and maintain relationships with local press and look for PR opportunities

Special Events – 20%

  • Research options, work with vendors and order marketing collateral for events
  • Support Special Events Marketing Manager in event preparation and community outreach

Administrative Support – 10%

  • Maintain marketing storage areas and catalog promotional items
  • Provide overall assistance to Marketing Communications Team

Job Qualifications

  • Studies in Communications, Public Relations, Marketing/Advertising or
  • Journalism preferred
  • Proficient in digital content management (web and social media)
  • Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills
  • Strong project management skills
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a fast-paced environment
  • Aptitude working with Microsoft Windows, Excel, Word, PowerPoint
  • Commitment to WOSU Public Media goals and priorities

Web Developer

Position will gain practical experience in a professional environment utilizing fundamental digital tools and processes related to application and web development, while providing excellent service to clients. Position will assist WOSU’s digital media team in the design, implementation, integration, and support of programs, services, and systems that are essential for day-to-day operations and special projects.

Duties include:

  • Build and/or implement applications and systems according to project specifications and department guidelines, including code quality, functionality, documentation, security and branding guidelines.
  • Produce applications and/or services that integrate and communicate with one another in a seamless or efficient manner and follow documentation and programming best practices.

Job Qualifications

  • Pursuing a degree in computer science or MIS
  • Intermediate knowledge of enterprise systems like CMS, CRM, SQL, CSS, Javascipt, AJAX, and modern principles, procedures, and standards of application architectures, implementation and support
  • Ability to communicate and write effectively; excellent customer service skills

Radio Production Assistant

All Sides with Ann Fisher is a public-affairs, call-in talk show on 89.7 NPR News, FM radio for WOSU Public Media. The program is also streamed live throughout the state on the Ohio Government Channel and is podcasted.

The production assistant will play an integral role in the daily operation of the program fulfilling the following duties: write scripts; research program guests and issues; prepare briefing materials for host; attend weekly editorial meetings; suggest and develop ideas for programs; schedule programs and confirm guests; write program descriptions.

Training is provided for technical duties that include producing and editing repeat programs, uploading podcasts, writing web page content and screening calls for inclusion on the broadcast.

Job Qualifications

  • Has genuine interest in news, policy issues, and broadcast journalism
  • Must be organized and detail oriented
  • Newspaper or broadcast script writing experience is desired