WBGO Media Fellowship Program

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NJ New Jersey
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Founded in 1979 and located in Newark, New Jersey, WBGO 88.3 FM is the largest music presenter in the state and the largest jazz-formatted station in the United States, with an audience of over 350,000 listeners. WBGO also has the most decorated radio news and public affairs broadcast operation in New Jersey, providing an unrivaled depth of coverage of Newark and Essex County. The WBGO Media Fellowship Program was developed to honor the late Cephas Bowles who served as president of WBGO for 20 years. His devotion to public broadcasting and his birthplace, Newark, New Jersey informed his desire to ensure that opportunities exist to nurture and train our next generation of local leaders in his chosen field. It is with this mission in mind that we present this fellowship program.The WBGO Media Fellowship Program will offer two paid summer fellowships annually. Working alongside top professionals at WBGO, Fellows will be engaged in a variety of aspects of public media production and business while serving as an ambassador to the community, inspiring an interest in public broadcasting for the next generation. Fellows will have the opportunity to explore not only how a diverse station like WBGO produces hours of programming—arts and culture and news—but also to interact with other Newark organizations and national public broadcasting cohorts. WBGO interns have gone on to senior positions both at WBGO and at stations across the country.The WBGO Media Fellows will work directly with our News Department or Senior Producers to learn how stories are developed and produced. This will involve writing, research and an understanding of the technical aspects of radio production. Each Fellow will be responsible for a major project that may be presented on the air or our website. Media Fellows will be active members of the WBGO producing team which is responsible for the creative and business needs of public broadcasting such as live events and community activities including donor events. The ideal candidate will be curious about the possibilities to reach audiences through public media. He or she will embrace the opportunity to learn and explore the power of public media and its transformative qualities not only for its audience but those who make it. Community service is an integral part of public broadcasting, and our Fellows will play a role in integrating what we do at WBGO into the greater Newark community.WBGO is a jazz station with a global reputation; an interest in the music and attendance at jazz concerts and events will become an important part of this experience. Music broadcasting brings its own set of unique challenges both creative and business-oriented and working with our producers in all areas—membership, marketing, and special events—to be involved in the business aspects of media will also be a part of the summer’s activities.


We look forward to reading your application and welcoming the next generation of broadcasters. Please see the Fellowship Guidelines for specific requirements. 

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